Before the Devil Breaks You (The Diviners, #3) by Libba Bray

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 ...

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

TitleBefore the Devil Breaks You (The Diviners, #3)
Release DateOct 3rd, 2017
PublisherLittle, Brown Books for Young Readers
GenreYoung Adult, Fantasy, Historical, Historical Fiction, Paranormal

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

  • Emily May
    “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...
  • Emma Giordano
    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.
  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    “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 s...
  • Trina (Between Chapters)
    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...
  • Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
    How am I supposed to move on from this?! My heart is broken 😭😭😭😭😭 will post more coherent thoughts when I get over my feels
  • Mohammed Arabey
    “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 ي...
  • Monica
    “This is a book about ghosts, for we live in a haunted house.”Only Libba Bray could make me burst into tears during an author’s note. Before the Devil Breaks You is not only an amazing continuation of a phenomenal series - but also an incredibly important and timely book. ‪“This is a book about ghosts, for we live in a haunted house.”‬‪Only Libba Bray could make me burst into tears during an author’s note. Before the Devil Bre...
  • Aleksandra
    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 ...
  • Sabrina
    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 sta...
  • Nastassja
    “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 ...
  • Andrea
    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 ...
  • Ferdy
    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...
  • Leonora Shiell
    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 ...
  • Sara
    THISBOOKRUINEDMY 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.
  • sofia (sam willows)
    ”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
  • Rebecca (whymermaids)
    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.
  • Shaun Hutchinson
    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 w...
  • maddi
    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 opini...
  • Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
    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 ov...
  • rin (lorenzo)
    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 uninteresti...
  • Donalyn
    I encourage you to listen to the audiobooks of this series, which are brilliantly performed by January LaVoy. Libba Bray's lush writing--rich with history and empathy make this series much more than a supernatural tale.
  • Katie
    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-Chr...
  • Vanessa
    dnf at page 246I NEVER dnf books and yet I couldn't keep reading this book. I wanted to, because I loved The Diviners series, especially the first book, but I basically reached 50% of the novel and... nothing happened ? and I couldn't care less about the characters and the plot. Quite disappointed 😑p.s. I also read that /infamous/ part and how squalid is it to solve a love triangle with an attempted rape ??? I'm speechless.
  • Liv (Stories For Coffee)
    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 ...