Book: The Diviners
Authors: Libba Bray
Synopsis: 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.
Synopsis (Spoiler Free) This is the first book in so long that I have felt this desire to read. I missed it so much. Magic in the twenties and a murderer around New York just makes for such a perfect and well thought out book. It’s a shame that many people opt out of it because of its size. The book is the perfect size for all that goes on and all the connections you get. Libba has outdone herself in every aspect of this book.
Characters: ⅘ These characters were so well thought out. There was great representation for diversity in this book. It was a little confusing to keep up with all these different characters, but there stories and situations were all so different that it helped differentiate. I didn’t find any character boring. I had my favorite which was Memphis and Evie’s perspectives because they just cared so much.
Motivation felt like such a big part of this story, as it does most mysteries. I found myself wondering why any of this would happen, and is anyone doing it for the sake of the greater good? There were times I really questioned everyone because it felt like everyone was just going through the motions of being good.
I liked the different perspectives which is weird because I don’t typically. With all these characters I was able to pick part of myself out of each of them really involving me in their stories.
Plot: 5/5 I was hooked from the beginning. The second it got supernatural I needed to know more. The mystery was more intriguing because of its darkness and connections to the occult. I didn’t feel rushed or like there was info dumping, it felt like we were working with them.
Writing Style: ⅘ Libba has such an ethereal and haunting writing. It really drew out and highlighted the gruesome parts of the story. Throughout the book her details enchanted these seemingly normal acts. She doesn’t get sidetracked from these details and lose the plot.
I don’t have much for these last two sections because I feel like it’s best to go in less knowledgeable. Please, please, please read this. I know so many people that would love this story, and I’m hopefully going to get them to read it.