The Diviners (Diviners Series #1)

The Diviners (Diviners Series #1)


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The Diviners (Diviners Series #1) by Libba Bray, January LaVoy

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 her uncle will 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 is hiding a shocking secret. And unknown to all, something dark and evil has awakened. . . .

Includes an Introduction Read by Libba Bray

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780449808733
Publisher: Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/25/2012
Series: Diviners Series , #1
Pages: 15
Sales rank: 698,770
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 6.00(h) x 1.50(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Libba Bray is the author of the New York Times bestseller Beauty Queens, the Printz Award-winning Going Bovine, and the acclaimed Gemma Doyle trilogy. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.  Look for the Gemma Doyle trilogy and Going Bovine on audio from Listening Library.

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The Diviners 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 108 reviews.
Katia-Drugs_Called_Books More than 1 year ago
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
Owlmanafanatic16 More than 1 year ago
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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was so inspired by the main character... the book was phenomonal.
Casseva More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was awesomeski! Very spooky, lots of suspense, couldn't ask for more from the author!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book. It had the right amount of suspense,romance,and mystery. I toatally recommend it
MyBookObsession More than 1 year ago
I overall enjoyed the storyline, although at times the story becomes dull, or the author describes a setting or detail to the point of boredom. But I enjoyed the main character and story line overall, and will definitely buy and read the next book in the series. Although I must say, this new cover change is absolutely hideous. I own the hardcover in the old cover, which I find, much, much more beautiful. But oh well. I suppose it's what is on the inside that matters. But an attractive cover never hurt anyone.
yobago More than 1 year ago
Libba Bray is a beautiful writer.  She builds worlds and characters that seem to really exist.  I loved the character of Evie so much, flaws and all. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved loved loved loved loved! Can't wait for the sequel!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I still cant stop thinking about this story
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Halyna More than 1 year ago
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!!!
MakennaFournier 3 months ago
I cannot believe that I went so long without reading this book, because it is literally right up my alley. I got so much more than I thought I would going into this book and I LOVED it. First thing I need to start off with is how much I liked the time period and how well Libba Bray executed it. She OBVIOUSLY did her research, which is always nice, but then she was able to take that research and make you feel like you were actually in that time period. There have been other historical fiction novels that I have read, that while it is set in a different time period, the characters feel like they come right out of the 21st century. The descriptions of the places and the slang that was used in The Diviners actually made me feel like I was actually in the 1920's. The other thing I loved was the paranormal aspect. Whenever I heard someone talk about this book all I got from most of the reviews what that it was a spooky/scary book, I didn't really hear most people talk about the paranormal part of this book, and so finding out that teenagers with paranormal powers was a part of this book made me pleasantly surprised. While I loved this part, it was also what left me a little disappointed with this book. (view spoiler) The only other thing that I really did not like (other than the previously stated slightly spoilery part above) was the sort of(?) love triangle. It wasn't a huge, but I have a feeling that it is going to be bigger in the next book and that just kind of annoys me. Honesty, I don't think it was executed badly, I just am so over them at this point that even the hints of them annoy me now. This is obviously a personal thing, and I wouldn't actually use this as something against this book, I just have read way too many of them and feel the need to point them out. I am sure I have more things I could talk about, but I need to start Lair of Dreams, so this will have to do.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really loved it. It was fantastic.
MsArdychan More than 1 year ago
Wow! I just finished listening to this book as an audio book and I was blown away by the historical details, characters, and creepy story in this book. What I Liked: Setting: The novel is set in the Roaring 20's, and it is filled with wonderful details of this era. The slang ("It was swell-ski"), the fashion, even the haircuts were essential details that brought this time to life. The Characters: The author, Libba Bray, found a way to show a variety of people in New York City, including African-Americans, Polish immigrants, and spoiled Midwestern teens. Each character comes from a different background. As their individual stories are told, they intersect with the other characters (which I found thrilling as a reader). I loved Theta, the jaded Ziegfeld girl with her secrets, Memphis, the African-American teen who is trying to protect his family, and Evie, the flapper who wants all the excitement Manhattan can offer. The Story: I also loved how complicated the central mystery was. This is not actually a whodunit. We know who is killing people. What we don't know is why, or how. It takes Evie and Will a long time to unravel what is happening, and they needed to explore many groups of people to do this. This gave the author the perfect opportunity to bring in religious fanatics, unscrupulous reporters, thrill-seeking party-goers, and older adults who can't understand the restlessness of youth. What I Didn't Like: Teaser Ending: Listening to the audio book, I was surprised to see that after the main event of the book was resolved, there was still an hour left to the book! Why? How could the wind down take so long? As I listened, it became clear: this was all a set up for a second book. While I am a fan of book series, I also don't like to be strung along. This book could have should have ended earlier. But the author just had to throw in several unresolved plot points to ensure her readers would want to come back for more. This was completely unnecessary, as all of this could be introduced at the beginning of book two. They will need to be retold in book two anyway for those who have not read the first book, and for those of us who won't remember everything that was thrown at us in the last chapters. For this reason, I am taking 1/2 a star off my rating. This is a four and 1/2 star book.
