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The Diviners

Libba Bray

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Description

Do you believe there are ghosts and demons and Diviners among us?
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-tute-ly ecstatic. It's 1926, and New York is filled with speakeasies, Ziegfield girls, and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is that she has to live with her Uncle Will and his unhealthy obsession with the occult.
Evie worries he'll discover her darkest secret: a supernatural power that has only brought her trouble so far. But when the police find a murdered girl branded with a cryptic symbol and Will is called to the scene, Evie realizes her gift could help catch a serial killer.
As Evie jumps headlong into a dance with a murderer, other stories unfold in the city that never sleeps. A young man named Memphis is caught between two worlds. A chorus girl named Theta is running from her past. A student named Jericho hides a shocking secret. And unknown to all, something dark and evil has awakened....
Printz Award-winning and New York Times bestselling author Libba Bray opens a brand-new historical series with The Diviners, where the glittering surface of the Roaring Twenties hides a mystical horror creeping across the country.

Publishers Weekly Review

Jul 30, 2012 – Evie O’Neill has a neat-o party trick: she can uncover details about people by holding any object that belongs to them. After one too many tumblers of gin, she uses this skill to out the sexual misadventures of a prominent bachelor in her Ohio hometown, earning her immediate exile to Jazz Age New York City, where her professorial uncle runs a museum devoted to the occult. Naturally, Evie considers this punishment the luckiest break possible, until she realizes she’s arrived just as a demon spirit has been inadvertently released. A spree of grisly murders ensues, eventually necessitating the use of Evie’s special skill. Evie is fighting personal demons, as well, including the ghost of her dead older brother and a penchant for alcohol that gets her into continual trouble. Bray empties a wealth of topics into her complicated narrative—labor reform, a steampunkish robotics experiment, flapper culture, religious zealotry—but her trademark humor is less apparent. The large cast—a pickpocket with a missing mother, a Ziegfeld girl with Hollywood dreams, a Harlem numbers runner who longs to be a poet—ensures there’s plenty to write about in the sequels. Ages 15–up. ■

Customer Reviews

Excellent

Not the usual drivel of this genre.

Loved it

Loved the setting, the realistic characters and all their faults. The time period was very well fleshed out. the glamour of the time is unmistakable an makes you feel ritzy just reading about it. While Mabel fulfills her role as Libba's traditional mousy quite character i feel like there is a great deal more in her future for her to brake the mold. Will's character is perfect from start to finish and is never bent to make the storyline easier for our heroin. Sam Lyod is hands down the most refreshing character i had read in a work or fiction in a great while. smart and cocky as he is funny, his character owns every second of every word. The only thing I didn't really care for was the almost Edward Cullen esq. boring quality to Jericho (the main troubled boy). I hope Libba goes the extra distance and doesn't fall into the rut that most young adult fiction has fallen into (I.e. love triangle that leads her to choosing probably the most boring character as her love interest). It gets old quick.

Misrepresented!

I came to this book expecting a young adult story with science fiction and/or fantasy elements. Instead, the subject matter of this book is inappropriate for younger readers, and the only science fiction event comes late to the story and isn't germane to the plot. Why not market it as a story about occult serial murders, since it's successful at that level?

The Diviners
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  • $2.99
  • Level: Grades 10-17
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Fantasy
  • Published: Sep 18, 2012
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Seller: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Print Length: 592 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.5 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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