Thursday, November 8, 2012

The Diviners by Libba Bray Review

Book Nerd Review
Copy Provided by Little Brown.

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.

The hustle and bustle of life in the 1920s in New York City is remarkable captured in Libba Bray’s The Diviners (Book One in the series). When Evangeline (Evie) O’Neill’s parents send her off to New York City to live with her Uncle, Will Fitzgerald, she could not have been more pleased. She’s been waiting for the opportunity to escape the clutches of her parents and the people of her hometown who quickly judge her. Looking forward to a new life in New York City where she will be more accepted, she quickly learns that her Uncle, a keeper of The Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult, may be tied to a string of occult-based murders. This is when Evie realize that her secret special abilities may be the answer that will lead to the capture of the real killer.

What seems to impress me every time I pick up a Libba Bray book is how the plot is massively in-depth in detail. She has a brilliant way of fashioning a story that is so complex but yet so compelling. The 600 pages or so that contains this amazing story is beautifully written and no page go to waste. Expecting a remarkable murder mystery, I was surprised at how creepy these murders were executed. The descriptive texts that explain the ghastly ritual killings and the secret involving the role of the Diviners are meticulously captivating. While the book is written in third person narratives and shared between several characters, the main character Evie gets the most page time. Her quick-wits, likeable persona, and memorable catch-phrases are the perfect recipe for a great protagonist. The plot itself is excellently put together and I turned the last page feeling satisfied. The Diviners fulfilled that craving for something different and with sequel(s) in the works, I am ready for that dreaded waiting period for the next book to be released.

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  1. Great review! I also loved The Diviners <3 And now to wait for its sequel...

    - Kazhy @ My Library in the Making

  2. I cannot wait to read The Diviners. It looks very interesting and I would love to read about New York in the 1920s.
    LOED your review, Jean
    Your constant reader,