Tuesday, November 26, 2019

The Diviners (The Diviners, #1) by Libba Bray

Synopsis (via Goodreads): Something dark and evil has awakened...

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...


Libba Bray's Gemma Doyle series is one of my all-time favorites (and one I've been wanting to re-read)! I fell in love with Bray's writing and the various characters she created. Her worlds are full of magic, but it's subtle and sucks you in before you realize what's happening. I was lucky and met Bray at an event that was giving away ARCs of The Diviners, but put off reading it when I disliked Beauty Queens. I was afraid this new series would be a disappointment, and I wasn't ready for that. 

Fast forward several years, and here we are! People are raving about this series and how delightfully eerie it is. When my library purchased the audiobooks, I knew I couldn't put it off any longer. Resistance was futile at this point, especially when the narrator blew me away with her voice and skills. The setting (20's) and characters were phenomenal and wonderfully written, and I had a blast experiencing this story through multiple perspectives. No two people were alike, and I was invested in all of their lives. 

The Diviners also made my skin crawl. Naughty John is a terror, and his presence always made my heart beat just a little bit faster. I frequently had to remind myself that everything was fictional, and that ghostly reincarnations of serial killers weren't lurking around corners. My traitorous brain would start replaying Naughty John's song, and ugh. It brought back all of the horrible crimes he committed. That is truly remarkable writing, and Bray evoked very visceral reactions from me.

I'm currently on hold for the second book in this series, and I'll keep my fingers crossed it's as fantastically creepy as the first. Additionally, I think we should bring back some of the lingo used in the 20's. Telling someone you're on the trolley, or that something is copesetic. And how! The bee's knee's. Father time. Fella and sheba. I'm Jake! (These are just a few of my favorites!)


  1. AH! I need to hurry up and get to this one!! Awesome review!

    1. I am seriously kicking myself for waiting so long! :)

  2. This series is one of my favorites and the audiobook production was brilliant. I'm dying for the finale.

    1. The audio was fantastic! One of the best I've listened to. <3

  3. The audiobook for this is amazing! It was chilling and creepy. I'm so glad that you loved it. I haven't continued on yet because I'm waiting for my library to get the rest of the series on audio, but The Diviners was a brilliant story.

    1. Yes and yes! The narrator was fantastic! Her voice really amplified the spooky vibes of the story, and made everything feel more realistic. It was like I was there with the characters, living in the 20's, and solving a murder that made the hairs on my arms stand up. Funny story... my library had the audio for the third book but not the second, so I had to request it. When it showed up on Libby, there were already TWELVE other people waiting to read it. :)


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