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-toot-ly thrilled. New York is the city of speakeasies, shopping, and movie palaces! Soon enough, Evie is running with glamorous Ziegfield girls and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is Evie has to live with her Uncle Will, curator of The Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult–also known as “The Museum of the Creepy Crawlies.”
When a rash of occult-based murders comes to light, Evie and her uncle are right in the thick of the investigation. And through it all, Evie has a secret: a mysterious power that could help catch the killer–if he doesn’t catch her first.
This was my first book by Libba Bray and I must say I was quite impressed by it. It took a little getting used the 1920s dialogue, but it grew on me and every character seemed to have their own speech pattern which added to the individuality of the characters.
I always love it when a story is set in New York City and it always makes it better when the author knows the City which made this book the more fun to read as I can map out where the characters are and Bray brought the City to life to a point where it became a character on its own. There’s an array of characters from all walks of life and I enjoyed reading their characters as much as I was interested in the plot.
This was such an in-depth story and unlike many Young Adult fiction, it didn’t feel rushed to get to the cliffhanger ending. Even at nearly 600 pages, the story held my attention throughout and it had a lot to do with the mysterious killer to which I was genuinely creeped out by and the old-school type thrill. I can’t decide whether or not I like Evie O’Neill, probably the only character that I have mixed feelings for. She’s a bit childish and pretentious, but she can be caring, fun and exudes the flapper vibe of the times.
I wouldn’t be surprised if this got picked up for a TV series. It’s so well written that only a series would be able to provide the detail and charisma in which Libba Bray has. The Diviners is a must read for those who enjoy well-developed characters, the vibrant age of the 1920s and a pos-i-toot-ly good ghost story.
Rating: ★★★★☆ 4.5 stars