Review: The Diviners (Diviners #1) by Libba Bray


After an upsetting incident, Evie O’ Neill is sent to her uncle in Manhattan. For Evie, this means a second chance to reinvent herself in the big city. And maybe, just maybe, control her episodic visions. But  cult serial killer is in the loose, and Evie finds herself helping her uncle solve the crime. With each bizarre clue, Evie is convinced that what they’re facing is something supernatural. Evie must use her supernatural powers to track him, and stop him, before anyone gets hurt. But the events stir a deeper darkness, drawing together a band of unlikely allies and enemies.

Personal Take: I was enthralled by this story. There’s just something about the Roaring Twenties that was so glamorous, and Bray captured it perfectly, from the parties and entertainment, to Evie’s new modern slang and fashion. The mystery itself was so well done, I was sucked in completely. It was chill-inducing and creepy in all the good ways. The characters themselves are well written, and for worried a little that there were too many characters, but their point of views were well done, and the intersection was done perfectly.

The only disappointment I felt was the romance. It was so forced, and unexpected. I felt the characters were so out of character because of it, and it was just so unnecessary, I felt. I’m still interested to see what happens next, and I’m a huge Libba Bray fan, so I’ll keep reading the series.

Audience: Older teens and readers, for gross scenes.


Other recommendations: I’ve read and reviewed Libba Bray’s Gemma Doyle series, as well as Going Bovine.

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