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.
Review: 5 stars
“How do you invent a religion?” Evie asked.
Will looked over the top of his spectacles. “You say, ‘God told me the following,’ and then wait for people to sign up.”
– Libba Bray, The Diviners
Published September 18th 2012, by Little Brown Books for Young Readers
Genre: Paranormal Young Adult Fiction
The Diviners by Libba Bray was my first ever book by this wonderful lady, and I am unashamed to admit that it was absolutely and positively amazing! Although the book was a whopping 500 or so pages, I was hooked and could not put it down. Maybe it was something about the roaring 20s that had me intrigued from the first chapter (probably from my time spent watching the vampire diaries) but regardless this book was incredible. It most definitely gave me the heebie jeebies and a few scary nightmares, but was still freaking amazing. The descriptions of such violent scenes was done with such care to detail, that I could imagine such a horrible act happening right in front of me. In fact the immense amount of description throughout the book set the scene perfectly, allowing the reader to empathise and grow to love each and everyone of the characters. Well maybe not Naughty John.
The characters were phenomenal. I love Evie, she is incredibly funny and sassy! It was so great to read a main character who wasn’t dependent on a man, nor was that awkward quiet type that authors have grown to enjoy writing. (Thank you Stephenie Meyer) And what would be a perfect book without a love triangle, cue Jericho and Sam! They where interesting male leads, but I do hope to learn more about their past in the future as we only caught a small glimpse during this books. Memphis by far was one of my favourite’s..mainly because of his name. But also his kind heart. All in all Libba Bray was able to create interesting and relatable characters that just lifted off of the page. Normally I don’t enjoy reading books from multiple point of views, because I find that it is always just one view that carries the story along. However The Diviners is a major exception. Each character is unique and thus have their own storyline that intertwine in a fantastic and intriguing way.
There was not a dull moment when reading The Diviners. Nor did it refrain from asking the reader to contemplate existence, or the realities of living. Can’t wait for the next one!