Book Review: The Diviners by Libba Bray

The Diviners by Libba Bray

Summary: Evie O’Neill has been a very bad girl. After pushing a party trick too far and exposing a scandal she’s sent off to live in New York City with her crazy Uncle William who runs The Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult. It’s the days of bobbed hair and bathtub gin but Evie’s secret powers may be a more interesting party trick than anything Fitzgerald could dream up. When a series of killings that seem to relate to the occult occur, the police ask for Uncle William’s help and Evie tags along hoping to put her abilities to the test.

Bechdel test? Evie really only has one female friend, the super-boring Mabel. Unfortunately the girls’ conversations revolve mainly around the dreamy Jericho Jones, making this a fail. (For a book by Libba Bray that does pass the test, check out my trailer for Beauty Queens!)

Rating: 4/5

Was it as good as Beauty Queens or A Great and Terrible Beauty? Not exactly. The book held my attention toward the end but it seemed that throughout there were a few too many characters. I’m sure that they’ll be important for the next book in the series but here I didn’t’ really care about  them which made reading their chapters a bit of a chore.

Other than that the story was wonderful. Bray really hits the feeling of 20s glamour on the head with her discussion of speakeasies, Ziegfeld productions, and NYC apartment life. The slang was a real treat (though it may be a little confusing to those who don’t read very closely, Bray often defines a term once and then uses it again a hundred pages later – keep your thinking hats on boys and girls!)

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Book Haul: BEA

Last Friday I had the amazing opportunity to attend the Book Expo of America here in New York City. Most of the major book publishers attend and attempt to sell their books to interested chains, bookstores, librarians and other industry professionals. This year was the first time they allowed non-professionals into the Expo and it was a bit chaotic. We were allowed in an hour after the event opened on its final day. The line was incredibly long and full of “Power Readers” who wanted to experience the event for themselves. As soon as the doors opened to us, many rushed around trying to gather as many ARCs (Advanced Reader Copies) as they could. Though I was as excited as everyone else for free books, I felt that some of the “Power Readers” were rude to the publishers and their representatives. Rather than interacting many chose to reach behind the counters or interrupt  sales conversations just for a free book. How rude!

All of that is a long-winded introduction to my list of books I received in the last week:

The Diviners by Libba Bray
On Sale: September 17, 2012

I won’t lie. Libba Bray is one of my all-time favorite authors. I devoured her 
A Great and Terrible Beauty  series — it even played a huge part
in my senior prom! Needless to say, I’m thrilled to have an ARC
for this one!

The End of Men: And the Rise of Women by Hanna Rosin
On Sale: September 11, 2012

The Last Policeman by Ben Winters
On Sale: July 10, 2012

Bared to You by Sylvia Day
One Sale Now

This one seems a lot like the much hyped Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy.
I met the author and got an autographed copy!

Eternally Yours by Cate Tiernan
On Sale: November 6, 2012

The Lost Prince by Selden Edwards
On Sale: August 16, 2012

Check out my previous book haul posts: