Before the Devil Breaks You by Libba Bray

Before the Devil Breaks You

New York City.1927.Lights are bright.Jazz is king.Parties are wild.And the dead are coming...After battling a supernatural sleeping sickness that early claimed two of their own, the Diviners have had enough of lies. They're more determined than ever to uncover the mystery behind their extraordinary powers, even as they face off against an all-new terror. Out on Ward's Isla...

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Before the Devil Breaks You Reviews

  • Mikee Andrea (ReadWithMikee)

    You all need to figure out what the heck you want to do with these covers and stick with it. Not that you guys needed to change them in the first place. -__-

    And they just keep getting worse and worse. The cover for The Diviners was phenomenal.

    BUT NOPE. YOU GUYS WANTED TO

    You all need to figure out what the heck you want to do with these covers and stick with it. Not that you guys needed to change them in the first place. -__-

    And they just keep getting worse and worse. The cover for The Diviners was phenomenal.

    BUT NOPE. YOU GUYS WANTED TO

    CHANGE THE COVER TO THIS:

    And now we're stuck with this:

  • Cameron Cassidy

    Libba officially announced today DIVINERS #3 is coming out spring 2017!!!! Commence the heavy breathing

    Edit-

    Fall 2017 NOOOOOOOOO!! Libba POR QUÉ! PORQUOI! PER CHE! ПОЧЕМУ! WARUM! يلهجضصرِ! WHY IN EVERY LANGUAGE!!

  • georgia ☽

    word count has gone up to 560 pages yes yes yes i'm so excited

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    and a title!!! ahh i love it, it's perfect!!!

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    is that a... release date???

    I'M SO PUMPED!!!!

    (except... that page count is wrong, right?? the other books were all so long that i'd be kinda gutted if this one was so short)

  • Chesca

    OMG IT HAS A RELEASE DATE AND A BLURB. OMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMG. I LOVE ASYLUMS! I mean, I love stories that take place in such eerie atmospheres, not that I've been to one and found it enjoyable.

    But please tell me that the page count is wrong. 336 pages?? Are you kidding me?! I was expecting 800 pages!

  • Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)

    How am I supposed to move on from this?! My heart is broken 😭😭😭😭😭 will post more coherent thoughts when I get over my feels

  • Roshani Chokshi

    This series. Y'all. It's phenomenal. Beautiful, timely, intoxicatingly real and meticulously researched. Libba is a genius. Do not sleep on this series. Though when you start, I'm not sure you'll be able to find sleep anyway.

  • Delanie

    I'm sorry, WHAT IN THE WORLD IS THIS COVER?

    I hate being so vocal about something like this, but this is the third cover change for the series with just as many books. The difference between Diviners 1 & 2 was annoying enough, but now this?! I absolutely ADORE this series, and it deserves a better cover. With a consistent theme. That's all I gotta say.

  • Aleksandra

    First thing you need to know is that

    Second thing you need to know that

    , I highly recommend to read the series (first book is

    , the second is

    ) and as it's the third book, I won't be saying any detailed thoughts on plot or character development, because spoilers.

    Third thing you need to know that I'll be overusing words like amazing, gorgeous and favorit

    First thing you need to know is that

    Second thing you need to know that

    , I highly recommend to read the series (first book is

    , the second is

    ) and as it's the third book, I won't be saying any detailed thoughts on plot or character development, because spoilers.

    Third thing you need to know that I'll be overusing words like amazing, gorgeous and favorite, because

    This book is a true masterpiece, it is simply flawless, I always look for diverse books with great plot and lovable characters. This book is it!

    The book has one of the most complex and multi-layred stories I've ever come across. A lot of the events happening in book 3 were set up in book 1, little scenes and moments came into play in the third book oh did the author delivered a great story. The book is a total page-turner, it's gripping, it's creepy and it makes you think. Moreover, there are 7+ pov plot lines and it wasn't bothersome or overcrowded, I love all main characters equally and the story is so well-balanced between different povs, subplot and major plot line. Libba Bray is a queen of Plotting and Writing.

    Diverse characters in historical setting where their marginalization and its influence on their life is addressed and discussed!

    There are found family and misfits coming together tropes, which are my absolute favorite tropes. All the characters are well-drafted, flawed and real. There are people of color, disabled and queer characters as main characters. I wanted to say who is my favorite character is but I can't pick one, I just can't, so allow me to gush about all of them for a bit.

    *Evie is Object Reader and she's the star, I love that she's selfish, vain and she loves being in the center of attention, yes, she's flawed, but also Evie is loyal, passionate and she would do everything to protect the people she loves.

    *Mabel Rose is sweet and kind, but that might be her downfall? Mabel was truly shining in this novel. I loved her arc.

