Before the Devil Breaks You (The Diviners, #3)
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 Island, far from the city's bustle, sits a mental hospital haunted by the lost souls of people long forgotten--ghosts who have unusual and dangerous ties to the man in the stovepipe hat, also known as the King of Crows.With terrible accounts of murder and possession flooding in from all over, and New York City on the verge of panic, the Diviners must band together and brave the sinister ghosts invading the asylum, a fight that will bring them fact-to-face with the King of Crows. But as the explosive secrets of the past come to light, loyalties and friendships will be tested, love will hang in the balance, and the Diviners will question all that they've ever known. All the while, malevolent forces gather from every corner in a battle for the very soul of a nation--a fight that could claim the Diviners themselves.

Before the Devil Breaks You (The Diviners, #3) Details

TitleBefore the Devil Breaks You (The Diviners, #3)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseOct 3rd, 2017
PublisherLittle, Brown Books for Young Readers
ISBN-139780316126069
Rating
GenreYoung Adult, Fantasy, Historical, Historical Fiction, Paranormal

Before the Devil Breaks You (The Diviners, #3) Review

  • Emily May
    January 1, 1970
    “He’ll be looking for you,” the boy said, drawing Henry’s attention again. “He’s looking for all of us. You should go now. Before he sees you. Before he finds you.” Before the Devil Breaks You is such a perfect creepy book for Halloween. 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 “He’ll be looking for you,” the boy said, drawing Henry’s attention again. “He’s looking for all of us. You should go now. Before he sees you. Before he finds you.” Before the Devil Breaks You is such a perfect creepy book for Halloween. 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 is 1920s America, and so there is more than ghosts to face. Both The Diviners and Lair of Dreams 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: We are a country built by immigrants, dreams, daring, and opportunity.We are a country built by the horrors of slavery and genocide, the injustice of racism and exclusion. These realities exist side by side. It is our past and our present. The future is unwritten.This is a book about ghosts.For we live in a haunted house. 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 Ten Days in a Mad-House (1887), progress was slow-going.So many powerful themes all wrapped up in a sinister ghost story. 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.Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube
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  • Emma Giordano
    January 1, 1970
    AMAZING FANTASTIC WONDERFUL SPECTACULARI seriously love The Diviners series so much and Before The Devil Breaks You was no exception. Libba Bray is genuinely one of the most talented young adults authors to ever exist. I'm blown away by her ability to masterfully create an ever-expanding, historically accurate, well developed world with complete, well-rounded interesting characters.I am DYING for book four.
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  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    January 1, 1970
    “Before the Devil breaks you, first he will make you love him.” In case any of you haven’t heard, I spent several weeks dedicating my life to the audiobook narration of Libba Bray’s Diviners series. And uh, wow?I think what I like about this series is how it makes the personal political. This is a story set in the freaking 1920s, a time that could easily be whitewashed dry of racism and discrimination. Easy to make unpolitical. But this story is so directly about the issues of the 1920s, the ra “Before the Devil breaks you, first he will make you love him.” In case any of you haven’t heard, I spent several weeks dedicating my life to the audiobook narration of Libba Bray’s Diviners series. And uh, wow?I think what I like about this series is how it makes the personal political. This is a story set in the freaking 1920s, a time that could easily be whitewashed dry of racism and discrimination. Easy to make unpolitical. But this story is so directly about the issues of the 1920s, the racism, the classism, the homophobia - the dark side you don’t always see. It is brilliant. For example, did you know that from 1930-1960 in America, 64,000 individuals were forcibly sterilized under state-sanctioned programs?? That several mental health institutes purposefuly fed their prisoners toberculosis-infected milk upon admission, killing 40% of their patients? That these same eugenics programs served as inspiration for the Holocaust? That they were performed almost entirely on nonwhite and mentally ill women? These facts may seem painful. They may also seem irrelevant to some. After all, we aren’t in the 1960s. But Libba Bray emphasizes here that if we do not come to terms with our past, we are doomed to repeat it. So here’s one final question: did you know from 2006-2010 in California, 148 mentally ill women were sterilized by state mental hospitals without their consent? In my fucking state during my fucking lifetime, 148 women were violated by the state. History is not one faraway thing; it is a continuum, an endless repeating cycle. And it is something we may never escape. The villains of The Diviners are not the ghosts, scary as they are. The villains of this book are classism, eugenics, racism, prejudice. This story gets its true staying power because it is so grounded in reality. “The colonizer writes the history, winning twice: A theft of land. A theft of witness.” I especially don’t want to scare people off this book who don’t like scary things, because though I think this series is freaking terrifying in places, you could ignore those bits and enjoy nonetheless. But guys, the Diviners is flat-out terrifying in the best way. I… uh. All I am going to say about this is that the audiobook bathtub tap scene scared the utter fucking shit out of me. I have never been less okay in my damn life than after reading that scene. Okay. So let’s talk why this book is a 4 1/2 and not a fully solid five.First of all, there is a section from about 70%-80% in which nothing happens besides characters hooking up for the first time. Listen, I know it had to happen, but this section feels a bit detached from the rest of the book - this really could’ve been two books - and worse, it is so goddamn boring. And possibly even worse, this section is incited by a scene in which sexual assault is… sort of used as a plot device to flip a complex situation? I knew exactly what occured in this scene going in, but I really disliked this - after the attempted assault occurs, it is never brought up again. And I also think Libba Bray has a penchant for the brilliant middle and then slightly lackluster ending - or slightly disjointed final 25%, in this case - as she tries to throw together the setup for her next book. Not that she’s exactly alone on that issue, but I remember getting to the point of an hour left in my audiobook and thinking “what else is there?”I do think that listening to this book too fast was part of my issue - I binged the last 40% of this audiobook all at once after spending a week on the first half, and I think the transition just didn’t go as well as it should have. ADVICE: please slow down on the second half !!Second, there’s the fact that my two favorite leads, Ling and Henry, both got very lackluster storylines. After Henry’s fantastic story in book two, he’s relegated to the role of side character. And Ling actually has a storyline - well, a sexuality crisis that we all saw coming - but gets too little pagetime. All right, all right, Ling is my favorite character and I’m being biased. I’ll shut up now. (On a positive note, my other favorite, Theta, got the storyline of the fucking CENTURY— I’ll shut up now.)But overall, I don’t think that section could really ruin this book for me? The first half of this book is actually so brilliant I don’t know how to talk about it. Dark, horrifying, and fun. And the character work is totally solid throughout. “Because I’m not enough, she thought. That was the terrible echo shouting up at her: Fraud, fraud, fraud. She got drunk and talked too much and danced on tables. She had a temper and a sharp tongue, and she often blurted out things she instantly regretted. Worst of all, she suspected that was who she truly was—not so much a bright young thing as a messy young thing.” I’ve already ranted about the themes, but I think the character work in this book was literally perfect. Evie’s character development within this book is my favorite she’s gotten so far; I never really loved her, but she’s become so good? wow? Mabel’s character development offers something very new for the book and series both. And Theta’s storyline is something truly special - this is the first book where she has really begun to recover from the trauma of her past. And you all know that I love Memphis and Theta, but I think I’ve actually officially dedicated my entire life to their love after this book. Listen, if you want even more thoughts on this series, maybe try out my reviews of The Diviners and Lair of Dreams. But I genuinely hope all of you read this series - it's become one of my new favorites. And I'll leave you with a quote from the author's note: “We are a country built by immigrants, dreams, daring, and opportunity. We are a country built by the horrors of slavery and genocide, the injustice of racism and exclusion. These realities exist side by side. It is our past and present. The future is unwritten.This is a book about ghosts.For we live in a haunted house.” Bravo, Libba Bray.Blog | Goodreads | Twitter | Youtube
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  • Trina (Between Chapters)
    January 1, 1970
    Content warning: abusive romance; attempted rape; human experimentation; racism and prejudices toward disability, mental illness, and same sex relationships that are a depiction of the time period. All of these things are quickly challenged and not glamorized.Representation: African American main characters. Jewish main character. Irish/Chinese American, disabled (walks with crutches), asexual main character with a f/f romance. Gay main character with a m/m romance. I believe one main character Content warning: abusive romance; attempted rape; human experimentation; racism and prejudices toward disability, mental illness, and same sex relationships that are a depiction of the time period. All of these things are quickly challenged and not glamorized.Representation: African American main characters. Jewish main character. Irish/Chinese American, disabled (walks with crutches), asexual main character with a f/f romance. Gay main character with a m/m romance. I believe one main character is said to be half Cherokee. Prominent blind side character. I recommend this for fans of Ghostbusters, Stranger Things, and Scooby Doo. Or if you love amazing, supportive friend groups. And want lots of ships.This was an amazing installment in a series that has made its way into my all time favorites now. Definitely better than book 2 (even though I loved that one!) and we are seeing so many more things about the Diviners' pasts come to light. This book made me completely flip my opinion on a few of the characters. It broke my heart a couple of times. And then mended it. It was a full emotional ride.I can't speak to all the representation, but it's here and I've only heard good things from ownvoices reviewers so far. The only thing I really questioned was the frequent use of lines like "he went into a blind rage" or "they rushed in blindly" (not in reference to the blind character) - and I know some people are bothered by that type of language toward blindness. I can speak to the portrayal of the abusive romance, and I personally appreciated that the book doesn't dwell on it overlong while still showing the victim's mindset and reasons for having stayed very accurately (IMO). As for the audiobook - it's magic. I simply do not believe this was a single narrator, because January LaVoy carried scenes with 10 characters with such skill that you'd swear it was a full voice cast. The woman is incredibly talented. Definitely listen to this one if you can.
