Books, Dark, Historical Fiction, Mystery, YA

The Diviners by Libba Bray: Book Review

Hello world. I recently read The Diviners by Libba Bray. I kept seeing this book on my tumblr dashboard and booktube. I had to know what the big fuss was about. I got my copy on thriftbooks and I had no idea it was an autographed copy! That’s legit.

Cover: It’s beautiful. I love how it’s beautifully designed to look like the sun.

Characters: At first, I thought Evie O’Neill was really annoying in the beginning. She was a party girl, but later matures a bit and realizes she has to change her ways. As I kept reading, I grew to love her character. She is feisty and flirtatious, but overall a caring and helpful person. I loved her character development and I can’t wait for the sequel. Then there’s Sam, the thief, I wanted a romance to bud between him and Evie. I felt that they had cute moments and that they were more compatible than Evie and Jericho…I have nothing against Jericho, I liked him, but I would have wanted him with someone else…My favorite characters had to be Theta and Memphis. I love them together, the forbidden love. I really hope that they have a bigger part in the next book and that we learn more about their powers. John Hobbes, the villain, was scary. I did get a bit scared when I was reading about his killings. It gave me goosebumps.

Plot: The book is set in the late 1920s before the Great Depression. It does take a while to get used to the lingo, but I love how the author described the overall setting of the story such as bootleggers and flappers. Evie moves to Manhattan after causing trouble in her hometown in Ohio. She is sent to live with her uncle Will who runs The Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult. There are weird murders happening in the city, and Evie teams up with Will and Jericho (her uncle’s assistant) in order to solve the brutal murders. I don’t want to spoil too much because it is a great book!

What I liked: The Cult of the Brethren! I liked the craziness of the radical religion. It was refreshing. I enjoyed John Hobbes and his sacrificial murders. I was on the edge of my seat when reading. I also enjoyed how each character was important even though they had short roles. I thought Evie, Memphis, and Theta were going to team up, but it’s okay that didn’t happen. The ending was a bit crazy. I had no idea that Sam was connected to Will! That second book should come out soon!

What I disliked: The love triangle…Evie was focus on trying to solve the case and using her powers, but out of nowhere she starts developing feelings for Jericho. My heart broke a little…I was really rooting for Sam. Evie’s relationship with Jericho did feel a little bit rushed. I also wanted the other characters to have a bigger role, but let’s be hopeful for the next book! Lastly, I wanted answers to the next threat. It kept building up suspense for the second book!

I had a lot of fun reading The Diviners. My final score is a 4 out of 5. 😀

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