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Before the Devil Breaks You
Before the Devil Breaks You | Libba Bray
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The Diviners are back in this thrilling and eerie third installment by #1 New York Times bestselling author Libba Bray. 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. Heart-pounding action and terrifying moments will leave you breathless in the third book of the four-book Diviners series by #1 New York Times bestselling author Libba Bray.
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EllanaRose
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Blimey. This hits hard

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EllanaRose
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... And now to start the third in the series! Excited for this, worried for the characters, and curious as to how it'll all end

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demicaractere
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It's like this character was written for me.

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Angitron
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While I found the second book in the series a tiny bit of a letdown, book three had me hooked again! The group begins to reckon with their past, and what it could mean for the time to come. Once again, Bray brings 1920s NYC to life in an evocative way. I really enjoyed this one and I‘m looking forward to reading a book 4!

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xicanti
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I took a loooooooong walk along the new rapid transit path. It gave me a chance to finish my BEFORE THE DEVIL BREAKS YOU reread and listen to three stories from Clarkesworld.

But y‘all—can I be real with you? I drink a lot when I walk, because hydration is important, and with all parks‘ and stores‘ washrooms closed it‘s tough to trek as far as I‘d like. Sigh. #audiowalk

Mimi28 I understand. I feel the same way. I have a bad bladder. 2y
xicanti @Mimi28 it‘s most vexing. 2y
Mimi28 I concur. 2y
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xicanti
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Casey and I took an #audiowalk after breakfast so he could show the neighbourhood his summer haircut.

Sace Looking dapper! 2y
xicanti @Sace he‘s like a puppy again without all his feathers! 2y
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xicanti
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I saw tons of greenery on my #audiowalk, plus a part-wolf (she was with someone, not roaming free) and two Little Free Community Pantries.

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PaperbackPrincess19
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I am loving this series via audio! The narrator is so talented, you‘d think it was a full cast audio but it‘s not. The audio‘s accent sets the scene so much better...loving this series!

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Sharanya
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Mehso-so

I‘m trying REALLY HARD not to let my feelings about the romance cloud my judgement but...oh boy. The plot was STELLAR. Creepy asylum haunting + the added depth into the larger themes around “Americanism”? ?. Evie & co were amazing — full of warmth & witty banter. But oh god Evie‘s romance(s) made me want to run myself into a wall. Especially because the pairing I was rooting for was ripped to shreds. Love triangles are THE WORST, y‘all!!!!! ★★★½.

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Johanna414
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On a lighter note, I finished a book today, I took my kids to play in the creek in our backyard, did some relaxing yoga and finished a puzzle. All in all, not a bad day!

PaperbackPrincess19 Well done sounds like a relaxing day 2y
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Johanna414
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Book 1 of our self imposed COVID-19 quarantine (my husband works in the county jail, our county has no tests, and we're concerned about him being exposed and spreading it)
I really love these books, but I did have the same complaint that many seemed to have - so much set up for the last book. I have it at work, but we're currently not allowed in the building while they do a deep clean...

PaperbackPrincess19 Listen to the audiobook whilst reading its an amazing experience 2y
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jillrhudy

Tagged my current read, but this is really about public libraries. Threading using the comments. Things have moved fast with the COVID-19 crisis. Thurs: we were planning to stay open and maybe offer curbside holds pickup. Fri: we cancelled all programs but planned to stay open. Sat: we decided to close to the public, but come in and work. Sun: someone in VA has died and the governor will make a special announcement on Mon. which was ⬇️

