that clip of spongebob crying into a cup and then drinking his tears and crying again was me during the last half of this book But if you abandoned the idea that such a paradise awaited you, and believed that you would live this life over and over again, would you not live the life you hadthoughtfully Make a better history4.5 stars rounded up The King of Crows, while not the perfect finale, is a solid book and ending to a series that has found its place in the deepest parts of my heart and soul I m not going to lie, I was initially disappointed with this finale after finishing reading it But after thinBut if you abandoned the idea that such a paradise awaited you, and believed that you would live this life over and over again, would you not live the life you hadthoughtfully Make a better history4.5 stars rounded up The King of Crows, while not the perfect finale, is a solid book and ending to a series that has found its place in the deepest parts of my heart and soul I m not going to lie, I was initially disappointed with this finale after finishing reading it But after thinking on the book and series as a whole, I am going to go ahead and rate this book 4.5 stars.Like the rest of its predecessors, The King of Crows is at once an actual ghost story and a story about the specter history leaves on the present From prose, to atmosphere, to plotting and pacing, to characters, and romance, Libba Bray succeeded in crafting a multi faceted story that I was destined to fall in love with in all aspects Prose Bravo, Libba Bray If I left it at that, that d be sufficient I think to describe Bray s writing style and the impact it leaves on its readers Her writing is a poem, written in blood A gut punch, described in ink A grainy photo, haunting and blurry Bray chooses to frame the story in omniscient third person tense, jumping from character to character s thoughts in the same scene what this achieves is a flowing, tense narrative that allows her to keep the pace of the novel going while not neglecting her characters and the importance their thoughts and motives have on the narrative I don t know how Libba Bray does it, but her descriptive and almost purple prose allows her to both paint a portrait of the 1920 s and all of its glamour and rot while still keeping an intimate focus on her characters Somehow, her writing allows the reader to both see the minor and the major, and keep characters and setting both at the foreground Her writing is superb in the way that it somehow describes character thought, muses on history and stories and , and builds the atmosphere these novels are so well known for brick by brick All with the same finesse Atmosphere I think when you think of The Diviners, atmosphere is the first word that comes to mind Unlike the previous novel, the characters are not in the New York City for the whole novel This time, the atmosphere takes the form of the old, intimate, and a bit claustrophobic air of small, rural, and forgotten towns of the 1920 s It s a bit quieter, but twice as terrifying as there is no city noise to cover up the risen ghosts of the past The atmosphere casts that old, black and white 1920 s movie magic on the series The Roaring 20 s comes alive with Libba Bray s writing and readers ache with nostalgia for this time a time when most, if not all, of her readers weren t even alive The atmosphere and aesthetic this book series brings to the table is honestly unmatched Plot and pacing If I had to describe the plot of this book in one world, it would be homecoming all of the characters, in one way or the other, are forced to confront the ghosts of their pasts Whether it d be a place where they had once lived, a person they once knew, or a combination of one or the other Libba Bray splits off our cast into different groups, placing characters together who you never thought would be together in situations that force them to travel together view spoiler After fifty or so pages, the Diviners are forced to split up for various sub plots or sub missions Evie, Theta, and Isaiah go off to rescue Sam Memphis, Henry, Bill end up heading to New Orleans Ling, Jericho, and Alma are on a traveling circuit hide spoiler I loved this aspect of the novel Each individual character is forced to confront something that lied in their past Some highlights include view spoiler Evie having to go back to Zenith, dressed as a clown nonetheless Alma and Ling Henry WHO I WAS SO SCARED FOR DURING THAT SCENE DURING THE FLOOD hide spoiler As for the pacing, it fit well with the events of the novel and although I was lowkey a bit miffed when view spoiler freeing Sam took less than two chapters, I understand why it was done so quick hide spoiler But honestly, yet another almost perfect facet of this book.Characters Hands down, the best part of this series and book I fucking love each and every one of them Do I have favorites Sure Evie, Henry, Ling, and Sam But ultimately, The Diviners as a found family are second only to The Crows from Six of Crows in terms of love I just love each and every one of them individually and together Libba Bray is a fucking master at character work I think the best marker of this is the fact that by the start and end of this novel, none of the characters are recognizable from the way they were at the beginning of the series or when they were introduced for the first time They ve all developed so much and I knew going in to this novel, I wasn t going to get out unscathed because I was attached to all of them in some way I would go into each of them individually, but then I d reach a character limit on this review Also, I love all of the romances in this novel bar one Which brings me to why this is a 4.5 stars rather than a full 5 star rating view spoiler I 100% knew Jericho was going to be the one going to die if anyone was going to die And it happened, which is fine I m glad it did His romance plot in this novel was not it, but I did like the resolution we got with him and Evie The death toll does rack up, although I was nervous