Bray, Libba The Diviners 608 pgs. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2012 (Sept). $12.82. (Rating: PG-13: Swear Count: 0)
Evie O'Neill has been getting into trouble, so she has to go live with her Uncle Will in New York City. She couldn’t be happier, it’s the 1920’s and NYC is a happening place to be. Her Uncle runs a creepy museum, and coincidentally creepy stuff starts to happen in the city. In fact, Evie herself seems to have an usual gift. When the police come to her Uncle with help solving an occult murder mystery- Evie is determined to get involved. But to do so, would put her right in the killer’s path, and he might be supernatural.
I am not going to say that this book was not entertaining, despite being over 600 pages, I found the pages flying. The setting feels authentic and it’s stuffed with interesting characters. But it’s gruesome, overly full of foreshadowing of doom (at least 25% of this book is made of these ridiculous passages!), and there is so much drinking that I felt half-drunk myself ugh! I think that all adds up to a book that’s not so great for a school library but perfect for a public library.
HS –PUBLIC ONLY/ADVISABLE Reviewer: Stephanie MLS graduate & Author.