Saturday, December 1, 2012

The Diviners, Libba Bray

In a town house at a fashionable address on Manhattan's Upper East Side, every lamp blazes. 

The Diviners is Libba Bray's latest novel. All of them are so different from one another. The Diviners is set in the 1920s. Evie O'Neill is sent from Ohio to live with her bizarre, occult-obsessed uncle in none other than New York City. You see, she got into trouble. So her parents figured, ship her off to New York, why don't we? She won't get into to trouble there. Really smart. At any rate, Evie has a talent: she can tell about an object and its owners just by touching it. And when a rash of bloody, occult-related murders start occurring, Evie's skills may be needed. Meanwhile, other stories are unfolding around the city. And everyone has secrets.

This was obviously very different from Beauty Queens. The Diviners is very creepy, eerie, and suspenseful. It has some gruesome bits, when describing the murders. The writing style is in general light-hearted, but is really chilling in certain spots, such as the beginning, when the evil spirits first begin to manifest.

Overall The Diviners is a fairly entertaining read. I love historical fantasy, and I liked the prohibition setting, though sometimes Bray went a bit overboard with the the slang. Evie can be a little silly, but is overall a likable and spirited character. The other characters were really well done too.

There are some books that page-wise are really short, but take a long time do get through, and then there are books that are long page-wise, but go by quickly. The Diviners is of the latter category. It's a hefty book with elegant cover design that captures the spirit of the novel well. Very different from Bray's other novels, but just as good.

Read The Diviners:
  • if you like Libba Bray
  • if you like historical fiction/fantasy
  • if you like paranormal fantasy
  • if you like books set in New York City
578 pages.
Very Good! I would recommend this book!

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