Henry was going to die which phew As for the actual, unexpected death Isaiah s death was shocking and a bit off putting at first, as I generally don t like when authors kill kids or animals as I think it s kind of a cheap way to get tears out of your readers However, Libba Bray somehow knew this and created a subversion of this plot Which made me love this book evenIsaiah is the one who ultimately defeats The King of Crows, which YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS hide spoiler Conclusively, thank you for whoever read this behemoth of a review I cannot express enough gratitude to Libba Bray for writing this series A queen While this is my least favorite of my quartet, I still love every page of it If you haven t picked up The Diviners, go pick it up now I promise you It uses speculative elements to examine issues like racism, xenophobia, and homophobia It contains all the glitter of the 1920 s while not neglecting its dark underbelly This book and series will find its way into your soul and haunt you long after you pick it up, in a good way I guarantee you The Breath Taking Finale To The Epic New York Times Bestseller, The Diviners, From Printz Winner And Beloved Author, Libba BrayAfter The Horrifying Explosion That Claimed One Of Their Own, The Diviners Find Themselves Wanted By The US Government, And On The Brink Of War With The King Of CrowsWhile Memphis And Isaiah Run For Their Lives From The Mysterious Shadow Men, Isaiah Receives A Startling Vision Of A Girl, Sarah Beth Olson, Who Could Shift The Balance In Their Struggle For Peace Sarah Beth Says She Knows How To Stop The King Of Crows But, She Will Need The Diviners Help To Do ItElsewhere, Jericho Has Returned After His Escape From Jake Marlowe S Estate, Where He Has Learned The Shocking Truth Behind The King Of Crow S Plans Now, The Diviners Must Travel To Bountiful, Nebraska, In Hopes Of Joining Forces With Sarah Beth And To Stop The King Of Crows And His Army Of The Dead ForeverBut As Rumors Of Towns Becoming Ghost Towns And The Dead Developing Unprecedented Powers Begin To Surface, All Hope Seems To Be LostIn This Sweeping Finale, The Diviners Will Be Forced To Confront Their Greatest Fears And Learn To Rely On One Another If They Hope To Save The Nation, And World From Catastrophe If Sam dies we riot at dawn But if you abandoned the idea that such a paradise awaited you, and believe that you would live this life over and over again, would you not live the life you hadthoughtfully Would you not think carefully about your choices Would you not live with abandon love and love and love someThe real Diviner powers were the friends we made along the way.Old joke I m very clever, I knowBut if you abandoned the idea that such a paradise awaited you, and believe that you would live this life over and over again, would you not live the life you hadthoughtfully Would you not think carefully about your choices Would you not live with abandon love and love and love someThe real Diviner powers were the friends we made along the way.Old joke I m very clever, I know I thought this series was over The final instalment to one of my favourite YA series ever, a series which didn t simply sit in the YA genre, but crossed into historical fiction, paranormal, and fantasy too.This is the final book of the series, so please don t read if you haven t read Book 1 The Diviners Book 2 Lair of Dreams Book 3 Before The Devil Breaks You I ve been weighing up the pros and cons of The King of Crows for a few days now, and I m still not 100% sure how I feel about it Initially I did feel disa The final instalment to one of my favourite YA series ever, a series which didn t simply sit in the YA genre, but crossed into historical fiction, paranormal, and fantasy too.This is the final book of the series, so please don t read if you haven t read Book 1 The Diviners Book 2 Lair of Dreams Book 3 Before The Devil Breaks You I ve been weighing up the pros and cons of The King of Crows for a few days now, and I m still not 100% sure how I feel about it Initially I did feel disappointed with how Libba Bray ended this wonderful series, but its hard to stay mad when these characters and their escapades brought me so much joy I loved the series, but this was definitely my least favourite of all the books First the positives, Libba Bray is a fantastic writer, whose writing pulls you into the story She quite clearly did a lot of research, and it shone through, transporting me back to both the magic, and the dark side of the 1920 s January LaVoy was again magnificent as the narrator, portaying multiple characters, and sounding like a full cast was used, but really it s a one woman machine killing it The setting Whilst the other three books were set in atmospheric NYC, The King of Crows roamed all over the USA, as the characters fled the city on their separate adventures I liked these journeys through small, claustrophobic, ignorant small town America The characters As you know, if you ve read my reviews of the previous books in the series, I love those guys They started out as a bunch of misfits, but ended up being each other s family I loved the journey that each character well maybe not all of them made, as they grew up, faced their past, and I felt they were all so well developed over the series I was so attached to them, and felt constantly on edge worrying about them, as this evil author did not shy away from killing off her characters I also really appreciated that some characters got to interact with those which they wouldn t usually Jericho and Ling s journey was really interesting But the mix which I liked the best was Bill, Memphis and Henry It really showcased some of the appalling racism of that era I loved the strong messages of hope and love when faced with racism, ableism, homophobia, xenophobia, Anti Semitism, and oppression through class, and the eugenics programme Many people behaved and treated people who were different appallingly, and Bray didn t shy away from that in these books As I