jillrhudy to have been our first “in-service” day but Gov. Northram is supposed to make an announcement now that there‘s been a COVID-19 death in our state and one of the easiest things he can do is to shut all public buildings. ⬇️ 2y
jillrhudy We have seen in the past day or two the tremendous strain on the public library when it is the only free place open and when people are lonely, scared, possessed of misinformation and determined not to practice social distancing. We feel important, but also exhausted and threatened. Our society is unwell. ⬇️ (edited) 2y
jillrhudy We would love to keep serving the public in some capacity but we can‘t be the only public agency doing so. This virus is exposing the cracks in our society. If you‘re ill but also ill-informed, broke, and the only thing you can do is drive to the library and watch Youtube, you will. We have always served this broken society but now we have to close to keep people from dying. It‘s hard. 😭 ⬇️ (edited) 2y
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jillrhudy Whoever your librarians are, whatever choice they have made or had made for them, please know that they served as well as they could for as long as they could. 2y
DrexEdit My husband and brothers all work in libraries. I've seen how stressed they have always been trying to provide social support that really should be coming from other agencies or better civic plans. I'm worried about the librarians & staff. I think closing the libraries is the right way to go for now. We haven't had any deaths here yet but a few cases. Our city libraries remain open for now. Stay safe. Take care. 2y
ScientistSam 😢 2y
Lcsmcat Stay safe and try to stay sane. Virtual hugs. 🤗 2y
Librarybelle Thanks for posting this! It‘s a weird thing, knowing that you‘re a public librarian and yet when I go into the library tomorrow, I won‘t be serving the public. Though, that could change. We‘re closed for the next two weeks, after a mandate that came out after 5pm on Friday. We had just told the public we‘d be open, but no programs. So, basically no warning. I‘m in PA, and I‘m watching the governor lock down counties near Philly (not mine). 2y
LibrarianRyan We have various libraries doing various things. Nothing is coming from our state library (where I work) on what they should be doing. They did cancel or postpone all events, and said there would be no penalties in grants if libraries did not host programs for which grants were given. But still no word. I am highly doubtful they close us down, but I could be wrong. We shall see.
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802Librarian Well said! We made the hard decision to close today as well and of course the first phone call I got was from someone needing a computer to file for benefits 😣. 2y
Johanna414 I‘m a school librarian, so I am blessed not to have to make these decisions. I work closely with our public library though and they‘ve always had a policy to close when the school closes for bad weather and such. That made it easier for our library board and director to close today. 2y
jillrhudy @NHLibrarian oh how sad 😢 2y
jillrhudy Update: we‘re closed to the public but as of right now unless the governor says otherwise we can still be in the building to work. Our county has given us leeway to telework too or for our director to put us on varied schedules. 2y
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Johanna414
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"I suppose it's all in how you define patriotism. Some say that's only saying good things about your country. Others say that it's speaking against what you feel is wrong with your country and trying to make a change."

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Johanna414
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Starting this audiobook while I putter around the library and do some tedious, boring tasks...

PaperbackPrincess19 Isn‘t the audiobooks amazing? I‘m reading whilst listening when I can but most of it I just listened to. Love this series in audio 2y
PaperbackPrincess19 The audiobook to this series is truly amazing and the narrator is so talented doing all the characters. 2y
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Kenyazero
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Finished this today, just in time for the last book to come out! As was the case with the others, I really enjoyed this book. A few things seemed dramatically drawn out, but it was still fun. #ghost #psychic #magic #lgbtq #lgbtcharacter #queerbook #racism #americanhistory #1920s

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Kenyazero
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I'm delighted to meet a character with a sexuality similar to mine. I would be interested to know how I would have interpreted this character when I was a teenager who broke up with people because they were interested in sex and I wasn't, so I thought I didn't feel for them the way they did. #lgbt #graysexual #asexual

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Kenyazero
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This book has neatly made me laugh out loud so many times at the gym. I should probably stop listening to it here! #audiobook #workoutbook (I'm also delighted that this book has revealed several more #lgbtq characters)

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Sarz
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5 ⭐

I absolutely love this series, and it just keeps getting better. It's captivating, exciting and charming. My only complaint is that maybe the last fifth is setting up for the next book. But I can't wait for the final instalment this year!

This also fits for #RedWhiteorBlueonCover for #booked2020 @Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage

Reagan I‘m so excited for the next (last 😥)one!! 2y
Cinfhen Yay 😁 well done 2y
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StaceyKondla
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I‘ve been binging this series before book four, The King of Crows, comes out and thoroughly enjoying them. Great cast of characters and fully immersed In the time and setting.

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Chili
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Just finished this. #WinterGames #MerryReaders #TBRRead

Clwojick 16pt 2y
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cdreincarnate
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These books are so much fun and the narrator does a fantastic job on the audiobook, so I highly recommend it. For some reason I had thought this was a trilogy, but this one ends with a whole bunch of cliffhangers and I can‘t wait until the next book comes out because I love hanging out with these characters ❤️

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cdreincarnate
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I had completely forgotten that it was #DeweysReadathon but I got a fair amount of reading in anyway because I had to finish Beartown for my book club tomorrow. I also spent a couple hours listening to my audiobook and started two short story collections. Now I‘m calling it quits in favor of bed. Good night, Littens.