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  • Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
    January 1, 1970
    How am I supposed to move on from this?! My heart is broken 😭😭😭😭😭 will post more coherent thoughts when I get over my feels
  • ✨ jamieson ✨
    January 1, 1970
    “The land is old, the land is vast, he has no future, he has no past, his coat is sewn with many woes, he'll bring the dead, the King of Crows.” okay I love this series so much and just thinking about how it could be 2 years until the finale comes out makes me want to check out and live in a cave and this was me favourite of the series, which is an unpopular opinion. But oh my GOD the payoff !! the character development !! the threads coming together !! THE PLOT THICKENED THE FUCK UP AND I LOV “The land is old, the land is vast, he has no future, he has no past, his coat is sewn with many woes, he'll bring the dead, the King of Crows.” okay I love this series so much and just thinking about how it could be 2 years until the finale comes out makes me want to check out and live in a cave and this was me favourite of the series, which is an unpopular opinion. But oh my GOD the payoff !! the character development !! the threads coming together !! THE PLOT THICKENED THE FUCK UP AND I LOVE IT So I've already explained why y'all should read this series in my review of both The Diviners and Lair of Dreams. BUT IM GONNA DO IT AGAIN BECAUSE THIS SERIES IS UNDERRATED AND DESERVES BETTER. “Before the Devil breaks you, first he will make you love him.” so what is this series about? a group of unique teenagers who unique powers. who become super involved in occult things accidentally. there's demons and ghosts (that are trying to kill people). and it's all set in 1920's america (YES, there's an abundance of flappers, bootlegged gin and jazz age slang) im sorry did you just hear me say it's a ensemble cast of superpowered kids who hunt demons and ghosts IN THE ROARING TWENTIES how does that premise NOT SELL YOU. But also, Libba Bray is sure to remove her rose-tinted glasses when writing the setting. She examines prohibition, Jim Crow laws, the eugenics movement, the resurgence of the KKK, segregation, poverty, racism, police brutality, gang crime and more. And doing so makes this book, overall, so much better. It's much more well rounded, and depicts America as it IS, not as it would have you think it is. okay so the best thing is the characters. Evie, a flapper with a drinking problem who's a bit of a mess, but has a good heart. Memphis a black boy from Harlem who just wants to be a poet. Mabel Evie's best friend, who's overshadowed by her famous socialist parents. Theta a girl with a mysterious past who wants to be an actressher roommate Henry who's just trying to write songs and live his best gay life. Ling, a Chinese, lesbian-asexual girl with a disability who's trying to make it in Chinatown. Sam a jewish boy from Russia who'd do anything to find his missing motherJericho an ex-soldier with a dangerous secret. and I love them all SO MUCH. Seriously, if you love character driven stories, or just stories where the characters are really, really well fleshed out YOU'LL LOVE THIS BOOK. Also, they're all SO FUCKING FUNNY. The banter is amazing! Especially between Sam and .. well anyone. But all of them have awesome one liners and quips and things and oh my gOD I just love them all as a group so much. “But isn’t that strange and wonderful unpredictability part of humanity? Aren’t all of our differences what already make us a great nation?” so some thoughts about this book specifically I pretty much enjoyed every single second of this. I LOVE how Libba Bray just feeds us bits and pieces of the puzzle, it made trying to piece the whole thing together so fun and I'M STILL UNSURE WHAT TO THINK. And I just LOVE how many different plots and subplots are tackled, it keeps it so interesting. the scope is truly impressive. I adored every.single.subplot. Mabel's story? LOVE! Memphis and Blind Bill? INCREDIBLE. Theta and Roy? AMAZING. Jericho at the mansion? ENTHRALLING. This book shattered my emotions too many damn times. ESPECIALLY THE ROMANCE. and listen, I complain about book romances literally non-stop because they usually let me down. BUT THIS HAD ME SQUEALING LIKE A BABY. Seriously, everyone is too sweet and I want them to be happy. I literally said (screamed) "oh my goodddd they're so cuteeeeee in my car while listening to this AND THAT SAYS A LOT. I love these romances and that makes me so happy because I never do!One thing I really loved as well as the SEX SCENES. Which I guess is a weird thing to pick out, but they were just written so, so well. They were so tender and sweet, and kind of awkward but in a good, realistic way. And I just think they were done so well. I'm gonna cry thinking about it. Okay, but can we also talk about how CREEPY THIS IS. The basement scene??? ruined my life. The scene where you know who appeared to them. Ruined my life again. Libba Bray needs to, stop. FINALLY, WHY IS THIS BOOK SO DEVASTATING. Okay, I damn yelled/whined NOOO when something happened and oh my god, this book seriously destroyed my entire soul like fifty times I'm so upset. AND CONCERNED FOR BOOK FOUR. SO CONCERNED. “If I have to look through one more of these, I’m throwing myself off that balcony,” he moaned. “Let me know if you need help,” Jericho said.” Okay, I'm sorry this is so rambly. I'm so emotional I love my kids so much. And I'm literally desperate for book four (@LibbaBray if you're reading this .... DM me how much cash for the book 4 draft ... I'll send it)Someone tell me your book 4 theories in the comments, I"m completely shook and don't know what to think. 😩😩😩
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  • Mohammed Arabey
    January 1, 1970
    “This is a book about ghosts. For we live in a haunted house.”نيويورك، العشرينات، الأضواء والمسارح والجازوقدرات خارقة روحانية وأشباح هائمةلكن للسلسلة بُعد حقيقي واقعي..لأن أشباح الماضي تحذرنا أن التاريخ يعيد نفسه“Before the Devil breaks you, first he will make you love him.” لأن الشيطان قبل ان يكسرك سيجعلك تحبه...سيعدك بالامنيات والحرية..لكنك لن تعرف ابدا الثمن إلا متأخرا جداالمراجعة العربية ستكون للتعريف بالسلسلة ككل وليس الجزء الثالث فحسب السلسلة تبدو للوهلة الاولي انها مجرد روايات رعب..وفعلا “This is a book about ghosts. For we live in a haunted house.”نيويورك، العشرينات، الأضواء والمسارح والجازوقدرات خارقة روحانية وأشباح هائمةلكن للسلسلة بُعد حقيقي واقعي..لأن أشباح الماضي تحذرنا أن التاريخ يعيد نفسه“Before the Devil breaks you, first he will make you love him.” لأن الشيطان قبل ان يكسرك سيجعلك تحبه...سيعدك بالامنيات والحرية..لكنك لن تعرف ابدا الثمن إلا متأخرا جداالمراجعة العربية ستكون للتعريف بالسلسلة ككل وليس الجزء الثالث فحسب السلسلة تبدو للوهلة الاولي انها مجرد روايات رعب..وفعلا أجواء الرواية ستذكرك بافضل عناصر روايات وافلام الرعب مثلThe X-Files, American Horror Story, 666 Park Avenue من مشروع حكومة سري ونظرية مؤامرة، رعب واشباح وتحضير ارواح وسحر، مباني نيويوركية عتيقة مسكونةمع معلومات عن الرموز والتاريخ الأمريكي لدرجة ان جزءها الاول ذكرني في بعض اجزاءه بروايات روبرت لانجدونوفكرة تقبل الاخر، الروحانيون ، وخوف العامة من المختلف عنهم شبيهة بهاري بوتر بالاخص في السلسلة اللاحقة لهFantastic Beasts, X-Men ...واختارت المؤلفة وسيلة مباشرة لتقبل الاخر بأن جعلت فريق الروحانيون هذا، الشخصيات كلهم مختلفةالاسود والصينية واليهودي الروسي والاسباني والمثلي جنسيا وحتي ذات الاعاقة الجسدية "الفتاة الصينية لينج تسير بعكاز" وحتي المعاقين ذهنيا كما في الجزء الثالثلكن تظل السلسلة امريكية جدا وما امريكا سوي خليط من كل هذا..