Fiction · History · Julia P · Mystery · Page-Turner · Religion · Young Adult

The Diviners | by Libba Bray

The DivinersThe Diviners by Libba Bray
(Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2012, 592 pages)

I had wanted to read this book for a while and while I certainly enjoyed it, it was different from what I expected. The year is 1926 and Evie has come to New York to live with her Uncle Will after getting herself in a bit of trouble back home in Ohio. Evie has a “talent” that enables her to read objects and discern information about their owners… She tries to keep this secret, but sometimes she can’t help wanting to feel like the center of attention. It is shortly after she comes to New York that strange murders start taking place. They are performed by the same person and follow a certain ritual/set of guidelines. Uncle Will owns a museum that focuses on religion and the supernatural and he is called in to help look at the murders and see if he can provide the police with any insight. Evie insists on helping as well and she finds herself drawn into a dark world she wishes she could escape from.

There is a large cast of characters in this book, all of whom play a unique role. The book has an interesting mix of the historical and the magical and you can tell Bray did a considerable amount of research to make this book into a reality. That being said this book had a darker tone than I expected, but it kept me turning pages as I rushed to find out what would happen next. Now I just have to wait for the second book in the series to be published…

You can also check out Theresa’s review of The Diviners.

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