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When Evie is exiled from her boring hometown to New York in 1926, she worries her uncle will discover her darkest secret: a supernatural power that has only brought her trouble so far.

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When Evie is exiled from her boring hometown to New York in 1926, she worries her uncle will discover her darkest secret: a supernatural power that has only brought her trouble so far.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780606322843
  • Publisher: Sanval, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/3/2013
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition description: THIS EDITION IS INTENDED FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY
  • Pages: 578
  • Sales rank: 1,380,188
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Libba Bray
Libba Bray
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 lives in Brooklyn with her husband, their son, and two cats. Visit her at www.libbabray.com.
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  • Posted November 7, 2012

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    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 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.

    13 out of 31 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 27, 2012

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    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, 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

    8 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 5, 2012

    Beyond Amazing!

    I loved Going Bovine. So when I heard about The Diviners, I was literally waiting by my laptop to order this book. A mixture of Paranormal and the Roaring 20's was a perfect balance. Evie would be someone I would become friends with. If you loved the Gemma Doyel Trilogy, Going Bovine, and Beauty Queens, this would be perfect for all Libba Bray fans. Buy now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2012

    Roaring '20's brought to life!

    This is my first Libba Bray book, but definitely not my last. I won't waste time and re-summarize the book, just hit on my favorite and not-so-favorite things.
    Let's start with the not-so-favorite- this is the first in a series, so there are a few characters that are interesting, but not exactly pertinent to THIS book. I really didn't mind that, but I saw a lot of complaints about that on goodreads. Also, this book is written from multiple points of view. There's quite a bit going on in it.
    Things I like- the writing is very good- the 20's is really brought to life and I could picture it all clearly in my head. There is a lot of 20's slang, but instead of finding it irritating like some, I found it pretty entertaining. I also liked the paranormal/occult/mystery mix.
    All in all, it's a good read, and I'm excited for the next one.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2013

    LOVED IT

    I was so inspired by the main character... the book was phenomonal.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 19, 2012

    I really enjoyed this book! I was a fan of Libba Bray's Gemma Do

    I really enjoyed this book! I was a fan of Libba Bray's Gemma Doyle series, and kind of lost track of the author until the cover of this book caught my eye. I love historical novels, especially when they have such a sassy heroine. The pacing of the book was my favorite part though. It allowed me as a reader to soak into 1920s New York and get a better feel for all of the characters. Can't wait for the next one!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 4, 2012

    WOW!!! OUTSTANDING*ELABORATE*UNPRECEDENTED*UNPUTDOWNABLE*SPECTAC

    WOW!!! OUTSTANDING*ELABORATE*UNPRECEDENTED*UNPUTDOWNABLE*SPECTACULAR.....
    AND POSITUTELY SWELL!!!




    I can't believe I haven't read this masterpiece earlier! People! Tell me, who writes those blurbs??? Are they enemies or rivals of the authors??? Only 10% of my read books' blurbs were decent and compelled me to read the book. All the others made me question "What is this nonsense?" The same with this book - the blurb was not completely bad, but not enticing either! The book is so much better than it promised to be!!! 
    First - the building of the plot is impeccable! I loved different POVs and there wasn't any unnecessary scene or episode - everything was masterfully woven and had its significance.
    Second - the characters were amazing, charismatic, diverse. Evie was the best - charming, funny, brave and interesting. I also loved Sam and Jericho.
    Third - an absolutely brilliant portrayal of the Roaring Twenties - I have never been a fan of that epoch, but Libba Bray made it enticing and alluring, and definitely not boring like in history books.
    I hope the sequel will give the answers to all the unresolved questions and the pleasure of new events, adventures and our favourite characters! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2013

    YAAAAAAY!

    Loved loved loved loved loved! Can't wait for the sequel!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2013

    Awesome!

    I still cant stop thinking about this story

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2013

    I've been a fan of Libba Bray for a long long time, so I guess t

    I've been a fan of Libba Bray for a long long time, so I guess that makes me a bit biased, but for me, this was an amazing book! Evie is sassy and refreshing, and the plot is engaging and entertaining. I couldn't put this down! If you enjoy books from the romance, paranormal, horror, historic and comedy genres, then this book is most definatly for you! Definatly one of the best books I've read in a very long time!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2013

    Plot spoilers

    Entirely too many plot spoilers here. Why do you ppl feel the need to rewrite the entire book. There is the overview, we do not need you ppl to regurgitate the plot for us. Please have some consideration of other readers and stop ruining the book for others. Bn, plrase ban these plot spoilers and delete their posts.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2013

    Stellar

    I had a fun and thrilling ride reading this novel. Libba did a stellar job pulling you into this fantastical world. I can not wait to read the next story.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 7, 2013

    Originally posted at Nose in a Book This is the story of Evange

    Originally posted at Nose in a Book

    This is the story of Evangeline, who if the story took place in 2012 would be considered a normal teenage girl. However, this story takes place in the 1920s and because of that fact she is considered rebellious, her parents are unable to control her after her brother died in World War I. Evangeline, or Evie as she prefers to be known as, is shipped off to New York City to live with her uncle after she did a parlor trick that embarrassed one of the rich families in her town. This story quickly turns into one that tells two tales at once. Evie's story and Memphis' story. Both of which run parallel to each other, but by the end overlap just a little bit. But if you are reading this for Memphis' story you will be let down, this book is mostly Evie's to tell.

    Evie is the type of character who is overly theatrical and often childish, even though she wants to be taken seriously as an adult. Much like everyone her age wants to be, even in 2012. However, even with that said, she is entertaining, has a smart mouth and isn't afraid to speak her mind. A few times I wanted to be Evie! She spoke her mind with no worries about the repercussions about what would happen until said repercussions happened. I can't wait for the second book to see more of fiesty Evie.

