Thursday, June 20, 2019

Audiobook review: Finale by Stephanie Garner

Flo's Spoiler Free Review
Oh boy. It's going to be hard to keep this spoiler-free, but I didn't want to just write something for the people who have already read Caraval and Legendary. After all, I definitely want to encourage you to read them all.

I was *highly* anticipating Finale, and I'm so, so glad it did not disappoint! The end of Legendary left me with a "Ahh! OMG!!" kind of feeling, so I was 100% ready to dive into this conclusion. I listened to the audiobook, which was read by Rebecca Soler, who can do no wrong. (She also read the Cinder series, among many others.)

Finale followed in the footsteps of the previous two books, but continuing to bewitch me with its magic. Stephanie Garber's world is awe inspired. It expands my mind with its colors and possibilities. It encourages the reader to dream bold and dream wild. 

I also really enjoyed seeing and learning new aspects of all the characters -- Legend, of course, but also Julian, Paradise, and even some of the horrible Fates. I found myself liking Scarlett better than Tella in this one, which is interesting -- because I didn't love Scarlett in Caraval and I really enjoyed Tella in Legendary. But maybe having both of their points of view in one book really showed their true characters. I don't know, I just found myself admiring Scarlett in this book and finding Tella to be...headstrong to the point of eye roll and sometimes a little irritating? 

But I have to say it again, the best part of this series is how much it completely swept me away. It was truly immersive. I wasn't stuck in traffic on a busy highway on a rainy morning -- I was seeing, smelling, tasting, and feeling unbelievable, impossible things. 

I absolutely recommend this series.

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