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The Diviners
by Libba Bray
LEXILE READING LEVEL: HL730L {what is this?}
PUBLISHER: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
NO. PAGES: 608
GENRE{S}: Historical Fiction, Mystery/Thriller
SERIES: The Diviners
A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year
YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults
YALSA Top 10 Best Fiction for Young Adults
ISBN: 031612611X
READ & REVIEWED BY: Tiffany - StorySnoop

The Story
The Diviners—Book Review

Evie has misbehaved one time too many in her hometown and has been sent off to live with her eccentric uncle in New York City. Evie imagines a glamorous life of speakeasies, parties, and shopping, and she is disheartened to find that living with her uncle, the curator of The Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult is not exactly what she had hoped. When occult-based murders take place, and Evie and her uncle become central to the investigation, Evie's own secret supernatural gift comes into play. When Evie realizes that there are others like her, and that her very existence is threatened by a powerful and evil force, she must use all her wits and strength to battle the beast.
The Scoop
The Diviners—Book Review
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The first book in a new series, The Diviners is a well-written, serial killer thriller with elements of the occult and supernatural. Set in 1920's New York, Evie is a bold, sassy, and progressive young flapper. While not always the best role model--she drinks, lies when it suits her purposes, and is occasionally more concerned with her own good time than anything else--she is strong, resourceful and smart. This is a long and involved book, with numerous storylines that overlap and come together in the end. Definitely dark and gruesome in parts, there are grisly and graphic descriptions of murders and dismembered bodies, cannibalism is mentioned, and the plot is a frightening and suspenseful one. Language is mild and reflective of the era (harlot, son of a b-tch, h-ll, wh-re). Drinking and smoking take place and pot smoking is referenced. Domestic violence involving non-consensual sex results in unwanted pregnancy and abortion. Psychic and supernatural abilities are central to the story, and a doomsday cult is the center of the evil, murderous element. Mature readers looking for a complex, scary, and historical read, and those interested in the occult, ghosts, and murder mysteries will thoroughly enjoy this story.
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