**I strive to avoid spoilers in my reviews but sometimes they can slip in without me realising. Please be warned that if you read the full review there may be small spoilers for the book. Thank you**
Today’s review is for ‘Before the Devil Breaks You’ by Libba Bray! It’s the third book in her ‘Diviners’ Series. Sorry, I haven’t posted a review for book two, I never got around to writing it! But anyway, book three is a strong continuation of this series and it had me on the edge of my seat the entire time.
For those of you unaware, The Diviners series is about a group of people with special abilities. It deals with lots of paranormal stuff, most importantly Ghosties!
I’m head over heels for this series. It’s fast-paced, quirky and so damn intriguing. I’m obsessed. Libba Bray’s writing style is drop dead gorgeous and I’ve found myself lingering on her words because I’m so in awe of how she constructs the story. It’s richly descriptive, mouthwateringly so, but not once do you feel overwhelmed by it. The way she crafts her writing allows you to be sucked in but gives you room to breathe and imagine.
A stand out for me, as a writer, is her characters. So much diversity in her characters and they are all so beautifully developed. Even the most irrelevant character who is maybe in the story for a minute is so well created that you feel like they’re as important as Evie O’Neil (the main protagonist)
Each character is dealing with the main plot line, which for this series usually involves ghosts, while also having their own relevant and important story. I adore every character. In YA so often there is a character POV I hate but with this series, I’m the opposite, I love them all and I’m so invested in their stories. I would read solo books on every character.
Evie, one of the most important characters, is not the perfect lead for the book. She isn’t the hero that we see in so many YA novels. She’s conflicted, imperfect. She doesn’t believe in her abilities, she’s selfish and sometimes she’s just awful, but that’s why I love her. Evie isn’t what you would expect, and that is the same for all of these characters. They are so multifaceted.
I could go on and on here about these characters, I think Libba Bray really has done a fantastic job with them all.
The plot is getting really good now! I can’t say much because I definitely don’t want to spoil anything for people, this is a slow build plot but so so worth it. All the little tidbits and hints that have been dropped from book one are really starting to come together and it is so gorgeous to read. There is undeniably some real heartbreak in this book and countless moments where I couldn’t contain my excitement.
I loved the experience of reading this book. I feel that for any writers out there, you should check out The Diviners series by Libba Bray. Something about it just makes my passion for writing swell. I love Libba Bray’s style and have found reading this series very beneficial for my own writing as I’m looking to craft my work more and to create characters as loveable and flawed as these.
5 out of 5. I wish I was in the 1920’s with Sam Lloyd right about now, *swoon*.