ويظل للسلسلة طبقات اكثر عمقاالأسلوب أكثر من رائع..يخطفك فعليا لجو الرواية...المؤلفة ليبا براي ستنقلك فعليا باسلوب كتابتها التفصيلي الآسر لأجواء نيويورك في 1926/1927موسيقي الجاز.. مسرحيات فيتزجيرالد وراقصاتها المبهرة.. الحفلات الصاخبة.. الملاهي الليلية وقانون منع المشروبات الكحولية الذي يخرقه الجميعالدهشة من الإختراعات الآلية الجديدة وتطور التكنولوجي من بعد الحرب العالمية العظمي..الطفرات الإشعاعية...الراديوم ومناجم اليورانيوم..عصر الذرةالثقافة الاستهلاكية الرخيصة.. لتكون مثل الجميع يجب أن تلبس تلك الحلة وتدخن تلك السجائر.. فالتحصل علي المال لهذا بأي ثمنالعمال يعملون بلا حقوق تقريبا...لا اتحاد عمال ولا نقابات بعد... اصحاب رأس المال يمكنهم عصر عمالهم دون رقيبإضطهاد السود... التفرقة العنصرية... التضييق علي المهاجرين من الصين وقبلهم الإسبان... إضطهاد اليهود (تخيل وقتها كانوا مواطنين درجة ثانية؟) المهاجرين من شرق اوروبا بالأخصبداية التلاعب في الجينات بحجة الحفاظ علي العرق الأبيض الأمريكي القوي..تعقيم المرضي العقليين بالمصحات العقلية وإجراء تجارب مريعة عليهمالشعور بالهيمنة الأمريكية..وكأن البيض هم فقط اصحاب الأرض والباقي كله غير مرحب به في الأراضي الأمريكيةرغم أنهم من بنوها حقا بعرقهم وتعبهم... رغم ان منهم من كانوا اصلا هم اصحاب الأرض واجدادهم تعرضوا لمذابح جماعية لأفساح مكان للبيض~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~بين كل الاجواء السياسية والاجتماعية تلك تدور احداث السلسلة بين شخصيات مختلفة، احداث مرعبة...غريبة...ولكن تذكر ان الواقع دوما أغرببين التفرقة والخوف من الغير، ومواجهة اشباح الماضي، وشياطين النفس، وعالم الاحلام وتحذيرات الماضي وجشع البشر وحب الشهرةبين الصداقة والحب والغيرة والأخوة والأمومة وحتي الدين والفلسفةكل جزء يفرد مساحة لشخصيتان او ثلاثة لكن بنهاية الجزء الثاني ستعرف كل شئ تقريبا عن ماضي كل الشخصيات الرئيسية التي وصلت لتسع شخصيات... في كل مرة هناك خطر من عالم الأرواح والأشباح يواجهها الابطالروح قاتل مسلسل تعود مع عودة مذنب يمر بالأرضروح قلقة تغزو العقل الباطن في الأحلام لتسبب نوما بلا يقظة حتي الموتوفي كل مرة هناك خطر عاصفة ستاتي..شيطان رجل ذو قبعة طويلة ..ملك الغربان...صاحب العين التي تري كل شئ...هو سبب الفوضي وهو من سياتي لعالمنا ليحكمفي الجزء الثالث الجانب السياسي ازداد، الأرواح والأشباح أيضا... ستلاحظ ان المؤلفة استخدمته كمغزي قوي لأشباح الماضي...ضحايا الحروب والعبودية والاستيطان والابادات العرقية...الجشع والخيانة والمطامع الشيطانيةوالآن لنر لمحات مختصرة من الشخصيات الرئيسية التي ستتابعها منذ الجزء الاول حيث ذهبت أيفي اونيل لنيويورك لاجازة مع عمها في اكتوبر 1926....وحتي ابريل 1927 عندما تفرق كل شئ بنهاية الجزء الثالث بذروة الأحداث.~~~~~~~~~~~~~أيفي اونيلفتاة البلدة الصغيرة باوهايو...متحررة وتحب الانطلاق لتنس وجعها بفراق اخيها الاكبر جيمس الذي "وصل خبره" وقت الحرب العظمي..تهرب من كوابيسها عنه وعن الجنود الشباب مثله بالحفلات والشرب...وايضا موهبة عجيبة تملكها انها عندما تمسك باحد المتعلقات الشخصية باي شخص فأنها تقرأ لمحات من حياة صاحبهايرسلها اهلها كعقاب لعمها في نيويورك....لكنها تكون بداية انطلاقها في عالم الروحانيين والشهرة بالأخص بمساعدتها لعمها في جريمة قاتل مسلسل مرعبةعم ويل فيتزرجالدعم ايفي وصاحب متحف الغرائب وعجائب ماوراء الطبيعة بنيويورك...متحف يضم غرائب السحر الامريكي الاصلي الذي يخص الهنود الحمر...ساحرات سالم وغيرها من العجائب. ..مهتم بالرموز والجماعات العجيبة وكان له مشروع سري وقت شبابه مع الحكومة الامريكيةسام لويدفتي روسي الأصل يبحث عن امه التي اختفت وقت الحرب ، يصله معلومات تدله علي ان من يعرف تورطها في ذلك المشروع السري الذي تديره الحكومة هو ويل فيتزرجالد....لذا يحاول التقرب من لك المتحفجيريكوكان مريض بشلل الاطفال وازمات تنفسية وقلبية ولكن بواسطه عمل عجيب اخترعه مخترع يسمي جاك مارلو، مع ويل فيتزرجالد تابع للحكومة الامريكية امكنه الشفاء...لكن كل من قام تجربة ذلك العلاج عليه إما تسبب بجنونهم او الانتحار...عدا جيركو الي نجاواعتبره ويل فيتزرجالد وصي عليه ويعيش معهمابيل روزصديقة أيفي المقربة وجارة عمها ويل وجيريكو في مبني عتيق بنيويورك...وتشعر باعجاب سري بجيريكو...من عائلة ماركسية تنادي بحقوق العمال والنقاباتزيتاراقصة بمسرح المؤلف الامريكي الشهير فرانسيس سكوت فيتزجيرالد، وتعيش بنفس البناية العتيقة التي يعيش بها عم أيفي. ...لها موهبة مخيفة وهي اشعال النيران...لا تعرف كيف تتحكم بها وكانت سببا لمصيبة في ماضيها التي هربت منه، لا يعرف سرها سوي صديقها المقرب الذي تعيش معه كانه اخيها، هنريتقع في حب فتي اسود من هارلم ليزيد الامور تعقيداهنريعازف بيانو مثلي تحاول زيتا التي تعتبره كاخيها ان تساعده للوصول للشهرة...موهبته هي انه يمشي في الاحلام ويري احلام من يعرفهم بل ويساعدهم علي تحويل الكوابيس الي احلام سعيدةميمفيسشاب اسود فقير من هارلم ، موهبته انه يستطيع ان يشفي بلمسة من يده...لكن تلك الموهبة أدت من قبل لموت امه المريضة بالسرطان بينما كان يحاول ان يشفيها من قبل مما جعله لا يستطيع ان يقوم بها بعد ذلكيعمل لدي احد رجال الاعمال والمراهانات الغير قانونية بهارلم، بابا تشارلزاسحاقاخو ميمفيس الصغير ، لديه موهبة قراءة الكروت من قبل ان يراها...التنبوء ، تخشي عليه عمتهم ان يظهرها موهبتهما تلك بالاخص للاخت ووكر التي تساعد اسحاق تنمية موهبتهالاخت ووكرسيدة غامضة سوداء... تساعد اسحاق واخيه..سنعرف لاحقا بنهاية الكتاب الاول انها صديقة ويل فيتزرجالد وكانت معه في مشروع الحكومة السريلينجظهرت في الكتاب الاول علي انها نادلة ذات العيون الخضراء بمطعم بشانيا تاون، الحي الصيني، ذات اصول مختلطة صينية/ايرلندية، موهبتها انها تستطيع التواصل مع الموتي في الاحلام...حيث تسير مثل هنريوهي ايضا مثل هنري لها ميول مثليةبيل الاعميرجل اسود اعمي فقير لكن ثقة ميمفس به وعمته تجعله مقيم لديها بالبيت...لكن يتضح ان وراءه سر خطير ولديه موهبة مظلمة حيث يتسبب في متاعب صحية لاسحاق، الاخ الصغير لميمفسالاختان بروكترسيدتان عجوزتان جدا تعيشان في المبني العتيق بنيويورك (جارة عم ويل وجيريكو، زيتا وهنري، مابيل روز) وهما يقوما بعمل تعاويذ عجيبة لابعاد اشباح الموتي...او يقوما بتقديم تحذيرات عجيبة للابطال واحيانا يذبحوا احد القطط الكثيرة ببيتهما لعمل تنبوء بفن النيكرومانسي الاسودالمبني نفسه العتيق المرعب يذكرني جدا بمنزل نيويوركي اخر من رواية 666 Park Avenue هناك ايضا الصحفي وودسون الذي تستخدمه ايفي للشهرة والجندي المتشرد الذي يحاول اغتيالها، الرجال المتشحين بالسواد التابعين للحكومة ويراقبا كل شئ...جاك مارلو العالم الكبير صاحب ويل قبل خلاف بخصوص المشروع السريوسارة كونور المذيعة بالراديو والمبشرة المسيحية التي تحاول تحذير الناس من خطر الروحانيين ذوي المواهب الغير طبيعيةوهناك دوماالرجل ذو القبعة الطويلة ، ملك الغربان، الرجل الرماديالشيطانهل تعرف اسطورة بابا ليجبا؟ التي ذكرت في مسلسلAmerican Horror Storyأو رامبيل ستيلتسكين الذي يحقق الامنيات ولكن بثمن خطير....وحتي ما يحققه من امنيات لا يكون ابدا كما كان متوقعانوع من انواع الشياطين النفسية البشعةاختارته المؤلفة ليكون الشخصية المرعبة الاساسية للسلسلة، الوحشلا يظهر حتي منتصف جزءها الثالث -كفولدمورت مثلا- لكن تنبؤات ظهوره كانت موجودة منذ الجزء الاول وظهور من بعيد لهورمزيا يعتبر موفق جدا لان السلسلة بشكل عام عن الامنيات...الاحلام...والاثمان التي ندفعها لتحقيقها~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~كل الشخصيات السابقة، مع أحداث ممتعة مرعبة واجتماعية وسياسية يخوضونها خلال 3 اجزاء حتي الان..مع لمحات من ماضيهم ، كل هذا يجعل السلسلة ثرية جدا، مشوقة في قراءتها وممتعة وتستحق ربما اكثر من 4 اجزاءليه ده وقتها؟بتقول المؤلفة في النهاية ان الرواية عن الاشباح...لاننا نعيش بمنزل مسكونستجد التفرقة واخطاء الماضي كلها تتكرر... ترامب وعنصريته ... فلسطين الأرض التي تستوطن باراقة دماء أصحاب الأرض الأصليين. ..التلاعب في الجينات وخلق اللهجرب السلسلة...وصدقني ستجد انها مختلفة كثيرا عن الروايات الشبابية الاخري المنتشرةمحمد العربيمن 17 ديسمبر 2017الي 28 ديسمبر 2017
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  • Cameron Cassidy
    January 1, 1970
    Libba officially announced today DIVINERS #3 is coming out spring 2017!!!! Commence the heavy breathingEdit-Fall 2017 NOOOOOOOOO!! Libba POR QUÉ! PORQUOI! PER CHE! ПОЧЕМУ! WARUM! يلهجضصرِ! WHY IN EVERY LANGUAGE!!
