Book Review: The Diviners by: Libba Bray

Rating: 5/5

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Publish Date: September 18, 2012

Origins: From Publisher for Review

Format: Hardcover

Order From:  Amazon / Barnes & Noble

Synopsis: 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.

Review: It’s the Roaring Twenties and Evie O’Neill of Zenith, Ohio has been shipped off to her uncle in New York City. Even though this is meant as a punishment by her parents, Evie is just over the moon to be in New York City. Her uncle Will is the curator of The Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult which hasn’t been doing brisk business. When Will is contacted by the police for advice about a gruesome murder, Evie wants to help out and also sees a way to garner interest in the museum from the public. Evie also has a secret ability, psychometry, which is the power to be able to read emotions and events from inanimate objects. Evie’s not the only one with a secret power in New York and they are starting to awaken as they feel the call. Can Evie, Uncle Will, and Evie’s new friends discover the identity of the Pentagram Killer and bring them to justice before the nefarious plot can be completed?

‘The Diviners’ is heavy with slang which helps the reader immerse themselves in the culture and mores of the 1920’s, which included spiritualism, prohibition, speakeasies, the jazz scene, and now the rebirth of a violent cult. The characters are very well-developed and you feel as if you know them not long after each is introduced. There are many “secondary” story lines, but they all feed into the main storyline and make the novel so much richer. There is a sense of an impending cataclysmic event beyond what is happening to Evie and the others during ‘The Diviners’ which sets up nicely for the next books in this series. I loved the characters, setting, and the mystery which surrounds not only the murders, but the Diviners themselves. The author has really outdone herself in regard to the research which has gone into creating such an enchanting and terrific novel. 

Diviners Series: The Diviners (1)


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