I had such high hopes...,
This review is from: The Diviners: Number 1 in series (Paperback)
Now, two things made this an autobuy when Diviners was released: Libba Bray and supernatural 20s mystery.
Unfortunately, this book was so...well, not awful, per se, but it took me THREE tries to finish it. And I hate not finishing books.
Anyway, the main issues are the characters: Evie's awful, completely unrelatable and unsympathetic. I LIKE mind flawed, "unlikeable" heroines, but there has to be SOMETHING about them that readers can sympathise/empathise with (eg with Courtney Summers' books). With Evie, there is NOTHING. And as she's the main-main character, and it's a long-ass book, we spent FAR too much time with her for my liking.
And the requisite other corners of the love triangle were boring and that's all I can really say.
Theta, Mabel and Memphis all seemed very cool, but we did not spend enough time with them, and also, tbqh, Memphis and Theta were pretty much completely unnecessary to the plot of this book.
That's another thing: so much of this book was completely unnecessary. It could've been half the size it was. It needed serious editing. It was clear that this was just a set up for the rest of the series, and when that set up's *600* pages...
But, I will say, as always, beautiful writing, Libba Bray.
Tl;dr: it's too much of a slog to recommend to anyone. Will give you one more chance with Lair of Dreams but after that...