The Divinity Bureau

The Divinity Bureau

by Tessa Clare
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The Divinity Bureau 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
DarqueDreamer 9 days ago
The Divinity Bureau is a hard hitting, dystopian romance. It has danger, passion, and betrayal. Be prepared for a fascinating ride with unpredictable twists and turns. This one was an interesting read for me. It started off a little slow, with a bit too much world information, but slowly picked up and hooked me. It was a little more YA romance/plot driven than I am used to, but it was enjoyable. It had some predictable moments, and some entertaining, unpredictable moments. For a debut novel, I think it was well written, with some nice world building, but could have used a little more character development. The characters were enjoyable, and unique, but I just didn't connect with them as much as I would have liked. April had her good moments, and her bad. For the most part, she was enjoyable, and felt like a real, privileged, rich, college student. But, she also had moments where she acted like she was still in high school. She showed moments of bravery and determination, but also showed moments of naiveté and stubbornness.  Roman was a little more enjoyable because he wasn't a typical YA "male hero." He was the "IT guy"." He was smart, sweet, and moral. He felt real, the majority of the time, because he wasn't hyped up to unrealistic standards. He made mistakes and truly cared about April. He did have moments where he felt a little flat to me, but he was refreshing to read when compared to overly dramatized, conflicted bad boy heroes. The world, and plot, that Clare created here was familiar, and exceptional, all at once. It definitely felt like it drew inspiration from some of the big hitting YA novels, but also had its own originality to it. That is what I enjoyed most about it, because the story had just enough familiarity to draw me in, and then enough originality to keep me turning the page. Though the plot did feel a bit formulaic at times, it still had a strong drive with plenty of twists to keep me on the edge of my seat. So, there was definitely more good than bad here. The Divinity Bureau had its flaws, but it was a unique, romantic, page turner. It had some enjoyable science fiction bits mixed in with a corrupt, dystopian government, similar to The Hunger Games, and it had intrigue and unpredictability. I would definitely recommend it to true YA lovers and I am looking forward to reading more from the author. I would rate it 3.5 to 4 stars. Thank you to Reads and Reels for providing me with this free e-copy in exchange for my honest review.
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