Saturday, March 23, 2013

#23 of 31 The Diviners by Libba Bray

If you are a regular reader of my blog, you know I don't really do book reviews. There are others out there. Others who do a much better job of writing reviews than I do.

But every once in awhile, I find a book I just have to talk about. For whatever reason, I have to tell others about a book.

The Diviners by Libba Bray is one of those books.

Here's what I loved about this book.

It's creepy. It's spooky. It's scary. It's good.

The whole time I was reading, I kept thinking, "This is Stephen King for high school kids who think they aren't ready for Stephen King."

It's smart. It's funny. It's readable. It's good

I love the characters--especially Evie who is the main character of this book. Although at times she can seem self-centered and full of herself, she is also a good friend, inquisitive and self-confident. I like her.

 I like the other characters we've been introduced to and I want to know more about them (good thing this is a planned series!). Theta, the Zeigfield girl; Sam, the mysterious young man whom Evie meets when she first arrives; the mysterious Jericho. 

I didn't know this was a planned series when I started reading this book. Now, I am going through withdrawals wondering what is happening!

I think one of the reasons I liked it from the beginning was as soon as I read those first few pages, I could picture some of the kids I would give it to. Immediate connections. And now, that is into those hands, I know I was right!  

This is a book with a long waiting list.....

And I wish that second book was coming out soon!

Good thing there's a Facebook page

The Goodreads review....

The Diviners (The Diviners #1)

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.(less)
Hardcover578 pages
Published September 18th 2012 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers


  1. There is nothing like that feeling of not wanting a book to end. Thanks for the recommendation.

  2. I have had this book on my TBR pile for months, just waiting for the perfect time to read it. Since it is so long, I wanted a long stretch of uninterupted time to complete it. Christmas break was the plan, but it didn't happen (new puppy in the house!).
    Spring Break is just around the corner and your post has given me the encouragement I need to pick it up.

  3. I absolutely LOVED this book too! I was lucky enough to get to Libba's author visit in my town during her tour for The Diviners. I am a bigger fan of her now that I have heard her speak. I agree with you about this book being creepy and one for students who think they're not ready for Stephen King. I can't wait to hear more about the other characters in the next book!

  4. I love your sentence variations in sharing your thoughts on the book. It has definitely captured my interest.

  5. Now I know why several have talked about students wanting this book, Deb. Another for my TBR list-I'm not sure I'll ever catch up!

  6. I saw your tweets about this and got curious! I don't like scary books, but I'll have to recommend it to my students!

  7. Awesome. When you say, "Read it," I don't hesitate to listen. There are few people like this in my life, as I very much resent being told I have to read a book.

  8. With break coming, maybe I'll have the chance to check this out! Thanks for the recommendation!

  9. It's been on my TBR list for some time - too many books, too many slices, not enough time (even tho I'm mostly retired)! Thanks for the recommendation.

  10. It is true--you don't recommend books all that often, but when you do I know the book is sure to be amazing. I think I will trust you on this and seek this one out next time I am at Anderson's.

  11. I loved this book and thought the writing was amazingly accomplished. The story held together beautifully and at times was incredibly creepy! I can also highly recommend the audiobook - the narrator is amazing!

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