Thursday, March 28, 2013

The Diviners [Bray]

Book: The Diviners [Diviners book# 1]
Author: Libba Bray

Review: It's the 1920s. Evie O'Neill caused some trouble in her small Ohio town and is shipped off the New York City to live with her eccentric uncle. He is the curator for the 'Museum of American Folklore', also known as the Museum of the creepy crawlies. Like any other 17-year old, Evie is thrilled to be moving to the big city. When a string of gruesome murders happen with an occult theme, Evie's uncle is asked to help out. Evie tags along and helps with the investigation. But Evie has a secret that she is keeping-she has a special ability to help track the murderer. 

I really enjoyed this book. Evie is very spunky and an engaging heroine. She uses a lot of 1920's slang, especially in the first part of the book, which I enjoyed but I can see how it might be a little annoying to readers. The mystery was perfectly freaky and the book lays groundwork for a potentially fascinating trilogy.  Bray does a great job describing 1920's New York. Overall, the whole book is very descriptive (and very long). The story is told in alternating narratives and there are a lot of characters. It took awhile to remember who everyone was which was frustrating. There was a romantic plot development at the end of the book that was ridiculous (zero romantic tension between the characters throughout the book and then BAM-it happens). 

Overall, a fun read. 

Grade: 4/5

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