Books for Younguns, Young Adults and the Young-at-Heart

Friday, December 14, 2012

Review: The Diviners

For the holidays, I'm reviewing a book or series a day from December 1st through 24th.

Today's book is The Diviners by Libba Bray, my holiday staff pick.

It's the roaring '20s and Evie is being punished by her parents.  Her only problem with that is pretending that being sent to live with her uncle in New York City is a punishment instead of an adventure.  Well, that and keeping it a secret that the scandal she caused by outing the son of an influential man as the father of a servant's baby wasn't something she found out through gossip, but through her powers of divination.  Evie is one of a growing number of teens with special powers, and when an evil spirit is unleashed and starts a killing spree across the city, they begin finding each other in the quest to stop him before it's too late.

This isn't quite like anything else on the shelves today.  If the words "1920s paranormal murder mystery" appeal to you, pick it up immediately.  If you're still not sure, let me tell you about the richly drawn settings that bring prohibition-era New York City to life and the large and diverse cast of characters that gives every reader someone to connect to.  Add to that the fact that this is NOT a whodunnit, but rather a book that brings you to the scene of each horrific crime and you have thoroughly engaging, often chilling series debut that will have you hooked from page one.

This book is recommended for flapper wannabes, fans of the occult and those who like their plots dense and the characters numerous.

The Diviners is published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers and retails for $19.99 (hardcover).  I read an advance readers copy from the publisher.  You can get yours at Left Bank Books today!

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