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 . . .
As someone who was read all of Libba Bray's books and considers her one of the best writers of our time, I had EXTREMELY high expectations for this book and I have to say, I was utterly and completely blown away....again, if that's even possible.
This book was ridiculously amazing!
Libba is a chameleon and knows how to capture every characters' voice until it feels like they are breathing and whispering in your ear, she knows how to capture the essence and atmosphere of seemly, every type of era and setting.
Usually when I love a book, I want nothing more then for there to be a film or TV show based on it, but in the case of The Diviners, I hope Hollywood does not touch it. I'm sure rights to the book will be sold, but this is a stunning and intricate novel and I can honestly not see how it can ever be brought into the visual media.
Hrrmmmmm. . . . . .
But now that I'm thinking about it, maybe it could be a successful TV show on something like HBO a place that nurtures and loves film. Game of Thrones, Boardwalk Empire - Two visually brilliant and overall amazing TV programs.
My favorite part about this novel is the writing. The beautiful words, the wondrous prose and the witty dialogue that Libba effortlessly is able to establish. It just sucks you in and makes you feel like you are watching a play and living the story at the same time. There was never something that I skimmed or thought unnecessary and that I have to say is a feat, 'cus this book is over 600 pages!
600 pages of terrible beauty!
Terrible because I have to wait years for a sequel and beauty, well, because of the obvious.
Evie was a character that I instantly liked, because of her wit and attitude, but she is not a character that everyone will like, because she can be a bit silly. Not in a way that makes you want to throw the book across the room, but in a way that makes you want to tell her that it is okay to be afraid and that she doesn't have to cover up her fear with clever, awesome, albeit sometimes childlike humor. However, this is part of her character flaw and allows her to be extremely real for the reader, because though Ev is witty, she can also be very serious when the books gets dark and boy, does it get dark.
The novel is told from multiply POV's but Bray constructs such a masterful fluidity between each character, that you never get bored with anyone or confused, but rather thirst for the story to keeping going and going and going!
Like I previously mentioned, The Diviners is a supernaturally spooky novel. I got chills while reading this book, because there are some moments that are filled with subtle creepiness that rivals every horror movie I had ever seen and I was seriously spooked.
I really loved this book and it is def one I would read again, something I hardly ever do!
In the end, The Diviners by author Libba Bray is a novel that invokes smiles, chills, tears and a desire to be living in the roaring 1920's, but without the evil killers!
The Diviners gets 6 Hearts out of 5!!!
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