  • Chesca
    January 1, 1970
    I'M. NOT. OKAY. “We are a country built by immigrants, dreams, daring, and opportunity. We are a country built by the horrors of slavery and genocide, the injustice of racism and exclusion. These realities exist side by side. It is our past and our present. The future is unwritten. This is a book about ghosts. For we live in a haunted house.” Libba Bray's Before the Devil Breaks You dug me up a grave and I am now properly haunting its vicinity!The Diviners have started exercising their abili I'M. NOT. OKAY. “We are a country built by immigrants, dreams, daring, and opportunity. We are a country built by the horrors of slavery and genocide, the injustice of racism and exclusion. These realities exist side by side. It is our past and our present. The future is unwritten. This is a book about ghosts. For we live in a haunted house.” Libba Bray's Before the Devil Breaks You dug me up a grave and I am now properly haunting its vicinity!The Diviners have started exercising their abilities in preparation for the onslaught of America's dead and The King of Crows. As Evie, Sam, and the other Diviners unravelled Project Buffalo further, they realized that they were facing more lies and secrets than they could've ever imagined.This book has everything: ghosts (the holy and the unholy), science-fiction, romance, a variety of race and culture, conspiracies, creepy men in dark suits, politics, fight for human rights, anarchy, etc. So many things happened, but what mattered was that this story was about people striving in their own ways to create a great nation.First of all, a warning: I would like to mention that, although they were not graphic in detail, this novel has quite an amount of implied sexual situations. One of them was even uncomfortable to read: Chapter 12. It was disturbing. (view spoiler)[Theta's rape was told in a second-person point of view, so it seemed as if what was happening to her was being experienced by the reader instead. (hide spoiler)]I am so proud of the characters, most especially of Evie, Theta, Mabel, and, of course, my beloved Sam! They've changed a lot, became braver and more transparent to the people that mattered greatly to them.The only character that annoyed me in this installment was Jericho. There were so many times that I just wanted to push him or punch him. I miss the old him. He should just go back to spending 24/7 with Nietzsche. “There was such fear in the world. But love was everywhere if you looked. It was the best thing about humans. That they could stare into the abyss and still open up their hearts. A spit in the eye to fear.” Sometimes I forget that Sam's not my boyfriend and that he's fictional and that I am still single. The relationships were exquisitely done since the beginning and they were even much better now. More intense and swoon-worthy! (view spoiler)[My main ship was sailing good, at last! Ha! (hide spoiler)] The only relationship that saddened me was the crumbling (view spoiler)[friendship of Evie and Mabel. I hoped until the end of the book that they were going to resolve their issues before it was too late. (hide spoiler)]A lot of things were revealed about Project Buffalo, and it was bigger and more dangerous than what they all expected. How could one escape a beast as grand as this? (view spoiler)[Like Eugenics, the said government program under the demolished Department of Paranormal was meant to create a generation of better, pure, and powerful Americans. Randomly selected mothers were given "vitamins" for the children they were carrying at the time. Project Buffalo was about making Diviners.Something related happened to James, Evie's brother. He was dying of pneumonia and was then saved by a tonic Will gave him. He was Subject 0, the very first Diviner. Meanwhile, Evie's case was an accident, for she was mistakenly given it.There was also The Founders Club, a social club whose members were rich people who wanted to stay rich and who were pulling the strings behind the scenes. They were influential and could control everything with their money. They were the ones that funded Project Buffalo and were still financially supporting Jake Marlowe's experiments. (hide spoiler)]I expected more from the Asylum parts but it didn't matter much because of how things wrapped up. But I think it played its part well in the sense of plot development.Now, let's talk about the reason why I'm not okay and won't be for a while: the ending. That was one long torture. Was it necessary to (view spoiler)[end the lives of three characters, including Mabesie whom I now adore completely? AND WHY DID YOU HAVE TO TAKE SAM AWAY FROM EVIE? PLEASE DON'T HURT MY BOI. (hide spoiler)]Final thoughts: I highly recommend this book. Here's a new favorite for me. I wish the next book's already here because that was one agonizing cliffhanger.--------------------------------------------------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!
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  • Whitney Atkinson
    January 1, 1970
    **Trigger warnings: depression/alcoholism, attempted rape, domestic abuse/sexual assault, racism/prejudice against interracial relationships, goreI will admit that my reading experience of this was a bit tainted because it took me so long to finish. During my listen of this (a 21 hour long audiobook), I was moving out of my dorm and coming home for the summer, and once I was home, I found very little time to sit down and listen for more than an hour at a time, so it was pretty choppy. However, I **Trigger warnings: depression/alcoholism, attempted rape, domestic abuse/sexual assault, racism/prejudice against interracial relationships, goreI will admit that my reading experience of this was a bit tainted because it took me so long to finish. During my listen of this (a 21 hour long audiobook), I was moving out of my dorm and coming home for the summer, and once I was home, I found very little time to sit down and listen for more than an hour at a time, so it was pretty choppy. However, I do think that this book didn't really assist me at all in the department of being easy to listen to. Whereas the first two books in this series flew by and felt like watching a movie, this one almost seemed disjointed. Firstly, these are books more and more feel like you can read each one as a standalone. Each book focuses on something new and none of the villains or conflicts seem to coincide in a believable, flowing manner. I like each of the conflicts in the series separately, but I just don't understand how they correlate, if they do. It just seems like problem after problem is thrust upon them and they just continue to compile with seemingly no link between. Secondly, the characters in this began to act so differently than typical. I know it's all just in the arc of their character growth and I think this book definitely challenges each character the most, but I was especially disappointed in how Mabel, Theta, and Jericho seemed to take a step backwards rather than forwards. Libba is such a smart writer that I can sort of understand the grand scheme and what she was trying to do. (view spoiler)[Jericho was legit my favorite character in the series before this book, and after something he did in this book that was pretty uncalled for in my opinion, he's basically trash. Maybe I should've read closer in book 2 to detect that underlying nefariousness, but I was still appalled about his behavior in this book. (hide spoiler)]Lastly, this book was just... slow. The end picked up and I listened to the last 6 hours in one night so that's all that's fresh in my mind, but I remember picking this up and barely being able to sit through one chapter because I was bored. Maybe it was me and not the book, but this one just wasn't up to par with the rest of the series plot-wise.Despite all that, I will say I am LOVING the development of this series. The cast of characters is unlike any I have ever read in a series, and each character shines so brightly. The representation is done SO well and so naturally, and I especially loved conversations that arise about interracial relationships, whether or not Ling would heal her disability (spoiler: no), and asexuality. Libba continues to build a sense of social justice and inclusivity into her books, and this book's message about America being built on ghosts and history being brushed aside or tidied for public viewing is shocking and impressive to expound in a YA book, but also to do it so masterfully. This book continues to paint such a clear picture of life, racism, and prejudice in the 20s, but also how combat those same injustices that still exist today. I think this book really raised the stakes on seeing more of the characters. This is the book where a lot of the couples finally *ahhem* consummate, and I couldn't wipe a grin off of my face the entire time. I love all of these characters, and I'm head over heels for all the different, diverse ships. Besides that, these characters are warriors, both in social justice and with their actual diviner abilities. I'm so excited for the fourth installment of this series and I continue to highly recommend them!
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  • Roshani Chokshi
    January 1, 1970
    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.
