The Diviners by Libba Bray

September 14, 2015 Audio Books, Supernatural 14

How’s it going, Bookworms?

I feel like I should write this entire blog post in 20s slang, but you’d miss out on the inflection. It’s going to take every ounce of restraint I possess not to end every sentence with “see”, see? I place the blame for my new affectation squarely on the shoulders of one Libba Bray, who penned The Diviners, and also on the shoulders of January LaVoy who narrated the audio book.

thedivinersI’ve been meaning to read Libba Bray for a while, and I picked The Diviners because it was on my soon-to-expire list (thanks for nothing, Scribd.) I didn’t realize just how spooky it was going to be before picking it up, so I’m actually pretty grateful for the near comical usage of slang and old timey vocal affectations. But I digress.

The Diviners takes place in 1920s New York City, which was by all accounts a happening place to be. Evie O’Neill is new to town, after being sent away from her boring town in Ohio to stay with her uncle. Some people have no sense of humor when it comes to having their secrets exposed, see? It works out for the best though, because Evie is ready to get her flapper on and party like it’s 1926 and NYC is the place to be! Evie’s Uncle Will has his head so full of the creepy crawlies that he’s unlikely to notice her antics… Or so she thinks. The thing that got Evie booted from Ohio wasn’t really her fault. Evie has a super weird gift that allows her to psychically glean information from objects. If a gentleman’s watch tells her that he’s had some scandalous dalliances, well, she can’t help knowing that!

New York is being terrorized by a serial killer just as Evie arrives in town. Because of the occult-ish nature of the killings, Evie’s uncle, something of an expert in the field, is called in to consult with the police on the case. Evie realizes her gift may help her catch the murderer, and things just start to get weird.

This book was a ton of fun and the scary elements were perfect for the onset of autumn. The slang seemed a little over the top at times, but the campy aspects of it worked for me. There was just one problem. I had NO IDEA this book was the beginning of a series until it was over and ALL THE THINGS were unresolved. I googles to make sure I hadn’t accidentally skipped chapters and lo and behold, book two was recently released. Don’t you just hate that?! Of course, it’s too late. I’m hooked. Just take my money, okay?

Bookworms, I need to not be alone here. Have any of you started a series purely by accident?

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14 Responses to “The Diviners by Libba Bray”

    • Words For Worms

      I’m excited, but debating on when to start. Is it going to be a trilogy? I don’t know if hanging in suspense until the final installment will drive me batty or not!

  1. Jasmine Robertson

    I hate starting a series by mistake especially if you have to wait on the next installment. I listened to this audio book in March getting ready for spring break. I’ve waited all summer for the second book and I am about halfway thru it. Im a sucker for stories set in the 20’s and January LaVoy does a great job reading this book. Its campy and sometimes unbelievable but Im hooked!

    • Words For Worms

      Yes, LaVoy’s narration is great. It is SO campy (Theta’s voice and the news reporter? I can’t even) that it took some of the sting out of the scary for me, which was necessary.

  2. Megan M.

    They didn’t wrap up anything? That would have made me so mad! I usually look up a book and find out if it’s a series first, but one time I bought the novelization of a movie (Red Riding Hood w/ Amanda Seyfried… I know) and it wasn’t that cheap, and I read through like 200 pages of not a whole lot, and then at the end it’s like “We purposely left out the ending of this book! If you want to read how it ends, go to this website!” I don’t think I’ve ever been so mad at a book before. I wanted to rip it in half.

    • Words For Worms

      Well, they wrapped up a large portion and I was thinking “oh it’s over. Huh. Really didn’t follow up on XYZ…” Then it kept going just enough to tease the next book and make me go “oooooh so that’s why XYZ wasn’t explained…” So there was at least SOME closure, thank goodness.

  3. AMB

    Great review! I tend to avoid scary books unless they’re campy (and thus less scary!). I have little patience for books in an incomplete series, though.

    • Words For Worms

      Oh yeah, the campy narration was key for me. If I hadn’t been listening in broad daylight I don’t know if I’d have made it through… Without nightmares anyway. Nightmare free!

  4. Andi

    Loooooved it! So creepy indeed. I’ve been eyeballing the second book on my e-reader, but I haven’t jumped in yet because 500-some-odd pages. I’m sure it’ll suck me in, but that’s such a commitment.

    • Words For Worms

      I might tackle it in October… But I hear what you’re saying. It feels like it’s taking me longer to get through things lately and I’m balking at chunksters.

  5. Katie @ Doing Dewey

    I loved A Great and Terrible Beauty and still haven’t revisited Libba Bray! I really must though, because I’ve heard nothing but good things about her others books. I’m glad you enjoyed your first experience with her 🙂

  6. Jenny @ Reading the End

    Not only have I started a series by accident in the past, I’ve accidentally picked up the second book in a series, not knowing that it was a) in a series or b) not the original book. I was probably two-thirds of the way through before I realized what was happening. (Derp.)

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