Monday, November 19, 2012


I'm so happy to share today's review with you all. I have a guest reviewer, Megan, from The Book Babe. (nice blog name, btw!) Megan is a fellow Arkansan, which obviously makes her awesome. I'm  very excited to share Megan's great review of The Diviners. Enjoy!

The Diviners (The Diviners, #1)Series: The Diviners #1
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: 9/18/12
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 592
Source: Received from publisher for review

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-toot-ly thrilled. New York is the city of speakeasies, shopping, and movie palaces! Soon enough, Evie is running with glamorous Ziegfield girls and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is 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 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.

I just now finished this book. What I'm thinking? Wow. That was amazing and weird.

Black cats cross my path frequently. I've walked under ladders and broke mirrors. I'm just not a superstitious person, and I'd like to think that I'll never change--but this book. Ooh, this book makes me feel plenty superstitious.

"Naughty John, Naughty John, does his work with his apron on..."

Gah. That little verse right there will definitely be haunting my dreams for a long time. The atmosphere is really the best part of this book--it's a smooth blend of 1920's history complete with speak-easies and a real live flapper girl, all jumbled together with ghost stories and paranormal elements. I don't know how the author pulled it off, but she did it.

She also managed to write one of the best villains ever. Oh, I don't even know if I can do him justice! He was so scary, and...ooh you'll just have to read it! He definitely made me rethink going outside in the dark--ever again. Yes, this villain was perfect. He had me alternately dreading and hoping for his next appearance. However gruesome and gory, I just...three dimensional does not even begin to describe him.

It does begin to describe many of the other characters, though. I loved how the villain was done, and I also loved how the other characters were done. Weirdly, the villain is my favorite, which is why he's four-dimensional. Evie, Jericho, Memphis and Mabel--they were my other favorites.

Personally, because Evie is the main character, I think I like her the most. She seems very flapper like, very free-spirited, and I just really loved her spunk. Jericho is my second favorite, because of his seriousness and his bookishness. And the one scene we got to see from his point of view--you sir, are HAWT.

The word building was very good, and the descriptions made me see the scenes perfectly. But I did have a problem or two with this book. Because as much as I loved the word building and descriptions, this book is really long. I still loved it, but if you like short books, this probably won't be for you. I didn't particularly care for the ten different points of view either, but I forgive that. It's just not a style that's for everybody.

All in all, The Diviners is a book that deals heavily with the occult, ghosts, and history--and I loved every bit of it. Recently, I've been a really happy camper with books! Yay!


Favorite Quote:

  "They'd sold their children a pack of lies: God and country. Love your parents. All is fair. And then they'd sent those boys, her brother, off to fight a great monster of a war that maimed and killed and destroyed whatever was inside of them."

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Thanks Megan, for your great review of The Diviners!

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  1. Great review Megan. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Thanks for letting me guest review with you, Andrea! :)

  3. Awesome review Megan!!I am still making my way through this book, but I am really enjoying it. It's very large and intimidating, but now that I am into the story I can tell I am going to be glad of it's large size since there is so much going on.

  4. So glad to see you enjoyed this too, Andrea. It was long, but it didn't feel that way when I was reading it. I loved Evie and her free spirit, and another Jericho to love!! Yay! Great review. :)

  5. Wow, Andrea that's a LONG book. Not sure it's my thing but so glad you enjoyed it.


  6. I have heard about how long this book is but how amazing it is as well. I'll admit I'm very curious to see what this is all about. And that naughty John quote is also going to be haunting me tonight! *shudder* I'm very excited to meet the characters and what this is all about! Glad you enjoyed this Andrea! :D Fabulous Review!

    ~ Maida @ Literary Love Affair 

  7. I loved this one too. Loved the setting, time period, and characters. I agree the POV's were a bit much. And yes, best villain EVER! The only thing that differed for me is I didn't love Jericho. He felt flat to me. Still a fantastic book though!

  8. I can't decide if I'm going to read this one or not. Maybe later.

  9. The size of this one is kind of putting me off a bit. The only really huge books I've read have been part of series I already love. Even though it sounds like the story drags along a bit, I feel like this is one of those books that I will have to try out at some point. I love me a good multi-dimensional villain! With all this flapper talk, and a villain you love to hate I can't help but think of Vampire Diarie's Klaus. Great review :)


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