read this series, it became ever apparent to me, that today isn t actually all that different from a century ago Worldwide, we have seen a resurgence of hate for those who don t fit into the white, heterosexual box, as it were It made me feel really quite depressed really, at how little some people have moved on from that era But these characters supported each other, and it was so precious I love to see all kinds of people represented, especially in fantasy books Sam No justification needed lolNow to the parts which I felt let me down The lack of a chilling mystery element, was really felt in this book In the other books, there was always something to be investigated, and solved, and this book didn t really have that element, which was a shame At times, especially towards the end of the book, the narration felt a little bit over preachy to me The lack of NYC That was part of the magic for me, the glamourous, yet gritty city was so atmospheric view spoiler No epic battle I started to get worried, when the book was in the 80 something percent, and there was still no sign of a show down with the King of Crows This so often happens in YA fantasy, where there is so much fantastic build up and tension, only for the final battle to be a let down, over within a page or two It leaves me furious every single time damnit The KOC was defeated way too damn easily He became like a cartoon villain in this instalment, and then was swiftly swept to the side, despite being such a menacing presence throughout the whole series It was all tied up too quickly, and the resolution was far too easy, over in a few pages I mean come on The pace was often slow, this was a big book, but it took me quite a while to plod through some of it Sarah Beth being evil called it Jericho being a martyr not surprised The Theta Roy show down pathetic That amazing woman shoulda killed that abusive son of a bitch Then the final injustice IsaiahI was bawling my eyes out when he was murdered, I truly was devastated BUT bringing him back to life What a cowards way out I did like that it was him who defeated the man in the stove pipe hat, since he always felt left out, and not heard, but I was rolling my eyes and grumbling to myself when he didn t stay dead DON T BE AFRAID TO KILL OFF MAIN CHARACTERS hide spoiler So with a heavy heart, I think I will have to give this final book in the Diviners series a three star rating I cant go any lower, because really I loved the world, and I would read about anything that these characters did I would still whole heartedly recommend this epic series to anyone though, and really enjoyed listening to it Here we go friends Don t mind me, I ll just be the one crying in the corner, waiting for February 4th 3 starsWho got to decide what made somebody an American America, the ideal of it at least, was its own form of elusive magicI hate to say it, or write it, but The King of Crows wasn t a very satisfying conclusion to The Diviners series While it isn t as drawn out as the finale to the Gemma Doyle series which was around 800 pages it struck me as being similarly anticlimactic In The King of Crows the pacing of the story is all over the place and the characters have very rushed an 3 starsWho got to decide what made somebody an American America, the ideal of it at least, was its own form of elusive magicI hate to say it, or write it, but The King of Crows wasn t a very satisfying conclusion to The Diviners series While it isn t as drawn out as the finale to the Gemma Doyle series which was around 800 pages it struck me as being similarly anticlimactic In The King of Crows the pacing of the story is all over the place and the characters have very rushed and unsatisfying arcs.Nearly three years have gone by since the release of Before the Devil Breaks You Given that this series started back in 2012, it isn t all that surprising that I d forgotten a quite a few major plot points Still, I remembered the diviners, their personalities and powers, as well as their group dynamics Libba Bray doesn t spend too much time recapitulating old events, and once I caught up or remembered what was going on I found the first few chapters of this novel to be promising enough Once the diviners are scattered across America however the story s upbeat pace comes to a halt What follows over the course of the next three hundred pages is a tedious repetition of similar scenarios The diviners encounter good folk, who are willing to help them or understand what it means to be different such as the members of a circus , as well as horrible individuals and groups of people the most noticeable being the KKK They all come to terms with their simultaneously beautiful and terrible country world All the while we get random chapters showing us that ghosts are coming phrases such as ghosts are coming and this country is full of ghosts are repeated so many times as to loose the initial sense of danger and urgency that they carried The confusing showdown between our good guys aka the diviners and the baddies is crammed in the last hundred pages The narrative in The King of Crows lacked the mystery factor that made the other volumes in this series intriguing In short the story is just padding Characters behave as flimsy versions of their former selves Evie and Ling, both of whom I previously really liked, were simply irritating and had very rushed storylines that seemed to add very little to their overall arc Take Henry Most of his scenes revolve around the way in which his sexuality is deemed abnormal by his society That s pretty much it Ling s sections also often emphasise her sexuality Whereas those scenes that focus on characters such as Memphis and Theta seem to focus on other aspects of their lives their general desires and fears, etc Jericho has the most eye roll worthy storyline which sees him view spoiler becoming a martyr.the only way in which the narrative could forgive him after his having assaulted Evie He also has a very superficial romantic relationship with a character that is