Title: The Diviners
Series: Diviners #1
Author: Libba Bray
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date: September 18, 2012
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.
I can’t help it – I get really excited when a book is massive. You know…
I just can’t help it. So when we were at BEA in June and I got my hands on The Diviners, I was instantly in love. The book is a biggin’ at 608 pages, but boy does it fly by.
I’m fascinated by magic and voodoo and superstition (as long as it isn’t being directed at me). The Diviners is chock full of this, plus it’s set in the ’20s with speakeasies and flappers – so fun! I was so sucked in and invested in the story, but I think anyone who reads this book would be. There is so much intricate detail and in-depth plot development that you can’t help but get swept up in it.
While the plot was spot-on in this book, it was the characters that really took The Diviners to the next level. Evie is such an instigator with a carefree spirit, even though she can be selfish and self-involved. Jericho is so mysterious and serious, and I can’t wait to learn more about his story. Sam Lloyd is a character with his charm and charisma. Uncle Will is the strong, mysterious father figure who seems to be hiding something. And the brothers, Memphis and Isaiah, who have inexplicable powers but not quite sure what to do about them. There are so many more characters, but I’ll leave a few of them as surprises
The ending left just enough of a cliffhanger to leave me wanting more but still wrapped up the first part of the story nicely. I can’t even imagine where the story is going to go and how many more twists and turns can be thrown at us. The Diviners was my first Libba Bray book and I will definitely be reading more of her work!