  • Monica
    January 1, 1970
    “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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  • Aleksandra
    January 1, 1970
    First thing you need to know is that I love this book and it is the best book I've read in 2017.Second thing you need to know that Before The Devil Breaks You is the third book in the series, I highly recommend to read the series (first book is The Diviners, the second is Lair of Dreams) 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 I love this book and it is the best book I've read in 2017.Second thing you need to know that Before The Devil Breaks You is the third book in the series, I highly recommend to read the series (first book is The Diviners, the second is Lair of Dreams) 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 Before The Devil Breaks You is an amazing book with gorgeous writing and storytelling, hands down, my favorite of the year!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!Plot & storytellingThe 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.CharactersDiverse characters in historical setting where their marginalization and its influence on their life is addressed and discussed! The Diviners gang might be my favorite fictional squad. 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.ThemesBefore The Devil Breaks You 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, The Diviners is gorgeous breathtaking and delightfully creepy series, with every next book better than the previous one. Paranormal + 1920s NYC + ghosts + superhuman abilities + diverse cast + conspiracy + great writing and storytelling = The Diviners series. Highly recommend!Trigger warning: 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)
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  • Sabrina
    January 1, 1970
    5 out of 5 stars.This is going to be a long review guys. I want to look at The Diviners series as a whole first. It’s a narrative constructed around identity, first and foremost, and young adult is the perfect age group for the audience and these characters; it allows the characters to change, to discover, and encountering consequences for the first time (and this, particularly, is made clear in the third book, where a lot of the characters start to suffer because of this).The Diviners series is 5 out of 5 stars.This is going to be a long review guys. I want to look at The Diviners series as a whole first. It’s a narrative constructed around identity, first and foremost, and young adult is the perfect age group for the audience and these characters; it allows the characters to change, to discover, and encountering consequences for the first time (and this, particularly, is made clear in the third book, where a lot of the characters start to suffer because of this).The Diviners series is also a ghost story. About the past, of a nation and the people in it, of all the stories those people are born with or carry down generation after generation. It's, more than anything, about what "being American" really is, and the scope of diveristy and experiences that everyone has, and whether they choose to tell that story or not. Are cycles of abuse and cruelty just doomed to repeat? Is evil inherent or man-made? How generational is trauma and how much do we owe the past or the future generations? Before The Devil Breaks You takes idea’s about country, identity, and the way that shapes you. The ghosts (while terrifying at time - the asylum section especially was, I'd argue, some of the best horror we've had in this series so far) are a vessel for this discussion on repercussions. The larger narrative being weaved is about mistakes and the repeating the past, and it serves as a mirror in the fictional, past, america, but also contains warnings and commentary about present day, real world america. This is why Jake Marlowe, in particular, makes for an incredibly interesting, and far easier to despise villain (more so than “The King of Crows”). He's one of the most powerful men in this particular version of 1920's New York, and he's also one of the cruellest. His interest in eugenics, his abuse of power and conviction in how right he is is terrifying, all the more so because of how realistic he is. His dictation of what an "american" is (quite literally, for him, a straight white male), pins a discussion around morality politics, that like much in his own backstory with Evie's uncle (hinted at in Lair of Dreams, and uncovered in this novel)You could tell Before The Devil Breaks You was the shortest in this series, coming in at around 560 pages (The first book was closer to 600 pages, and Lair of Dreams was 600+), and it showed when certain characters such as Ling and Henry got less attention than usual. The length has never bothered me however, it seems long but instead it creates a fast-paced and compelling narrative with extremes amount of detail and depth.The writing was extremely strong, and I'm constantly in awe at how easily Libba Bray balances action with dialogue. However, at certain parts, especially towards the end of the book, scenes did feel shoe-horned in or rushed. Such as the case for characters like Ling and Henry. I didn’t mind too much these characters got less screen-time, and although Ling especially is one of my favourites, we still got to see glimpses of her own arc, and it was wonderful and everything I hoped for.(view spoiler)[ Ever since Lair of Dreams, I have been hoping and suspecting Ling was a lesbian and I was overjoyed to find out I was right, and not just in subtext. She’s also confirmed asexual – I don’t know the term for being interested girls and being asexual (and neither does she) but it warmed my heart to see her trying to come to terms with her sexuality in such a positive way, and to especially have that representation in one of my favourite characters of the series. (hide spoiler)]And there was one part however, that I didn’t like (which is rare for me in any Libba Bray novel), and that was involving Jericho and a very uncomfortable scene. (view spoiler)[ The scene where Jericho assaults Evie made me extremely uncomfortable, especially because of the serum, and the way that was used. (hide spoiler)] I wish there had been some more dialogue or conversation around this, as it left me in a really weird place with his character, and I still don’t know how I feel about it. On the other hand, one character that I was particularly taken aback by was Mabel Rose. Mabel is someone that I’ve always been more curious of and that’s never seen much development. That all changed, in a (literally) radical way, and her arc was as shocking as it was mesmerising. It was like watching a car crash in motion and not being able to stop it. (view spoiler)[ Who saw Mabel joining a terrorist group? And she’s so deadest on believing she’s doing the right thing as well. This struggle of her morality was heartbreaking and fascinating but Libba Bray. LIBBA BRAY! You have some answering to do. I can’t believe she died! It was fitting for both the story and the direction her character went, but wow!!! WOW I am sorely going to miss her. (hide spoiler)]This series is about the injustices everyone faces, and the imbalance of power that resurfaces and affects everyone in different forms. I am continually left shaken not just by the emotional rollercoaster and depth that every single character takes you, not just over the course of the series but especially in Before The Devil Breaks You. And I couldn’t write this review without mentioning Theta. I don't want to spoil her arc especially (and I'm aware that this review has become nothing but one big praise-fest). Her development was so powerful. We saw her actualising, coming to accept her past - who she was and who she is (and that plays back into the overarching themes of the narrative, once again).I can’t ever articulate enough how compelling and haunting Before The Devil Breaks You was. The last 150 pages were especially action-packed, an emotional and almost physical (I was gasping, catching my breath, yelling at the book) roller-coaster, leaving the reader with some questions answered but also quite a few surprising cliffhanger’s.(And I thought the wait for this book would be bad, the wait for the 4th one is going to be so much worse). The Author’s Note at the end of the book summed up this book, and indeed this series better than I ever could. “We are a country built by immigrants, dreams, daring, and opportunity. We are a country built by the horrors of slavery and genocide, the injustice of racism and exclusion. These realities exist side by side. It is our past and present. The future is unwritten.This is a book about ghosts.For we live in a haunted house.”Every book in this series has been 5/5 stars. I would give Before The Devil Breaks You even more, if Goodreads allowed me to. This series isn’t the most popular or well-known series, young adult or otherwise, but The Diviners, and especially this latest instalment, is one of the most well-written and complex, compelling series that I’ve had the pleasure to read.I can’t wait for the fourth book (I can genuinely say I never want this series to end).Also, one last note that I’m putting under spoilers to scream about: (view spoiler)[ SAM AND EVIE YOU GUYS! SAM AND EVIE! IT HAPPENED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! IT ACTUALLY HAPPENED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (hide spoiler)]
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  • Nastassja
    January 1, 1970
    “We are a country built by immigrants, dreams, daring, and opportunity. We are a country built by the horrors of slavery and genocide, the injustice of racism and exclusion. These realities exist side by side. It is our past and our present. The future is unwritten. This is a book about ghosts. For we live in a haunted house.” The Diviners are back! And now they are after ghosts! Um, technically they were always after ghosts, but this time is different as not the ghosts are hunting them, but “We are a country built by immigrants, dreams, daring, and opportunity. We are a country built by the horrors of slavery and genocide, the injustice of racism and exclusion. These realities exist side by side. It is our past and our present. The future is unwritten. This is a book about ghosts. For we live in a haunted house.” The Diviners are back! And now they are after ghosts! Um, technically they were always after ghosts, but this time is different as not the ghosts are hunting them, but they are hunting the ghosts. Diviners ghost busters! What a smell title I've got here, pals! Alright, my small attempt at been merry and lighthearted had failed. This book was not all butterflies and sunshine, actually I think it was the hardest part emotionally for me to read, and the most unpredictable one. It threw me from happiness to despair, and by the end of the book I was exhausted. Plus, it took me some time to read this book, because as always I was reading the creepiest moments at night, and sometimes I had to stop myself, because, yes, it's scary to read creepy books at night.Every book in The Diviners series was a symbol and a metaphor. Every scary story hid something equal to the real world and its horrors, the ones that don't hide in the dark, but palpable only when you really look at them. Before the Devil breaks you is a metaphor more than any other book of the series was. Yes, we have a pos-i-tute-ly entertaining, solid story with ghosts. We have a bunch of highly complex characters. We have roaring twentieth and the setting creates an atmosphere a reader lives in. All the things that make a good story are present in the Diviners. But there's more to the story, because this books was a cry from the past to make us, the next generation, listen to the mistakes of our ancestors and do not repeat them. Unfortunately, we all know that history repeats itself time and again, and some of the events that happened in the past are doomed to repeat itself or already happened again. There will always be struggle of what that means to be human, how to co-exist with billions of other humans, and how not to destroy our planet in the process. “You thought telling the people the truth would make a difference.” Ling shook her head. “Now they just hate us for telling them the truth. People want to be safe, not free.” Truth is hard and relentless and it hurts, but if we together learn how to face it, we will learn how to accept it, and then we'll learn how to right our wrongs. Yes, I wish we could learn from the mistakes of the past; a lot of things that happen today make me loose faith in humanity, but even though I am more of an pessimist than optimist, in my heart I believe in humans, and that we can start look around and make this world a better place. Not for future generations, but for us, because we are here and now, and we need to live in this world today. There was such fear in the world. But love was everywhere if you looked. It was the best thing about humans. That they could stare into the abyss and still open up their hearts. That was a scream of my heart that this book evoke in me, and now that it's out of my system I can come back to discussing the plot. So, how can I describe this story: Every time it seemed they got a piece of the Project Buffalo puzzle, they found the puzzle itself was much bigger than they had ever imagined. Yes, finally in this book the picture is getting bigger and, thankfully, more clear. Our wonderful team of Diviners put the pieces together and they get to understand why they were made and who is this mysterious King of Crows we were hearing about starting from book 1. But also the story is getting more dramatic. Prepare for the loss, people, because this book for sure will make you cry more than once. As I said before it's hard and relentless and expect no sunshine; by the end of the book it will get too dark and I am not sure book 4 will make it lighter.As for the characters, I can say that the character development in this book is fantastic. All of them come through hardship and suffering and all of them are fleshed out perfectly. It seems like there's not enough space (even with 500+ pages) to open every character to a reader, but ,no, Libba Bray knows how to make you care. Diverse cast of characters makes this one of the best stories I've read. Evie, Sam, Jericho, Henry, Ling, Theta, Memphis - all of them make such a unique team that I cannot imagine the story with any other characters. They are irreplaceable. “It was funny how their odd little family of friends had changed him. Made him feel safe. Theta, Memphis, Henry, Jericho, Mabel, Ling, Isaiah, and especially Evie. They’d been there for him. Opened the parts of him he was afraid would be closed off forever. Why had he wasted so much time bottling up his feelings? What did that ever get anybody but dumb fights? He had friends. He had a home in them.” Of course, I must add a few words about the romance in the book. I was highly disappointed with the love-triangle that took root in the last two books, book two especially. But finally I got my wish! The triangle evaporated in the cloud of doubt I had about it, and now finally things are getting swell-er. I really liked how the author resolved the whole situation without damaging the plot. Plus, this book is more heavy on romance, and it didn't spoil the story or turned into a mushy lump. On the contrary, love helped our characters to overcome some obstacles, but it also had hurt them, because there's no love without pain, but in this case it was a welcoming pain.>> Before the Devil breaks you is Diviners reborn. After highly boring and stuck in one place book 2, we are back to a more fast-pacing plot, creepiness that book 1 had, a bunch of shocker revelations and a high level of character development. An awesome book and all that jazz.
