Review: The Diviners (The Diviners #1)

Posted July 23, 2015 in 3 Star Ratings, Book Reviews / Leave a comment!

Review: The Diviners (The Diviners #1)The Diviners by Libba Bray
Series: The Diviners #1
Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Published On: September 2012
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Mystery, Historical Fiction, America 1920s
3 Stars
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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.

Initial Thoughts

I heard a lot of good things about this book and I loved Libba Brays Gemma Doyle series so I had fairly high expectations. The whole 20’s era threw me off a little because that’s not typically an era I read about but it turned out to be easier than I thought.

My New BFF

I really liked Evie, the main character. She’s a young girl in a time where girls don’t always have the same opportunities as men do. She likes to go out and party a lot but she’s actually a very independent girl. She’s brave and doesn’t really care about her actions, which could be a bad thing, but it makes her seem so much better as a character to be reading about.

My Crush

I don’t think I really have a crush in this book. Not yet anyways. I’m expecting more romance in the sequel!

Writing Style

I was really bored starting this book. I felt like there was no action or anything to get me hooked at the start. I basically had to force myself to read through it because there was just so much detail that I couldn’t stay focused. I was confused at first when the point of view first changed too. I felt like that could have been done better. I didn’t even realize that we were at a new character for a bit and I was even more confused. The plot was a little boring at times. There was a lot of setting up to do during this whole book which makes me think that the action will be in the next book. I just wish there had been something to keep me interested.

Closing Thoughts

I generally liked the book but it won’t be in my favourites any time soon. I’m a little disappointed because I know Libba Bray can do so much better than this. I feel like the characters were all pretty well done and a lot is going to happen with them but it was the plot that turned me off in this book. There was nothing keeping me interested so I ended up putting the book down a lot more than I would have liked. It got better at the end but the whole plot mostly consisted of the characters doing research and talking to people about their research. It just wasn’t much of an action book.


“But what was the point of living so quietly you made no noise at all?

3 out of 5 stars

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2 responses to “Review: The Diviners (The Diviners #1)

  1. aentee @ read at midnight

    This book has been on my radar for a while but all the lukewarm reviews are steering me from committing because it’s so big! Glad to hear that the protagonist is strong and well-developed, though!

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