Title: The Diviners (The Diviners #1)
Author: Libba Bray
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Pages: 578 (Hardcover), 578 (Paperback), 603 (Ebook)
Release Date: September 18, 2012
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Synopsis from Goodreads:
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.
The 20’s AND supernatural? DONE!! You got my attention. Libba Bray? Over kill. I love the Gemma Doyle series so when I heard about this one, I was over this like white on rice! This was such a fun book with serveral POVs which can go wrong easily.
The 20’s: Libba Bray did a lot of research and you tell from reading it. I felt like I was really in New York in the 20’s. I loved it, I was immersed in this world. I read this whole book in one seating because I loved how much research Libba Bray did.
Supernatural Mystery: So awesome! My two favorite genres COMBINED! It was well done too.
Morbid: I liked how for a YA, that this was very morbid. I usually see things like this is adult books so this was a great change. I didn’t find it to be morbid for shock value, I think it added to how dangerous what Evie and the gang were dealing with.
Slow Pace: I do think the pace was a bit slow and it slowly built up to the climax. I think it that is the only true con in this book. Otherwise I enjoyed it and I still read it in one seating despite the slow pace of the book.