The Diviners #1
Release Date: September 18, 2012
Star Rating: ★★★
It's 1920s New York City. It's flappers and Follies, jazz and gin. It's after the war but before the depression. And for certain group of bright young things it's the opportunity to party like never before.For Evie O'Neill, it's escape. She's never fit in in small town Ohio and when she causes yet another scandal, she's shipped off to stay with an uncle in the big city. But far from being exile, this is exactly what she's always wanted: the chance to show how thoroughly modern and incredibly daring she can be.But New York City isn't about just jazz babies and follies girls. It has a darker side. Young women are being murdered across the city. And these aren't crimes of passion. They're gruesome. They're planned. They bear a strange resemblance to an obscure group of tarot cards. And the New York City police can't solve them alone.Evie wasn't just escaping the stifling life of Ohio, she was running from the knowledge of what she could do. She has a secret. A mysterious power that could help catch the killer - if he doesn't catch her first.
In a town house at a fashionable address on Manhattan's Upper East Side, every lamp blazes.
I was very hesitant to read anything by Libba Bray after the shitfest that was Beauty Queens, which is one of the worst books I have ever read. I wasn't a fan of the weird satire, or the overwhelming amount of annoying characters. But while The Diviners had some trace of the same writing style, which is expected since it's by the same author, I ended up really enjoying it, and now I really want to read the Gemma Doyle series as well.
My favourite thing about The Diviners is the setting and the way Bray describes it. She puts a lot of work into it, and really makes you feel as though you're really there in the Roaring Twenties. You get a great feel for all the glitz and glam, and you can tell everything is well researched.
I was also a fan of the villain, Naughty John, and his parts of the story. Basically, this guy is going around murdering people and you get to see the murders happen, and you watch as he lures his victims in. I don't know about you, but I love this kind of stuff. It's intriguing and spine-tingling and everything awesome.
Evie was a great protagonist, although I don't think she's going to stick out with the likes of Rose Hathaway to me. She's very amusing though, and I loved her character growth, as well as her relationship with her uncle, although that too was frustrating at times because her uncle needed a slap.
There were a couple of characters who I found boring, and really didn't want to read about at all. They were Memphis and Jericho, and those of you who have read the book might know what I mean when I say that they added very little to the plot. Jericho made me fall asleep whenever he appeared on the page, and I didn't get Evie's fascination with him at all. Memphis' chapters were only slightly more interesting, and that's only because of his creepy little brother, who I took a liking to. Kind of. He was really fucking scary, you know.
As for the romance(s), I think you have the potential to go crazy with shipping in The Diviners! I was shipping Evie with three different people to start off with, and I did manage to eventually slow down, but it was so much fun. Sam/Evie, though. Yes. I'm looking forward to that build up. Sam really pissed me off at first because he's such an arse, but he has this weird way of growing on you. Like a scab.
I did think that the pacing was a bit slow, and that's one of the reasons I knocked a star off of my rating. The writing style was enticing, but there wasn't enough happening with the plot at times to make me love it. I think one of the problems here is that I, as the all-knowing reader, knew who the murderer was, and how he was doing things, but the characters who were investigating - Evie and her uncle - did not. It didn't get frustrating, but I felt like I was waiting ages for them to figure things out or pick up on clues.
I'm looking forward to the next book in this series because a) I love books about people with powers and THE DIVINERS ARE COMING, PEOPLE, and b) I want to see if Sam and Evie continue to amuse me, or if I continue to yo-yo with the shipping. But mostly, I just want more of the Roaring Twenties, and I want it now.
Also, Tatum pretty much thought that this book was flawless, which is why she gave it to me. You should go and check out her raving review of The Diviners!