Book Blurb :
Cassandra Clare meets Phryne Fisher meets Patricia Cornwell in this launch of a blockbuster series set in 1920s New York about a teen psychic and her similarly gifted friends on the hunt for a serial killer.
1920s New York. A teen clairvoyant. An old evil. It has begun…
Evie O’Neill has been exiled from her boring old home town and shipped off to the bustling streets of New York City – and she is pos-i-tute-ly thrilled! New York is the city of speak-easies, rent parties, shopping and movie palaces, and soon enough Evie is running with glamorous Ziegfeld girls and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is that Evie has to live with her Uncle Will, curator of the Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult – also known as ‘The Museum of the Creepy Crawlies’.
When a rash of occult-based murders comes to light, Evie and her uncle are right in the thick of it. Even Evie’s new pals – hoofers, numbers runners and activists, but all swell kids – are drawn into the investigation. And through it all, Evie has a secret: a mysterious power that could help catch the killer – if he doesn’t catch her first…
Take one massive epic-sized book, that is 500+ pages of creativity and secrets and you get a magical story. Set in the 1920’s, The Diviners tells the story of Evie, a young woman who has a gift that has gotten her in trouble and shipped off from Ohio to New York where the roaring Twenties is in full swing. She soon settles down, running around the city with Mabel, a friend she made on previous trips to New York, and Thea, a Ziegfield girl who lives in the same building that her uncle lives in.
Evie is a brash girl who uses her charm and ways to get what she wants and sets her sights on taking on the town and helping her friends. Mabel wants Jericho, uncle Will’s assistant while Evie just wants some fun. A match made in heaven, right? But there always a stickler figure in a relationship and in this story it’s Uncle Will who has gained a reputation by objecting about the war and instead learning about the paranormal, specializing in the area of occult which will come in very handy for Evie as she uses it to her advantage to get her name in the newspaper.
There is a dark underbelly to New York City, which her Uncle is drawn into because of his work. Murders are happening and the killer is leaving references to different religions but they all have an occult element in common. Uncle Will is a respected authority on the occult and is called in to help by Detective Mallory. Little does he know what his niece can do and how she will be able to help. She can find out anything about anyone if she has a personal item of theirs in her hand and her skills have developed to the point that it invades her dreams. However, she is not the only one with gifts and it gets her into things that make her expand her horizons.
There is Memphis who just wants to become a poet but is stuck living with his Aunt and looking after his brother Isaac. He spends his days working for Papa Charles collecting betting money, and spends his nights at the club with Gabe, his best friend, who always needs help getting out of trouble while dragging him into trouble. His main concern is Isaac, both of them possess gifts but Memphis’s gift disappeared when his mother died. It is a sore point as people do not just understand he cannot heal anymore. In addition, Memphis does not want to be known for it, as he wants to protect Isaac. Isaac has the gift to able to read cards facedown and it’s something to be kept hidden as they have seen what happened to Memphis. To complicate matters, Isaac is saying things in his sleep that seem to relate to the prophecy about the Diviners and it looks like he may be able to prophesize.
Then there is Sam who walks himself into the story causing trouble from the onset. He is able to sneak up on Evie at the station when she arrives because of his gift of being able to hide and appear out of nowhere. Evie, being who she is, will not let him get away without a fight. Being a thief, he fights back with what he knows best to get Evie right where he wants her, working at the museum.
Jericho … I thought I had him all figured out as a young, quiet, mysterious boy who doesn’t open up to people because he was an orphan. Then Bray drops a bombshell with him appearing alongside a man who was mentioned as an rich industrialist. WHAT JUST HAPPENED?! This is why I could not wait until I had the opportunity again to pick up this book.
I started this book and then life took over and I started it again when I had the time and I was quickly immersed in the world that Bray created. This probably is one of those books that’s hard to describe because there is so much going on and you need to read it for yourself to fully understand and appreciate. I can give the general information and my thoughts but there is honestly two stories going on in this book. Evie and her friends and Memphis and his friends. I was wondering whether Evie and Memphis would meet in this book as they seem to play an intricate part of the prophecy . When the groups do, it is not who I expected to meet and I was disappointed for a moment but there is so much going on you can forgive it as there is excitement immediately following.
I could go on and on with this story but I leave you with this: the prophecy is coming true, the powers are revealing themselves to people who will help make the prophecy come about and there so many unanswered questions I want to know the answers to, including those of the minor characters who seem wise and understanding.
P.S. For those reading this and living in Australia, Libba Bray is coming to Australia this year. Dates and signings are to be announced if she doing any but for those in Victoria, she one of the guests at the Reading Matters Conference run by the State Library.
Publisher : Allen and Uwin
Source : Publicist Provided for review
Released : November 2012