The Diviners, Libba Bray

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  1. bachbooks Says:

    Summary:
    Imagine the movie Seven combined with the TV show Heroes and the Harry Potter books, set it all in the roaring 20s, and you get The Diviners. (Perhaps a PG-13 adaptation of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo meets The Avengers?) Budding flapper Evie O’Neill has the ability to read the memories (and see the secrets) of a person by holding an object they possessed. This gift gets her into trouble in Ohio, so her parents send her to live with her uncle Will in New York City. In her new home, Evie reconnects with her friend Mabel, meets Will’s odd assistant Jericho, and befriends their glamorous showgirl neighbor Theta. When her uncle gets involved in helping the police track down the apocalyptic serial killer stalking the city, Evie uses her powers and attempts to crack the case.

    Evaluation:
    I enjoyed Evie’s sassy banter throughout the book and found her entertaining; Bray adroitly balances the dark supernatural plot with constant dashes of wisecracking comic relief. Her descriptions of 1920s Manhattan provide a vivid setting, and she creates a creepy house which almost serves as a character in itself. Weaving together the tales of various compelling characters, and revealing pieces of the story with shifting perspectives, Bray creates mystery and suspense which draws readers in and keeps them hooked as the story flies by. This story isn’t for the faint of heart, but it will entertain readers who enjoy mysteries, magic, and the roaring 20s. When the sequel comes out, I will certainly read it to learn more about Evie and the gathering storm.

    Rating: 4 stars

    Recommendations: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Harry Potter, I Am the Messenger

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