“I thought research would be more glamorous, somehow. I’d give the librarian a secret code word and he’d give me the one book I needed and whisper the necessary page numbers. Like a speakeasy. With books.”
What is this book about?
Evie O’Neill is a world class flapper stuck in boring Ohio. After a small scandal, involving her ability to read people’s secrets from objects, she’s send to the bustling streets of New York to live with her weird uncle. There she gets involved with the police to investigation a supernatural murder while still trying to live it up in the speakeasies.
Why is it boring?
I think the best way to describe this book is excessive rather than boring. The book is quite long and many pages are dedicated to descriptions of the great streets of New York, the amazing fashion of the flappers while there are just many, many characters that do not get the amount of attention they deserve. Evie is a great main character, but Theta (the most aloof flapper you will ever meet) can rival her any day of the week. I was also intensely frustrated with the love interest for Evie. Am I the only one who is shipping her with Sam?!
Who would you recommend it to?
This book is a YA-novel about teens with superpowers during the Roaring Twenties. If that is not going to get you excited, you are not the right audience for this book. That description should either suck you right in or leave you cold. If you’re one of those readers who is a stickler for historical detail, maybe just leave this one on the shelf. I pos-i-tute-ly guarantee you are not going to be able to get through all the twenties jargon.
Why should I read it if it’s boring?!
The book is excessive, but you can just as easily call it rich. The descriptions of the city and the atmosphere of 1920’s New York are lively and make you want to go back in time. Libba Bray is a great writer and she takes you along in her story with such effortlessness that you don’t even notice all the things you could dislike. I also loved the quippy-ness of everyone. Bray really got the fast-talking New Yorker down.
The Diviners will definitely leave you wanting more. This can have something to do with the story being unfinished (part 2 will be out somewhere next year). By the end you will also be seriously invested in the characters. I am left with SO many questions about these Diviner kids and their powers and there is nothing, not even an added 1000 pages filled with strange twenties lingo and scary nursery rhymes, that will keep me from reading the sequel.