Book Review: The Diviners by Libba Bray
Let’s talk about YA books that have scared the absolute &%*# out of me. …………
Okay there are none until Libba Bray destroyed my peaceful dreams with this amazing book, The Diviners. First in a 4 book series, Libba introduces Evie O’Neill, small-town girl who is bored out of her mind with small-town life and looking for excitement around every corner. Evie has her own parlor tricks though to build up that excitement as she can ‘read’ memories, personality traits, and emotions from different objects. After revealing a bit of a town scandal, Evie is sent to New York to stay with her uncle.
Is she sad about this? Absolutely not! She is pos-i-toot-ly thrilled to head to New York with the speakeasies and shopping and tons of movie theaters! Evie just knows she is destined for fame and fortune and this is the way to get there.
Her uncle is the curator of The Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult, known to locals as “The Museum of the Creepy Crawlies”, and when a string of occult type murders begin occurring in New York, Evie is drawn into the mystery along with her Uncle Will and a cast of seemingly odd characters.
There are several different plot lines that I am assuming are leading up to be fulfilled in the future books but by and large, this book really freaked me out! Libba Bray left nothing to the imagination and at the same time left everything to the imagination and mine ran so wild that I had to put the book away one night because I was actually scared. Yes. Of a book.
I was immediately drawn to this book because I am a huge fan of all early 1900s type books, such as Anna Godbersen’s Bright Young Things series and What I Saw and How I Lied by Judy Blundell. This book stepped it up a notch though because it added the mystery/horror element and made the readability appeal to guys and girls.
Also, don’t miss this super creepy book trailer. I’ll just embed that bad boy right here:
The creep factor is high and you won’t regret this read. 5 out of 5 for me and a series that I am pos-i-toot-ly dying to read the next book!
Oh yeah…and I happen to have an extra copy of this awesome book. I’ll give you until 9/6 to enter using the Rafflecopter form below!!!! Good luck!
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About Karen Jensen, MLS
Karen Jensen has been a Teen Services Librarian for almost 30 years. She created TLT in 2011 and is the co-editor of The Whole Library Handbook: Teen Services with Heather Booth (ALA Editions, 2014).
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