{Mini Reviews} Lair of Dreams; Before the Devil Breaks You

Posted March 26, 2020 by Leah in Reviews / 2 Comments

{Mini Reviews} Lair of Dreams; Before the Devil Breaks You

Lair of Dreams (The Diviners, #2)


by Libba Bray
Pages: 613
Published on August 25, 2015
by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Genres: Historical Fiction, Supernatural, Young Adult
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
Goodreads

Also by this author: The Diviners, The Diviners (The Diviners, #1)

The longing of dreams draws the dead, and this city holds many dreams.
After a supernatural showdown with a serial killer, Evie O’Neill has outed herself as a Diviner. With her uncanny ability to read people’s secrets, she’s become a media darling, earning the title “America’s Sweetheart Seer.” Everyone’s in love with the city’s newest It Girl…everyone except the other Diviners.
Piano-playing Henry DuBois and Chinatown resident Ling Chan are two Diviners struggling to keep their powers a secret—for they can walk in dreams. And while Evie is living the high life, victims of a mysterious sleeping sickness are turning up across New York City.
As Henry searches for a lost love and Ling strives to succeed in a world that shuns her, a malevolent force infects their dreams. And at the edges of it all lurks a man in a stovepipe hat who has plans that extend farther than anyone can guess…As the sickness spreads, can the Diviners descend into the dreamworld to save the city?
In this heart-stopping sequel to The Diviners, Printz Award-winning and New York Times bestselling author Libba Bray takes readers deeper into the mystical underbelly of New York City.

4.5 Stars

This is a fantastic series. Just when I thought the first book could not be topped, Lair of Dreams proves me wrong. It’s as incredibly atmospheric as The Diviners, capturing the 1920s with its expert writing and world building. The book takes you into the subterranean tunnels below New York City and the secrets they hold. It takes you through the streets of Chinatown with the introduction of Ling, a new character who can walk in peoples’ dreams. Nightclubs ring with music. This is New York that teems with life.

The series is also a commentary on key relevant issues. It explores racial, social, and economic issues through its young protagonists without feeling like a lecture. It immerses you in the times. All of the characters contribute something to the story. You care deeply for each of them and understand their dreams, motivations, and concerns. I could read ten more books about these characters. Sam is my favorite, as I always seem to grow fond of the jerks with hearts of gold.

The book also manages to be creepy and suspenseful as an unknown sleeping sickness takes over the city. This sleeping sickness causes tension among New York’s citizens. Certain members of society are suspected of causing it. The mystery unfolds with a slow, creeping horror, one that kept me on the edge of my seat. I had to take a breath when I got to the end. Lair of Dreams delivers on the historical and fantastical.

 

 

{Mini Reviews} Lair of Dreams; Before the Devil Breaks You

Before the Devil Breaks You (The Diviners, #3)


by Libba Bray
Pages: 552
Published on October 3, 2017
by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Genres: Historical Fiction, Supernatural, Young Adult
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
Goodreads

Also by this author: The Diviners, The Diviners (The Diviners, #1)

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 claimed two of their own, the Diviners have had enough 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 face-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.

4 Stars

Before the Devil Breaks You was a rush. There were several twists that I did not see coming that made my jaw drop. Faith in the Diviners is taking a turn for the worst as the public questions their credibility and, even more so, their purpose. As the saying goes, “We fear what we don’t understand.”

This installment of the series was tough to read. The Diviners’ supernatural foe, The King of Crows, is gaining more power. His army of ghosts is invading New York. Can the Diviners find the tools they need to stop him? Not only do they have to fight the supernatural, there’s also the threat from very human forces.

Some of the things that happen to the characters can be called unfair. Some of the things that happen are unfair. I also don’t know how to feel about the choice one of the characters makes. This did not sit well with me, which is why I docked the book a star. I want to know why this characterization was used.

Aside from this, the ending sets the stage for a finale that promises the fantastic. I’ve read the finale. Stay tuned for my thoughts.

Leah
Leah

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2 responses to “{Mini Reviews} Lair of Dreams; Before the Devil Breaks You

  1. Nathan

    Great review. I feel better knowing I am not the only person who reads books that came out a few years ago. Stay safe and keep reading.

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