Title: The Diviners
Author: Libba Bray
Publisher: Little, Brown Books
Release Date: 18th September 2012
Number of Pages: 578
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Historical Fiction
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.
This is such an enjoyable read and contains one of the best metaphors I have ever had the pleasure of reading.
“Deep in the cellar of the dilapidated house, a furnace comes to life with a death rattle like the last bitter cough of a dying man laughing contemptuously at his fate.”
This novel follows Evie O’Neil who has the ability to learn about a persons past by touching an object that belongs to them. After this ability leads to trouble at home her parents send her off to live with her Uncle Will, in New York. however, this isn’t quite the punishment that her parents believe it to be and Evie can’t wait to make her debut in New York. While in New York Evie’s Uncle gets asked to help in a murder investigation, Evie realises that she can use her ability to solve the crime but is she ready to reveal her power to the people around her.
This is a multi POV story with an amazing cast of characters. I loved all of them and am so intrigued to learn more about their stories in later books. Our two main POV characters were: Evie: is a total party girl, loves being the centre of attention and can be pretty selfish at times. She is also really fun and energetic and I loved reading from her POV. Memphis: is my favourite character in this book. He lives with his Aunt and little brother Isaiah and he dreams of one day becoming a successful poet. The relationship he has with his brother is the sweetest and one we need more of in literature. Memphis is also black.
Some of the other main character in this are Jericho Will’s assistant, Mabel Evie’s long time friend who lives in the same apartment building as her Uncle, Sam a thief, Theta a chorus girl running form her past and her best friend Henry and song writer and pianist, he is also gay.
I absolutely adored the 1920s setting, The glam and glitter of the flapper era mixed so well with the dark and spooky supernatural undertone. I loved how atmospheric this novel is and it had me hooked from the start. I also liked while we learn a lot of information in this Libba manages to tell us things without info dumps.
Trigger warnings: ritualistic killings, racism, human experimentation.
Overall, I loved this book and it was the perfect book to read in October. I gave this 4 out of 5 stars.