The Diviners by Libba Bray

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Overall, however, I think that The Diviners is a moderately well-written, kind of "filler" read (in that I would only read it when I had nothing else to), with in-depth research and a plot which I do have to give the author credit for.
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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.
 

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Libba Bray is the author of the New York Times bestselling Gemma Doyle trilogy, comprised of A Great and Terrible Beauty, Rebel Angels, and The Sweet Far Thing. She is also the author of Beauty Queens and Going Bovine, which won the Michael L. Printz Award. Libba lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband, son, and two cats. Visit her at libbabray.com.
 
Published September 18, 2012 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. 603 pages
Genres: Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, History, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Guardian

Above average
Reviewed by ellathebookworm on Sep 12 2014

Overall, however, I think that The Diviners is a moderately well-written, kind of "filler" read (in that I would only read it when I had nothing else to), with in-depth research and a plot which I do have to give the author credit for.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by SilverRoo on Dec 17 2012

As Evie's life changes, other secrets unravel in the city of new beginnings. I love this book because of its ability to hook you in with a few words. It's thrilling, terrifying and won't let you escape its pages.

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Guardian

Excellent
Reviewed by TheBookAddictedGirl on Sep 08 2012

With one kick-ass setting, a cast of brilliant characters, a host of amazing supernatural powers and one creepy-as-hell killer on the loose, The Diviners was one incredible book.

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NY Journal of Books

Good
Reviewed by Connie Goldsmith on Sep 18 2012

The sparkling setting and the darkly sinister atmosphere combine to make a veritable chiaroscuro best savored in long sittings under a good reading light.

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Lectus cn 8 Aug 2013

At page 96, I don't think I want to continue reading 600 pages of jargon from the 1920's.

I'm starting to suspect that Libba Bray wrote so much just to show off her knowledge of the era. I've rea...

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