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Before the Devil Breaks You

Title: Before the Devil Breaks You (The Diviners book 3)

Author: Libba Bray

Publisher: Little, Brown Books

Release Date: October 3rd 2017

Number of Pages: 552

Genre: YA, Fantasy, Historical Fiction

25985241Goodreads Synopsis

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.

*May contain spoilers for previous books in the series*

In the third instalment of The Diviners New York is becoming over flown with the King of Crows army of the dead and these ghosts are not the friendly type. It is up to the Diviners to band together and find a way to stop the King of Crows before its too late.

The characters are definitely my favourite part of this series and I fall more in love with them each book. While the last two books have focused more on specific characters Evie and Memphis in book 1 and Henry and Ling in book 2 this one doesn’t have a specific focus on anyone. Memphis and Henry are still my favourite characters but I enjoyed seeing more from Theta, Mabel and Jericho in this one.

The love triangle was starting to get on my nerves a bit as Evie swings between Jericho and Sam throughout the novel. However, I have now done a full 180 and am now team Sam.

I loved seeing more from Memphis and Theta and am really enjoying Ling and Alma’s relationship. However, it is starting to become like everyone has to be paired up with someone else by the end of the series.

A lot of big reveals happen in this book and we learn so much more about the Diviners and the King of Crows and it definitely paves the way of the finale.

Trigger warning for: racism, human experimentation, attempted sexual assault.

Overall, I adored this instalment and that ending was so good I can’t wait for the last book in the series comes out. I gave this 4 out of 5 stars.

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