Hello wonderful readers!
It’s another week, which means another Waiting For Wednesday! I had to get this one in as soon as possible because it’s coming up so quickly and I’m about to explode with excitement!
Libba Bray fans have been waiting since late summer of 2015 for the third installment in her Diviners quartet. The Diviners saga has shown itself thus far to be a masterpiece (a term I reserve for this saga and Sarah J. Maas’s A Court of Thorns and Roses trilogy) and I could not be more thrilled for this next book. Here’s your Waiting For Wednesday look at Before The Devil Breaks You by Libba Bray! Keep reading for a synopsis and more!
After battling a sleeping sickness, The Diviners are up against a group of new and malevolent foes–ghosts! Out in Ward’s Island sits a mental hospital full of lost souls from 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 New York City, the Diviners must band together and brave the ghosts haunting the asylum to bring down the King of Crows.
The Diviners saga has been an epic whirlwind of diverse and rich characters from a variety of different background who all live in the pulsing 1920’s New York City. Libba has demonstrated through these books that she is not just a writer, but a weaver. It is remarkable how she brings all these characters together toward a common goal when it sometimes seems they couldn’t be more different.
Something major to address about this quartet is that these are thriller novels. As someone with an overactive imagination too dangerous to let me sleep after seeing Scary Movie 3, I have never been a fan of anything scary, but I will do just about anything for my Crazy Aunt Libba and I have zero (0) regrets after reading these. The end of the first book is the scariest thing I have ever read, but I loved every second of it. Libba does not just write thrill for the scare factor, it is deeply ingrained in the plot and flows naturally within the world she has created. While simultaneously scaring our pants off, Libba also manages to create lovable characters to whom the reader quickly grows emotionally attached. She has kept us anxiously awaiting to know the fates of our favorite characters, and she told me on Twitter a while ago that the amount of pain to chocolate ratio needed for this one is comparable to the river of chocolate from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, so I’m battening down the hatches and stashing away my necessary grieving supplies in advance.
Each book so far has focused on a different villain. The first book, The Diviners, was haunted by the mysterious Naughty John (who sounds like a joke until you hear the terrifying lullaby-like song written about him) who ends up taking our ensemble cast on a joy ride a la the timeless animated thriller classic, Monster House. The sequel, Lair of Dreams, followed what seemed to be an epidemic in China Town called the “sleeping sickness.” The range of diversity and cultural saturation goes up considerably in this novel (which I will never complain about) and we learn about the supposed sickness as our characters venture into the dangerous world of dreams. It is not as scary as the first, but I like to think Libba is storing her powers to hit us full force later, which would not surprise me at all. This third installment introduces us to The Man in the Stovepipe Hat, who has been mentioned in previous books, but sounds menacing enough that I can’t wait to see what he has in store for us. Oh, and did I mention it takes place in an abandoned insane asylum?
This highly-anticipated novel haunts shelves Tuesday October 3rd, just in time for Halloween! If you are a fan of The Diviners or are as excited for this book as I am, check out Libba’s blog for information on her pre-order campaign and the exciting extras you can get when you pre-order! Do yourself a favor and run to the bookstore before Before The Devil* Breaks You** flies off the shelves!***
*The Devil (see: Libba Bray)
**You (see: me)
***Libba Bray is about to break me, I can feel it.