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, Ziegfeld 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.
Author: Libba Bray
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Published: September 18th 2012
The Diviners #1
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Rape, Abusive, Mentions of Drug Use, Suicide, Death, Murder
THIS. TOOK. THREE DAYS TO FINISH. And honestly it was worth it.
Keeping it short: We follow Evie, a newcomer in New York City, finds herself trying ton solve a serial murder case with her uncle and making the most of the bright lights and hooch.
“The wind has existed forever. It has seen much in this country of dreams and soap ads, old horrors and bloodshed. It has played mute witness to its burning witches, and has walked along a Trail of Tears; it has seen the slave ships release their human cargo, blinking and afraid, into the ports, their only possession a grief they can never lose.”
We’re in the 20’s, so speakeasies and the Prohibition and flappers were a thing. Yet, we don’t ignore the racism and how immigrants made this country. How mistreated those who are “different” are. It’s a huge part of the story, one that has a lot to do with everything that’s taking place.
The pacing is a bit slow, but we are focusing on a large cast of characters and the information is being unveiled at a snails pace. But the story is so atmospheric. There’s a feeling of dread as this killer is roaming around, killing people.
“Perhaps Mabel was right, and she was selfish. But what was the point of living so quietly you made no noise at all? “Oh, Evie, you’re too much,” people said, and it wasn’t complimentary. Yes, she was too much. She felt like too much inside all the time. So why wasn’t she ever enough?”
These. characters. Right off the bat, Evie is so damn charming, yet complex. Her downward spiral, her alcoholism, her feeling like not enough— that quote broke my heart. She broke my heart. Sam was another one who I was not expecting to love as much as I did. Yes, I assumed his character before I met him, but I think that was the plan. You see this guy who is charming and a thief and you automatically see him as the comic relief, which he is, but there’s so much more to him. Delving into his mind in the following books is something I’m looking forward to. And I totally ship them. Jericho who???
Memphis, with his devotion to his family, Theta and her determination to succeed, Henry (I love him a lot ❤ let him find a nice man who loves him please) also need to be protected. Look, everyone is heartbreaking and charming and THEY NEED TO BE PROTECTED OKAY? However, Memphis and Theta’s relationship felt very instalove-ish and they both kind of disappeared for a while in the end climax, so that made me feel a way. Hopefully book two expands on them and their development
However, every other character just didn’t connect with me. Jericho wasn’t anything special, he was just there. Mabel was the only one that truly kind of irritated me. She didn’t do anything. Her purpose in this book was to pine for Jericho and this weird love triangle is going to hurt someone; this drama is unnecessary for the bigger issue in this book.
It took a while for all of the characters and their storylines to mesh together, so now that their all together, I can’t wait for them to be around each other and this found family to be amazing T_T.
The villain confused me for a bit as I didn’t understand his motivation (again, slow pacing and such) but I won’t lie and say he wasn’t creepy. I felt the helplessness and I mean… HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH A SPIRIT?!?!
Just a weird, petty thought.
If you think about it, none of this wouldn’t have happened if Evie just put the ouija board DOWN. LEAVE THESE SPIRITS ALONE.
The ending sped up in the action department while opening a slew of questions for me and dread. I feel like relationship’s are going to be ruined and secrets are going to be huge and I don’t think my heart can take it.