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The Diviners

Bray, Libba (Paperback - 2013 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Diviners

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Seventeen-year-old Evie O'Neill is thrilled when she is exiled from small-town Ohio to New York City in 1926, even when a rash of occult-based murders thrusts Evie and her uncle, curator of The Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult, into the thick of the investigation.
Authors: Bray, Libba
Statement of Responsibility: Libba Bray
Title: The diviners
Edition: First paperback edition
Characteristics: 578 pages, 22 unnumbered pages ; 21 cm.
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Notes: First published in hardcover: [New York] : Little, Brown and Company, 2012
Includes a preview of book 2 in The diviners series: Lair of dreams
Summary: Seventeen-year-old Evie O'Neill is thrilled when she is exiled from small-town Ohio to New York City in 1926, even when a rash of occult-based murders thrusts Evie and her uncle, curator of The Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult, into the thick of the investigation.
Subject Headings: Psychic ability Fiction Paranormal fiction Uncles Fiction Murder Fiction New York (N.Y.) History 1898-1951 Fiction Historical fiction
Genre/Form: Mystery fiction
Young adult fiction
Topical Term: Psychic ability
Paranormal fiction
Historical fiction
ISBN: 0316126101
Branch Call Number: FIC B
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Dec 02, 2013
  • JCLChrisK rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

An amazingly addictive story, considering its breadth and depth. I wanted to be annoyed when I realized at the end of the book that easily half the characters and plot elements were introduced simply to lay the foundation for the bigger series that will follow, but I enjoyed this episode too much to complain. A storm is coming, and in some ways this was merely a 600 page prelude to what will follow. But what a prelude. Vibrant, energetic history of the party culture of the Roaring Twenties in New York City woven into a creepy-crawly mystery of ritualistic murder and the supernatural, experienced through the perspectives of an appealing cast of complex characters. I'm ready for more.
And January LaVoy does an amazing job with the audiobook reading.

Oct 16, 2013
  • artemishi rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The Diviners is awesome.
How can it not be? It's written by one of my favorite (versatile, funny, etc) authors, the fabulous Libba Bray.

The book is an action/adventure, with some mystery, some very creeptastic elements, and a lot of supernatural. Plus, 1920's slang, history, culture, and attitudes, which was both enchanting and frightening.

Evie has an attitude I applaud, but like every single character in this book, she's very grey. Even the bad guy(s) aren't purely evil- every character believes THEY are doing the right thing. Just like real life.

This is the first in a series, and the sole frustration I had with it was that the ending stretched on 3 chapters too many. The result was that the threat of impending doom on the world was softened, which seemed out of step with the rest of the book.

But I really enjoy most of the characters in this one, and am eagerly awaiting the sequel. Most of this book kept me on my toes (and laughing at the wit), and I'm very appreciative of the mounds of research that was put into it.

I recommend it for fans of supernatural historic fiction YA mysteries, or any of those individual pieces. Plus, folks who like ensemble stories, like The X-Men.

Aug 06, 2013
  • JewelMcLatchy rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Spooky, creepy and utterly fantastic opening to a new series. Promises to be interesting and entertaining, with serious mysteries to unravel, but with just the right touch of lighthearted fun and banter between characters.

Jun 22, 2013
  • Yahong_Chi rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

This was not my type of book. The first thing to note is the multitude of characters, and while Libba Bray carries them off successfully (in other words, it's not overwhelming), none of them truly caused me to care about or like them. Admittedly, Evie, as the protagonist, does have a more detailed character, but it feels as though we're supposed to like the other characters based on their sad sob stories of the past alone, and not based on their actual personalities. Religion is the driving force behind the antagonist, and it works: Naughty John's and his father's fanaticism is portrayed clearly with the omniscient POV scenes. However, this results in a complete loss of mystery; we're no longer held in suspense over who the murderer is. So the reader ends up simply waiting for the next few murders to be discovered and for a solution to be found. Tension still exists in some action scenes, though (particularly one where Evie, Sam Lloyd and Jericho investigate a church by pretending to be a cuckolded husband and wife and cousin). The best aspects of the book are the setting -- Bray incorporates Roaring Twenties' slang and describes the street scene with skill -- and the romance(s), which are all a little wobbly on their feet and therefore extremely authentic. But the final pages are frustrating: the conclusion seems too quick and neat, and yet a dozen more pages afterward are used to foreshadow future books' conflicts heavy-handedly. ("The storm is coming", intone two crazy cat ladies.) Finally, the reader knows that the Diviners are this group of people with special powers, but none of the characters realize this fact. Thus, what's the point of the title?

May 20, 2013
  • ACatNamedTofu rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The atmosphere in this is amazing and I cannot get enough. I'm dying to read it again.

Apr 30, 2013
  • JCLJennyM rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Engaging young adult novel (reads like adult) that mixes hilarity and horror perfectly. Libba Bray is my favorite author, and she does it again with this masterpiece! I cannot wait for the next in the series!

Apr 11, 2013
  • damation rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Museum or the occult, youth with special powers and evil coming to life. Sounds cheesy but I found it an interesting read and the ending certainly leaves room for the next book.

Jan 31, 2013
  • 0Charlie rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Libba Bray has a good feel for the time period and has created several interesting characters. I found that it took a very long time to finally get into the "story" (over 200 pages). Also, given the length of the book (578 pages), I was disappointed that the overall story did not resolve and I was left feeling that this is only the start of a series. I probably won't go looking for the rest.

Jan 18, 2013
  • magykal16 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I usually do not like historical fiction but this book was absolutely amazing. I am so excited for the next book and am expecting dreat things from Libba Bray!!!!

Jan 09, 2013
  • AliReads rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

REALLY enjoyed this book! I can't believe I've started another series where I have to WAIT for the next one to be published.Loved all the characters, even when they were being selfish (I enjoy flaws so much) and I really hope we get more from them all (especially Mabel) in the second book. I liked that it was not always easy to predict, and I really really liked the 1920s flavour. Will definitely read this again.

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Dec 04, 2013
  • JCLChrisK rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“How do you invent a religion?” Evie asked.

Will looked over the top of his spectacles. “You say, ‘God told me the following,’ and then wait for people to sign up.”

Dec 04, 2013
  • JCLChrisK rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“There is no greater power on this earth than story.” Will paced the length of the room. “People think boundaries and borders build nations. Nonsense—words do. Beliefs, declarations, constitutions—words. Stories. Myths. Lies. Promises. History.” Will grabbed the sheaf of newspaper clippings he kept in a stack on his desk. “This, and these”—he gestured to the library’s teeming shelves—“they’re a testament to the country’s rich supernatural history.”

Dec 04, 2013
  • JCLChrisK rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

There is nothing more terrifying than the absoluteness of one who believes he's right.

Dec 04, 2013
  • JCLChrisK rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

People will believe anything if it means they can go on with their lives and not have to think too hard about it.

Dec 04, 2013
  • JCLChrisK rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

People always fear what they don't understand, Evangeline. History proves that.

Dec 04, 2013
  • JCLChrisK rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Often, the monsters we create in our imagination are not nearly as frightening as the monstrous acts perpetrated by ordinary human beings in the aim of one cause or another.

Apr 30, 2013
  • JCLJennyM rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“There is a hideous invention called the Dewey Decimal System. And you have to look up your topic in books and newspapers. Pages upon pages upon pages…”
Uncle Will frowned. “Didn’t they teach you how to go about research in that school of yours?”
“No. But I can recite ‘The Battle Hymn of the Republic’ while making martinis.”
“I weep for the future.”
“There’s where the martinis come in.”


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Aug 08, 2013
  • JCLJennyM rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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