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The Diviners is a deliciously creepy supernatural thriller set in 1920s New York. Bray does a masterful job creating memorable characters and setting the stage for the second book in the series. An impressive amount of research went into this novel, but Bray never overwhelms the reader with historical detail. Fifty pages in, I was clutching the book for dear life, completely mesmerized.
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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-toot-ly thrilled. New York is the city of speakeasies, shopping, and movie palaces. Soon enough, Evie is running with glamorous Ziegfield girls and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is Evie has to live with her Uncle Will, curator of The Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult — also known as The Museum of the Creepy Crawlies.

When a rash of occult-based murders comes to light, Evie and her uncle are right in the thick of the investigation. And through it all, Evie has a secret: a mysterious power that could help catch the killer — if he doesn't catch her first.

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"Evie O'Neill has a neat-o party trick: she can uncover details about people by holding any object that belongs to them. After one too many tumblers of gin, she uses this skill to out the sexual misadventures of a prominent bachelor in her Ohio hometown, earning her immediate exile to Jazz Age New York City, where her professorial uncle runs a museum devoted to the occult. Naturally, Evie considers this punishment the luckiest break possible, until she realizes she's arrived just as a demon spirit has been inadvertently released. A spree of grisly murders ensues, eventually necessitating the use of Evie's special skill. Evie is fighting personal demons, as well, including the ghost of her dead older brother and a penchant for alcohol that gets her into continual trouble. Bray empties a wealth of topics into her complicated narrative — labor reform, a steampunkish robotics experiment, flapper culture, religious zealotry — but her trademark humor is less apparent. The large cast — a pickpocket with a missing mother, a Ziegfeld girl with Hollywood dreams, a Harlem numbers runner who longs to be a poet — ensures there's plenty to write about in the sequels. Ages 15 – up. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

Libba Bray is the author of the New York Times bestseller Beauty Queens, the 2010 Printz Award-winning Going Bovine, and the acclaimed Gemma Doyle trilogy. She lives in Brooklyn, New York. Visit her at www.libbabray.com.

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Beverly B, February 13, 2013 (view all comments by Beverly B)
Evie has been banished to live with her eccentric uncle in Manhattan because Evie's flapper lifestyle is too much for small town Ohio. Turns out that Evie, and several of the many characters in The Diviners, all have supernatural powers. But each character's ability is different, and all of the characters are hiding their powers. A string of very gruesome murders, and her uncle's threat to send her back to Ohio, motivates Evie to reveal her power and use her talent to help her uncle solve the crimes. The evil killer is creepy, and the tone of the story intensifies and becomes scarier as Evie and her uncle get closer to finding him. Easily spooked readers may not way to read the last one third of the book while home alone. There are almost a dozen characters in the story. Some are prominent in several chapters but then play no part in the crisis and climax. They are obviously introduced for the sequels, but in The Diviners, they cause the plot to become way too complicated and slow down the pace of the events leading to the crisis and climax. A couple of the characters are far more interesting than Evie who is self-centered, impulsive and shallow. The Diviners is almost two novels in one - 1. Evie creating a great life in exciting New York with fabulously interesting new friends - and 2. Evie crime fighter with her uncle - which is why The Diviners is almost 600 pages long. Reluctant readers may lose patience before getting anywhere near the most exciting events of the story.
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jaggedbloom, January 20, 2013 (view all comments by jaggedbloom)
The Diviners is steeped in historical detail, and has a story that is both creepy and thrilling.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780316126113
Author:
Bray, Libba
Publisher:
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Subject:
Children s-General
Publication Date:
20120931
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English

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The Diviners is a deliciously creepy supernatural thriller set in 1920s New York. Bray does a masterful job creating memorable characters and setting the stage for the second book in the series. An impressive amount of research went into this novel, but Bray never overwhelms the reader with historical detail. Fifty pages in, I was clutching the book for dear life, completely mesmerized.

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Evie O'Neill has a neat-o party trick: she can uncover details about people by holding any object that belongs to them. After one too many tumblers of gin, she uses this skill to out the sexual misadventures of a prominent bachelor in her Ohio hometown, earning her immediate exile to Jazz Age New York City, where her professorial uncle runs a museum devoted to the occult. Naturally, Evie considers this punishment the luckiest break possible, until she realizes she's arrived just as a demon spirit has been inadvertently released. A spree of grisly murders ensues, eventually necessitating the use of Evie's special skill. Evie is fighting personal demons, as well, including the ghost of her dead older brother and a penchant for alcohol that gets her into continual trouble. Bray empties a wealth of topics into her complicated narrative — labor reform, a steampunkish robotics experiment, flapper culture, religious zealotry — but her trademark humor is less apparent. The large cast — a pickpocket with a missing mother, a Ziegfeld girl with Hollywood dreams, a Harlem numbers runner who longs to be a poet — ensures there's plenty to write about in the sequels. Ages 15 – up. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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