Student Review by Lauren L.: The Diviners by Libba Bray

The DivinersTitle: The Diviners
Author: Libba Bray
Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers
Published: September 18, 2012
Genre: Thriller/Mystery
Series: The Diviners #1
The 2nd book in the series, Liar of Dreams is expected to be published March 11, 2014.
Summary (from inside cover): 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.
Lauren’s Review: Normally I stay away from any kind of frightening text, but I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I loved everything about it from its suspenseful tone, to the setting in the roaring twenties in New York City. In this novel, many dark, twisted things occur. It seems as though innocent people are murdered every other chapter, and the well-written but graphic images can be too much to handle at times. For these reasons, I do not recommend this book for the  faint of heart. However, thrill seekers will be captivated by the horrifying tone, and unlike me, they will sleep comfortably without any nightmares. Regardless of its length (523 pages), I could not put this book down.  When I learned that the second book in the series, Liar of Dreams has not yet been released,  I was frustrated because my urge to continue this story was and is insatiable. This novel made me feel uncomfortable at times, but the paranormal occurrences were just enough to keep me turning the next page.

 

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