Series: The Diviners #1
on September 18th 2012
Genres: Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Young Adult
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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.
I am a huge fan of Libba Bray’s and this book is no exception. I love historical fiction and find the 1920’s absolutely fascinating! My Great Grandmother was a flapper and it was fun imagining her getting dressed up and going to speakeasies to dance the night away. Libba paints a very vivid New York in The Diviners and has even more colorful characters. Everyone has a secret and is more than what they seem.
Evie is a bit..actually scratch that she is a complete party girl and one one wild night gets a little too wild. Her home town is flying with rumors after Evie uses her “party trick” and she gets sent away to New York to stay with her Uncle. The plan is he can keep her out of trouble for awhile but with Evie trouble is never really that far away. Evie is gifted but her gift is not an easy one to bear and it’s part of the reason why she parties so much and gets herself into trouble. She quickly makes new friends in New York and little does she know that they have gifts as well. Slowly it becomes clear they are all connected in some way and possibly for a sinister purpose.
I was immediately drawn into Evie’s story and I really enjoyed all the different characters in The Diviners. Everyone brought something different to the table and I was just as invested in their stories as Evie’s. I had a very hard time putting this book down and it didn’t take me long to finish. The plot keeps you guessing until the end and has just the right amount of creepy scare factor to make it even more suspenseful. I don’t love scary stories as I am a bit of baby when it comes to that stuff lol but I really really loved the scary bits in The Diviners. With a dash of romance thrown in there too it is the perfect combination! I would for one cannot wait until the next book and this is a definitely recommend from me!!
“Some mornings, she’d wake and vow, Today, I will get it right. I won’t be such an awful mess of a girl. I won’t lose my temper or make unkind remarks. I won’t go too far with a joke and feel the room go quiet with disapproval. I’ll be good and kind and sensible and patient. The sort everyone loves. But by evening, her good intentions would have unraveled. She’d say the wrong thing or talk a little too loudly. She’d take a dare she shouldn’t, just to be noticed. Perhaps Mabel was right, and she was selfish. But what was the point of living so quietly you made no noise at all? “Oh, Evie, you’re too much,” people said, and it wasn’t complimentary. Yes, she was too much. She felt like too much inside all the time. So why wasn’t she ever enough?”
“Naughty John, Naughty John, does his work with his apron on. Cuts your throat and takes your bones, sells ’em off for a coupla stones.”
“There is a hideous invention called the Dewey Decimal System. And you have to look up your topic in books and newspapers. Pages upon pages upon pages…”
Uncle Will frowned. “Didn’t they teach you how to go about research in that school of yours?”
“No. But I can recite ‘The Battle Hymn of the Republic’ while making martinis.”
“I weep for the future.”
“There’s where the martinis come in.”