Book Review: The Diviners

Jan
24
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Diviners Cover

Title: The Diviners (Diviners #1)

Author: Libba Bray

Summary: [from GoodReads]

 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.

My Review

Holy crap is Diviners a big book! It was so intimidating that I kept putting it off, worried it would be just too hard to get through. Silly me – it wasn’t hard at all and it was a fabulous read!

One of my favorite things about Diviners was the setting. There are certain time periods that always seem to be ignored in historical fiction, and for a long time the 1920’s was one of them (besides The Great Gatsby, of course). I’m so excited for the trend in YA recently to explore that time period, and even more excited that Diviners does that PLUS adds fantasy elements.

Another thing I thought worked really well was the multiple narrators. There were a ton of different POVs, but they never got confusing – they were each completely distinct and unique, and all were clearly important. I’m excited to see where each of these characters goes in the next few books. While they all fit together and met each other in this one, I feel like they will all get closer through the serious, and I can’t wait to see the relationships grow.

I also really loved the villain. He is delightfully creepy and incredibly well-thought out – I could understand him even if I disagree with him and he disgusts me. At the same time, from Evie’s POV he has this delightfully mysterious air, almost Jack the Ripper in character. In fact, I would love to see a prequel or even just a short story that reveals the two killers are connected supernaturally somehow.

The thing that amazes me the most, though, is how big the story seemed, and yet in the end how small she made it seem compared to what was coming. This is gonna be one monster of a tale by the time it’s done, and I will be so glad to be able to experience it!





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4 Responses to “Book Review: The Diviners”

  1. I can’t wait to read this one! I’ve been putting it off because it’s so big, but I might have to read it sometime soon. I’ve loved what everyone has said about it!

  2. Alexa says:

    I keep putting this off for the size of it as well. Plus many people said that the multiple POVs were just too much and hard to keep track of. I hope that is not the case one day when I decide to read this book.

    Thanks for the great review!

    • Anne says:

      For me, each POV was enough different from the others that I had no trouble keeping them separate – I’ve read some where it’s really difficult, but I didn’t find this one that way at all. I hope you like it!

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