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SassenachTheBookWizard
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So I'm actually really pissed with the publishers inability to keep a consistent cover theme. I know it's stopped people (myself included) from touching it. This book has a beautifully diverse cast with black, Asian, asexual, and physically disability rep. This book doesn't shy away from segregation and race issues or the time (and honestly still relevant) while also dueling ghosts and zombies. This book tugged at my heart. Best of the series.

magicalshelves This series deserves so much more attention but the publishing company has treated it so terribly! 3y
SassenachTheBookWizard @magicalshelves yeah Little Brown screwed the pooch for sure 3y
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I debated keeping this for October with Halloween and all but I just have to make sure I'm ready for the final book, King of Crows to come our in February. Excessive sure but I am bad once I put stuff off once

Amaryie I want to really love this series, but I had the hardest time getting into The Diviners. 😫 I DNF‘ed for now but planning to try again soon. 3y
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Henry made me LOL with that one.

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rjsthumbelina
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Possibly my favorite book so far this year! I l9ve these characters and this deeply interestaing world Libba has created within 1920s America. I love how she uses this series to discuss real issues that matter, like mental health and racial inequities in this one. I have loved every book in this series more than the last. I cannot wait for the final book!

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rjsthumbelina
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This is quite possibly the best end ever to an author's note! Love this, love this book, love her

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rjsthumbelina
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Trying hard to finish this one before it returns to the library tomorrow! I may or may not be listening to it with one earbud while supervising a kiddo in PE... 😉 I love this series! I do own the ebook on my nook, but I really enjoy the narrator, so I would prefer to finish it this way if possible

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arader68
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Excellent character development. This book brilliantly showcases the mixed bag of good and bad that lives in every one of us. The audio version is ridiculously amazing and January LaVoy is a goddess. Prepare to laugh and cry and to taste that bittersweet feeling when you near the end of the book and realize the story isn't over yet.

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BillBlume
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One of the funniest moments at today‘s NoVaTeen Book Festival came in the panel on magic. Libba Bray got up close with moderator Lisa Maxwell. The panel included Cinda Williams Chima, Dhonielle Clayton, and Katherine Locke. They all had so much fun, and it was a blast to watch. #NoVaTeenBF #NTBF19

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VioletBramble
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Starting this third book in the Diviners series while I sip a mug of Walk in the Woods tea and wait for season 2 of American Gods on Starz tonight.

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kyraleseberg
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I love this series and while this 3rd book is still a pick, I gotta say that it felt about 200 pages too long. Lots of build up without a lot of action most of the story felt unnecessary; I just wasn't swept up in the story like I was with the first two books.

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kyraleseberg
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My secret to relieving stress & anxiety? A good book & a secret tub of frosting that I keep in the very back of the fridge 🤗

AlaMich I can‘t eat frosting like that anymore (the stomach doth protest), but back in the day...My spouse always looked slightly horrified. 😆 3y
Bookcation74 Yes!!! 3y
Alfoster OMG! I love this! Growing up in the Midwest, my mom and I had Frosting Parties! (Cake without the cake)! Duh! Ok, I‘m old and know this isn‘t healthy but loved our little B-day celebrations before the rest of the fam came home!😂😂😂 3y
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kyraleseberg @AlaMich I completely understand, I have to limit myself to a couple spoonfuls because I don't have a stomach made of steel like I did in my younger days, Haha! Some people sneak a cigarette during stressful times; I stick to frosting in moderation 😂 3y
kyraleseberg @Alfoster Yes!!! Sooooo unhealthy but we all deserve a little guilty pleasure now & again! And that is such a great memory to have! 3y
CouronneDhiver Ha! 🤙🏽 Nicely done. I‘ve got fudgee-o‘s here tonight 3y
kyraleseberg @CouronneDhiver I've never heard of fudgee-o's! I'm going to have to Google! 3y
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night_shift
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#bailfornow

Just having a hard time with this one. I think I'll need to reread the first two, as I can't remember a lot that happened. But gosh are there a lot of characters and my pregnant brain is having a hard time following. I enjoyed the first two, so maybe I'll come back to this one day!

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night_shift
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My #SSS package, ready to go! Going to try and mail today, but we'll see :)

My next read. I did not even realize there was a third in this (great) series, so pretty stoked to get to this!

