Wednesday, March 06, 2013

[Book Review] THE DIVINERS by Libba Bray

Fiction/Young Adult

Beth reviews THE DIVINERS by Libba Bray (Little Brown, 2012)

This book either needed editing or should be broken into two books.  It was just too long!  (I think a little of both honestly.)  But I love Libba Bray and will probably read the next one in the series.

WARNING: Contains murder, grave robbing, teen drinking & smoking, psychics and the occult/cult, language, racism, anti-immigrant, homosexuality, human testing

It's 1927 and Evie, age 17, is sent to stay with her Uncle Will, a professor of the occult and manager of the Museum of the Occult in New York.  Evie is a party girl who used her psychic ability to read the wrong person's secret--and revealed that secret!  Now in New York, she continues to party but also helps her Uncle solve a string of murders that they trace back to a long-dead man.

The evil spirit, Naughty John, is killing people according to an old prophecy.  His goal is to become the Beast and reign Earth as a God.  Can they stop him in time?  Will anyone believe the truth?  What will Evie's powers be needed for next?  Are there others like herself?

Beth, Cordova Branch Library

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