Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Book Review: The Diviners By: Libba Bray

Book Desription:
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-toot-ly thrilled. New York is the city of speakeasies, shopping, and movie palaces! Soon enough, Evie is running with glamorous Ziegfield girls and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is Evie has to live with her Uncle Will, curator of The Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult--also known as "The Museum of the Creepy Crawlies."

When a rash of occult-based murders comes to light, Evie and her uncle are right in the thick of the investigation. And through it all, Evie has a secret: a mysterious power that could help catch the killer--if he doesn't catch her first.

Audio Voice: January LaVoy - is an American actress, most recognized as Noelle Ortiz on the ABC daytime drama One Life to Live.
My Thoughts:
Wow...okay...Just wow....

Let me first start out with, I don't like the 1920s time period. I don't care for the style of dress, the music (most, not all), the attitude, the cars, the flappers, the Jazz Age the hair, and so forth.
This book MADE ME LOVE THE 1920s!

That is how GOOD the writing style is in this book! WOW!

I decided to try and do an audio verson instead of reading so I can still "read" while I go for walks with my kids!
The book IMMEDIATELY sucked me into the story. The voice done by January LaVoy was simply mesmerizing! I don't know where to begin! The writing was just magnificent.The language used by the characters was captivating. Libba Bray wrote about old-time New York with such detail that I was able to imagine myself walking down the streets with Evie and Mabel having a the time of my life. The glamour, the attitude, the metamorphosis, all daring and dazzling. I could actually hear the music! You could tell Bray spent a lot of time on the research for the descriptions and the surroundings it was so...CLEAR. The way the author was able to write about a character's emotions made them seem even real. And how she was able to indiviualize each character with their own voice and personality was simply, amazing.

I loved the main character Evie, she was so enchanting as a spoiled, rich, flapper, brat still greiving over the death of her brother. Her character is very strong and she craves attention and will do almost anything to get it and be in the spotlight. She is selfish at times but she also cares greatly for the people she loves. Evie is a very loud character. She is so loud that you will not forget anytime soon because of the loudness of her personality.

There are a lot of secondary characters that factor heavily into this story: Jericho (Uncle Wills assistant), Theta-the beautiful chorus girl, Theta's piano playing brother named Henry, and Sam, the devilishly handsome pickpocket, all with something to hide. 

The Diviners packs a lot of action. It is thorough, exciting, easy, and wonderfully more than you'd expect. There is blood, guts, and gore dripping in these pages and it is absolutely creepy. This book has murder and there is nothing shy about it. There is also depth to swim in. Almost each character is a compelling story of survival and real life of the the 20s, which may have been a time of change but it was not "roaring" for everyone. Theta, Jericho and Memphis all have something they've run away from and nothing quite dependable to make them stay. This book Bray straddles the line for a YA book and adult. And it was very juicy.

Sexual Content: moderate (PG)
Violence: HEAVY (brutal murders)
Language: mild
Drugs/Alcohol: mild (some drunkedness)

Here is my YouTube video review on this book!


  1. I love the 1920s so this is definitely a book I would like to check out!