Monday, February 25, 2019

Before the Devil Breaks You by Libba Bray

Author: Libba Bray
Original title: Before the Devil Breaks You
Edition Language: English  
Series: The Diviners #3  
Genres: Fantasy  
Format: Audio book  
Read by: January LaVoy
Duration: 21h26m

    After battling a supernatural sleeping sickness that early claimed two of their own, the Diviners have had enough of lies. They're more determined than ever to uncover the mystery behind their extraordinary powers, even as they face off against an all-new terror. With terrible accounts of murder and possession flooding in from all over, and New York City on the verge of panic, the Diviners must band together and brave the sinister ghosts invading the asylum, a fight that will bring them fact-to-face with the King of Crows. But as the explosive secrets of the past come to light, loyalties and friendships will be tested, love will hang in the balance, and the Diviners will question all that they've ever known. All the while, malevolent forces gather from every corner in a battle for the very soul of a nation--a fight that could claim the Diviners themselves. 

My thoughts:
      I was waiting so much for this book and was a bit disappointed by it. First of all, I did not like how it ended. The first two books were logically rounded and felt like completed stories. This one, however, ended on a cliffhanger and none of the story lines were completed. Secondly, there was too much sex in the end: it felt like an end-of-the-world resolution: almost everyone coupled in about 2-3 chapters. It is not that I am against love lines, but all of them were rushed together and it felt too much at the end, though I was waiting for some couples come together for almost 3 books.
     And, finally, the new characters that were introduced in this book were not enchanting and I did not feel for them. And the deaths of the old ones just broke my heart! Why? Just why? Does not make sense to me at all.
      Altogether, I think the book was a bit rushed, so much action and not much motivation behind. And after all the adventures in book 1 and 2, I expect more self-control and patience of Evie and others, since they learned that the world is not black and white, but the only rational person is still Ling Chan and Henry. Definitely a weaker book than Lair of Dreams but still solid and I am looking forward to the final one.

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