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  • Ferdy
    January 1, 1970
    2.5 starsThis was way too slow and far too long. The story only really kicked off and got interesting in the last 25% or so. Before then everything either moved at a snail's pace or consisted of repetitive angst and various issues between the characters. Evie kept banging on about her dead brother and dwindling fame, Sam kept moaning about his missing mum, Mabel bitched about her insecurities and jealousy, Memphis droned on about love, his poetry and Papa Charles, and Theta kept whinging about h 2.5 starsThis was way too slow and far too long. The story only really kicked off and got interesting in the last 25% or so. Before then everything either moved at a snail's pace or consisted of repetitive angst and various issues between the characters. Evie kept banging on about her dead brother and dwindling fame, Sam kept moaning about his missing mum, Mabel bitched about her insecurities and jealousy, Memphis droned on about love, his poetry and Papa Charles, and Theta kept whinging about her crappy husband. It was the same stuff over and over.Random thoughts:Thought it was fucked up how the love triangle between Sam/Evie/Jericho was resolved by Jericho becoming rapey after the bad guy injected him with serum that happened to have a rapey side effect.Mabel went from being a desperate loser to a fool of the biggest kind. Her petty jealousy of Evie, other girls and even her own mother made her too pathtic to care about. Theta/Memphis had less than zero chemistry, they were both far more entertaining away from each other. Ling and Henry fet like such non characters compared to everyone else. They barely had a place in the story.Really enjoyed the last quarter of the story, shame about the rest of it.
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  • Andrea
    January 1, 1970
    At this point I’m just trying to convince everyone to read this series. So here are some reasons you should read these books.THE CHARACTERSThese characters are straight up charming. You will not find two similar characters here and they each bring something to the plot. This cast is so diverse. You’ve got a Black MC, an Irish-Chinese disabled, asexual MC, a gay MC, a Jewish MC, and so many more. “There was such fear in the world. But love was everywhere if you looked. It was the best thing abou At this point I’m just trying to convince everyone to read this series. So here are some reasons you should read these books.THE CHARACTERSThese characters are straight up charming. You will not find two similar characters here and they each bring something to the plot. This cast is so diverse. You’ve got a Black MC, an Irish-Chinese disabled, asexual MC, a gay MC, a Jewish MC, and so many more. “There was such fear in the world. But love was everywhere if you looked. It was the best thing about humans. That they could stare into the abyss and still open up their hearts. A spit in the eye to fear.” Each character is real and flawed and I love every single one of them. Evie is just plain entertaining. Memphis and Theta are literally the loves of my lives. Henry is adorable, Ling is lovable as hell, Isaiah must be protected at all costs, and Sam is definitely swoon-worthy. To me, all of the characters and their relationships to each other are the best part of this series. THE PLOTI’ll just get to the point. These books are scary. While I think book 1 is still the scariest (ghost serial killer anyone?) all of the books have such a mysterious and creepy atmosphere. This series is filled with ghosts, supernatural abilities, murder mysteries, conspiracies. While book 1 is the scariest, Before the Devil Breaks You takes this series to the next level. This book perfectly sets up book 4 to bring the series to a spectacular end. This book was so intense for the characters and I’m terrified at what book 4 is going to bring us.THE SETTINGThis series is filled with authentic descriptions of New York City in the 1920s. Bray hits all the issues that were prevalent in society during the 20s: Prohibition, the KKK, religion, sexuality, World War I, and so much more. We are a country built by immigrants, dreams, daring, and opportunity.We are a country built by the horrors of slavery and genocide, the injustice of racism and exclusion. These realities exist side by side. It is our past and our present. The future is unwritten.This is a book about ghosts.For we live in a haunted house. The writing and atmosphere are perfect! All the research Bray did makes it impossible for you not to be transported into the 1920s, you can basically hear the jazz music. Bray makes everything in this series come alive, and it’s just magical. ---To everyone who's been sleeping on this series: please stop.
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  • Leonora Shiell
    January 1, 1970
    Ahh. I wanted this to be SO GOOD. And it had its moments here and there, but it also had huge swaths where nothing really seemed to happen. This book really felt like it fell into that middle-volume trap. It felt like the story actually got going about a hundred and fifty pages before the book ended.What didn't I like?1. The deliciously creepy and evocative atmosphere of the first two books is not here. There are moments - especially towards the end - where you can see the ghost (GHOST! Get it? Ahh. I wanted this to be SO GOOD. And it had its moments here and there, but it also had huge swaths where nothing really seemed to happen. This book really felt like it fell into that middle-volume trap. It felt like the story actually got going about a hundred and fifty pages before the book ended.What didn't I like?1. The deliciously creepy and evocative atmosphere of the first two books is not here. There are moments - especially towards the end - where you can see the ghost (GHOST! Get it? Haha.*please like me*) of what could have been, but that's it. The enemy never feels really solidified, like with Naughty John or the Sleeping Sickness. It's just ghosts, but... lots of them. *emotionless voice* Oh no??2. Going from the enemy never really feels solidified... Where's the plot, friends? I know it's something to do with the aforementioned ghosts, but more this time, but most of the book feels pretty aimless. There's a good chunk that feels like the Diviners half-heartedly playing Ghostbusters. But everything is so easy. There's no real tension.3. The individual characters' arcs also felt underdeveloped. It felt like going to a bad tapas bar. You taste enough to see that there could be something good, but then the food is gone and you don't get any more. The first two books really zoomed in on the stories of certain characters (Evie, then Henry and Ling), letting the other characters take a bit of a backseat, and it WORKED. In BtDBY, it's too unfocused.4. Jericho. *sighs* I do not care about Jericho. I do not understand why Libba Bray thinks I should. He is boring and has never shown any hint of something resembling personality. He is the human equivalent of puffed rice cakes: flavourless and bland. We keep being told that Evie is just so *into* him, but she rarely shares a scene with him, and, when she does, it's just the two of them awkwardly not knowing what to talk about. Please. No more Jericho.What did I like?1. The real-life parallels with how hateful and divisive people are being, and the idea of the United States being literally haunted by the ghosts of the peoples it has wronged. That's smart, and there were a few passages touching on that that really hit home. The contrasting of Mabel's leftist anarchist friends to the divisive vitriol was really interesting, as well.2. Theta's whole deal with someone from her past returning. Libba Bray is really good at peeling back our romanticized vision of the twenties to expose the nastiness of the era, and this whole storyline was great at that. Too bad it took what felt like forever to actually get started.3. Just Mabel. She really came into her own in this book. Mabel Rose for president!4. The last hundred and fifty pages where things started happening. I actually started flipping pages! I didn't want to put it down! It finally introduced real stakes AND THEN IT MADE ME FEEL THINGS! Oh, Lord, things HAPPENED!Okay, maybe that's a little biting. It was really well-written and action-packed, and had a scene that gave me a few foreboding chills. There wasn't that creepy atmosphere, but it was smart and action-packed, and the characters suddenly felt engaging.4. Sam. I like Sam, okay? He gets all the good lines.I love this series. I do. But, for the most part, this book just felt like filler before the finale. That horror vibe was gone, and the characters and plot felt like they were just stuck on cruise control, despite a strong ending and a few good moments sprinkled here and there throughout the middle. I really hope we get a great book four because, after this lackluster volume, I've got a few niggling little doubts. Still highly recommend the first two books, though.
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  • Sara (sarawithoutanH)
    January 1, 1970
    THISBOOKRUINEDMY LIFE...in the best way possible. This series seriously keeps getting better and better. I don't even know how to describe my thoughts on this. I loved every single second. It delves so much deeper into both the characters and the plot. I really can't even begin to explain how much I loved this book. I need the next one NOW. To put it simply: Libba Bray is a goddess. Nothing but respect for MY president.
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  • sofia (sam willows)
    January 1, 1970
    ”This is a book about ghosts, for we live in a haunted house”welcome to my ted talk. to start, i’d like to thank libba bray for existing. that’s it, you can all go home now
  • Delanie
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Rebecca (whymermaids)
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 StarsThe narrator is AMAZING. Also I’m worried for the fates of my favorites and the next book can’t come soon enough.
