Review - The Diviners by Libba Bray

Monday, October 29, 2012

Once Upon A Dream Books - The Diviners by Libba Bray review

TITLE: The Diviners
AUTHOR: Libba Bray
RELEASE DATE: September 18th 2012
PUBLISHER: Little Brown
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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. ”

My first impression: Occult in the 1920s?  I am so there!
Will I read more?:  Absolutely!

The first time I heard a jazz song and watched a movie set in the 1920s, I lost a piece of my heart to the decade. There was just something that called to me. So a paranormal book set in the 20s? Yes please! It made it on my to read list before I even finished reading the description.

My first experience with a Libba Bray story, well, let's just say we had a little disagreement and I did not like the story much. But my friends raved about her books. So, I convinced myself that what I did not like was more the subject matter as opposed to the writing itself. I am glad I gave this book a chance, I really enjoyed it.

I really liked Evie. She was just such a fun character. The funny thing is, if I met her in real life, I would probably hate her for the exact same reasons I liked her character so much in the story. Come to think of it, I think I liked most of the characters in the novel. The author created such a wide array of fun, easy going, weak, but tough as nails, survivors that is was easy to identify with each and every one of them. 

The story itself was fun and I did not want to put it down. So I read it all in one sitting. Parts of the story were predictable (lady sun anyone?) but other things too me off guard. Something that happens to a particular character, I did not see coming and it had me yelling "No. oh, come on, no..." It has been a while since I actually cared enough about the characters and was driven to read the book because I cared about them and not simply just idle curiosity for the what happens next.

I am looking forward to the next one. Curse the little teasers at the end! I want to know what happens/happened now...

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