I started my blogging journey on Libba Bray’s The Diviners on Sunday December 14th. As of right now, I can finally say I finished the book/audio experience and I have to say, although this book is so beautifully written, I actually prefer the audiobook version, read by January LaVoy. Her voice is so dynamic–accents and the taking-on of both male and female voices enhanced the story rather than taking away from it (like those kinds of things so often do).
This book also has an awesome website with photos of the characters and news on possible sequel(s) and the forthcoming movie.
it’s the 1920’s and 17-year-old Evie O’Neill is known in her small Ohio town for starting trouble. She’s perfectly okay with that, thankyouverymuch. After all, “well-behaved young ladies rarely make history.” One night, however, she takes it too far. She uses her gift, called “divining,” to read an item belonging to a young man in her circle of friends. When she tells the people at the party that the golden boy she’s “reading” knocked up a chamber-maid, her parents send her to New York City to stay with her Uncle Will for fear that she’ll be charged with slander.
This is the moment Evie has been waiting for. Once on the train, Evie meets Sam Lloyd and her big New York adventure begins. Although this series is primarily about Evie, there is a beautiful cast of characters that have their own abilities and well-drawn backstories. Miracle Memphis Campbell, the Harlem Healer, is another Diviner featured in the story. He and Evie’s new friend Theta Knight turn heads as one of the first biracial couples in NYC’s club scene. And then there’s Maybel, Evie’s longtime friend and pen pal who is in love with Jericho (Uncle Will’s mysterious assistant).
Everyone in this cast of characters is put to the test when New York City is struck by The Pentacle Killer (Naughty John Hobbes). The city knows him as a ruthless, methodical killer, and no one is safe. Uncle Will, Evie, Jericho & Sam, along with Theta, Maybel and Memphis are all in grave danger as Naughty John stalks his next victim.
I fell in love with these characters and I’m truly sad to have to stop hearing their story. Apparently The Diviners is being picked up by Paramount and is in the developing stages of becoming a movie (EXCITING!). As I said before, I listened to this book on audio, and I really loved the experience. I ended up buying a hard copy (I loved the book that much), but I was still sitting in front of my laptop for hours on end listening to this beautiful story.
Paranormal, Romance, Historical Fiction, New York City, 1920s
fast-paced, breakneck, thrilling, suspenseful, well-drawn characters, beautiful language, open-ended, multiple plot lines,
“‘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.'”
“I’m not interested in being polite. It’s false.”