  • rin (lorenzo)
    January 1, 1970
    you know, when you finish the book you had high hopes for, and your first thought is "it's finally over, i am free" - that's not a good sign. i've listened to the audiobook and you don't even know how tired it made me.i can't even name what exactly was the downfall of this book. maybe it was the extremely slow pacing. maybe it's the big amount of characters, but bray only focusing on some of them. maybe it's the POVs of irrelevant and uninteresting characters. maybe it's because of that ugly lov you know, when you finish the book you had high hopes for, and your first thought is "it's finally over, i am free" - that's not a good sign. i've listened to the audiobook and you don't even know how tired it made me.i can't even name what exactly was the downfall of this book. maybe it was the extremely slow pacing. maybe it's the big amount of characters, but bray only focusing on some of them. maybe it's the POVs of irrelevant and uninteresting characters. maybe it's because of that ugly love triangle that got a very disgusting resolution despite ending up in a couple i was rooting for. maybe it's because of a huge ass amount of drama. i guess, all these things contributed.spoilers ahead, not hiding them, be cautious.i'll start with good stuff:the plot was decent. sometimes.i actually liked that there wasn't a one distinct villain. no, the villain was the system, the prejudice, the discrimination. a lot of focus was on eugenics and religious fanaticism, entwined usually, and this is where Bray really succeeded in making me MAD at it. also it was a perfect allusion on the modern world.sam, henry, ling, theta and memphis. the only characters who i liked in this one, even though henry and ling were extremely one dimensional (i guess since book 2 was about them, there was no need for them in this one huh) and memphis and theta were really boring sometimes. sam though. sam is the one who i Love. he's the only one who really mattered to me here. even despite his hetero agonizing.i liked that we got some questions from previous two books answered. and we got evie's brother backstory which i'm also thankful for.what i didn't like:as i already said before, TOO SLOW. the problem of this and #2 is that you could've probably taken out some content and it wouldn't even matter. i really didn't like mabel and jericho's POVs. they're annoying and boring. Mabel whined and whined and whined AND WHINED. she was always whining how evie and theta and everyone else are better than her, how nobody is gonna like her now, how she hated being like her parents, and so on and so on. jericho was REALLY FUCKING BORING AND ANNOYINGLY HETERO. his thoughts were all EVIE EVIE EVIE FUCK OFF JAKE EVIE EVIE EVIE DONT FUCK OFF JAKE EVIE EVIE CREEPY SHIT EVIE EVIE EVIE. god i listened to the book on 1.5x speen but i wish i listened to this chapters on 5x speed so they would pass quicker. honestly, one of the BLANDEST characters ever. also disappeared who knows where in the end and never reappeared.the love triangle. oh the shit i want to rant about. it was so fucking BAD. jericho and sam were whining about evie a lot. EVIE REALLY TIRED ME SO MUCH I WANTED TO SCREAM. she couldnt fucking CHOOSE. theta called it a tennis match AND AIN'T IT THE TRUTH. usually you can figure out who would be the endgame BUT EVIE LITERALLY CHANGED HER MIND EVERY FIVE FUCKING MINUTES. and the resolution? fucking hell. IT IS NOT OKAY TO USE SEXUAL ASSAULT AS A PLOT DEVICE. bray literally wrote an attempted rape to deliver the end of love triangle and to push evie to the guy she "forgot about" (her words) when she made out w/ another guy a day ago. that was the only thing the assault was relevant for, it wasn't needed for anything else. there are so many ways to end a love triangle WITHOUT FUCKING RAPE. this is so bad. stop using sexual assault as a plot device.AND JESUS CHRIST WHY WAS EVERYONE SO FUCKING HORNY THEY LITERALLY ALL HAD TO HOOK UP /FOR THE FIRST TIME/ AT LIKE 80% MARK AND I WAS SUPPOSED TO WITNESS ALL OF IT AND I WISH I DID NOT.also evie was so annoying in this book. i didn't really like her to begin with, but i used to sympathize with her, in this book she was absolutely fucking unlikable. well, and drama. A LOT A LOT OF DRAMA. HUGE ASS AMOUNT OF DRAMA.i guess 6 out of 10 is a proper rating here. i didn't really hate it and there were moments that deserve higher, but there was also a ton of moments where i would lower it, so here we are. waiting for the next book now, but im afraid, it wouldn't get better.~~~why r the covers getting worse djfjkranyway, currently listening 🎶🎶
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  • Mari
    January 1, 1970
    Psst anyone know when this comes out? :o I have a feeling I'll be around thirty-five when Bray finally finishes this series, and I'm not sure I'm /that/ patient.
  • maddi
    January 1, 1970
    5 stars!hi, I just finished reading this and I gotta say, I ain't jake (good job if you know what that means, if you don't, then read the diviners series!)."The land is old, the land vast, he has no future, he has no past, his coat is sewn with many woes, he'll bring the dead, the King of Crows."Before the Devil Breaks You was everything I wanted in the next instalment for the Diviners series. However, the book started off pretty slow in my opinion. It wasn't that the characters weren't doing th 5 stars!hi, I just finished reading this and I gotta say, I ain't jake (good job if you know what that means, if you don't, then read the diviners series!)."The land is old, the land vast, he has no future, he has no past, his coat is sewn with many woes, he'll bring the dead, the King of Crows."Before the Devil Breaks You was everything I wanted in the next instalment for the Diviners series. However, the book started off pretty slow in my opinion. It wasn't that the characters weren't doing things to keep the plot moving, but between Mabel meeting the socialists and Theta dancing, it just wasn't what I was looking for. I wanted to jump straight into where Lair of Dreams left off, but I did thoroughly enjoy this book and all of the 1920's slang was wonderful.THE CHARACTERSOne of the best aspects of this series is the characters, for they are very fleshed out and realistic. They all have their own rich story, likes and dislikes, hopes and weaknesses and strengths.Evie O'Neill is very much a flapper, and she the ability to read objects.She can be really annoying and unlikable at times in this series, but what people fail to realise is that’s what makes Evie a real and fleshed out character. Not every person in the world makes the right decision and can be selfish, therefore characters in literature should be too.Honestly, she is one of the most self-centred characters I’ve ever read, but that’s why I love her. She is very different from the basic Young Adult protagonist we usually get in a paranormal thriller.Sam Lloyd is the embodiment of the trope problematic fave. He is on a quest to find his mother, but finding her brings him deeper into the dark side of New York than he has ever been before, for the people who captured Sam’s mother aren’t human.Sam is a character you can either despise or love fiercely because he is independent and resilient, strong and caring, clever and cunning, but very flawed. He trusts vastly little and only makes decisions thinking about whether it benefits him.Sam is an interesting character, for I have read about many love interests like him, and while he does share some characteristics like the others, he stands out from them because he is a very fleshed out love interest and isn’t 2-dimensional.Memphis Campbell is caught up in the madness of the King of Crows. He is a protective big brother and a kind, caring, lovable character. He just wants to shield his younger brother from the world and the wrath of the man in the stovepipe hat, but its never as simple as that."He whispered in his broken voice, "We are the one, four, four. We are the one, four, four. We are..."Theta Knight is a Ziegfeld girl and is running from her past. She is compassionate and thoughtful, but doesn’t trust the people who care about her because she is hiding a deadly secret. Theta attempts to run away from her past, but it still haunts her, for that’s one of the reasons why she has a hard time letting people into her life.Theta is one of my favourites, since she is so damn selfless. Even through is has gone through so much and has suffered a lot, she puts her friends first and just wants to protect them.Jericho Jones is (view spoiler)[part machine (hide spoiler)] and doesn't get to deicide his own future. Truth be told, Jericho is my least favourite character from the cast, but I still really like him and am invested in his story. (view spoiler)[Y'LL CAN WE TALK ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED IN THE WOODS?!! POOR EVIE, POOR JERICHO, AND FUCK MARLOWE (hide spoiler)]"Did Marlowe even see Jericho as a person anymore? Had he ever?"Henry Bartholomew Dubois IV plays musical pieces for Ziegfeld Follies and is still heartbroken from the events in Lair of Dreams.He’s a very loyal and selfless friend, but faces grave aftermaths because of his big heart. His and Ling’s relationship is the definition of wlw and mlm solidary tbh.Mabel Rose is a socialist and is fighting an endless battle. Mabel is written to be a basic character, which we rarely see in YA, a genre of Mary Sues. She's just average in a group full of extraordinary people, and she knows it, so she tries to make a change in her world."For the first time in her life, Mabel felt special and necessary. This was not her mothers moment or Evie's or anybody else's; it belonged to Mabel."Ling Chang strives to succeed in a world that shuns her. She introduced in second book, but it feels like she was always in the series because of the massive role she plays and how she effects the other characters lives.She is well developed, goes through a lot in Lair of Dreams, grows up and becomes a better person because of it.She's obviously one of my favourites in the series, for she is stubborn and ready to get what she wants, which breaks a lot of stereotype of Chinese women (e.g. soft, submissive, and quiet sidekick or love interest).THE PLOT"The chain on her mind were loosening. The men had made the mistake of giving her a reason to live."Before the Devil Breaks You follows a group of teenagers with special powers, as they battle ghosts and other supernatural beings, all while a mysterious man in a stovepipe hat lurks at the edges of it all, and has plans for all of them.Fuck, shit got intense in this book. The plot got hella thick and there were plot twists at every turn. Crazy to think at the start of the series I thought Evie and Co were just dealing with random ghosts and nothing more than that, but boy, I was wrong.THE ROMANCESam & EvieAlthough I hated Sam in the first book, this ship was always the one I rooted for. They’re both well developed, and have numerous good moments together. Evie and Sam complement each other so much when they’re together + their banter is amazing.Memphis & Thetayeah, their relationship is super insta-lovey, but the difference between them being just another YA couple, is that they truly are a really healthy couple and they are very well developed. There is one romance I won’t be discussing being it’s kinda spoilery. But here’s my thoughts on it anyway: fuck that romance, I've hated it since book one and always will. Anyway, the romance in this series is significant and really well developed.CONCLUSIONOver all, I think this series certainly does step up from the usual horror stories, not only because it has a much finer plot and characters, BUT it also is really diverse and has good rep. The only let down for me is that one of my favourite characters in this was only seen in the first moments of this story and a few things were revealed about them which didn’t make me love them as much anymore. Nevertheless, I’m highly anticipating the next instalment, and can’t wait to see how this series wraps up.
