Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Audiobook Review: The Diviners by Libba Bray
Author: Libba Bray
Publisher: Listening Library
Reader: January LaVoy
Summary: SOMETHING DARK AND EVIL HAS AWAKENED. . .
Evie O’Neill has been exiled from her boring old hometown and shipped off to the bustling streets of New York City—and she is pos-i-tute-ly ecstatic. It’s 1926, and New York is filled with speakeasies, Ziegfeld girls, and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is that she has to live with her uncle Will and his unhealthy obsession with the occult.
Evie worries her uncle will discover her darkest secret: a supernatural power that has only brought her trouble so far. But when the police find a murdered girl branded with a cryptic symbol and Will is called to the scene, Evie realizes her gift could help catch a serial killer.
As Evie jumps headlong into a dance with a murderer, other stories unfold in the city that never sleeps. A young man named Memphis is caught between two worlds. A chorus girl named Theta is running from her past. A student named Jericho is hiding a shocking secret. And unknown to all, something dark and evil has awakened. . .
Things I liked:
- Evie is an absolute peach - smart but careless, full of life and spunk. She can be selfish and thoughtless, but she is good at heart and I was very fond of her.
- The reader does an AMAAAAAAAZING job.
- All the 20s slang and detail was just fabulous, and really came across well in audiobook form.
- Naughty John was seriously creepy. Each murder scene was so horrible, it was seriously difficult to listen to at points - in the good way.
- The plot was very interesting, and even though it is a planned trilogy, the specific plot of this book was ACTUALLY RESOLVED, with just hints to the over-arching plot of the trilogy given. So satisfying!
- The setting! New York City in the 1920s, Harlem, the illegal drinking... it was all so interesting! And she didn't just give life to the shallow, glamorous bits - there was a lot about everyday life.
Things I didn't like:
- Well, it was very long.
-Sometimes, the story got a little bogged down in detail - less of a problem in audiobooks, but it might have stalled me out if I were reading in book form.
!--more--> Overall: A ton of fun, great plot, interesting magical twists... I am DEFINITELY there for the sequel! I can't wait to see Memphis get more involved with the rest of the characters - his story was so separate, but I loved him so!