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  • Paperback: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Atom (18 Sept. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1907410406
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907410406
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 3.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 129,966 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1920s New York thrums with giddy life in this gripping first in a new trilogy from Printz winner Bray. . .the intricate plot and magnificently imagined details of character, dialogue and setting take hold and don't let go. Not to be missed. (Kirkus (starred review))

Here's your headline, boss: "Small-Town Dame Lands in Big Apple, Goes Wild, Tries to Stop Resurrection of Antichrist." It'll sell bundles! Indeed it will, as Bray continues her winning streak with this heedlessly sprawling series starter set in Prohibition-era New York. . .The book is big and wants to be the kind of thing you can lose yourself in. Does it succeed? It's jake, baby. (ALA Booklist)

The paranormal meets the roaring Twenties in the scary and posi-tute-ly amazing, The Diviners. (Bliss)

One kick-ass setting, a cast of brilliant characters, a host of amazing supernatural powers and one creepy-as-hell killer on the loose . . . rich, complex and addictive - an elaborate web of stories, winding together to create one masterpiece tapestry of a book. (guardian.co.uk)

Packed with hilarious 1920s slang, snappy one-liners and intriguing period detail, this is a beautifully-crafted novel with a complex, twisting plot and plenty of creepy moments that will keep readers right on the edge of their seats. Introducing us to an intriguing ensemble cast of characters as well as wonderfully bright and breezy heroine in Evie - and of course, a truly terrifying villain - The Diviners is a hugely entertaining adventure that will leave readers eagerly anticipating the next instalment. (Booktrust)

READ . . . sequined-packed, serial-killer thriller with supernatural overtones, think the Jazz Age meets Twilight - AND it's the first part of a trilogy. (Instyle)

Exquisitely crafted . . . a joy from start to end (Heat)

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The queen of historical fiction takes on 1920s Jazz Age New York - with a supernatural twist.

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The Diviners is my first book by Libba Bray, but I can tell you right now that it won't be my last. I'm thrilled to have discovered another YA author of such talent and prominence. I would have given her a chance even before now, especially considering all the raving reviews written by my most trusted friends, but I simply never got around to it. Fortunately, she left me no choice with The Diviners. New York in the 1920s was impossible to resist.

I'll start with my favorite part - the setting. Libba Bray did an extraordinary job in taking her readers to New York during the Prohibition era. I could hear the music and the laughter, smell the forbidden alcohol, and it made me want to put on a flapper hat and dance my feet right off. I could spend an eternity reading about the Roaring Twenties, and the ghost of a serial killer only made it that much more interesting.

Yup, you read that right: there's a ghost of a vicious serial killer on the loose, and the only ones with any chance of stopping him are an 18-year-old psychic girl and a group of people that share the same dream. Even Evie's uncle Will, who runs The Museum of American Folklore, Superstition and the Occult, also known as The Museum of the Creepy Crawlies, is powerless against this murderous ghost. And if that isn't enough to freak you out, there are religious fanatics involved as well, and seriously, nothing is creepier than that.

To be quite honest, there were parts of this book that were a bit hard to get through. I'm not a fan of 3rd person, multiple points of view narrative to begin with, and The Diviners offered far too many perspectives for my taste. It's so hard to connect with the characters that way, and Evie was the only one I really felt close too.
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Enid Blyton meets James Herbert in a romp round a 1920's cardboard cut out of New York. I nearly didn't finish it. Note to author 1; if one of your characters is black, just say so, no need for all the "Swing Low Sweet Chariot" and trumpeters hands innuendos for goodness sake. The whole plot is built around such trite cliches and irritating language that it's hard to get past it to actually read the book. Note to author 2; If you're writing horror, don't call your bad guy "Naughty John", altho the character was about as scary as your average Care Bear, so maybe it was appropriate. The characters are 2 dimensional and mostly unlikeable, particularly the main character, Evie. When a new character is introduced after you're halfway through the book they are a guaranteed red shirt, usually within 2 pages of their introduction. Lastly, note to author 3; horror books are not meant to make the reader laugh out loud quite so often, so Jericho's tragic best friend background story which made me guffaw at one point was more comedy gold than tragedy. I don't like to be so scathing about a novel but i will never get that 2 hours of my life back.
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This book was suggested to me by the wonderful author Keris Stainton and I kept putting the book off and off and off for quite a while as, if I'm honest, I was quite intimidated by the size of the book. At a huge almost 600 pages I kept picking the book up every time I was ready to start a new book, reading the blurb and then putting it back down thinking "It's to big to read now" or "Do I have enough time to read this book"?. I finally (after Keris prompting me when I posted a tweet on twitter - thanks Keris) thought lets do this! I'm so glad I did.

I have never read anything by the American author Libba Bray before although I had heard of her and have heard such wonderful things about her previous books including high praise for The Diviners. From what I have read about Libba she is the queen of historical fiction and in writing The Diviners decided to take on the 1920's New York Jazz Age with a fantastic supernatural twist which, for me, chilled me to the bone! As well as being intrigued by the whole historical side of the book, especially with it being set in the 1920's which I did not know much about, I love a creepy read and as I also heard that this book (s) had a US advance of $1 million I was expecting great, scary things. Just how scary and creepy I really was not prepared for!

The opening to this book, A Late Summers Evening, sets the 1920's scene at a party with a group of friends who decide to play with a Ouija Board (nothing good EVER comes from playing with a Ouija Board) and unknowingly they awake something dark and evil. This opening few pages, for me, where chilling and the beautifully crafted descriptions made my heart beat just that little bit faster!
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Why did I take so long to read this?

Oh, Vanessa, you foolish girl. I remember reading this book on and off on my commute to university, and then for whatever reason, putting it down and picking it back up again at odd intervals. It's not that it wasn't holding my interest - simply put it down to me being very easily distracted.

Then I got back into reading it over my holidays and could not put it down. At all. Then after I got home, I put it down again and picked it back up only a few days ago.

The Diviners is an extremely well-researched historical fantasy novel, steeped in the supernatural and with a wonderful cast of characters. It's immensely enjoyable, well-written, and suspenseful.

The book begins in the roaring '20s, with Evangeline `Evie' O'Neill, being sent away from her boring hometown in Ohio to her uncle in New York, who curates the Museum of American Folklore, otherwise known as the Museum of the Creepy Crawlies, along with his assistant Jericho Jones. To Evie, this is her ticket to freedom, an excuse to party hard, and drink as much `giggle water' as possible.

It seems to me from reading reviews that Evie is either loved or loathed. She can't go half a sentence without flinging in some 1920s slang, and she can be rather ditzy and self-centred. However, she is also courageous, adorable, and hilarious to read. I mean, she sealed the deal for my favourite character spot the moment she kneed an overzealous admirer in the nuts with this exchange towards the beginning:

`"You can't blame a fella for kissing the prettiest girl in New York, can you, sister?" Sam's grin was anything but apologetic.

Evie brought her knee up quickly and decisively, and he dropped to the floor like a grain sack.
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