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.
Name: The Diviners
Author Libba Bray
Ages: 13 and up
Gender: Typically Girls but boys could also enjoy it
Set is the beautiful city of New York in the roaring time of the 1920’s this book was already off to a good start! With a strong female lead and a nice spin on the world of fantasy this book has quickly jumped to the top of my favorite book list already this year!
The main character Evie captured my attention right away because in stead of being just the girl next store with something to hide (like MANY other fantasy books being written today) Evie was the life of the party with a strong sense of confidence and a stubborn drive that always got her into trouble. But her loyalty towards her best friend and her uncle kept her from being too superficial and irritating. Plus the fantasy was intertwined into the story in such a way that it wasn’t overly fake! At some points even I forgot the story couldn’t possible be real due to the down to earth writing style of the fabulous Libba Bray.
While reading this book I found myself drawn in not only while reading but also when the book was nowhere to be seen! I found myself thinking about it halfway through my math class or hours after I should have been asleep, and I know I must say this every time but I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who asks!
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