New Release Books by Libba Bray

Libba Bray is the author of A Universe of Wishes (2021), The King of Crows (2020), Before the Devil Breaks You (2017), Lair of Dreams (2015) and other 45 books.

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A Universe of Wishes

release date: Jul 06, 2021
A Universe of Wishes
Fifteen diverse stories from the leading voices in YA, including a tale set in V.E. Schwab''s bestselling Shades of Magic series. Anything is possible. From We Need Diverse Books fifteen award-winning and celebrated diverse authors deliver stories about a princess without need of a prince, a monster long misunderstood, memories that vanish with a spell, and voices that refuse to stay silent in the face of injustice. Alucard and Prince Rhy’s relationship in V.E. Schwab''s Shades of Magic series is finally revealed, Anna-Marie McLemore gives “Cinderella” a trans retelling, while letters supernaturally cross borders between Gaza and California in Tochi Onyebuchi''s “Habibi”. Close your eyes. Make a wish. The universe is yours for the taking.

The King of Crows

release date: Feb 04, 2020
The King of Crows
The breath-taking finale to the epic New York Times bestseller, The Diviners, from Printz winner and beloved author, Libba Bray. After the horrifying explosion that claimed one of their own, the Diviners find themselves wanted by the US government, and on the brink of war with the King of Crows. While Memphis and Isaiah run for their lives from the mysterious Shadow Men, Isaiah receives a startling vision of a girl, Sarah Beth Olson, who could shift the balance in their struggle for peace. Sarah Beth says she knows how to stop the King of Crows-but, she will need the Diviners'' help to do it. Elsewhere, Jericho has returned after his escape from Jake Marlowe''s estate, where he has learned the shocking truth behind the King of Crow''s plans. Now, the Diviners must travel to Bountiful, Nebraska, in hopes of joining forces with Sarah Beth and to stop the King of Crows and his army of the dead forever. But as rumors of towns becoming ghost towns and the dead developing unprecedented powers begin to surface, all hope seems to be lost. In this sweeping finale, The Diviners will be forced to confront their greatest fears and learn to rely on one another if they hope to save the nation, and world from catastrophe...

Before the Devil Breaks You

release date: Oct 03, 2017
Before the Devil Breaks You
The Diviners are back in this thrilling and eerie third installment by #1 New York Times bestselling author Libba Bray. 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 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. 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.

Lair of Dreams

release date: Aug 25, 2015
Lair of Dreams
The thrilling supernatural sequel in The Diviners series by #1 New York Times bestselling author Libba Bray! The longing of dreams draws the dead, and this city holds many dreams. After a supernatural show down 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 and earned 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.

The King of Crows: The Diviners 4

release date: Feb 04, 2020
The King of Crows: The Diviners 4
1920s New York The Diviners have joined forces The visions were all true The dead are here After the horrifying explosion that claimed one of their own, the Diviners find themselves wanted by the US government, and on the brink of war with the King of Crows. While Memphis and Isaiah run for their lives from the mysterious Shadow Men, Isaiah receives a startling vision of a girl, Sarah Beth Olson, who could shift the balance in their struggle for peace. Sarah Beth says she knows how to stop the King of Crows - but she will need the Diviners'' help to do it. Elsewhere, Jericho has returned after his escape from Jake Marlowe''s estate, where he has learned the shocking truth behind the King of Crows'' plans. Now the Diviners must travel to Bountiful, Nebraska, in hope of joining forces with Sarah Beth and stopping the King of Crows and his army of the dead forever. But as rumours of towns becoming ghost-towns and the dead developing unprecedented powers begin to surface, all hope seems lost. In this sweeping finale, the Diviners will be forced to confront their greatest fears and learn to rely on one another if they hope to save the nation - and world - from catastrophe... PRAISE FOR THE SERIES: ''The Diviners delivers an addictive and terrifying story.'' Entertainment Weekly ''Scary, romantic, epic and unforgettable.'' #1 New York Times bestselling author HOLLY BLACK ''What a cool ride! The book caught me up utterly.'' #1 New York Times bestselling author TAMORA PIERCE ''Beautiful, timely, intoxicatingly real and meticulously researched...do not sleep on this series.'' New York Times bestselling author ROSHANI CHOKSHI ''Unlike anything I''ve ever read, this mind-blowing series is one of my all-time favorites.'' CLAIRE LEGRAND, New York Times bestselling author of Furyborn

