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The Diviners Book Review | Spoiler Free [CC]


Hello everybody to Book Review Mondays! Today, obviously, I am talking about The Diviners by Libba Bray and I did say in my October Wrap Up that I gave this a 4.5 out of 5 because as much as I love the story it did progress a little slowly for my liking. So I want to do really big shout-out to April, her YouTube channel is April Sarah, because she’s one actually told me to read this book because of how much I loved The Great and Terrible Beauty. So, thank you! So, if you don’t know what The Diviners is about yet, it’s about a girl named Evie and it’s 1926. She is a flapper girl. She loves everything about New York and in a strain of events she gets shipped to her uncle’s house in New York from her hometown of Zenith, Ohio. Basically Evie has powers to where she can read minds, take scenarios and glimpses of people’s pasts just by touching their valuable objects. In a party where she has been drinking, she tells the partygoers a secret that she should not have told – kind of slander – because there’s no proof and she is basically fleeing Zenith in order to get away from the guy who’s pressing charges. Anyway, so she goes to New York and she lives with her uncle and she gets to experience his work. He’s a professor but he also manages the Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult where the general population of New York calls it the Museum of the Creepy Crawlies because there’s basically a lot of talismans and cursed objects there. It is really cool and interesting, umm, it does primarily take place in Evie’s point of view because that is kind of her story arc as she is solving this string of murders that are happening in New York City with her uncle but it also has many other point of views. There is Memphis who runs numbers for the gambling ring if New York. There’s also Evie’s friends Mabel and Theta. and then there’s also Evie’s, uncle’s understudy Jericho So there’s a lot of characters. They have various backgrounds. They’re very interesting. Some of them also have powers and I also couldn’t help but see a lot of parallels with the Gemma Doyle trilogy. Particularly that the event causes the main character to uproot from her original home to another location. They both have powers. It’s very supernatural and there’s also a lot of diverse characters and then the period pieces are very, very accurate. It really talks about the social constructs in these time periods and like what was okay was taboo and so that was really interesting and it really transports you into these time eras and Libba Bray also writes a killer villain! Naughty Johnny is very, very creepy! In this book he definitely makes you – like – hold onto the covers tight if you are all bundled up which I usually was reading this story and it really makes you think about – like – the occult and different types of religions. So this book really hits off with all of those themes and it is so, so fascinating! It was a little predictable in some points especially towards the end. Some things that did erk me a little bit with the ending. Not exactly the predictability parts, but the two people that were kind of picked as Evie’s as love interest. I’m not going to go into details for those of you who have not read the story. I’m just going to say that the two people picked for her love interest I was not a huge fan and the person that she ends up picking towards the end was a huge like slap in the face for me. I was – as much as I was kind of expecting it – I just didn’t want it to happen and because it happened I was just…just shaking my head at it. I’m sure there’s gonna be a lot of things with this relationship in the next book because this book didn’t do a lot of relationship stuff it was more in the background because of the murder and solving this crime was really the pivotal plot in the story. and so all relationships kinda took a back burner which was kind of nice I didn’t really want this huge, heavy romance-esque type book so that was nice. That ending was still really killer! I absolutely loved it! I really can’t wait to see what kind of villain will creep up in the sequel as well and I really can’t wait to get my hands on the sequel, called the Lair of Dreams. I know there’s gonna be a third book. I just know it hasn’t been even released or announced yet exactly what the title is or anything like that and I think the publication date is sometime next year so I definitely have time to read the sequel and I feel like this series can easily take it in the top ranks as a favorite series of mine. I’m definitely loving Libba Bray’s writing style and I highly, highly recommend you pick up this book if you haven’t already and I think that is all I’m going to say about this book. If you have read this book tell me what you think about it in the comments down below. Thank you guys so much for watching and I will see you guys next time! Goodbye!

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