Monday, 17 December 2012

The Diviners (The Diviners #1) by Libba Bray

It's 1920s New York City. It's flappers and Follies, jazz and gin. It's after the war but before the depression. And for certain group of bright young things it's the opportunity to party like never before.
For Evie O'Neill, it's escape. She's never fit in in small town Ohio and when she causes yet another scandal, she's shipped off to stay with an uncle in the big city. But far from being exile, this is exactly what she's always wanted: the chance to show how thoroughly modern and incredibly daring she can be.

But New York City isn't about just jazz babies and follies girls. It has a darker side. Young women are being murdered across the city. And these aren't crimes of passion. They're gruesome. They're planned. They bear a strange resemblance to an obscure group of tarot cards. And the New York City police can't solve them alone.

Evie wasn't just escaping the stifling life of Ohio, she was running from the knowledge of what she could do. She has a secret. A mysterious power that could help catch the killer - if he doesn't catch her first.

Evie is a loud, wild and crazy flapper. She is exiled to New york after she takes things too far one evening. She also happens to be a diviner - people with special powers - and can read objects and their owner's secrets just by holding them. I liked her alright but not too much. She was really spunky and quite funny but a bit too obnoxious at times. She was also a famewhore and made a joke out of murders that really got on my nerves. On the other hand, she becomes more likable as the book progresses. ~What i did really like about her was that she was very independent and confident and kickass and overall made a good heroine.

Other main characters include Will who is her uncle and own a museum of creepy crawlies. He was quite interesting and i wanna know more about it. There is Jerciho who is very serious and mysterious and works with her uncle. Sam is a guy Evie encounters there who pick pockets her but then later become friends with her. He sort of likes her too but that isnt developed enough in this book. The romance is very slow and a very small part of this but i m sure will be more in the sequels.

The killer is Naughty John. He was extremely creepy, especially with that creepy song he sang. All of his murders are written about and were extremely scary and gory. He is trying to complete a ritual to raise a beast that i wont tell you too much about but i found really interesting.

The plot was good and well paced with a really great climax. There were also other things that were brought up that i really wanna know about in the sequel. Overall, i think this is the start of a great series and i would highly recommend it.

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