By Libba Bray
A string of murders in 1920s New York City which newly arrived Evie decides to help solve with the help of her ‘Diviner’ powers.
Display or Shelve?
Display. Now here’s a book you wouldn’t feel embarrassed to be caught reading. Mystery, New York, flappers, spirit-y things with that eye; this cover says it all in blue.
I’d heard a lot of good things about this book and it certainly lived up to my expectations. (I’d also heard it was kinda scary and the murders are kinda gruesome, but nothing that gave me nightmares.) I was looking forward to a good adventure in 20s New York where I’d feel sucked into the world, and that’s exactly what happened. From the expressions (Holy Smokes!) to the places (Hotsy Totsy club) it felt perfect and by the end I was wanting to call people Pie-Face.
As for the characters, Evie was such a fun, outgoing, sarcastic protagonist who did whatever she wanted and was so much fun to read. The other characters, from Memphis to Theta, Henry, Jericho and Mabel all had their distinct personalities and there was never a time when I wanted to skip over a part of their tale to read someone else’s perspective.
The Diviners themselves.. I’m not sure if they’re supposed to be rare..? It seemed that most of the characters were one. But whatever.
Reread or Remember?
Reread. Libba Bray is currently writing the sequel and the end of ‘The Diviners’ certainly leaves questions unanswered and mysteries left to solve. But I’m gonna have to reread in order to remember the small details; who wants to find out what, who is involved with what, etc. It is a big thick book, but I loved it so rereading isn’t exactly a hardship.
5 out of 5