sheltisebastian More than 1 year ago
Excellent! I loved this book so much!
KarenHallam More than 1 year ago
Loved this book! Libba's descriptions had me over the moon, each sentence was a world of imagination. I'm a huge fan of her writing! The plot crazy, woven madness, kept me in suspense. The characters each someone I knew. Her historical atmosphere held me back in time fully. I'm glad I won't have to wait long to read book 2: The Lair of Dreams-- coming this month!! Diviners was pos-i-tute-ly spectacular. And I love how the story captures the frenzy of the End of Days, which was when this book was first published.
RRatliff More than 1 year ago
I am so glad I didn't read this book sooner... the sequel comes out in August, and I would have hated to wait any longer than a month to read it! This was the longest book I've read in a while, but far from overdone or dragging. The pace of the book was perfect, and I love that while it was a complete mystery plot in and of itself, it just set the characters up for something even bigger. I thoroughly enjoyed Bray's writing, her imagery was engaging and vivid, and the sense of time in Jazz Age New York unlike pretty much any other book I've read - and I read a TON of 1920s fiction... The flapper, the con man, the street runner, the actress, the student, the beggar, and the child all converging through various chance and happenstance throughout the book, each with special abilities they hide from the world, unknowingly converging together against an unknown evil. A storm is coming, and The Diviners will be the only ones who can stand against it. In this book, Evie, Sam and Jericho come together under the roof of Evie's Uncle Will's Museum of the Occult. For Evie, New York and Uncle Will were intended as a punishment for causing trouble back home in Ohio. For Jericho, life at the museum means a quiet life away from the world. For Sam, the museum job started as a con. None of them counted on joining forces to catch a grisly serial killer. There are kind of two separate stories going on, one with the museum characters, and another focusing on two brothers, but both stories share ancillary characters who are pulling them all together throughout the book. It was such a great mystery, and such a great set up for the sequel. Excellent work.
CJListro More than 1 year ago
Read more: in short It's an intimidatingly long book (at 592 pages, you could probably use it to murder someone), but well worth the investment. My first introduction to Bray, The Diviners impressed me with its depth of characterization, intricate plotting, and unique mythology. I usually don't do the whole Americana thing, but there's something darkly magical about Bray's world. She gives us New York in the 1920s, in all its gritty gin-soaked glory, and one bombshell looking to make a name for herself. Evie's story quickly becomes intertwined with a series of murders and supernatural happenings whose origins stretch back to the foundations of the country. It's full of jaunty (if not sometimes irritating) slang and switches pretty seamlessly between character points of view, giving the story an epic scope that couldn't be accomplished by Evie alone. The mystery elements, with murder scenes and a complex creepy cult, yanked me in and kept me racing ahead to the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Annoying. Parts were good but pos-i-tutely gets old and annoying as does adding ski to the end of words. The book was too long, a bit boring, and had a silly ending.
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MissPrint More than 1 year ago
Evie O'Neill is thrilled when she is forced to leave her small hometown in disgrace. Sure, her parents are disappointed and her friends don't know what to make of her strange party tricks. But that doesn't matter because Evie is headed to New York City where she is pos-i-toot-ly going to have the best time. But before Evie can start exploring all of the shops (and speakeasies!) that the city has to offer a flapper looking for a good time, she has to deal with her bachelor uncle. As curator of the Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult ("The Museum of the Creepy Crawlies" to locals) Uncle Will has his own ideas about how Evie should conduct herself while in his care. Between Will's taciturn assistant, Jericho, and his work at the museum, living with her Uncle is not what Evie expected. New friends, dashing pickpockets, and giggle water aren't enough to distract Evie from the strange things happening throughout New York. Grisly murders with ties to the occult leave the police stumped. When Will is asked to serve as a consultant, Evie thinks she might have a way to help catch the killer--if he doesn't find her first. Strange times are coming. A time where the natural order of things is threatened by very unnatural forces and people with special talents, like Evie, might be able to help. Evie is ready to help investigate a killer. But what if murder is just the beginning in The Diviners (2012) by Libba Bray? The Diviners is the first book in Bray's new four-book series set in 1926 New York. With a keen eye for detail and authenticity, Bray brings Evie's roaring world to vivid life. With spooky villains and a spunky heroine, this book is filled with everything fans of the flapper era will love. Bray makes her writing seem effortless as she easily evokes both the mood and landscape of the 1920s with her own unique touches. The Diviners is a sprawling thriller sure to give you chills. At 578 pages (hardcover) there is no way to get around the fact that this is a long book filled with Bray's signature rich writing. This isn't a quick read but it is one that pays off in the end. Filled with multiple perspectives and a large cast of characters, The Diviners weaves together several story lines and unlikely companions as the plot moves forward revealing tantalizing details about each character as well as future installments in the series. Being the first book in a series some questions remain unanswered with new ones raised for later in the series. That said, the story here easily stands on its own once you're ready to commit to such a hefty tome. Haunting and thrilling The Diviners is sure to please. *This book was acquired for review from the publisher at BEA 2012*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago