The devil’s thief! (review)

Title: The devil’s thief.

Author: Lisa Maxwell.

Format: Audiobook.

Publisher: Simon Pulse.

Page count: 704.

Release day: October 9th 2018.

Genre: YA, fantasy, historical.

Rating: 4.5 stars.

*May contain spoilers for book 1, see that review here!*

What is it about? (Summary from GoodReads)

Hunt the Stones.
Beware the Thief.
Avenge the Past.

Esta’s parents were murdered. Her life was stolen. And everything she knew about magic was a lie. She thought the Book of Mysteries held the key to freeing the Mageus from the Order’s grasp, but the danger within its pages was greater than she ever imagined.
Now the Book’s furious power lives inside Harte. If he can’t control it, it will rip apart the world to get its revenge, and it will use Esta to do it.
To bind the power, Esta and Harte must track down four elemental stones scattered across the continent. But the world outside the city is like nothing they expected. There are Mageus beyond the Brink not willing to live in the shadows—and the Order isn’t alone in its mission to crush them.
In St. Louis, the extravagant World’s Fair hides the first stone, but an old enemy is out for revenge and a new enemy is emerging. And back in New York, Viola and Jianyu must defeat a traitor in a city on the verge of chaos.
As past and future collide, time is running out to rewrite history—even for a time-traveling thief.

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My thoughts:

So after absolutely loving book one, my expectations for this book were sky high! So it might be my fault, but I loved this book slightly less then book one.

I absolutely loved going back into this world, and seeing the characters again. I just love the main characters, they are so interesting and I love their connection. There were also a lot of new characters introduced, who I learned to like over time.

I had three ‘problems’ with this book. Really small problems, but they did take some of my enjoyment.

My main problem with this book was with the time line. In the first book I really liked the time traveling, but the two different time lines were easily distinguishable. One time line in 1902, the other in the current time. But in this book there were two stories, one in 1902 and the other in 1904, and there were some similar characters, which made it so hard to separate the stories. I understood the two stories, I had no problems with that, but I kept being confused about why they were not meeting each other, and then realizing that they were actually not in the same time haha.

The next one is going to be really vague, but I don’t want to spoil the book. It had to do with a book, and what happens with it. It just was a bit weird, and I don’t fully grasp the concept.

And me not grasping that concept fully brings me to my last point, the ending was so confusing. But I think that is because I already didn’t fully understand, which made the ending even harder to understand.

I don’t know how I made this review sound do negative.. I LOVED this book! I love the concept of this magic system, it is so interesting. I think this book just has ‘middle book syndrome’, I’m expecting the last book to be amazing, and I can’t wait for the release!

Which second book did you enjoy less than the first?

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