Author: Libba Bray
Series: The Diviners #1
Date: September 18, 2012
Source: For Review
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 the perfect read if you’re in the mood for Jazz-age New York, or a murder mystery, or both. Libba Bray picks you up and drops you into the 1920s. Everything from the vernacular to the descriptions are magical and pulls you into the story.
Evie was a fantastic main character—reckless enough to be fun, but responsible enough not to be annoying. The other characters in the novel were also very well done. They were all so intriguing because there was clearly a lot of secrets surrounding everyone’s past and they were also very dynamic.
One of my favorite parts to the story was the paranormal element. While it scared the bejeezus out of me, and I adamantly refused to read it if I was alone at night, it was just incredibly well done. I was intrigued by the murders, I wanted to know what gave people powers—there are just so many paranormal questions! And we still don’t have answers to them all, so we’ll have to stay tuned for the next one.
Libba Bray’s writing is also utterly fantastic. There were times when I felt like I was watching a movie (particularly with that last scene)! Her language and descriptions take you to a whole new world, and that is one of the reasons I fell in love with her Gemma Doyle trilogy.
The Diviners is a perfect read for fans of historical fiction, paranormal, and mystery. It has something for everyone and will leave you instantly wanting more. This is also a fantastic read for Halloween time, but I do not recommend reading it alone at night if you’re a scaredy-cat like me.