Title: The Diviners
Author: Libba Bray
Published: 18/09/2012

Hello my fellow Bookworms and page turners,

This is a series I had suggested to me by a number of my bookworm friends, and honestly, I seemed to get a generally different synopsis from each of them so I really didn’t know what to expect with this story going in, and it was certainly a little different.

There are many storylines interwoven in this book, but the main heroine is a teenager called Evie O’Neill. Evie like most teenagers, lives life to the full, and its something her more reserved parents do not appreciate. She stays out late drinking and partying with her friends which is highly frowned upon. Why? I hear you ask, oh.. did I not mention that this story takes part during the prohibition!

Eventually, enough is enough, after she discovers the secret of the towns ‘golden child’, Spoiler, it’s that he isn’t quite as squeaky clean as everyone thinks he is. This ground-shattering discovers (yes that’s sarcasm) results in our heronie being 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 her uncle will 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… 

That’s right is a Paranormal Fantasy Who Dun’ it!, I bet you didn’t see that one coming did you?

There are some issues with the pacing, as its a very slow start, but once it picks up speed you don’t want to stop until you’ve at least finished the chapter, or to end up whacking yourself in the head with the book as your sleeping body can no longer hold it aloft.

The world building is great, and despite the period, the author does a good job of not romanticizing it too much, but just enough to keep the fanatics happy. There are a great deal of characters, perspectives an plot points, which weave off into a number of subplots. But to me Evie stood centre stage, and was by far the most interesting of the plethora of characters.

In short, this was another cracker, it had some lovey-dovey stuff in, but it didn’t feel forced, and actually played well in the story, so I look forward to seeing the antics of our main characters in the next instalment, ‘Lair of dreams’.

At the time of writing this, I believe the book series has now been completed, with its final and fourth instalment “The King of Crows” being released in 2020. So for you completionist’s out there you can binge the whole series now and not have to wait for the next one… (that may be what I’m doing..)

Until next time, read more books!

One thought on “B|t|B: Book Review – The Diviners by Libba Bray

  1. Very nice review, I have been planning on reading this book. After reading your review I am definitely going to be reading this and reviewing it on my blog as well.


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