Before The Devil Breaks You by Libba BrayBefore The Devil Breaks You by Libba Bray

Before The Devil Breaks You

byLibba Bray

Hardcover | October 3, 2017

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The Diviners are back in this thrilling and eerie third installment by #1 New York Times bestselling author Libba Bray.

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.

Heart-pounding action and terrifying moments will leave you breathless in the third book of the four-book Diviners series by #1 New York Times bestselling author Libba Bray.
Libba Bray is the #1 bestselling author of The Diviners, Lair of Dreams, the Los Angeles Times Book prize finalist Beauty Queens, the 2010 Printz Award-winning Going Bovine, and the acclaimed Gemma Doyle trilogy. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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Title:Before The Devil Breaks YouFormat:HardcoverDimensions:560 pages, 9.38 × 6.75 × 1.62 inPublished:October 3, 2017Publisher:Little, Brown Books for Young ReadersLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0316126063

ISBN - 13:9780316126069

Reviews

Rated 4 out of 5 by from Series still going strong This was a great addition to the series. Libba Bray has matured very well as a writer and continued the story in a compelling way. She is handling the multiple characters more adeptly than in the previous book and nothing felt superfluous in telling their story. The ending is surprising but powerful. I highly recommend this series.
Date published: 2018-03-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I need the next one NOW So many questions answered but so many new questions My poor children just need a goddamn break after all this
Date published: 2018-02-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Ehhh... Not as good as the second one. I loved the second one so much and so coming into this one where all these issues were coming up and not resolved. There were too many characters and stories to keep track of. Who had whose parents die, who was abused, who is gay or disabled, these are all good elements to a story but it felt cliched and not handled well. And the themes! The eye and Marlowe and Eugenics and industrialization and the shadow men and project Buffalo and the men in the stove pipe hat and it was too much to keep track of. I don't like any of the characters except for Mabel and now she's dead. And for what? She was barely mentioned after she died and it had to be done in the classic "i was manipulated into something for family but I wanted to be bad but oh wait you saved me and damn it's too late". It felt false as much as everything else did. Her "sacrifice" and then Theta standing up to her ex and being hugged back to goodness and it didn't feel earned any of it. And Jericho - I despise him with a passion. He tries to assault Evie and it's completely brushed off. No side effects after and she just moves on to sleep with another guy and kind of not mourn her best friend. And the way it was brushed away. This happened in Mortal Instruments where Maia's bf attacked and bit her when he was a werewolf. Except trade werewolf with serum and it's the same. He didn't mean it blah blah blah. So say the same thing about alcohol. It's the same but with a mystical element. And that makes me angry. I didn't like Evie or Jericho or Sam or Theta or anyone. Ling I liked but her asexualness was brushed off and not dealt with at all and I would have liked to see her and Alma build but it wasn't there at all. And the sex. The last five chapters had so much sex and masturbation and virginity losing WTF? I will finish the series and put it behind me as a disappointment from how good the Gemma Doyle trilogy was.
Date published: 2017-11-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Instalment Yet This might be my favourite Libba Bray novel yet, and that's saying a lot considering how much I've adored everything she has written so far. <i>"Before the Devil breaks you, first he will make you love him. Beware, little sister. Beware the King of Crows!"</i> This was a perfect mix of the first and second book of the series. Spooky like the first, and character-driven like the second. It was, in my opinion, a perfect balance, and it did not disappoint one bit. Beautifully written and downright original, this novel also dealt with important matters like racism, mental health, genocide, classism, and various other topics that are still as important today as they were in the 20s. It's hard to say much about this book without spoiling it, but wow. I cried, I laughed, and I cried a little more. Libba Bray really knows how to craft a wonderful story whilst including important messages, and I'm thoroughly impressed. This is definitely one of the best books I've read in a while, and I absolutely can't wait for the next instalment of the series.
Date published: 2017-10-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So excited! But also terribly upset that the cover wont follow the same aesthetic as my copies of the first two books. Oh well, cant judge a book by its cover? All the same, Im very excited to read this! Definitely in my top three favorite series.
Date published: 2017-05-01

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Before the Devil Breaks You:

* " [A] gripping, unsettling read that peels back the shiny surface of the American Dream. Like the ghosts facing the Diviners, Bray's novel has teeth."-Booklist, starred review