Tuesday, 15 May 2018
Before the Devil Breaks You
Before the Devil Breaks You by Libba Bray is the third Diviners novel.
New York City.
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.
1. Bray gave me so many feelings in this book. I went from laughing to crying, and so many, many times, totally creeped out by things in this book. This definitely has some serious sleep with the lights on moments in this book. And honestly, the ghost where not the scariest parts of this book, it was often the humans and their deeds that frightened me the most.
2. I love that this book gets deeper in the main characters back stories like Theta and Sam, along with Evie's dreams coming together. I was especially intrigued by Theta's story. Her life before New York, and her past coming back to haunt her.
3. I want to take a minute to talk about Jake Marlow, and how much I despise him. He treats others horribly. He discredits the Diviners, but also wants to use them for his own nefarious plans. Oh, and it is definitely a "Make America Great Again" guy who basically whats to get rid of anyone who is not WASP in heritage.
4. I will admit that I find the King of Crows extremely creepy. It makes it worse when it is revealed early in the book that he is created from humanities worse traits.
5. There are some serious feels in this book. I am not ashamed to admit that I cried at least once during my reading. Also, when I started the book, I did not realize this was not the last book in the series. I was getting stressed the closer I got to the end and the more I realize that there were not enough pages to wrap up the story. I am now jonesing (is that still a term people use, or did I really date myself) for the next book.
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