Publication Date: September 18, 2012
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Goodreads Rating: 4/5 Stars
Cover Thoughts: Meh… not a fan.
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.
Let me first start out with, I don’t like the 1920s time period. I don’t care for the style of dress, the music (most, not all), the attitude, the cars, the flappers, the Jazz Age the hair, and so forth.
This book MADE ME LOVE THE 1920s!
That is how GOOD the writing style is in this book! WOW!
I decided to try and do an audio version instead of reading so I can still “read” while I go for walks with my kids!
The book IMMEDIATELY sucked me into the story. The voice done by January LaVoy was simply mesmerizing! I don’t know where to begin! The writing was just magnificent.The language used by the characters was captivating. Libba Bray wrote about old-time New York with such detail that I was able to imagine myself walking down the streets with Evie and Mabel having the time of my life. The glamor, the attitude, the metamorphosis, all daring and dazzling. I could actually hear the music! You could tell Bray spent a lot of time on the research for the descriptions and the surroundings it was so…CLEAR. The way the author was able to write about a character’s emotions made them seem even real. And how she was able to individualize each character with their own voice and personality was simply, amazing.
I loved the main character Evie, she was so enchanting as a spoiled, rich, flapper, brat still grieving over the death of her brother. Her character is very strong and she craves attention and will do almost anything to get it and be in the spotlight. She is selfish at times but she also cares greatly for the people she loves. Evie is a very loud character. She is so loud that you will not forget anytime soon because of the loudness of her personality.
There are a lot of secondary characters that factor heavily into this story: Jericho (Uncle Wills assistant), Theta-the beautiful chorus girl, Theta’s piano playing brother named Henry, and Sam, the devilishly handsome pickpocket, all with something to hide.
The Diviners packs a lot of action. It is thorough, exciting, easy, and wonderfully more than you’d expect. There is blood, guts, and gore dripping in these pages and it is absolutely creepy. This book has murder and there is nothing shy about it. There is also depth to swim in. Almost each character is a compelling story of survival and real life of the 20s, which may have been a time of change but it was not “roaring” for everyone. Theta, Jericho and Memphis all have something they’ve run away from and nothing quite dependable to make them stay. This book Bray straddles the line for a YA book and adult. And it was very juicy.
Sexual Content: moderate (PG)
Violence: HEAVY (brutal murders)
Drugs/Alcohol: mild (some drunkenness)