The Diviners: Book Review

Novel: The Diviners (The Diviners, #1) by Libba Bray | Goodreads
Release Date: September 18th, 2012
Publisher: Little, Brown Books For Young Readers
Format: ARC
Source: Book Expo America 2012
Challenge: None

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.

(Synopsis and Image from Goodreads)

Willa’s Rambles:

Libba Bray has to be one of my favorite authors. She has the power to transport you to a different world that will always make you laugh, not matter the situation, and make you smile and frown and want to cry for the characters. She makes you feel every emotion possible.

In The Diviners, her newest book, Libba has done the same thing – except this time in the ROARING TWENTIES ALSO KNOWN AS MY FAVORITE TIME PERIOD. So this book was obviously meant for me.

So as Kurt mentioned, this book is so me. Speakeasies, flappers, Prohibition, ghosts, a murder mystery and a bit of romance? I’m there.

And then she went and made Evie our main character. Evie, who is hilarious and so likeable to the point where I want to just pull her out and make her my best friend. As she discovers more about her powers as a Diviner, she also learns more about herself. By the end of the novel, Evie has grown up and I like her even more! (If that’s possible.)

The mystery in this book is a series of murders, all portrayed exactly as they are described in a book by a cult called The Brethren – and Evie along with her Uncle Will, Sam, and Jericho are going to get to the bottom of this. Even if it means trying to convince the police that the murder is a ghost. As the investigation gets more and more attention and the amount of time they have to catch the killer dwindles, Evie realizes that she may be the one who can catch the killer… If the killer doesn’t find her first.

The Diviners is fresh, funny, suspenseful, and beautiful – Libba Bray has managed to write another wonderful book!