Saturday, December 1, 2012

Review: The Diviners by Libba Bray

  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 9/18/2012
  • Pages: 592
  • Source: Copy provided by the publisher for review
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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-toot-ly thrilled. New York is the city of speakeasies, shopping, and movie palaces! Soon enough, Evie is running with glamorous Ziegfield girls and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is Evie has to live with her Uncle Will, curator of The Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult--also known as "The Museum of the Creepy Crawlies."
When a rash of occult-based murders comes to light, Evie and her uncle are right in the thick of the investigation. And through it all, Evie has a secret: a mysterious power that could help catch the killer--if he doesn't catch her first.
 My Thoughts

When I first heard of this book I wanted to read it. I love the time period, I love the setting, and then add in mysterious powers, and a murder mystery... Heck yeah!! I was so excited when this showed up in the mail, but also totally intimidated by the size of it. I mean this baby is like a major workout session to read! Pushing that aside, it was absolutely amazing! To be honest, at the end of this book I still wasn't ready for it to end. I wanted more!! This book had me totally intrigued from the beginning and I became so invested in all of the characters and the story! It was chilling, and creepy, but so fantastic. The whole atmosphere of it made me feel like a was experiencing it. It is such a fascinating time period to me and adding in the paranormal elements was a total win!!

Evie is the main character though it follows a few of the different characters through the book. She is a smart ass, spunky, and really fun. At the same time she is also very self-centered, a bit brash, and can get on your nerves at times. I loved all of that about her. Even not being the most likable type of character, I really enjoyed her a lot. She did have a lot of growth throughout the book, but she never does lose that part of her that is a bit full of herself. She really just wants to make something of herself and she lets it cloud her judgement sometimes.

There are little bits of romance here and there, but it doesn't ever take over the story and I was so glad for that. More than the romance and stuff though, was getting to know so many of the characters so well. Every character in the book was important, and we get to learn about them all. We know about Memphis and his family history. Theta is one of my favorites and it breaks my heart what we learn about her past. Jericho took a while to grow on me, but in the end I really loved him and understood why he acted the way he did. Will is still quite a mystery to me, but that makes me even more excited for more of this story!

This book was creepy!! It was just the whole vibe of it all. Even when nothing that seems really scary is happening, you just have that feeling. I kept getting those shivers up my spine. I thought the greatest thing about this was that we have a whole bunch of different perspectives that we are reading that eventually all come together. As the mystery is pieced together, the characters lives start to intertwine. This was such a fantastically written book. I highly recommend this to anyone who loves ghost stories, special abilities, or this time period. I was expecting this would be a good book, but what I got was amazing!!



*Sidenote - I listened to the audiobook of this along with reading the actual book too. This has to be one of the best audiobooks I have listened to. The reader really put a voice to each individual character. I never had to try to guess who was who. Along with that, she really captured the creepiness of it. She was able to add the things that you might leave out in your own head while reading. She also was amazing at bringing out the emotions of the characters. She really brought this book to life which made it even more fantastic. If you are looking for an amazing audiobook, I highly suggest this one!


29 comments:

  1. Most people are loving this book, but THAT SIZE. It is so intimidating. Every time I go to the store I take one look at it and go with a different book. But after this review I really think I need to pick up a copy. Great review!

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    1. The size is intimidating, but it was really fantastic. It's amazing when a book is that big, but still leaves me wanting more when it's done.

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  2. I loved this one so much! I'm so happy you did too. :)

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    1. I was so excited to read it so I am glad that I loved it. I try not to have expectations going into a book, but I couldn't help it with this one. I'm glad that it was everything I thought it would be.

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  3. We chose this book for my YA for Adults book club for December/January and I'm really excited to read it!

    Kate @ Ex Libris

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    1. Oh I hope that you enjoy it. It's excellent.

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  4. I haven't read this one yet because of the size, but I so want to! Every review I read makes me want to read it a little bit more. Maybe I'll have to try out the audiobook because it sounds like it's a good one!

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    1. The audiobook is the way to go if you like audiobook. Heck, if you don't like audiobooks this is still an awesome one!! Lol!

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  5. What kept me from reading this book is the size, but since you brought it to my attention that there is an audio of it, I may just have to listen to it instead. I'm glad that you put a comment of the audio for this, because so many times I listen to a book and it sucks and you get totally lost at who is who, and sometimes the actual voice of the narrator can be so annoying. Glad you enjoyed it!

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    1. I loved the reader on this audiobook!! She made each character their own. I have listened to quite a few where the reader annoyed me, but this one was awesome!! She made the book even more creepy than it would have been just reading it to myself too I think.

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  6. I agree -- this narrator was the best! Eighteen hours never went by so fast. Loved this one!
    Like you, I did a combo of audio and reading and I'm glad I did.

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    1. It took me over a month to listen to it actually, but not because I wasn't enjoying it, I just couldn't find time to listen to it a lot. I loved it though!!

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  7. This sounds really great. I've been reading and listening to audio books at the same time too. LOL It's kinda fun. :)

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    1. It is really fun. I love audiobooks, but I still love just reading too.

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  8. Thrilled that you ended up loving this one Amy -I also have wanted to read it since I first heard about it so I was really curious to reading your thoughts once you'd finished1 Thanks for the great & honest review - I'm excited to get my hands on this one and I may just do the audio book :D

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    1. The audiobook really lets you get a feel of the emotions and atmosphere. The reader was excellent.

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  9. This book sounds awesome! I love the cover and your review made me want to go out and get it today. Maybe it will wind up under my tree. :)
    ~Jess

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  10. Hahaha yeah, this one is so freaking big. I'm not a fan of the historical element so it's not one that I would read. But the reviews I have read for it have pretty much all been glowing. Naughty John sounds so creepy!!

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    1. Dude, on the audio, the voice she uses for Naughty John seriously gave me chills!!!

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  11. Ooh I'm so glad that you liked the main character! Even though she has some negative points she still sounds like a really strong and compelling protagonist! :D Also, I'm glad the audiobook was so fun to listen to!

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  12. Your initial reaction is the same I had before reading GRAVE MERCY. I mean, the size. Lordy! But I *loved* every word in that book, and I really need to hunker down and read THE DIVINERS. Thanks for the review!

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  13. Glad you were able to finally finish this tome. Haha! I'm struggling with deciding to read this one or not. I love Libba Bray and your review definitely shows your enthusiasm, but I'm not big into historical fictions. The size also makes me weary. Maybe at some point I'll give the audiobook a go.

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  14. I really want to read this but why does it have to be 600 pages!

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  15. Really? Best audio books? Off to spend an audible credit.

    Valerie

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    1. OMG this is so worth listening to on audiobook!! I actually think I need to but this audiobook even though I have the Hardcover copy!

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  16. I really tried to like this. I did. But I am not a fan if the 1920s, at all. I'm really happy you loved it Amy! Great review.

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    1. It's too bad that it wasn't for you. I love the time period so I was very into it!

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  17. It's funny because the size of the book is intimidating, but once you start reading, it goes by so FAST!

    I'm glad that you loved this, Amy. This is definitely probably in my top 15 books this year. I really enjoyed it and I totally agree about the creep factor. I can't wait until the next one. Wonderful review.

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  18. I love the 20s and have wanted to read this book just for that. I'm glad to hear the audio book was well done because I am in need of a new listen and with this being so long that might be a great choice for me.

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