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  • Shaun Hutchinson
    January 1, 1970
    This is the best entry into Libba Bray's The Diviners series yet. It brings a lot of storylines to a head and introduces some creepy new monsters, and has some real sad bits too. But what struck me was that for a novel set so far in the past, BtDBY feels very much like a novel of now. I think it's the first book I've read where I can feel the influence (and anger) of the 2016 election and the war on facts, truth, and anyone who's not a straight white male. Bray doesn't even attempt to hide her r This is the best entry into Libba Bray's The Diviners series yet. It brings a lot of storylines to a head and introduces some creepy new monsters, and has some real sad bits too. But what struck me was that for a novel set so far in the past, BtDBY feels very much like a novel of now. I think it's the first book I've read where I can feel the influence (and anger) of the 2016 election and the war on facts, truth, and anyone who's not a straight white male. Bray doesn't even attempt to hide her righteous anger, and it made me love the book that much more.
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  • Izzy
    January 1, 1970
    This series started out with the most GORGEOUS cover but they keep getting worse as the books go on, ughhhhh.
  • Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars “There was a lot to fight. The future battle was daunting. But right now, this moment, was a time for hope, too. For fresh starts. For forgiveness.” I just absolutely love diving deeper and deeper into this fantastically haunting world the Libba Bray has created. Before the Devil Breaks You continues the adventures of our incredible cast of characters as they learn more about their Diviners powers and the ghostly threat looming over New York. The Diviners learn more about themselves 4.5 stars “There was a lot to fight. The future battle was daunting. But right now, this moment, was a time for hope, too. For fresh starts. For forgiveness.” I just absolutely love diving deeper and deeper into this fantastically haunting world the Libba Bray has created. Before the Devil Breaks You continues the adventures of our incredible cast of characters as they learn more about their Diviners powers and the ghostly threat looming over New York. The Diviners learn more about themselves and their history as they prepare for this epic battle that is sure to test them in ways they won’t expect. Things I Liked Ward Island and the exploration of mental health in the 1920s (including continuing to highlight the unseemly parts of US history including the forced sterilization). I also really loved how the Diviners and the Ward Island residents were foiled - where the Diviners were often revered (though not by everyone) and the Ward Island residents were rejected, even though they both have a similar 'otherness' to them.I loved how everyone really came together in this story. We get to see all the Diviners discovering more of their powers and working together, strengthening bonds and continuing the amazing friendships we see in the first two books. Once again, the characters in this series are standouts, and together they form amazing dynamics that completely draw me in and feel so real and genuine. Memphis and Isaiah's brotherly relationship is perfection and feels so earnest. I LOVED seeing all of the girls supporting each other and forming this incredible 1920s girl gang of amazing characters. My favorite romance in the story remained Memphis and Theta, they are adorable perfect and I love them a lot. I didn’t much care for the other romances - I didn’t hate them, I didn’t love them, I didn’t really care.I really loved getting the flashbacks to Will, Sister Walker, and Jake Marlowe working in the Paranormal Department and seeing their history with diviners and how that shaped their views and actions now.I surprising liked the King of Crows in BTDBY. We get to learn more about him and his origins, as well as his goals and his plan for the Diviners. He actually became a villain in this story, instead of a ghostly idea (which is what I felt he was in Lair of Dreams). And he is a real threatening presence that hold a lot of power, but isn’t infallible. The chapter, “The Dead” was my favorite chapter in the entire book. It was raw, gripping, and thought-provoking. It was such an ambient chapter that set the tone and further established the atmosphere for the story and created a real-world, lived in feeling to all the ghostly problems the Diviners faced. QUOTES!!! “The history of the land is a history of blood. In this history, someone wins and someone loses. There are patriots and enemies. Folk heroes who save the day. Vanquished foes who had it coming. It’s all in the telling. The conquered have no voice.”“Rest. Then speak of what you know. Show them what you’ve seen. Witness until their comfort yields to questions. Till their eyes cry with truth. Till their ears would hear the voices of tomorrow. Till their hearts, heavy with knowledge, beat in understanding.”“Before the Devil breaks you, first he will make you love him.” Things I Didn’t Like I wanted more from Henry! I loved that he really got to shine in Lair of Dreams, but I felt like we barely saw him here. He very much returned to a side character, and that was a little disappointing. Though I did absolutely love seeing more of his friendship with Ling.I didn’t like Jake Marlowe at - he is such an awful person and I hate him. He is scum in human form. I was so frustrated with Ling because she still admired him for his scientific advancements and could separate the person from the work with Marlowe, but not with Sister Walker who was nowhere near as awful. And I didn’t really liked Jericho and Mabel’s storylines that were related to Marlowe - they were weaker points of the story for me.These characters are so completely in my heart and I love them so much. I become so invested in their story and their journey and I want to spend time with them. The 1920s setting is also on of my favorite historical settings I’ve ever read - there’s a perfect blend of paranormals that’s grounded in raw honesty. Before the Devil Breaks You is an amazing addition to an outstanding series that is building to a stunning crescendo.Trigger warning for attempted sexual assault (used as a plot device to further another relationship)
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  • Katie
    January 1, 1970
    Please note this review will contain spoilers for the first two books in the series.I wish that I liked this more than I did. Don't get me wrong, it's still a good book, and definitely worth reading if you already liked the first two books of the series. I just felt that it was the weakest installment. In the first book, the story mostly revolves around John Hobbes, the ghost of a serial killer who is continuing his killings to raise the anti-Christ, and how they defeat him, with other plots bei Please note this review will contain spoilers for the first two books in the series.I wish that I liked this more than I did. Don't get me wrong, it's still a good book, and definitely worth reading if you already liked the first two books of the series. I just felt that it was the weakest installment. In the first book, the story mostly revolves around John Hobbes, the ghost of a serial killer who is continuing his killings to raise the anti-Christ, and how they defeat him, with other plots being used to forward the overall story of the series. In the second book, the mysterious sleeping sickness is killing people throughout the city and the diviners team up to defeat this threat as well. So in both of the first two books, there is a specific supernatural threat that is defeated by the end, with other subplots continuing the series. In this book however, unless I completely missed it somehow, there isn't a specific supernatural threat to be defeated in this book, with the other subplots coming together in the last book to take on the King of Crows. Instead, this book mostly just felt like a setup book for the final book, which meant that it wasn't as engaging to read.Additionally, the prior books had specific focus on certain characters (the first book was mostly Evie, the second was mostly Henry and Ling) and I felt that was lacking in this book. With the diviners all teamed up, and the constantly changing perspectives between each of them, as well as other characters, it felt a little unfocused, and therefore I was unable to really connect with any of them this time (even my faves from the prior books). There were things I liked (like that scene at the asylum - that was pretty awesome, and also probably the only really 'scary' part of the story), and I did enjoy the book over all. And the descriptions and events that really showed what that time period was like was really well done. I was horrified anytime any of the side characters showed prejudice and racism and the whole eugenics movement was despicable, and Bray did a great job showing that horror. However, if the other two books in the series hadn't been as good as they were, then I would have liked this one more.If you read and liked the first two books of the series, I still recommend this because it moves the story along and it is a good setup for the last book of the series. Just be prepared that it might not be as good as the other books before it.
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  • Liv (Stories For Coffee)
    January 1, 1970
    ACTUAL RATING: 4.5 STARSLibba Bray has stepped up her game SO hard. This is one of my favorite novels of 2017. She speaks out about the ghosts of American history and how it haunts the world. She speaks out against racism in the 20's and denounces anti-immigration rhetoric that is used often at that time. Ugh. It was great. DIVERSE ELEMENTS OF THE STORY• A beautiful interracial couple• A biracial asexual disabled strong-willed Chinese girl • A lovely and kindhearted gay boy• Two black brothers w ACTUAL RATING: 4.5 STARSLibba Bray has stepped up her game SO hard. This is one of my favorite novels of 2017. She speaks out about the ghosts of American history and how it haunts the world. She speaks out against racism in the 20's and denounces anti-immigration rhetoric that is used often at that time. Ugh. It was great. DIVERSE ELEMENTS OF THE STORY• A beautiful interracial couple• A biracial asexual disabled strong-willed Chinese girl • A lovely and kindhearted gay boy• Two black brothers who have an amazing loving relationship together• A Jewish snarky boyWARNING: There is a sexual assault scene in the chapter The Übermensch. Please take care of yourself when you read this. This scene was unnecessary and I'm upset that it was included. I hope Libba learns from this and knows not to include random sexual assault scenes for the sake of shock factor.
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