Review: The Diviners

Mar •  25 •  2014
Review: The DivinersThe Diviners by Libba Bray
Published by Little Brown on September 18, 2012
Genres: Young Adult- Historical/Fantasy
Source: Gifted
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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-tute-ly ecstatic. It’s 1926, and New York is filled with speakeasies, Ziegfeld girls, and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is that she has to live with her uncle Will and his unhealthy obsession with the occult.

Evie worries he’ll discover her darkest secret: a supernatural power that has only brought her trouble so far. But when the police find a murdered girl branded with a cryptic symbol and Will is called to the scene, Evie realizes her gift could help catch a serial killer.

As Evie jumps headlong into a dance with a murderer, other stories unfold in the city that never sleeps. A young man named Memphis is caught between two worlds. A chorus girl named Theta is running from her past. A student named Jericho hides a shocking secret. And unknown to all, something dark and evil has awakened.

It is finally about time that I pick up a historical fiction to read. I can truly say that I do not remember when was the last time that I had read one. The Diviners was the perfect book to get back into this genre. I have had this book on my shelf for years and I do not understand why I have barely picked it up now.

This book was such a fun and exciting read. I think what I liked most about it was how Libba Bray was able to switch point of views with almost every chapter and still connect it to each other. I always that it takes someone special to do this and a skill and I believe that Libba Bray has this skill. I love the historical background of the city and the story overall.

Evie was a cunning, rebel heroine that definitely brought something to the literary world for me. Having her own background she is shipped off to her uncle where a new adventure full of adventure and terror are about to come face to face with her. I also liked Will but as soon as the novel was coming to an end, I knew that there were some secrets that he was not reveling. I feel that there are going to be more in the second book that I cannot wait for.

Overall Libba Bray has made it on my list of authors to watch out for. The Diviners is hauntingly perfect.  Filled with action, adventure, love, and terror, The Diviners will leave you wanting more.

I give this book 5 bites!




  1. Giselle
    Mar 25, 2014

    Right? She was fantastic with her POV changes! I really enjoyed this one too it was a brilliantly written book and so so atmospheric!

  2. I have this one on my tbr… oh now I can’t wait to get to it!! Thanks for the fab review!

  3. Jenny
    Mar 26, 2014

    Yay! I loved this one too Chayse! Normally the bouncing around from character to character you mentioned doesn’t work for me because I don’t get to connect as much to any one of them, but like you said, it’s really well in this case. Can’t wait for book two!

  4. Candace
    Mar 28, 2014

    I really enjoyed this one too! Very creepy but well done!

  5. Amy
    Apr 2, 2014

    I loved your review!. I really need to read this soon.

  6. I still haven’t read this book either but I clearly need to!