Hope everyone had a great turkey day 🦃🦃

Skyrimir I just bought the first one at Half Price! 3y
night_shift @Skyrimir it's really good!! 3y
GirlMeetsBook This was the first in this series that felt too long. I hear there‘s at least a 4th one (maybe more?) but I think I‘ve tapped out. 3y
night_shift @GirlMeetsBook it is pretty long. I felt the 2nd one was a touch too long, but still really liked it. So I guess I'll see. Yeah, there's going to be a 4th one, but no release date for it as of yet. 3y
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Redjewel_7734
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Wowza! Does this book step the story up a notch or what...I am terrified of the hungry ghosts & the king if crows & so worried (in a good way) about where our diviners are headed! I adore getting all the different perspectives & really getting to see so many sides of the story. Again Bray does a great job of wrapping real issues in the fantastical in a way that gets us thinking about the parallels to today. I can‘t wait for the next book!

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magicalshelves
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This series continues to be the best audiobooks I‘ve ever listened to. I need the fourth book now after that cliffhanger! These books are incredible and I‘m obsessed!
5/5 stars

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I loved this book. It‘s both heartbreaking and beautiful.

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ZombiePanda1
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That moment when you get the next book in the series ❤️😍💋

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xicanti
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Traditionally, the third volume of a quadrology is the Everything Goes Wrong book. Libba Bray understands this, and she doesn't let up on her characters for a second. The pressure's on, problems abound, and everyone finds themselves forced to reevaluate what's truly important to them as they move through this painfully topical story. It's intense. I damned near cried in the street near the end.

TW for attempted rape and abuse flashbacks.

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xicanti
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Another day; another #audiowalk. I MIGHT finish this book tomorrow, but Sunday or Monday feels more likely.

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xicanti
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And now, a sunset #audiowalk.

RaimeyGallant Lovely. 4y
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xicanti
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I made my first peach cobbler! It turned out pretty well, and this new-to-me pie crust recipe might just become my go-to.

Both the filling and the crust recipes came from Joyce White's BROWN SUGAR, which remains the best baking cookbook. Any time I've got an unfamiliar ingredient on hand, I look to White and she gives me something to bake with it. #audiobaking

ladym30 Looks great! 4y
readordierachel That looks incredible 4y
Centique OMG! That looks amazing 😍😍 4y
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xicanti
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Between hands-on-brain-off work this morning, exercise, and this addictive puzzle (which I started yesterday while I finished CALL ME BY YOUR NAME), I made it a third of the way through BEFORE THE DEVIL BREAKS YOU today. Good times. #audiopuzzling

mcipher I need that puzzle! 😍 4y
SMayWrites I need this!!! Where did you find such an awesome puzzle?!? 4y
xicanti @SMayWrites I got it at the thrift store, but it was produced by Cobble Hill in 2016 so I'm sure it's still available from new retailers! 4y
SMayWrites @xicanti Fantastic! Thanks! 4y
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overtheedge
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When an author is able to capture the spirit, vitality and culture of a period in history so authentically, and add characters that are true to life, unforgettable and sincere .....its beyond admirable.
Its masterful.
1920s..NYC..political/ social climate..rise of eugenics and mysticism...mafia influence...racial tensions...Jake Marlowe...speakeasies...
One of the best series I've read.
Highly recommended!!

BrittanyReads I so agree!! Feels like I‘m right there in the 20s with the characters and I‘m only on Book 1!! 4y
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overtheedge
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I'm so excited to start Book 3 of this amazing series.....I just love how Bray describes characters and settings......it draws me right in!!

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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
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OH. MY. GOD. I don't have words for what an incredible book this is. The last time I was so enthralled by a novel was N.K. Jemisin's The Fifth Season; if you know my feelings about that book that says a lot. Truly a genius storyteller at the height of her powers, weaving a dizzying amount of plotlines featuring incredibly nuanced, diverse characters set in a wonderfully authentic and playful recreated 1920s New York with a paranormal twist.

CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian Also: the #audiobook performance by January Lavoy is I think the best I have EVER heard. 4y
Bklover Wow! Added to my TBR! I‘ll start with book 1 (edited) 4y
CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian @Bklover Yes, you definitely must start with the first book! 4y
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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
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This is not a spoiler, but for those of you who have read this, you'll know what I mean when I say MABSY!!!

monalyisha I‘d ask if you‘re jake but I already know the answer. 4y
CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian @monalyisha I am most posi-toot-ly NOT jake! 4y
monalyisha @CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian This series is *so* good! 4y
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