Title: The Diviners (Click title for Synopsis)
Source/Format: Purchased, Hardback
Age Range: YA
Publisher/Publication Date: Little, Brown Books for young readers, September 18, 2012
In the words of Evie O’Neill, The Diviners is “pos-i-tut-ly” marvelous! Not only is the cover art gorgeous, but the story within is just…awe-inspiring. Libba Bray did an outstanding job weaving key elements that made 1926 part of the Flapper Era into the story. The Diviners really wowed me. Sure it was long, but it was written well and there was always something going on, which held my interest.
Evie really has a mind of her own, something that’s finally gotten her in trouble, and shipped off to New York City. The thing that her parents didn’t realize is that she couldn’t be happier to go. Evie did jump headlong into trouble sometimes, but that trait fit with her personality. The other character that got my attention the most was Jericho, and his story. Jericho’s history is kind of sad, and you don’t find out until later on why he was with Evie’s uncle. The other characters each had their own story, and they came from different backgrounds. I like that The Diviners wasn’t a cookie-cutter book filled with a stale set of YA characters.
The mystery surrounding the first girls death was diabolical and yet brilliant. Bray came up with something that was chilling, but hey, it wouldn’t be an occult book without an otherworldly mystery. I can’t wait to see what Evie gets into next.
I absolutely loved it. I recommend it for everyone.