The Gemma Doyle Trilogy

release date: Aug 11, 2015
The Gemma Doyle Trilogy
The three books of the New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly bestselling Gemma Doyle trilogy available together for the first time, from the author of The Diviners series and Going Bovine. This collection contains the complete text of the three Gemma Doyle novels, a deliciously sweeping and haunting saga that won''t let you go. It''s the only way to get all three of Libba Bray''s critically acclaimed novels in one bundle. A Great and Terrible Beauty: Gemma Doyle finds an icy reception at the Spence Academy in London, where she becomes entangled with the leader of the school''s most powerful clique and discovers her own mother''s connection to a shadowy group called the Order. Rebel Angels: Gemma is looking forward to spending time in London over Christmas, but her troubled visions of three girls dressed in white are intensifying and only the enchanted realms can give Gemma the answers she needs. The Sweet Far Thing: In a world where rules are everything, can a girl like Gemma survive? The conclusion to the bestselling series. Praise for Libba Bray’s novels: A Great and Terrible Beauty “A delicious, elegant gothic.”—PW, Starred “Shivery with both passion and terror.”—Kirkus Reviews “A true boarding-school drama, full of cattiness, Victorian repression, and steamy schoolgirl dreams of being ravished by virile gypsies.”—The Bulletin, Recommended Rebel Angels “This extraordinary novel moves along at breathtaking speed from beginning to end . . . astounding.”—VOYA in a Perfect 10 Review “Remarkable.”—SLJ The Sweet Far Thing “A rare treat that offers a bit of everything—romance, magic, history, Gothic intrigue—and delivers on all of it in 819 beautifully crafted pages.”—People “A triumphant conclusion of the trilogy begun in A Great and Terrible Beauty.”—PW, in its Best Books of the Year review Going Bovine “Libba Bray''s fabulous new book will, with any justice, be a cult classic. The kind of book you take with you to college, in the hopes that your roommate will turn out to have packed their own copy, too. Reading it is like discovering an alternate version of The Phantom Tollbooth, where Holden Caulfield has hit Milo over the head and stolen his car, his token, and his tollbooth. There''s adventure and tragedy here, a sprinkling of romance, musical interludes, a battle-ready yard gnome who''s also a Norse God, and practically a chorus line of physicists. Which reminds me: will someone, someday, take Going Bovine and turn it into a musical, preferably a rock opera? I want the soundtrack, the program, the T-shirt, and front row tickets.”—Kelly Link, author of Get in Trouble “Libba Bray not only breaks the mold of the ubiquitous dying-teenager genre—she smashes it and grinds the tiny pieces into the sidewalk. For the record, I’d go anywhere she wanted to take me.”—The New York Times “A sublimely surreal saga.”—People “Offer this to fans of Douglas Adams’s Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy seeking more inspired lunacy.”—PW, Starred

Before the Devil Breaks You: The Diviners 3

release date: Sep 27, 2017
Before the Devil Breaks You: The Diviners 3
1920s New York. Lights are bright. Jazz is king. Parties are wild. And the dead are coming. After battling a supernatural sleeping sickness that nearly claimed two of their own, the Diviners are set to face off against an all-new terror. Out on desolate 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 pushing New York City to the edge of panic, the Diviners must band together and brave the sinister forces invading the asylum - a fight that will bring them face-to-face with the King of Crows. Now, as explosive secrets from the past come to light and malevolent forces gather from every corner, love and loyalties will be tested, and the Diviners will find themselves in a deadly battle for the very soul of the nation. Heart-pounding action and terrifying moments will leave you breathless in this third book in the Diviners quartet by #1 New York Times bestselling author Libba Bray. ''[D]etails of imagined government conspiracies are laced with heartbreakingly realistic injustices such as racism, anti-Semitism, and maltreatment of the mentally ill. The diverse protagonists are intricately developed...While readers might be surprised that what seems like the lead-up to a showdown between dimensions doesn''t materialize, there is no shortage of action to keep them going...A solid middle entry that will satisfy readers hooked on this series - and leave them eager for the next.'' Kirkus, USA ''Before the Devil Breaks You is a thrilling third addition to the series that will have you on an emotional rollercoaster all the way through. Grab your tissues and your electromagnetic field detectors as you embark on this harrowing journey.'' Teen Reads, The Book Report Network, USA

Lair of Dreams-- FREE PREVIEW EDITION (The First 14 Chapters)

release date: Jul 21, 2015
Lair of Dreams-- FREE PREVIEW EDITION (The First 14 Chapters)
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, and earned 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.

