Friday, September 28, 2012

Book Review: The Diviners by Libba Bray

Evie O'Neill has always known she's too much for her small Ohio town - which is why she is posi-tute-ly thrilled when a party trick gone wrong gets her exiled to New York City to live with her Uncle Will.  It's 1926, and Evie knows the Big Apple is going to give her everything she's always wanted - all-night parties, speakeasies, flapper fun, jazz-soaked streets, and everything extraordinary.

Who cares if she has to live with scholarly Will and his divinely handsome but boring assistant, Jericho, spending her days at the Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult, or the Museum of the Creepy Crawlies, as it's locally known?  Evie's best friend Mabel lives upstairs at the Bennington, Will's apartment building, the nights are long and full of jazz, and everything's jake.  So what if she's having terrifying nightmares about her brother, James, who was killed on the battlefields of France in World War I?  Or if her strange supernatural gift of being able to read the history of an object just by touching it brought her nothing but trouble in Ohio?  In New York, Evie is putting the past firmly behind her.

But when Uncle Will is called in to consult on a gruesome occult murder, Evie just knows she can use her unique gift to help Uncle Will track down the killer.  But as Evie becomes more involved in the case, it becomes clear that the serial killer haunting the dark streets of New York is more than just a man.  Something evil has been unleashed, and it doesn't want to be stopped until it has brought about the end of the world.

This book went right past the creepy crawlies and gave me some serious heebie jeebies!  A fabulous mash-up of a madcap romp through 1920s New York and a seriously scary creepfest, this first book in a series will have you frantically flipping pages so you can finish it before dark.  Ouija boards, a haunted house that seeps evil from its walls, a dancer on the run, two Harlem brothers with amazing gifts, a trumpet player who can make his horn wail, and a flippant con artist who charms his way into Uncle Will's employ all have stories that twine their way around Evie's in Libba Bray's newest novel.  If you loved The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson or devoured the Bright Young Things series by Anna Godbersen and The Flappers series by Jillian Larkin, be sure to grab The Diviners the next time you're @the library!

(who totally skipped my run this morning to keep reading The Raven Boys - looooooooove!)

P.S.  Libba Bray will totally be at Central Library downtown this Thursday, October 4th, at 6:30 PM to celebrate the awesomeness that is The Diviners - don't miss it!