on September 18, 2012
Also by this author: Lair of Dreams
Series: The Diviners #1
Also in this series: Lair of Dreams
Genres: Fantasy, Historical, Young Adult
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-toot-ly thrilled. New York is the city of speakeasies, shopping, and movie palaces! Soon enough, Evie is running with glamorous Ziegfield girls and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is Evie has to live with her Uncle Will, curator of The Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult–also known as “The Museum of the Creepy Crawlies.”
When a rash of occult-based murders comes to light, Evie and her uncle are right in the thick of the investigation. And through it all, Evie has a secret: a mysterious power that could help catch the killer–if he doesn’t catch her first.
I’m ashamed to admit that The Diviners is the first book I’ve ever read by Libba Bray. After flipping the last page of this fairly hefty book I can’t wait to devour everything she has written and will write. The Diviners is a remarkable book that blew me away.
First and foremost I want to mention the size of this book. The Diviners is almost 600 pages. That’s really long for a YA novel, but please, please don’t be put off by that. I was swept into the story from the very first chapter. It did take me awhile to read, but that was because real life kept getting in the way. I never felt bored or fretted about how much was left while reading. I was captivated the entire time. I also want to comment on the fact that this is very much a paranormal book. Paranormal is a genre that I typically stay away from, but you guys, this is an amazing paranormal read. It’s not ordinary at all.
There are lots of characters in The Diviners. They alternate between chapters so that you get small glimpses of all of them. Evie and Memphis are the main two and I loved both of them. Evie was pretty adorable. I wish that I could be BFF’s with her. I loved her wit and impulsiveness. She did things that I would never dare to do and I loved every second of it. I honestly can’t remember the last time I read a book with a character that jumped off the page like Evie did. Her voice was so amazingly clear. She really came to life for me.
Memphis was also fantastic. I loved how passionate he was about his poetry and how devoted he was to his little brother. I can’t wait to see his story unfold. Then there’s all these amazing and mysterious side characters. Every one of them had a lush back story. Every character in the book was utterly fascinating.
The world in The Diviners has the one thing that makes me add a book to my favorites list, atmosphere. The world was my most favorite thing about the book. It was so layered and vivid. It felt like I fell into 1920’s New York City and was a flapper right alongside Evie. Not only was the 20’s NYC setting incredible but the whole idea of the Diviners, the cult, Naughty John, everything, it all added up to one of the most extraordinary worlds I’ve had the pleasure of reading.
I’m going to stop gushing I guess. Nothing I say about The Diviners by Libba Bray is going to do it justice. It is a truly incredible book. I’m so happy that it’s a series because I want to immerse myself in this world for as long as I possibly can.