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text 2017-10-20 03:40
Halloween Bingo - Haunted Houses
Before the Devil Breaks You (The Diviners) - Libba Bray

My pick for the Haunted Houses square was Before the Devil Breaks You. The city in this book is being overrun by ghosts, so there are quite a few haunted buildings that the Diviners have to deal with. The most prominent haunted building was a hospital, but there were several houses that were haunted as well.

 

 

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review 2017-10-15 21:57
Before the Devil Breaks You Book Review
Before the Devil Breaks You: The Diviner... Before the Devil Breaks You: The Diviners, Book 3 - Libba Bray,January LaVoy,Listening Library

Sigh. I have very mixed feelings about this. I love the first one, enjoyed the second one and feel like this book three is very fillerish for the final book. A lot of the scaryness is gone. It's very political and not at all why I started this series and got so invested. I'm one of those people that like to read, be entertained without the necessities of making everything political. 

 

I love Theta and Memphis. They are probably my favorite characters in the book. Jericho didn't do much this time around and even Evie was a little boring at times. Its a long one and half of it wasn't necessary. 

 

I'll still read the next one but I'm hoping Libba Bray has more of that scary, ghostly goodness left for this series. 

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text 2017-09-01 15:35
Reading progress update: I've read 1 out of 578 pages.
The Diviners - Libba Bray

Got this big book in the mail yesterday *yay* Perfect for my Supernatural square (pretty creepy already) Hopefully rest of my books come in soon

  

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review 2017-05-25 00:00
Lair of Dreams
Lair of Dreams - Libba Bray Loved this sequel to 1920s YA supernatural/paranormal/horror/historical fiction/romance/...comedy-fantasy? Or whatever it is? Love to see the genre boundaries getting blurred like this. Libba Bray is an incredibly skilled writer, successfully juggling an enormous cast with complex motivations and backstories against a truly frightening supernatural mystery-thriller and all with well-researched, creative and tone-perfect 1920s historic reference. I found Diviners both more frightening and less diverse than Lair of Dreams, and I'll be looking forward to where things go from here, since the secretive government conspiracy in the background seems to be heating up. Only complaints are that it does feel a bit jarring to start the book, so well-grounded is it in its historic setting and language, and the diverse cast gets a little peripheral at times. However, the very relevant themes around (historical) racism, race and class issues came out more strongly than in Diviners, and yet were perfectly integrated with the story, never detracting from the narrative and characterization. Brilliant writing.
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review 2017-03-20 00:00
Beauty Queens
Beauty Queens - Libba Bray Hilarious tongue-in-cheek feminist satirical comedy? Or something? Anyways, it was very well developed, with a huge cast that go through remarkable personal growth, and a fairly balanced perspective - some pages spent on male identity issues, for instance. Like a lot of the latest wave of feminism, there's broad representation (variety of economic, race, sex orientation and identity incorporated) as well as pro-sex perspectives, so depending on your background and position, you'll be cheering throughout, or mildly disturbed. The whole thing is fairly inoffensive as humour - or massively offensive, if you take it seriously, I guess. I found it pretty funny and timely, but wouldn't necessarily recommend it for younger teens. Quick & fun read with some challenging and thought-provoking material tucked in among the laughs and silliness.
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