This audiobook, just like book one in the series, was narrated once more by the highly talented January LaVoy. She did an excellent job yet again on making the characters come alive. It was an enjoyable listen.
Even longer than its previous installment, this one clocked in at a listening time of 20 hours and 12 minutes. (613 pages.)
We follow our same cast of characters while also adding in some new ones. NYC is plagued with a sleeping sickness, we find more characters with Diviner powers-some we already know and love-and we have more diversity. I loved that not only was there characters from the U.S. but also from China. We also got to dive more into the relationships. From the established ones of Thetta and Memphis to a “faked for the audience” one of Evie and Sam that haltingly blossomed into something more…
My favorite one was the backstory we got on Louie and Henry. I could see the “twist” coming from a mile away (and won’t spoil it) but it was heartbreaking and I am not ashamed to admit that I teared up at it.
The dream-walking elements were a fun adventure and the ending was a great set-up for the third in the series due out in the Fall of 2017. (See Bonus Note at the end of this post)
Just as with the first in the series, this one is not by any means a light read, it is a highly engaging and entertaining one too. I very much enjoyed getting into more of the characters backstories.
Again here, Libba Bray did a lot of research on the 1920s and it shines through into her fictional world.
Recommended to not only the YA lovers out there, but also to adults looking to get wrapped up in a supernatural thriller taking place in the 1920s era that includes religious extremism (even more in this one I felt), mystery, and still a lot of sass.
Don’t have kittens, you can find this one pretty easily. So, it’s Jake. If you know your onions you’ll check this one out! It is the cat’s pajamas, the bees knees, and a roaring good time.
There is a third book in the series, “Before the Devil Breaks You”, releasing on October 3, 2017. Slated to be 560 pages, a smidgen shorter than its predecessors, I will definitely be seeking this third installment out.