Review: The Diviners by Libba Bray

Title: The Diviners
Author: Libba Bray
Series: The diviners, #1
Genre: hystorical fantasy
Publisher: Little, Brown books for young readers
Format: Hardback
Pages: 592
Published: September 2012


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.
The Diviners is the new book by Libba Bray. I really liked it: first of all, the setting is amazing. New York, 1926, a strange museum full of strange things, a series of murders... wow! I didn't like too much Evie, the main character: she is very different from me, she loves parties and drinks and she never listens to the adults. But she fits in the story perfectly and this is undeniable. Instead I really liked Jericho, Mabel, Henry and Theta. The book is really well written and intriguing, the prose is so vivid and rich; only the horror and magic scenes are a little bit confused and confusing. There are many storylines but it's not difficult to follow them since you're so involved in the story you don't want to stop. I have to admit that reading the last part I was a little scared, it was really creepy. The book ends leaving some questions unanswered and I'll for sure continue reading the series! Meanwhile maybe I'll look for other Bray's novels, like Going Bovine and Beauty queens (I've already read years ago the Gemma Doyle's trilogy, very beautiful!).

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