Monday, February 11, 2013

The Diviners by Libba Bray [Review]

The Diviners (The Diviners, #1)4.5 out of 5 Robots!

The Diviners by Libba Bray
Series: The Diviners #1
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal
Release: September 18, 2012
Hardcover: 592 Pages
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
My Copy: Purchased
Reviewer: Shannon
Buy the Book: Amazon

Book Summary:
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
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Shannon's Thoughts:
This wasn't a book I could sit down and read in one go (almost 600 pages!), but I can't say I wasn't entertained. Bray takes her time setting up her intricate plot and then putting everything into motion. I loved watching the different storylines start to come together and intersect. And some of it was creepy, creepy, creepy!  The killer is really scary and his scenes are very chilling.  The killings are much more gruesome than I would expect from a young adult novel.  But I liked it because it kept the stakes high.

Bray also does a great job bringing the Roaring 20's to life. She obviously did a lot of research, but it doesn't come across as forced or awkward.  I really felt immersed in the time period.  I found myself wanted to use 1920s slang in my everyday speech.   Bray also creates some very interesting and multi-dimensional characters.  Even the side characters are well fleshed out.  The point of view is constantly changing, giving us an omnipresent viewpoint and it really works for this book.  It heightened our awareness and gives us insight into Bray's wonderful characters. 

This book was the cat's pajamas!  (HAHA).  I can't wait to read the second book in the series (due 2014) to see the Diviners come together. 


  1. This sounds interesting, and it's always great when a well researched book comes across without sounding like a textbook.

    As far as young adult, just how young adult is it? could it be appropriate for middle grade kids, or is there parts that might be a bit too much (or that some parents would object to)?

    1. Honestly, I don't think it is very "young adult" at all. It could easily pass for an adult novel, I think. There are some gruesome parts that might be disturbing for middle grade kids. (People get disemboweled, get their eyes taken, etc.) And there is a lot of death or talk to death. Also, the some of the characters lead...morally ambiguous lives. And there is some mention of sex. No one actually has sex, but it is talked about. So I would definitely recommend this for older teens and adults.

  2. This book was huge but I was so engrossed in the story that I didn't really pay attention to the size after awhile. I loved all the different stories and Bray did a great job bringing everything to life. It was a perfect amount of creepy and humorous at times. I am so excited for book 2, but hate that it's taking so long!



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