BOOK REVIEW: The Diviners, #1: The Diviners by Libba Bray

the diviners

5 stars



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.




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I have been meaning to read more historical fiction and this was what I expected and more! I just expected the usual from a paranormal/fantasy like the heroine discovers this world of magic and solves a lighthearted murder mystery. This book was so much more than that.

This story cycles through various characters not just the main three that most books do. It was done in a way that was very organized, the thoughts were not all over the place as you would think.

All the characters were so thoughtfully thorough and dynamic, they all had a side of them that added to the suspenseful mystery which made them all really interesting.

I knew when I was about halfway through the book that I was going to give it 5 stars because It was just that good.

The plot was just mind-blowing. It was very intricately woven, the characters’ paths all intertwining in an intelligent way.

There was a few parts that resembled episodes of Supernatural (aka my favorite show like ever.)

When Memphis mentioned a crossroads I would just expect there to be a deal being made with a demon, but that didn’t happen.

I wouldn’t be surprised if Libba Bray was a fan of Supernatural.

I think the gifs are appropriate since this book resembled Supernatural so much and 2/3 of the gifs are supernatural gifs.

I hope this motivates someone to go buy and read this book!

Gifs that sum up my reaction:
(because I am feeling all the feels)


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