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I think I’ve found my favourite book of 2017 and it is most certainly The Diviners by Libba Bray!
I’ve had The Diviners on my bookshelf for about a year and finally decided to try it. Thank God I did.
The story follows Evie O’Neil, a girl with cool supernatural powers, who is sent to New York City after an incident in her hometown. Evie goes to live with her uncle, William Fitzgerald who runs ‘The Museum of the Creepy Crawlies’, properly referred to as the Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult.
From here the plot gets thick! There are a bunch of murders going on in NYC and Evie has the ability to find out who the murderer is. We also learn a lot more about the rest of the titular Diviners and their powers, and the dark and evil spirits lurking in New York City.
The plot is tense and exciting. Very character based while also alluding to a larger story, I suppose in the continuation of the series. I loved the thickness and layering of the plot and its focus on different characters storylines. I usually find changing POVs very annoying but Bray does a great job at it.
The changes in POV keeps the reader so invested. Even though Evie is the lead protagonist, other POV’s such as Henry, Theta and Memphis add layers to the story and make it very exciting. I really enjoyed Bray’s attention to each character, they are so rich and realistic.
I’m in love with Henry and Theta, their relationship was so enjoyable to read about. Theta has an air of mystery about her, calm and cool but definitely a deeper, darker storyline lurking in the future for her I think. I’m very excited to see Henry and his abilities grow.
Memphis and his brother Isaiah are, hopefully soon, going to be important players in the rest of this series.
Jericho is also a super cool character. I still don’t 100% know if I like him, but he is interesting and I’m so intrigued to find out how he fits into the story more.
Sam is a standout character! I loved the way he was introduced and his continually funny, cocky attitude. I am so interested to see how he fits into everything. He’s on his own, very personal journey, but I think somewhere its will link up to the Diviners and I’m looking forward to seeing how Bray does that.
The thing that impressed me the most with the story was the macro and micro details that Bray weaves into the story. She uses random characters to show events happening in the broader world and then zooms back in on one of the more important characters as they continue to sift their way through the story. It gives the reader a lot more foreshadowing and information, but also a lot more questions so it builds the tension and makes for an incredible reading experience. I loved her vivid description of place and setting. The descriptions in this book are mouthwatering.
This is easily my favourite book for 2017, so far. I’ve already delved into book 2 and I’m obsessed. A well deserved 5 out of 5 for Libba Bray’s The Diviners. If I could recommend any book to you, it would be this one!