    I recently read her Beauty Queens and that was so light and fluffy I wasn't sure that Libba Bray could do creepy well. My fears were not needed, she does creepy beyond well. Naughty John, isn't the type of character that one wants to read about at night; which of course when I read this book! At 600 pages, Bray has a chance to make this book complex, compelling, and only a few pages too long. This is one of those books that uses its 600 pages to the best of their ability. Any fewer pages and I'm not sure this book would have been the same. This book needed the length to make the reader feel like a flapper in New York City in the roaring twenties, and that I did

    I adored this book. If you follow me on goodreads you will notice it took me longer to read than most books usually do but that is only because it's midterm time in grad school and all my time is dedicated to reading about libraries and how they can shape the future while emailing a friend going "I CAN'T DO THIS ANYMORE I NEED TO QUIT." So the fact that this book took me over a week to read isn't a sign that it's a bad book and I couldn't get through it; it was more of a situation of I only read before bed, but then this is a mystery book and required a lot of thought. Plus, Naughty John at night? I could only handle so much!

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2012

    Loved it!

    If i had a special power i would plant myself in this book!itsamazing!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 5, 2012

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    The Diviners is, in a word, divine!

    This was my introductory into the world of Libba Bray and I'm quite pleased! The Diviners is gripping, suspenseful and memorable without being too over-the-top. There's so much potential, and let me just tell you, the book lives up to it 110%! After reading, it's very apparent Bray's done her research well—from the diction to the fashion and politics, I was completely immersed in the glamorousness that is the Roaring 20's. I guess the only downer is that, well; all the research makes the book quite thick. Occasionally, the text verges on meticulous leaving it feeling more like an encyclopedia entry than a story. But worry not because it doesn't happen often and Bray's affinity for vivid storytelling trumps all. There's so much going on that the murders sort of meld into the background and feel more like an afterthought, which is okay because it's a story more about people and their inner demons than anything else. The characters are what made me fall hard and is where the strength of Bray's writing lies. Bray's diverse cast of characters is bold and I applaud her for that because it's not something you see very often in YA. All of our players harbour these immensely tragic backgrounds and unbeknownst to everyone else, life-altering secrets. I can't wait to see how their individual stories intersect and play out in future installments. Overall, The Diviners was an utter joy to read and if I had to describe it in one word, it's divine. Libba's on the fast-track to becoming a favourite author of mine, so yeah, what an introduction indeed!

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2012

    So good!

    I am currently reading this now and am truley in love. Ahh such a good book would recommend it to anyone looking for a paranormal read.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 22, 2012

    If you loved the Gemma Doyle Triology, you'll love this!

    Fantastic characters, Fantastic story. I especially loved the setting. The 1920's were such a turning point for women in society and to have that mixed in with the story is phenomenal.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2014

    So good

    You know what's funny? The things that some people don't like about this book are the very things that I was drawn to. Libba Bray is exceptionally good at making a set of real characters. It has become common practice for writers, especially in ya fiction, to place their stories in a word where everyone talks the same, acts the same, thinks the same, and probably even uses the same toothbrush. No one takes the time to make each character an individual, which is why I was so floored when this book had them. Each person here has their own thoughts and reactions. It is so refreshing.
    Also, the writer has a deft had when it comes to using the language of the period. 1920's writing generally is a swampy marsh of idioms and out dated vernacular, so much so that it can be like reading a different language altogether. But in this case, she was able to use enough that you start to get the feel, but aren't completely lost.
    I'm crazy about this book, and I can't wait to see where she takes us next!

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  • Posted May 1, 2014

    Libba Bray is a master of Young Adult paranormal (in my opinion)

    Libba Bray is a master of Young Adult paranormal (in my opinion) and The Diviners is perfect proof of that claim. The Diviners is a creepy, bold tale that will leave your heart pounding in anticipation.




    Reasons to Read:




    1. An eerie, macabre storyline:




    I'm the kind of person that likes to be scared... but just a little bit. And The Diviners struck a perfect balance between some of its more disturbing scenes and humour/mystery to ensure my nightmares weren't horrific.




    2. Part murder mystery, part ghost story:




    There's a difference between reading true crime and ghost stories, but somehow the lines end up blurred here. The evolution from one to the other is flawless with its gradual development and slow reveal of the mystery. And I liked the inclusion of both aspects, which are similar yet distinct, because it appealed to both my curious nature and my imagination.




    3. A real Roaring Twenties atmosphere:




    This is positively brilliant on Libba's part. I have rarely read a book with such a strong sense of atmosphere which completely consumed me, and without losing my interest. The incorporation of appropriate slang, attention to detail in the descriptions, and the setting itself all reflected the time period and it really stood out to me.




    I had some mixed thoughts on the characters, however. I didn't love Evie but I didn't hate her, either. She's clearly a flawed character and far from perfect - I don't mind that at all and think that's a rather accurate reflection of a teenage girl. I don't want perfect characters. But I never felt like I truly connected with her, and I think that can partially be attributed to the sheer number of characters introduced and the switching points of view. For this reason, it also seemed to take a while for the plot to build, and overall that's where the book suffered.




    Importantly, there were a few too many subplots which were briefly introduced yet without any follow up. It's clearly a set up for future books in the series, but I wasn't a big fan of the simple introduction without any development whatsoever. 




    This story is so unlike other books I've read that even with its weaknesses, I adored it! It's an exceptional YA book, and Libba Bray has impressed me yet again with her talent for weaving a story and immersing me in the reading experience.




    Review copy received from Hachette Book Group Canada for review; no other compensation was received. 

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  • Posted March 28, 2014

    Very good book.  Loved the historical parts of the book and the

    Very good book.  Loved the historical parts of the book and the characters were easy to relate too.  

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