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The Diviners Book Review and Artwork

With a name that sounds like library one can't help but fall in love with Libba Bray's writing. I first fell in love with Bray when she published her Gemma Doyle series. For my teen years, A Great and Terrible Beauty ranked highly on my favorite book list. You should really consider adding A Great and Terrible Beauty to your TBR list if you haven't checked it out yet. While you're at it, go ahead and add The Diviners to the list as well. You will pos-i-tute-ly love it! 


Set in the Roaring Twenties in New York City, The Diviners tells the story of a group of gifted young people investigating a series of gruesome murders. A mystical evil is sweeping its way across New York City trying to bring about the apocalypse. People are dying in the night. The disturbing murder scenes reveal missing body parts and notes that indicate the murderer is trying to complete a dark and dangerous ritual started many years ago.  When Evie O'Neill arrives in New York City, after being exiled from her hometown in Ohio, she is more than willing to assist her Uncle Will, curator of The Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult," catch the killer-if he doesn't catch her first.

Evie is a great character, a real troublemaker who does as she pleases. Unpredictable, bold, and quick-witted, she is bit more than her Uncle bargained for when he agreed to watch over her. To Uncle Will's chagrin, Evie doesn't like follow rules. She won't back down from what she wants even when it lands her into dangerous situations. Evie is a diviner, a person with supernatural ability. Her ability has only brought her trouble so far, but she's willing to test her luck when she realizes it can help catch the murderer.

You bet-ski Evie is not the only gifted character is this novel. There is Theta Knight, a Zeigreld girl; Memphis Campbell, the Harlem Healer; Henry Dubois IV and Ling Chain, the Dream walkers; Sam Llyod, the Invisible Thief; and Jericho Jones, the Automotive Hybrid. Bray does an excellent job with developing each of these characters. A great deal of time is devoted to understanding their background and personal history. Their lives begin to intertwine as their powers become more prevalent as the occult killer gains momentum. 

Time and time again goose bumps crawled up my spine as I read farther and farther into Evie's tale, but I couldn't put it down. The tension builds and builds and builds, and I needed to get to the end to find out the fate of my favorite characters. You might just want to keep an extra light on while you read late into the night. 

The precise attention to detail creates a realistic Roaring 20s atmosphere. It's like you walked right off the train with Evie and stepped into the bustling streets of New York covered in long pearls, a flapper dress, and T-strapped heels. I applaud Bray for the countless hours of research she devoted to create this historical story. 

The Diviners was on my TBR shelf for far too long. I'm a bit upset that I didn't pick up this novel sooner! I'm a big fan of Libba Bray. Her ability to mix mystery, monsters, magic, and the unexplained and make it all seem so real is quite a talent. This book is another one of her masterpieces. In honor of the long awaited sequel, Lair of Dreams, being released yesterday, I added a new design to the Whispering Words shop. I foresee several more Diviners designs coming soon! 

What Diviners inspired designs would you like to see? Let me know in the comment section below.