It's Just a Jump to the Left

release date: May 12, 2015
It's Just a Jump to the Left
When the lights dimmed and the familiar red lips and white teeth glowed on the screen, the audience erupted into cheers, and Leta felt that surge of excitement in her belly, the thrill of sitting in the dark with strangers sharing an experience that made them all seem like friends. Best friends Agnes and Leta have a Friday night ritual. They spend an hour trying on different lipsticks, experimenting with eyeliner, and torturing their hair before they head off to the Cineplex for the midnight showing of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. That was always the routine, until Agnes started dating Roger, and left Leta behind. But between Leta''s awkward first kiss; her crush on Tom, the cute guy at the movie theater; and her absentee dad, everything feels so out of control--she could really use her best friend right now. Can Agnes and Leta find their way to a new and better friendship? In this short story by New York Times bestselling author of The Diviners, Libba Bray revisits a time when we all felt stuck somewhere between childhood and adolescence. Word Count: ~12,000 "It''s Just a Jump to the Left" was previously published in the short-story collection, Geektastic: Stories from the Nerd Herd.

The Diviners Free Preview Edition (The First 11 Chapters)

release date: Aug 21, 2012
The Diviners Free Preview Edition (The First 11 Chapters)
ENJOY A FREE EXTENDED PREVIEW OF LIBBA BRAY''S HIGHLY ANTICIPATED NEW NOVEL! "It''s Marjorie Morningstar meets Silence of the Lambs, and Bray dives into it with the brio of the era, alternating rat-a-rat flirting with cold-blooded killings."- Booklist (Starred Review) It''s 1926, and New York is filled with speakeasies, Ziegfeld girls, and rakish pickpockets. Evie O''Neill just arrived and she''s ecstatic! The only catch is that she has to live with her uncle Will and his unhealthy obsession with the occult and 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, Evie realizes her gift could help catch a serial killer. Printz Award-winning and New York Times bestselling author Libba Bray opens a brand-new historical fiction series with The Diviners, where the glittering surface of the Roaring Twenties hides a mystical horror creeping across the country.

Beauty Queens

release date: May 24, 2011
Beauty Queens
From bestselling, Printz Award-winning author Libba Bray, the story of a plane of beauty pageant contestants that crashes on a desert island. Teen beauty queens. A "Lost"-like island. Mysteries and dangers. No access to emall. And the spirit of fierce, feral competition that lives underground in girls, a savage brutality that can only be revealed by a journey into the heart of non-exfoliated darkness. Oh, the horror, the horror! Only funnier. With evening gowns. And a body count.

Going Bovine

release date: Sep 28, 2010
Going Bovine
From the author of the Gemma Doyle trilogy and The Diviners series, this groundbreaking New York Times bestseller and winner of the Michael L. Printz Award for literary excellence is "smart, funny, and layered," raves Entertainment Weekly. All 16-year-old Cameron wants is to get through high school—and life in general—with a minimum of effort. It’s not a lot to ask. But that’s before he’s given some bad news: he’s sick and he’s going to die. Which totally sucks. Hope arrives in the winged form of Dulcie, a loopy punk angel/possible hallucination with a bad sugar habit. She tells Cam there is a cure—if he’s willing to go in search of it. With the help of a death-obsessed, video-gaming dwarf and a yard gnome, Cam sets off on the mother of all road trips through a twisted America . . . into the heart of what matters most. From acclaimed author Libba Bray comes a dark comedic journey that poses the questions: Why are we here? What is real? What makes microwave popcorn so good? Why must we die? And how do we really learn to live? "A hilarious and hallucinatory quest."—The New York Times "Sublimely surreal."—People "Libba Bray''s fabulous new book will, with any justice, be a cult classic. The kind of book you take with you to college, in the hopes that your roommate will turn out to have packed their own copy, too. Reading it is like discovering an alternate version of The Phantom Tollbooth, where Holden Caulfield has hit Milo over the head and stolen his car, his token, and his tollbooth. There''s adventure and tragedy here, a sprinkling of romance, musical interludes, a battle-ready yard gnome who''s also a Norse God, and practically a chorus line of physicists. Which reminds me: will someone, someday, take Going Bovine and turn it into a musical, preferably a rock opera? I want the sound track, the program, the T-shirt, and front row tickets."—Kelly Link, author of Get in Trouble, finalist for the Pulitzer Prize

The Sweet Far Thing

release date: Jul 01, 2010
The Sweet Far Thing
It has been a year of change since Gemma Doyle arrived at the foreboding Spence Academy. Having bound the wild, dark magic of the realms to her, Gemma has forged unlikely and unsuspected new alliances both with the headstrong Felicity and timid Ann, Kartik, the exotic young man whose companionship is forbidden, and the fearsome creatures of the realms. Now, as Gemma approaches her London debut, the time has come to test those bonds. As her friendship with Felicity and Ann faces its gravest trial, and with the Order grappling for control of the realms, Gemma is compelled to decide once and for all which path she is meant to take. Pulled forward by fate, the destiny Gemma faces threatens to set chaos loose, not only in the realms, but also upon the rigid Victorian society whose rules Gemma has both defied and followed. Where does Gemma really belong? And will she, can she, survive?

A Great and Terrible Beauty

release date: May 01, 2010
A Great and Terrible Beauty
It''s 1895, and after the death of her mother, 16-year-old Gemma Doyle is shipped off from the life she knows in India to Spence, a proper boarding school in England. Lonely, guilt-ridden, and prone to visions of the future that have an uncomfortable habit of coming true, Gemma''s reception there is a chilly one. To make things worse, she''s being followed by a mysterious young Indian man, a man sent to watch her. But why? What is her destiny? And what will her entanglement with Spence''s most powerful girls - and their foray into the spiritual world - lead to?

Rebel Angels

release date: May 01, 2010
Rebel Angels
In this thrilling sequel, Gemma continues to pursue her destiny to bind the magic of the Realms and restore it to the Order. Gemma and her friends from Spence use magical power to transport themselves on visits from their corseted world of Victorian London (at the height of the Christmas season), to the visionary country of the Realms, with its strange beauty and menace. There they search for the lost Temple, the key to Gemma''s mission, and comfort Pippa, their friend who has been left behind in the Realms. After these visits they bring back magical power for a short time to use in their own world. Meanwhile, Gemma is torn between her attraction to the exotic Kartik, the messenger from the opposing forces of the Rakshana, and the handsome but clueless Simon, a young man of good family who is courting her. This is the second book in Libba Bray''s engrossing trilogy, set in a time of strict morality and barely repressed sensuality, about a girl who saw another way.

The Diviners: The Diviners 1

release date: Nov 01, 2012
The Diviners: The Diviners 1
Cassandra Clare meets Phryne Fisher meets Patricia Cornwell in this launch of a blockbuster series set in 1920s New York about a teen psychic and her similarly gifted friends on the hunt for a serial killer.

Up All Night

release date: Oct 06, 2009
Up All Night
A brush with the supernatural? A rock concert? A reunion? A poolside revelation? The need to know what''s up? The confessions of a friend? The dream of escape? A sick pet? An English assignment? The rear-window view of a murder next door? The search for the mother you never met? What keeps you up all night?

Sweet Sixteen #3: Kari

release date: Jun 23, 2009
Sweet Sixteen #3: Kari
Life begins at 16 ... Driving. Dating. A real social life. And the one night where it all comes together ... the Sweet Sixteen is the ultimate party. Whether a total blast or a total bust, it''s a memory to last a lifetime. Now you''re invited to six Sweet Sixteens, in six locations across the country. The party is just getting started ... Kari has one night to make a big impression on the guy she''s secretly loved since seventh grade - and a Sweet Sixteen bash featuring the coolest swing band in South Carolina seems the perfect place to do it. But when things go haywire thanks to her embarrassing family, the impression she makes isn''t quite the one she had planned.

Vacations from Hell

release date: May 26, 2009
Vacations from Hell
Five short stories in which a vacation takes a supernatural turn.

A Light in the Darq

release date: Sep 01, 2009
A Light in the Darq
The Battle of the Bands is a week away, and Scarlett and Crimson are not panicking - not yet, anyway. But while planning for their big night, the girls and their bandmate, Pepper, realize that they need a bass player. They look for help from a trusted source, who in turn leads them to an unlikely candidate.

Diviners Untitled 2

release date: Apr 07, 2015
Diviners Untitled 2
After a supernatural showdown with a serial killer, Evie O''Neill has outed herself as a Diviner. Now that the world knows of her ability to ''read'' objects, and therefore, read the past, she has become a media darling, earning the title, ''America''s Sweetheart Seer''. But not everyone is so accepting of the Diviners'' abilities . . . Meanwhile, mysterious deaths have been turning up in the city, victims of an unknown sleeping sickness. Can the Diviners descend into the dreamworld and catch a killer?
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