Thursday, August 23, 2012

Up and Coming: The Diviners by Libba Bray

The Diviners by Libba Bray

Release Date: September 18, 2012

Evie O'Neill is a girl with a secret in a city full of people with secrets. She's in trouble with her family for a party where things got a little out of hand and they've shipped her off to NYC to live with her uncle.

Things are even more complicated because it's 1926. The country is in the middle of prohibition and New York is even more filled with secrets than normal. Speak-easies full of illegal liquor, flappers and jazz are hidden down the allies. But there's also something darker going on, something mysterious and deadly.

Mysterious and deadly are two things that are no stranger to Evie's Uncle Will. He's the owner and curator of a museum of the Occult. It's full of artifacts and papers of the unexplained and unexplainable. It's also a museum that's been gathering dust and only a few patrons a day (if they're lucky).

But, he's the perfect person to help the police when a series of murders take place in the city that all have mysterious markings and seem to be the work of a madman, or something worse. Evie can't resist the cases and thinks she may even be able to help. But is Will in over his head? Will they be able to stop the killer in time?

Libba Bray knows how to build a world that you want to dive into. Evie's New York is so full of people and history that you can hear the subway rattling under your feet and hear the numbers runners hustling people for their lottery bets. Every time you open The Diviners you fall right into this world and that's what made the horror and grisly moments that much scarier. There are scenes in this book that made the hairs on the back of my neck stand straight up.

It's scarier still because you quickly begin to care for all the characters who Ms. Bray introduces. Just to name a few, there are Theta and Mabel, Evie's friends who are as opposite as can be, one a Ziegfield girl and one the good daughter of revolutionaries; Sam Lloyd who con a snake out of it's scales and Memphis a boy who has almost as much hidden as Evie. Each character has their own stories and dreams and as the evil gets closer, you begin to worry for all of them.

The Diviners  is the first book in a series, but don't worry, there is a full story here. It's scary, exciting and alarming, in turns. This is like the best kind of old fashioned mystery series, this book's mystery may be solved, but in it's wake are so many unanswered questions that you won't be able to wait for the next edition.

Check out this book trailer from Little Brown to get a peek into the world of The Diviners:

Libba Bray acting out scenes, talking and singing about The Diviners.

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