    *Sam Lloyd aka Sergei Lubovitch is Russian-Jewish immigrant, he's a thief and he jokes around, but same as Evie, when it comes to protecting his family he would do anything, he has a good heart, I love my sweet Russian boy.

    *Jericho, Jericho, Jericho... I have conflicted feelings about him, but I do believe he has a good heart and I'm looking forward to seeing his further character development.

    *Memphis is black boy in New York, he is numbers runner for local gang and he's aspiring poet, also he's a healer. Memphis is the sweetest, I love him so much! Memphis has a younger brother Isaiah who's also a Diviner. I loved reading their sibling dynamics.

    *Theta, Theta, Theta..she's an actress, dancer and a Diviner. Also she's a survivor of domestic abuse and she's the stronger person in the story imo. Her arc is one of the best in the whole series. She has had such a journey and I'm so proud of who she's become.

    *Ling, my beautiful science nerd from China Town, she's biracial disabled girl and she's homoromantic asexual. She's passionate about science, she's a good daughter and a good friend! Ling is a Dreamwalker and she's the friends with another dreamwalker Henry. (btw there are hints on future romance for Ling, I can't wait)

    *Henry DuBois The Fourth is a darling, he's very talented musician, he has been friends with Theta since before the events of the series. Henry is gay son who runs away from his rich family (it's one of the focuses of Lair of Dreams btw). I love Henry so much.

    Honorary mention of Connor whom I'll protect at all cost.

    The antagonists and villains of the story are well-written as well. Without revealing too much about the plot, I say they are terrifying and realistic. Both supernatural threats and just plain humans, they were terrifying.

    is timely and important book. A book set in 1920s is so relevant today, history repeats itself. Libba Bray addresses a lot of difficult topics with outrage and fury these topics deserve. I loved it. The book isn't a one-issue story, every aspect of the world and that time weaven seamlessly together to create amazing complex story, one I've never read before.

    All in all,

    Highly recommend!

    bigotry, racism, slurs, abuse, domestic abuse, eugenics, various manifestations of ideas of white "superiority", kidnapping, forced medication, attempted sexual assault (please let me know if I've forgotten something, I'll include it to the list)

  • Emily May

    . I have been taking a little longer to read this than I usually would, but that is because I have been savouring it (hell knows when we'll get the next one!), wanting to linger as long as possible in the glitzy, jazz-filled horrors of this paranormal 1920s New Y

    . I have been taking a little longer to read this than I usually would, but that is because I have been savouring it (hell knows when we'll get the next one!), wanting to linger as long as possible in the glitzy, jazz-filled horrors of this paranormal 1920s New York City.

    In this instalment, the diverse gang of diviners are threatened by a supernatural creature known as the King of Crows. Ghosts haunt each of them - Evie, Memphis, Ling, Sam, Isaiah, Theta and Henry - both through their own personal monsters and the bigger demon they must all face. As the supernatural occurrences and the natural-world's government seem ever more entwined, it becomes clear that the Diviners's problems could be even bigger than first realised.

    Bray has, once again, got the atmosphere just right. I felt like I was in 1920s New York. I could feel the air on my face and hear the jazz music. I love how each scene was so carefully crafted. I was right there in the speakeasies with the characters and, so, when the monsters came, my heart was pounding too. I am thrilled to hear that there are more books planned for this series.

    However, this

    1920s America, and so there is more than ghosts to face. Both

    and

    included, in many ways, political aspects, but the current political climate lends even greater weight to the issues explored in this novel. As Bray powerfully states in the Author's Note:

    And she doesn't sugarcoat the horrors of the times. Racism, anti-semitism and the eugenics movement are part of everyday life for our characters. The book's cast includes characters who are black, mixed race (Chinese/Irish), Jewish, gay, a person with a physical disability, and others who are mentally ill. This latter allows the author to explore a particularly horrific aspect of the 1920s - the treatment of mentally ill patients in government institutions. Even several decades after the publication of Nellie Bly's

    (1887), progress was slow-going.

    . This is easily one of my favourite and most consistent YA series. It is somehow both a fun, easy read, and a darker, deeper look at humanity. It's interesting how fantasy can be used to reveal very real aspects of human nature.

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  • Monica

    “This is a book about ghosts, for we live in a haunted house.”

    Only Libba Bray could make me burst into tears during an author’s note. Before the Devil Breaks You is not only an amazing continuation of a phenomenal series - but also an incredibly important and timely book.

    ‪“This is a book about ghosts, for we live in a haunted house.”‬

    ‪Only Libba Bray could make me burst into tears during an author’s note. Before the Devil Breaks You is not only an amazing continuation of a phenomenal series - but also an incredibly important and timely book.‬


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