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The Diviners Hardcover – September 18, 2012
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"The Diviners delivers an addictive and terrifying story of young New Yorkers investigating a rash of occult-based murders. Bray sustains a breathless energy throughout this ambitious series-starter, deftly evoking the exuberance of 1920s city life and the evil lurking beneath it."―Entertainment Weekly
* "The book is big and wants to be the kind of thing you can lose yourself in. Does it succeed? It's jake, baby."―Booklist (starred review)
*Everyday moments and a romance or two help lighten the mood of this creepy, dark, twisted tale of things that go bump in the night."―VOYA (starred review)
* "The book is engrossing, spooky, and thought-provoking."―Library Media Connection (starred review)
Top Customer Reviews
Set in the Roaring Twenties in New York City, The Diviners tells the story of a group of young people investigating a series of gruesome occult-based murders. Something dark and powerful has been unleashed in New York, an evil force determined to bring about an apocalypse. People are being murdered - their body parts missing - and it all seems to follow a very disturbing pattern suggesting that the murderer is trying to finish a dark ritual started many years ago. A ritual that will unleash hell on earth and destroy everything. When Evie is shipped off to New York to live with her Uncle Will, the last thing she expects is to find herself right in the middle of a terrifying murder case. Instead of attending glamorous parties and enjoying vibrant New York life, she now has to deal with a psycho-ghost intent on carrying out his evil plan. Will her special powers help catch the killer? Or will the killer get to her first?
Evie (or as Theta calls her, Evil) is a fascinating character. Bold, attention-loving, dauntless, unpredictable, loud-mouthed and quick-witted, she's an unstoppable force, a real tornado of a girl. She's a troublemaker.Read more ›
In The Diviners, readers are introduced to young Evie O'Neill, a recent transplant from small-town Ohio to the glamorous world of 1920s New York, who has come to live with her uncle at a rather strange museum known as The Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult. Soon after settling into her new life, Evie falls in with a rather...unorthodox crowd -an ambitious Ziegfried Follies girl named Theta who is hiding a dark past, a mysterious student known as Jericho, and a young African-American man named Memphis who is battling the prejudices of the time. After a string of occult-based murders sets off a city-wide panic (and media frenzy) Evie and her uncle are brought in to help solve the case, and it is only with the help of Evie's new friends (and her strange abilities) that the mystery can be solved.
Wow. Just wow -I think that's the first thing that comes to mind when I think back on this book. It was freaking amazing. Just completely engrossing, incredibly well-written and offered an elaborate maze of twists and turns that kept me glued to every single page!Read more ›
I adored the Gemma Doyle trilogy by Libba Bray so I was excited to read something new from her. The premise is intriguing - who doesn't love murder mysteries and people with supernatural powers?
The tie between the mystery and the supernatural is loose, though, with most Diviner characters not impacting the main plot line or mystery at all. Characters like Memphis and Theta were interesting, but ended up being distractions from the main story. They were also better characters and easier to root for than Evie, the main character, which is never ideal. Despite the premise, I never felt the suspense I expect from mystery stories. I think the book would have been stronger if Bray had focused on either the mystery or the increasing prevalence of Diviners in the world and what that means. Trying to combine them makes the story disjointed and overly long, both of which contributed to this book taking me forever to finish reading.
I know Libba Bray can write. I know she can write good historical fiction without saturating it with slang and unnecessary details. I know she can make characters I can relate to (like Gemma Doyle). I just think this attempt fell flat.
A Quick Synopsis: Evangeline O'Neill has been exiled from her idyllic hometown of Zenith, Ohio and shipped off to New York City. The time is 1926, a time filled with new theater breakthroughs and secret speakeasies, set against a hustling and bustling background. Living with her Uncle Will, who has an obsession with the occult, Evie worries he'll discover her secret power that got her banished from Ohio in the first place. But it just so happens that her power could help catch a serial killer that's just begun terrorizing New York City recently. As Evie takes on the challenge of defeating the killer, can her New York friends help her complete the task?
The Review: I've always known Libba Bray as an extremely original and adaptable author. What other author can you name that follows up a Victorian historical trilogy with a book about mad cow disease with a trashy role model? And then, don't even mention the fact that she followed THAT up with a satirical novel about "beauty queens"...Unfortunately, though, I've also always known Ms. Bray as an author who takes a relatively long time to release novels. So as I combed through the pages of Amazon, not expecting another Libba Bray book until 2013, The Diviners smacked me in the face, and I could not have been more delighted to know that I would not have to wait so long.
Libba Bray returns to the genre she debuted in, historical fiction with a flair of the supernatural, with The Diviners.Read more ›
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I had never been particularly interested in reading The Diviners. Ok, that's a lie. I was, but since it looked so big and daunting, it wasn't a big want or need until I purchased... Read morePublished 14 days ago by Siiri @ Little Pieces of Imagination
I really enjoyed the characters and the story line. It was a little dark for a YA which was my only problem. I will be reading the next in the series.Published 29 days ago by Amazon Customer
A strange conflux of Prohibition era sensibilities and the wild abandon of magic that seems so out of place in the big city. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I'd read Bray's earlier series, the Gemma Doyle Trilogy, beginning with A Great and Terrible Beauty, but The Diviners is boring, less mature (I know these are YA books, but plenty... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Emelin E. Miller
I originally read this via audiobook and LOVED it. After I purchased my Kindle Fire, I saw what a bargain it was to own the eBook version, so I added it to my collection.Published 1 month ago by MBK58