Review: The Diviners by Libba Bray

Aug 20, 2019

The Diviners by Libba Bray

Published by Little Brown Books on Sept 12th, 2012
Genre: Historical Fiction
Pages: 578
Format: Audiobook & Hardback
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My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Goodreads Synopsis:

Do you believe there are ghosts and demons and Diviners among us?

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 unfurled 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....

Printz Award-winning and New York Times bestselling author Libba Bray opens a brand-new historical series with The Diviners, where the glittering surface of the Roaring Twenties hides a mystical horror creeping across the country.

Trigger Warnings: murder, gore scenes, animal cruelty, racism, death of a family members, rape, and abortion.

This book is so the "CATS MEOW" and POS-I-TUT-ELY full of life and completely the BEE'S KNEES. The world is set in New York 1920's. I loved it! The plot was dark and a bit creepy at times. I did read the book along with the audiobook. The audiobook for this is amazing. You would think that there was a full cast of narrators but there was only one.

The opening scene is a party that is being thrown and they begin to play a game and ask the spirit world questions but they were warned that if you open the portal, you must close it. After secrets are revealed and some get upset and storm off, they fail to close the portal by saying good-bye - well we meet Naughty John.

“Naughty John, Naughty John, does his work with his apron on. Cuts your throat and takes your bones, sells 'em off for a coupla stones.”

We follow a young 18 year old girl, Evie O'Neal, as she is sent to New York to stay with her uncle because she has a special gift and she revealed secrets that were not to be told in her home town.

“People always fear what they don't understand, Evangeline. History proves that.”

When murders start happening all over New York and each one appears to connected and all bodies have been marked. Evie can't help herself from wanting to see the first scene that appeared after she arrived in NY. Being a curious person that she is, she leans down to buckle to buckle back of the dead girl but when she touches it, she has flashes of the girl and hears the humming to a song. She is pulled out and she isn't sure if what sure heard was real. After several other deaths and her hearing the same humming, she soon realizes that this all have to be the same person. Evie begins her search on helping solve the case of who is doing all the murders but the case is more complicated that they assumed since the killer is already dead. (not a spoiler)

“I thought research would be more glamorous, somehow. I'd give the librarian a secret code word and he'd give me the one book I needed and whisper the necessary page numbers. Like a speakeasy. With books.”

I loved the romance in this book. It was very mild but It was there. The story was not overwhelmed by the romance which I loved. You still got a hint of it while enjoying this story.

“You can’t blame a fella for kissing the prettiest girl in New York, can you, sister?” Sam’s grin was anything but apologetic.

Evie brought up her knee quickly and decisively, and he dropped to the floor like a grain sack. “You can’t blame a girl for her quick reflexes now, can you, pal?”

The side cast to this book is amazing. I love Memphis, which I do hope we get more his story in book 2 because I do feel like book 1 left out a lot about him and his brother Issac.

“Life don’t come to you, Memphis. You gotta take it. We have to take it. Because ain’t nobody handing it to us.”

I love Thea - I think she is one of my favorties. She is a dancer at the Hotsy Totsy, which is a night club. I love the names and how this story was told. Thea was full of life and she knew she was the life of the party. but she had secrets. - They all have secrets.

You never know who has powers and who doesn't. I really hope that all the stories combine more in book 2 and 3. I am wanting to complete my read of this before the release of book 4 this year.

This book did have some creep factors to it and was a bit dark at times. There is a scene of animal cruelty that was tossed in there so fast, I did not see it coming. I was a bit thrown off by it.

Just keep in mind, you will have to follow several characters in this book and not all the stories will be told so I assume we will get all the stories in the books to come.

Some of our side charaters:

The old ladies (cant remember names but creepy)
Blind Bill
and we also have a cast of cops and brethren hood in this book.

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