I finished the Diviners last week, and man do I have some thoughts. Back in middle/high school, I was obsessed with the A Great and Terrible Beauty books (the only other ones I’ve read by Libba Bray). I loved the historical setting, the magic, and each and every character, and the Diviners looked to include all of the same elements that I loved, so I could not wait to pick it up!
Quick Summary: It’s the 1920s and flappers and speakeasies reign supreme over the cool cats of the era. Evie O’Neill is one of those cool cats. (ok quick question to people who are into the roaring 20s vibe- is cool cats a phrase that people would use in the 20s? ) She’s too much for her small town in Ohio, so after her most recent escapade, her parents decide to “punish” her by sending her to New York City to stay with her uncle until things blow over. Once in New York City, Evie feels as though she’s where she has always supposed to have been. She’s friends with an up and coming actress, she finally gets to hang out with her best friend/pen pal, and she has two cute boys vying after her- what else could a girl want?
Well, here’s one thing she definitely does not want- a serial killer on the loose. Because Evie’s uncle is obsessed with the occult, and because all of the bodies seem to have some sort of occult symbols drawn on them, Evie’s uncle gets pulled into the investigation, and what’s a girl to do but join in on the excitement and help catch a murderer!
All in all, I thought this book was really interesting! There was a lot of information in it and there were so many characters to keep track of, and it didn’t really seem like all of them were following the same storyline, which is why I gave it 3.5/5 stars. I think there was a lot of great set up for book 2 (which I definitely bought because it was on clearance at Barnes and Noble), but there was a lot of book for this storyline. I did like the elements of the occult and the supernatural, but I feel like the concept of diviners was just thrown out there and not explained very well. I don’t understand how everyone pretty much knows what a diviner is and how everyone knows that it’s a big deal to be one…
Overall, the Diviners was an interesting book with a lot of promise. Am I probably ever going to re-read it? No, but I’m definitely going to read the other two books in the series.
Let me know what y’all thought of the Diviners if you’ve read it!