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Most Helpful Favorable Review

8 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

There is about one thing I can say about this book to summarizes

There is about one thing I can say about this book to summarizes it: it blew my mind away. Seriously, if you have not yet read it - skip looking at reviews and just read it. I doubt you'll regret it, because this book is just pos-i-tute-ly amazing, as Evie would say, an...
There is about one thing I can say about this book to summarizes it: it blew my mind away. Seriously, if you have not yet read it - skip looking at reviews and just read it. I doubt you'll regret it, because this book is just pos-i-tute-ly amazing, as Evie would say, and despite having some minor issues with it, I couldn't bring myself to lower the rating by even 0.00000001%. Because it was just simply that good.
The story of The Diviners is told from multiply points of view, including the victims', the murderer's and of course our heroes (mainly Evie), thus allowing us insights into numerous heroes and waving the world of not one, but about ten different characters. You think that'll get confusing, don't you? You'll be wrong. Mrs. Bray is a master of writing and moves from one character to another flawlessly and seamlessly without a glitch.
The pace of the story is slow - but not dull. Every part is interesting, but all your heroes don't meet at once and it takes time to get to the answers. I loved every bit of it.
As for the story itself, it has everything in it, and I kid you not; from fantasy to sci-fi, to horror and historical - this book has it all.
This book also deals with a wide range of issues; rape and abuse, heinous murder, being gay, thievery, bigotry and of course, the oldest issue in the book - being different. And it does it all flawlessly and seemingly without any effort.
Another thing amazing about this book is that it's not predictable, at all. You'll just have so many OMG! moments while reading this book, and you'll never know which direction it will go into next!
I also immensely enjoyed the romance in the book, for a few reasons: First, it doesn't take stage center. This book doesn't revolve around the romantic relationships of the characters, but take a more subtle approach to the subject, not overshadowing the plot.
Second, I had so much room to speculate on my own! as this book both deals with a wide range of characters and doesn't spotlight the romance, you could actually play with it quite a bit, wondering who'll be with whom and how!
Third, the characters had great chemistry and despite hookups being fast, they were still sweet.
The thing I loved the MOST about the entire story, though, was the writing: Bray's writing is just so phenomenal, beautiful and stunning. She can creep you out like no one else can, and in the next page make you gasp with the beauty of one of her descriptions. She makes you feel and understand her characters, their world, the scenery. Bray really puts us in the time period the story is set in, rather than just telling us we're there, by using phrases from the time, references to events and detailed description of our surroundings.
And, wait for it, NO cliffhanger! But wait--you'll still desperately want the next book when you finish this one. I know, I know - what's up with that?
I feel compelled to tell you guys about one thing that DID bother me: the sudden change between not believing in ghosts and killers-returned-from-the-dead to DO believing. It happened so abruptly, like someone just snapped their fingers and--viola! they believe.

But never mind that - Go read this! :D

posted by Katia-Drugs_Called_Books on November 27, 2012

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13 out of 32 people found this review helpful.

Historical fiction and I are known to be best friends. Fantasy a

Historical fiction and I are known to be best friends. Fantasy and I are really close friends. But why didn’t I get along with The Diviners by Libba Bray? I wasn’t even able to play nice and to at least be on friendly terms with it. The Diviners and I are not only NOT c...
Historical fiction and I are known to be best friends. Fantasy and I are really close friends. But why didn’t I get along with The Diviners by Libba Bray? I wasn’t even able to play nice and to at least be on friendly terms with it. The Diviners and I are not only NOT close, but we have become mortal enemies as my journey with it continued. At one point I thought we might be able to mend the failed friendship, to maybe even have a frenemies relationship, but unfortunately, I couldn’t, or maybe I wouldn’t; I’ll never know who is at fault. However I am sure when I say that The Diviners was an experience I never want to repeat again.
The Diviners is 608 pages. I’ve read long books that I wished were even LONGER (think Harry Potter, The Host, and Divergent). I’ve also read books that are short that I wished were shorter, but they were a fairly quick and harmless failed attempt at getting to know a book during a coffee date so in the end I left feeling slightly disappointed, but moved on quickly. However what I had with The Diviners? It was a three-day supposed vacation where I got stuck with the new acquaintance that not only messed up my vacation but also my judgment towards who ever was able to get along with it. I was restless, whiny, and a pain in the butt to everyone who was around me while reading this book. I could not stop complaining about how boring, how long, how over the top descriptive it is and how there was over 10 POVs in this book. I almost quit several times but told myself I had to at least finish 50% of it, then on 49% of the book, I catch a glimpse of maybe something more. Maybe the book and I started off on the wrong foot and we just needed some warming up. So I read a little more, another 100 pages of disappointed, then that darn glimpse of something more. This was how the book was for me until the end.
The ending of The Diviners, oh how clichéd it was. With a book that centered so much about naughty john and the murders and sacrifices and powers, to end it with a kiss between the girl and the love interest that popped up only in the last 50 pages? No, I.. no. No. I am so disappointed in The Diviners. The story behind this book could have been creepy, scary, and just so entertaining. But none of that happened. The main protagonist was so frivolous, so childish, and just so selfish I just couldn’t like her. Some of the POVs include Thea, Sam, Memphis, Mable, Will, Gabe, and others. This doesn’t include the characters that do appear but don’t have a chapter for their POV. In all honesty, I was drowning in this book and what kept me going was the hope of finally reaching the surface and ending the struggle I was in for the past six days.

posted by majibookshelf on November 7, 2012

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