After absolutely loving both The Diviners and Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray, I decided to pick up the third installment in the series, Before the Devil Breaks You. As to avoid spoilers, I won’t give a direct synopsis of the book, but rather the whole series. We follow a diverse bunch of characters with mysterious powers ranging in everything from healing to creating fire. This paranormal adventure requires this group, called diviners, to band together and defeat evil. It takes place in 1920s New York and is absolutely phenomenal! Diversity is not hard to find in this book, and I would recommend it to nearly everyone. I will warn, though, that there is a trigger warning for abuse in relationships and assault.
There was something so perfect about this novel I could’ve read it over and over again and never tired. It was perfect in execution and was an excellent addition to the story.
My Rating: 5/5 Stars
Let’s get into some finer details of this amazing book:
To begun, we’ll dive into the plot. In this installment, the main cast of characters faced their biggest threat yet. I found this story extremely compelling, every twist and turn keeping me on the edge of my seat. Each character has had subplots throughout the different books, but I found their unique journeys exceptionally strong throughout this read. Overall, this may have been my favorite story line out of all three books!
The strong subplots also contributed to incredible character development. We explored so many interesting themes through the characters. I loved the further development and insight that we got to characters we’ve known for a long time such as Mabel or Theta.
As always, I absolutely loved Libba Bray’s writing style. Her descriptions are captivating and always find a way to make me view the story or the world in a different light.
To conclude, this story was phenomenal and I was so so pleased with this read.