The Blonde Bookworm: The Diviners by Libba Bray -- Review

The Diviners by Libba Bray -- Review

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Title: The Diviners
Author: Libba Bray
Pages: 578
Publisher: September 18th 2012 by Little Brown Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 031612611X


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-tute-ly ecstatic. It’s 1926, and New York is filled with speakeasies, Ziegfeld girls, and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is that she has to live with her uncle Will and his unhealthy obsession with the occult.

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 and Will is called to the scene, Evie realizes her gift could help catch a serial killer.

As Evie jumps headlong into a dance with a murderer, other stories unfold in the city that never sleeps. A young man named Memphis is caught between two worlds. A chorus girl named Theta is running from her past. A student named Jericho hides a shocking secret. And unknown to all, something dark and evil has awakened.


The Diviners is a MUST READ folks. I'm telling you. Before I really dive into this review, can I just shout from the rooftops that this book needs to be a movie?? Please?! Ok, now that I've gotten that out of the way, let's talk about how "pos-i-tutely" amazing this book is. 

Coming in just right under 600 pages,  The Diviners will definitely take up your evenings for a while, but don't let that scare you away! It is such a gripping, suck you in, can't put it down book and now I feel like I'm actually begging you to read it. And that's fine, I guess I am begging you to read it. So just do it already. 

Right from the start, the main character Evie draws you in with her over the top wit and charm. She's a little "too much" but I found her to be charming. She's grown up rich with parents who seem to be a little too interested in what people think of them, and Evie loves to push their buttons. She finally pushes too many of said buttons and gets shipped off to live with her uncle in New York City. 

In The Diviners, Libba Bray creates a real and mysterious New York City. It is glamorous and doesn't lack any of the NYC glitz, but Bray also includes plenty of real history too. This book is unlike anything I've ever read because it includes real history, incredible imagery, and some supernatural creepy drama! I think what I enjoyed the most about this novel is how real it felt. I constantly felt as though I was skipping through New York City right being Evie and the gang, and I didn't want it to ever end. 

Bray creates such a magical world by mixing a little bit of humor, mystery and thrill, as well as the "Creepy Crawlies" that had me wanting more. Good thing Bray has delivered with the next book in the series, Lair of Dreams. I haven't had the opportunity to read it yet, but it is most certainly next on my list.  I would highly recommend this book to all readers of all different genres. So, stop sitting around reading this review! Go buy the book! 

Rating 4/5


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