If fate sent you an email, would you answer?In This is What Happy Looks Like, Jennifer E. SmithRead Review
1920s New York
A teen clairvoyant
An old evil
It has begun...
Evie O'Neill has been exiled from her boring home town and shipped off to the bustling streets of New York City - and she is pos-i-tute-ly thrilled! New York is the city of speak-easies, rent parties, shopping and movie palaces, and soon enough, Evie is running with glamorous Ziegfeld girls and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is that 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 it. Even Evie's new pals - hoofers, numbers runners and activists, but all swell kids - are drawn into 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...
I've been meaning to write a review of this book pretty much ever since I first read it. After checking Goodreads, I realised that the first time I read The Diviners was back in 2012, not long after it first came out, so this review's been a long time coming (there was actually a point around this time last year where I was convinced that I'd already written one). The only problem is that each time I've read it I've had a different reaction, so this review's probably going to be a little muddled.
Firstly, the world building in this book is absolutely brilliant. There are all these little historical tidbits about things that really happened, a lot of them being truly awful, which show that Libba Bray has obviously done her research, as well as some lovely descriptions that make you feel like you're right there in Roaring Twenties New York.
I reall y loved Evie's character. She was wild and bold as brass, which made her a really interesting character. She was a lot of fun to read about, and I loved that she was flawed and made mistakes and acted selfishly. She wasn't at all wishy-washy ora damsel in distress, nor was she infallible. She was realistic despite being over-the-top, and a 'posi-tute-ly' brilliant protagonist. I loved the creepiness of Naughty John, and the slow build of the story to reach a frightening climax.This book was stunningly eerie, however you do have to commit to it, because it's very long. To quote Jordi at the Inkys last year 'it's a book you can kill someone with'. I'm so glad it wasn't a hardcover. Speaking of which, the cover was gorgeous, and I hope they don't get rid of this design for book 2.
I loved this book, particularly the scary parts, which are written AMAZINGLY (my friend was afraid that I was getting murdered a few times while I was reading).
I actually couldn't relate to Evie and some of her actions, but that might just be me since I'm not much of a party girl :)
The Diviners by Libba Bray is brilliant.
I enjoyed it thoroughly and I highly recommend it to everyone.
I'm very excited for the next book.
The Diviners is a gripping, sensational read that presents a completely new story, a historical fiction with about 1 000, 000, 000 twists and constant thrills. A young adult fiction unlike any other I’ve read! Awesome! Fabulous! Frightening!
Evie O'Neill has been exiled from her boring old hometown and shipped off to the bustling streets of New York City and she couldn’t be happier about it. New York is the city of shopping, fame, actress and movie palaces! Evie has found her place with the glamorous Ziegfield girls and loves the thrills of the rakish pickpockets. However she 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."
Although maybe Will isn’t as crazy as everyone thought, maybe just maybe he’s right. When a series of occult-based murders comes to light, Evie and her uncle are right in the thick of the investigation. But Evie has a secret, a mysterious power that could save her if it doesn’t get her killed first.
A brilliant book of peril, romance, exploration, mystery and horror, that will keep you clued to the coach.
Recommended for 12+