Book reviews #16: The Diviners – Libba Bray

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Hey guys!! My holidays are over, here in France, and it broke my heart to leave my family 😦 Hopefully, all the business and craziness of the Canadian life will help me re-ajust! No more sad feelings, for today I’m gonna tell you a bit more about a book I recently finished: The Diviners by Libba Bray!

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.

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I started this book without any expectations, except for the 20’s aspect I was hoping to love. And I did. New York and this time was a city where new things happened every day, an agent of change. Inventions, dance, prohibition… all the New York magic is there! And it’s carried by really good characters: Evie, Theta, Memphis, Jericho and many others. The Diviners. All mysterious and with secrets… some we learn, some we don’t. They all have a complex personality and it really appeared through the pages.That was the part of the book I really loved. But what was a problem for me was the slow pace of the story, the chapters showing different points of view, without connecting all the big players of the story yet. That was too frustrating for me. Yes, in the end, things are moving a bit forward, but, except for the investigation coming to a close, all the rest of the book felt like a big set up, nothing more than putting things into place. That’s not enough for me, I wanted more for the characters!

The supernatural aspect was also very good and well done, the powers we discover, the evil murderer on the lose ( some parts are really spooky! It’s a great Halloween book), all of that was well built and opening to more in the future! It really gave a special vibe to the book: smoke and danger, occult forces and shadows, all building a web around you.

Overall, I enjoyed the book, and I’ll probably continue the series, but I hope the second book will do more than just present the characters and tease us 😉

Have you read this series? What did you think?

See you for a cup!

Elise

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