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Gr 10 Up-Set in 1920s New York City, this literary tour-de-force from Printz Award-winner Bray offers grand themes, complex characters, and suspense. After her secret gift for divining information from objects lands her in trouble, 17-year-old Evangeline O'Neill is sent from Ohio to live with her uncle, who runs a museum specializing in folklore and the occult in Manhattan. Evie is a quintessential flapper: not really bad, but rebellious and yearning to fly free of her Babbitt-like existence. Although she starts out her new life like the party girl she was back home, her pursuits become more serious when her uncle is asked to help solve a series of strange murders. She crosses paths with Memphis Campbell, a black numbers runner in Harlem, whose power to heal by laying on hands failed him when he tried to save his mother. Other characters include a homosexual composer who meets people in dreams, a Ziegfeld girl with a past, a pickpocket searching for his family, and a young research assistant with his own secrets. Bray develops each of these characters and their gifts, gradually bringing them together in a chilling and thrilling battle with Naughty John, a paranormal serial killer. Over the course of the novel, people (mainly good) smoke, drink, and use other illegal substances. These peccadilloes are contrasted with the values of the hellfire-and-brimstone cult that spawned Naughty John. The compelling and dramatic supernatural plot explores self-actualization, predestination, the secrets everyone hides, and, of course, good versus evil. An absolutely terrific read and, thankfully, the first in a planned series.-Nina Sachs, Walker Memorial Library, Westbrook, MEα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
This has been the first book in years that I have read by Libba Bray. I loved her Gemma Doyle series, so I don’t know why it took me so long to read another book by her. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Elien
The Diviners is the first book of a series by Libba Bray. I first read the book in May of 2013, and was so excited for the sequel -- and heartbroken that it would take so long to... Read morePublished 2 days ago by AJ.
I finally cracked open Libba Bray's The Diviners, which all in all, is a good thing! Had I read this back in 2012, I would've been in tears waiting for the sequel! Read morePublished 10 days ago by Jessica S.
Good book but strays a bit with so many characters and storylines but looking forward to reading book 2. I like that it weaves some factual history in that time period.Published 11 days ago by Runnergirl in MO
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It's an intimidatingly long book (at 592 pages, you could... Read more
Reader beware, portions of this book SHOULD NOT BE READ WITH THE LIGHTS OFF! Which is problematic as the story is so compelling you will not want to set the book down. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a simpler version of the Deborah Harkness series! Historically and supernaturally wonderful without being over the top and... Read morePublished 1 month ago by kolee
What a fabulous mix of history and paranormal! I'm fascinated by this time period and loved the whole plot and the characters too!Published 1 month ago by Tony