If you have not read the first two books you might not want to read the summary, but my review is spoiler free.
Before the Devil Breaks You by Libba Bray
Summary from Goodreads:
New York City.
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.
I have so enjoyed this series! I think I will have to reread it before the final book comes out. It is also a good series for October, because of all of the ghosts and other supernatural goings on. This book in particular has lots of ghosts, and some are quite scary. It does seem like the books have been getting darker as we go along.
This is an diverse ensemble cast, with many characters being followed and telling the story. All are well developed in the series, but we learn a lot more about the background of some of the characters and there is a lot of growth with some of them as well. I don’t have a favorite, I love them all, but I most identify with Mabel. Mabel is not a Diviner, but is good friends with Evie and is friendly with the other Diviners as well. Mabel has a good heart and really wants to change the world, but struggles with how to go about helping that change. She falls in with a group in this book that really makes her think about right and wrong and do the ends justify the means. She falls in love with Arthur and it is a very sweet relationship. I also like Memphis, he is such a great older brother and friend and also wants to right some of the injustices that he faces everyday.
This is a very dense (and long) book, with a lot of stories going on all at once. It was a bit of a slow read, but mostly because of having to absorb so much, not because it was slow moving or boring. The main story line of the King of Crows is fascinating, we learn a lot more about him and how he is getting into the world. The ghosts are also interesting, especially when the Diviners are able to talk to them.
A fabulous spooky read that is sure to give you chills and thrills anytime of the year!