Book Review – Finale by Stephanie Garber – 5 stars

Book Review – Finale by Stephanie Garber – 5 stars

Warning: May contain spoilers, but opening comments are spoiler-free. Check out my Reading Ranting page for more.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

An amazing almost ending, and an even better true ending. This was one of the best series I’ve read in a good while. Definitely worth the hype on booktok and bookstagram. I got an Alice in Wonderland feeling from this whole series along with The Colour of Magic, Sorcery of Thorns, and The Greatest Showman vibes. 

Legend’s identity was revealed in the previous book (no spoilers on that here), and he’s playing a much bigger game than Tella and Scarlett are prepared for. The sisters are playing their own games with the men who hurt them and have to deal with the Fates on top of everything.

What I liked…

It’s just so eclectic and full of quirky magical things that I kept getting swept away in this book and the whole series.

This felt more balanced in tone with both sisters compared to book 2. 

I liked how it got a little racy in the romance department at times but still kept within the tone of the book. I liked how each sister got carried away with the idea of romance but struggled to figure out who they really wanted. Scarlett had her heart set on the Count before the game started, so I can understand how she might reconsider him after Julian’s recent behaviour. 

Tella’s choice of men was also fun to read about. Jacks and Dante were quite similar at times. Immortal, morally grey, unreadable. I honestly couldn’t tell who was going to prove themselves less a villain and more a hero until the very end.

I liked how Scarlett figured everything out with her mother in a way that made sense. We already knew that the mother had the cards that held the Fates, but nothing about how she came to have them. This all gets explained as both sisters follow their own investigations. 

The ending with the letter. No spoilers on specifics, but the whole story began with letters, so it made sense to finish with one. 

What I didn’t like…

I wasn’t thrilled with Scarlett turning her engagement into a competition since she barely knew the Count. But she did realise it later, so I supposed it was a temporary dislike.

Super small thing… No spoilers on who died, but the death scenes were a little rushed. I mean the actual dying. It was… stab… last breath… dead. Not much show the death from an emotional perspective until after. 

Final thoughts…

Wow. Just wow. This whole series swept me up in the game, the sisters’ stories, and crazy romances they both have with unlikely prospects. If you’re having a rough week or just like books that take you out of yourself, this is an ideal series. 

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