Monday, February 4, 2013

[Review: The Diviners by Libba Bray]

"The Diviners" 
Author: Libba Bray
Pages: 578.
Date Published: September 18th, 2012.
Publisher: Little, Brown Books
Format Read: Hardcover (before giving it to my pal for her birthday)

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.

My Thoughts:

The Diviners was not what I was expecting. That's not a bad thing, mind you. I've been a huge fan a Libba Bray for quite some time and I was excited to dive into this almost 600 page nugget of a novel! Libba does things on her own terms and this book is no different! Not many YA authors seem to be able to pull off releasing such a long book, but Libba thrives at it.

I'm honestly still wrapping my head around what I just read and I can't wait to be able to get my hands on the next installment of The Diviners Series. I have to admit that the novel creeped me the hell out. It takes a lot to put me on edge, but there was something sinister about this book that I just couldn't seem to shake. Hell, just thinking about Naughty John sends shivers up and down my spine! He's one of the most evil and spellbinding villains I have read in the longest time. He's also not for the faint of heart.

The rest of the characters were a joy to read as well! Even though I won't pretend that I was always a fan of Evie. The thing was I couldn't hate her even if I wasn't her biggest fan and I think that says something for the characters that Bray creates! That you can have characters that you don't love to pieces, but that you still can't help but root for! Theta and Harry were amazing and so goofy, yet haunted. It was a splendid mix!

Plus I was a huge fan of the none established love triangle. While so many authors throw a love triangle in your face, Bray gives us one, without making it obnoxious! And both Sam and Jericho have hidden pasts that I'm sure will unfold more as the series continues!

I also can't wait to see what happens with Memphis, I'm hoping he's a bigger key player in the next book?!

I was also a fan of the vividness of displaying New York in the 1920s. It felt completely New York (as people who have been there, or live there would know) and retro. I felt like I was walking along the streets and alleys that I have walked before, but that I was seeing them with new eyes. All be it eyes that were scared to look around the next corner!



LTM said...

I've only read A Great & Terrible Beauty by LB, but I was curious about Beauty Queens. Have to confess, the whole 600 pp kind of worries me--LOL! But she's definitely prolific! Thanks for the review! :o) <3

Amy said...

I loved this book. I listened to it on audio and it really enhanced my enjoyment of it. I read the book too in between listening and I am glad that I had the audio. I can't wait for more. I loved the setting, the creepiness and the characters. Great review!!