Before The Devil Breaks You – By Libba Bray

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Goodreads Synopsis: 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. 

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I can’t be the only one who felt like these books went downhill, can I?

The Diviners series has really a unique and fun world, I love the combination of the 20’s and the paranormal. But I was hesitant to read this one.  The first book got a 4 star rating from me and I loved it. Liar of Dreams got three stars and a meh review from me, it was too long and there were plot holes. So when I started Before The Devil Breaks You I was pretty anxious, I wanted to love this book so badly. I was hoping that the series had just suffered from second book problems but it would be back on track in this one.

Sadly that’s not what happened.  Before The Devil Breaks You is the longest book in the series and I think this was not a good thing. The story was so slow! I was completely unable to get into it. And while Bray’s fantastic creepy writing was still on par, the overall feel of the novel was not enough to keep me reading.

For me all of the characters have gone downhill. Evie went from being my favorite character to hardly being a character at all, she was so flat. I didn’t understand her motives anymore and felt like she had lost all her personality.  Mabel was so whiny in this book, I couldn’t read her chapters because literally all she does is complain. The story line with Theta felt like a redo of her story in the first book, someone from her past is back again to blackmail her and I was bored out of my mind by it. There were just too many characters, and all of them had a POV which was so over the top. I couldn’t get into any one story line because as soon as I did it would jump to another.

Frustratingly I didn’t like any part of this book and even quit it only a 100 pages in. I will not be reading any more in this series and honestly I think only the first book is really worth reading.  I gave this book 1 star on Goodreads.

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