Before The Devil Breaks You by Libba Bray | Review

Thank you so much to Allen & Unwin Australia for sending me a copy of Before the Devil Breaks You by Libba Bray. All thoughts are my own and receiving a copy of the book in no way impacted my feelings or opinions. 

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Rating: ★★★★★

Release Date: October 3rd, 2017

Dates Read: August 10th, 2018 to August 24th, 2018

Trigger Warnings: racism, homophobia, graphic murder, underage drinking, reliability on drinking, sex, domestic violence mentions, grand mal seizures, mentions of torture, assault, attempted rape, experimentation, forced sterilisation mentions

Pages: 552

Publisher: Allen & Unwin Australia

Genre: historical fiction, young adult, romance, paranormal, urban fantasy, magic

Goodreads blurb:

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 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.

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Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray | Review

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Rating: ★★★★★

Release Date: August 25th, 2015

Dates Read: July 31st, 2018 – August 11th, 2018

Trigger Warnings: homophobia, racism, underage drinking, graphic depictions of murder, mentions of seizures, torture descriptions, ableism language, graphic domestic violence flashbacks

Pages: 613

Publisher: Little Browns Books For Young Readers

Genre: historical fiction, fantasy, urban fantasy, romance, paranormal, young adult, mystery

Goodreads blurb:

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?

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July Wrap Up 2018

I can’t even be like ‘wow this year is going by so fast’ because July was the slowest month for me ever. July was a super shitty month for me in terms of my personal life. I don’t think I got a break at all. My mum had three seizures and ended up in the hospital again a week later for almost having a heart attack (all before her 44th birthday). I was left to help care for mum alone while also trying to balance my full semester of uni that I signed up for. I also got diagnosed with mild arthritis so it’s been a mess of a month.

Don’t get me wrong, some good things happened. We finally caught up on our rent. My mum had a great birthday. My mum made a full recovery and there was no heart attack. I got to go see the Masterchef Australia judges with one of my favourite people, as well as have a great day with her and her partner. I also now being treated for my mild arthritis (which is good!) and I got the work experience opportunity I wanted.

Some major highs and lows this month.

I also upped my Goodreads goal and managed to hit 100 books this month! Yay!

You’re not here to hear about my highs and lows of July 2018 though. You’re here to find out how many books I managed to get through. I managed to read nineteen books in July. Here they are. A lot of the reviews haven’t been posted yet, so prepare for them over the next month or so.

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The Diviners by Libba Bray | Review

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Rating: ★★★★★

Release Date: September 18th, 2012

Trigger Warnings: domestic violence, parental violence, homophobia, homelessness mentions, underage drinking, abortion, rape, racism, death, murder

Pages: 578

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Genre: young adult, fantasy, historical fantasy, paranormal, mystery

Goodreads blurb:

Evie O’Neill has been exiled from her boring old hometown and shipped off to the bustling streets of New York City—and she is pos-i-tute-ly ecstatic. It’s 1926, and New York is filled with speakeasies, Ziegfeld girls, and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is that she has to live with her uncle Will and his unhealthy obsession with the occult.

Evie worries he’ll discover her darkest secret: a supernatural power that has only brought her trouble so far. But when the police find a murdered girl branded with a cryptic symbol and Will is called to the scene, Evie realizes her gift could help catch a serial killer.

As Evie jumps headlong into a dance with a murderer, other stories unfold in the city that never sleeps. A young man named Memphis is caught between two worlds. A chorus girl named Theta is running from her past. A student named Jericho hides a shocking secret. And unknown to all, something dark and evil has awakened.

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