I made sure to start off the new year on a good note with a positive review last week, but unfortunately this week I have a review of a book I had to DNF. But wait! Before you scurry off thinking this book wasn’t well written, finish reading my review. My reasons for DNFing were mainly personal and you might love this book even though I didn’t!
Title: The Diviners
Author: Libba Bray
Genre: YA paranormal historical fiction
Rating: 1/5 Stars
Synopsis: “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 he’ll 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 hides a shocking secret. And unknown to all, something dark and evil has awakened.”
When I first read the synopsis of this book it seemed to call my name, promising mysterious adventures with characters wearing feather headbands and bright lipstick. I was happy, therefore, when some of my friends and I started a book club together and picked this as our first read. Although I do think that the writing was very lush and that this was a wonderful depiction of 1920s culture, this book and I simply did not mesh.
My concerns first started when I had read the first few chapters and didn’t like the main character very much. This is never enough of a reason for me to stop reading, but I also wasn’t hooked by the plot and this is the part of the story that really went downhill for me. This book is absolutely a paranormal story with ghosts and demons, which doesn’t always bother me, but this story was too close to horror for me to enjoy. The reason I had to stop reading was my discomfort with the creepy events and my inability to relate to the main character, which made the book less enjoyable and feel more like a burden. I am definitely disappointed that I didn’t enjoy this book, but if you like horror and paranormal stories, then this might totally be your thing!
Happy reading! Do you like horror stories?