so memorable that I have forgotten her namewhat was the point in that hide spoiler Even the banter between the various diviners felt unimaginative At times their conversations and discussions seem to rely on their catchphrases Evie says something scandalous , Sam says something flirty, Jericho doesn t get whatever is going on, Ling is disapproving None of the romances were interesting They mostly revolved around cute nicknames such as baby vamp and on scenes featuring some very uninspired flirting The King of Crows is a Disney type of villain I remember that the first instalments of this series presented us with creepy or fascinating antagonistsbut this guy is just dull He has a few cameos here and there, scares our protagonists, does some mayhem, and is very much the novel s boogeyman The setting too seemed to lack its usual spark and vibrancy Previously I loved the way in which Bray brought 1920s New York to life In this volume however most of the action is outside of New York, and we read of a series of small and forgettable townswhich do not make very intriguing backdrops.The plot was full of convenient coincidences What frustrated me the most was a revelation towards the end, which came as no surprise whatsoever view spoiler the creepy child was actually working for the King of Crows I say hide spoiler Bray draws an unsubtle parallel between the rampant racism, sexism, xenophobia, homophobia, anti Semitism, othering, and other forms of bigotry of the 1920s and today s political climate there are phrases such as get out of our country Her approaches to some of these topics came across as rather on the nose For example when Theta learns that someone she likes was raised by slave owners she has such an unbelievably naive how could she reaction The epilogue struck me as predictable view spoiler they loose their powers Jericho dies And yes, Hitler Of course hide spoiler All in allthis was an incredibly disappointing followup to Before the Devil Breaks You While Bray is an undoubtedly good writer The King of Crows simply lacks the glamour and electricity that made the other instalments so muchengaging and atmospheric It had a meandering narrative, with lots of repetition regarding the importance of storytelling and stories, a passage from Nietzsche which felt rather out of place, some lacklustre cosmic horror, and a cast of one dimensional characters.Readreviews on my blog View all my reviews on Goodreads Maybe for of a 3.5 but uhh, I can t believe how just okay this was I Loved Before the Devil Breaks You so much and this whole series but this was so boring At one point it was almost a chore to pick it up Nothing happens for most of it, the characters just wander around All the momentum from the end of the last book is lost Some of the character arcs didn t make sense to me and the climax was unsatisfying and way too easy quick I don t even want to talk about it, it hurts me to no Maybe for of a 3.5 but uhh, I can t believe how just okay this was I Loved Before the Devil Breaks You so much and this whole series but this was so boring At one point it was almost a chore to pick it up Nothing happens for most of it, the characters just wander around All the momentum from the end of the last book is lost Some of the character arcs didn t make sense to me and the climax was unsatisfying and way too easy quick I don t even want to talk about it, it hurts me to not give this a five star after waiting literally ten years for this series conclusion Stories were power And whoever controlled the story controlled everything A story could bring people together, or it could tear them apart It could spread like a sickness, infecting people It could lead them into battle or shake them into seeing what they had refused to see before first of all fucking ouch let it be known that i would do anything for theta knightThis was definitely the most anticipated release of 2020 for me The Diviners series is so near and dear to my heart I t Stories were power And whoever controlled the story controlled everything A story could bring people together, or it could tear them apart It could spread like a sickness, infecting people It could lead them into battle or shake them into seeing what they had refused to see before first of all fucking ouch let it be known that i would do anything for theta knightThis was definitely the most anticipated release of 2020 for me The Diviners series is so near and dear to my heart I truly feel a connection with these characters and with the story I feel like i m actually there in the story with them, feeling their pain and anger and hopefulness, as if they re a part of myself I feel as if i ve found my own family in their found family Libba Bray is a master at creating atmosphere and developing interesting character arcs I will always treasure this series forever Now, i have to say that this was probably my least favorite of the series I didn t like how easy the ending was and i think the pacing was a little slow But that might ve just been the fact that i wanted to know what happened so bad that i ignored reading this on purpose, so it took me almost 2 weeks to finish this Makes sense Nope The writing as always was filled with beautiful and inspiring prose that left my heart aching forThe themes and discussions were handled very well in my opinion I love where all the characters ended up emotionally and physically, but i also think there should ve beenof a focus on the actual plot since this is the last book I feel like the plot twists were obvious and the ending was packed up too neatly, which was really underwhelming Don t get me wrong i was balling my eyes out for the last 150 pages but i still thought that the plot was lacking Overall, a solid end to a dazzling series that i will definitely return to many rereads in the future If you haven t picked this series up already, you should Like right now what do you mean no title what do you mean no cover wHat dO yOu mEan nO reLeasE yEAR WHAT DO YOU MEAN NO SYNOPSIS WHAT DO YOU M E A N