Review: The Diviners

Title: The Diviners

Author: Libba Bray

Publisher: Little, Brown Books

Rating: 4.5/5

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.


SPOILERS:

Sorry I’m starting with spoilers today, but I have to get this off my chest first:

Here goes…Evie and Jericho? I know that this is not the highest priority in the story but I need to talk about it. Am I the only one who doesn’t see that? Honestly, I really wanted her to be with Sam. I don’t know, I just liked him more. Jericho was too stoic and reserved for me. I think their relationship was rushed and I couldn’t quite get into it. For a good part of the book, Evie and Jericho barely talked and then there’s this sudden romantic tension between them. It happened around the last two chapters and it wasn’t built up at all. I didn’t like that. Sam has feelings for Evie too, so we’ll see where that goes.

Ok moving on. I started this as an audio book a couple weeks ago but then I went on a school camping trip and didn’t pick it up for another two weeks so my memory is a bit fuzzy. Nonetheless, I really enjoyed this book and the audio book was fantastic. Seriously. The narrator was really amazing and she portrayed all the characters very well.

I also enjoyed the many perspectives. It really made the story whole and added to the other characters and their development.

The first chapter (or prologue–I can’t remember) was awesome. The whole ouija board thing immediately drew me in. It’s incredibly good writing on the author’s part if I’m already freaked out by page 10.

And I know this is really weird and probably a totally unfounded accusation but, when the Irish kid was killed in the house and was chased by a tall person, I was so sure it was Jericho. I mean the description was tall and buff. Jericho is tall and buff. It’s probably John Hobbs but I can’t let go of the feeling that it was Jericho. I don’t trust him. Guess we’ll just have to see.

Also, when Thada was in the dressing room I was so sure she was going to die. I’m really happy she didn’t though.

Another thing, what’s up with Bill? I never though he was bad, I thought he was just a harmless old guy, I should’ve known better. I’m excited to see where he’s going to go.

However, it was a bit slow. For instance, there was a murder and then nothing would happen for a couple chapters and then something else would happen. Other than that, I really loved the book. Especially the setting; New York 1920s. It was written really well and I cuold feel myself in this time. I really enjoyed it.

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