Review: THE DIVINERS by Libba Bray

THE DIVINERS by Libba Bray
Hardcover, 578 pages
Published September 18th 2012 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 031612611X
Source: Publisher
Rating:  ♥♥♥♥♥

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.

My Thoughts: 

Having been a long time admirer of Libba Bray I was beyond excited when I found out that she was going to write THE DIVINERS, a new paranormal series set in the 1920's.  I became an instant fangirl when I read her Gemma Doyle series, even though it had an ending that caused my book to careen against the opposing wall (sorry, but sometimes stuff like that happens).  Yet, I could not pass up an opportunity to read her newest epic creation that had elements of magic, murder and mayhem...oh my!

THE DIVINERS is set in New York City during prohibition where speakeasies and good times ruled and where people with extra time and money indulged in questionable pastimes. Evie O'Neill has always been different, but she never realized how much until she was shipped off to New York City to live with her eccentric uncle. Soon, a string of occult inspired murders brings the police to their doorstep and Evie's abilities makes her realize that the killer is guided by an evil force that she cannot possibly understand and if she is not careful than she could be next.

Libba Bray has created a bit of sweet magic with THE DIVINERS. Her unfailing devotion to detail is so very evident, from the elements of fashion to the whimsical vocabulary of the time period. I adored it all for it made me feel as if I was right there, locked in that moment of time. So, it stands to reason how quickly I was drawn into this world of gin, girls and gangsters besides an evil crazed killer that totally scared the crap out of me. Yet, he was one of the many memorable and multi-faceted characters that graced the pages of this epic story. Besides giving this book it's heartbeat I liked how each character was given a good deal of depth and yet enough of a mystery was preserved to keep me intrigued.

As I have mentioned before this book is epic in story concept as well as size but I think that this novel could have been edited a bit more and it could have benefited by being a bit tighter. There were times that the story seemed to focus on a moment a bit longer than necessary and while I did not seem to mind that fact I know of other readers that could find that to be a deal breaker. That being said I hope that does not discourage people from taking the time to read this new and amazing novel. It is worth the time spent and I highly recommend it to older teens and adults. I believe that the subject matter and tone are a might too scary for those that are younger, my personal opinion but one that I share with other readers.

Fans of Libba Bray will enjoy this great new series and will easily fall in love with these new characters and time in history that was golden and gorgeous to the extreme.

 

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