Thursday, January 23, 2014

Book Review: The Diviners

Reading is, without a doubt, one of my absolute favorite hobbies of all time. It made me feel special--when I was little, other kids thought reading was boring and stupid, and so I felt like reading was my own special thing, that didn't belong to anyone else.

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My love for reading has never wavered, although I've mentioned before that, at times, I put it on the back burner because I need to be an adult and do adult things. However, thanks to the magic of the Kindle, I have now seemed to find more time to read these days, and it really makes me happy. Life has been awfully stressful and chaotic this month, and even if it's just for half an hour, reading makes all that go away.

As I was sitting here at the computer, trying to come up with a blog post, I thought "hey Katie, you should do your own special book review!" And I thought, "self, you are so smart, it's no wonder you graduated at the top of your class in college!" So, here we here, with the first ever edition of a Thoroughly Modern Book Review! (I promise to create a cool button, when I have a cool picture to go with it).

Book: The Diviners, By Libba Bray

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Kate's Synopsis: After a party trick gone wrong (we've all been there, amiright?!?!), Evie O'Neill is banished from her small town of Zenith, Ohio, and sent to live with her Uncle Will in New York City. As a thoroughly modern girl, this is no real punishment for Evie, and she is soon caught up in the glitz and glamour of NYC in the Roaring Twenties. Evie's Uncle is too busy running his Museum of the Occult and Supernatural (also referred to as "Museum of the Creepy Crawlies," to offer any sort of structure or discipline, so Evie essentially roams free around NYC with her pals Mabel and Theta, hoping that the secret that sent her away from Zenith is never revealed (spoiler alert: she's a diviner and can read objects!). But, it's all swell and jake until someone gets murdered and you get dragged into the investigation because you accidentally divined the victim's last moments in life by holding onto a dead girl's shoe buckle. Hilarity ensues (just kidding, death and destruction ensues), as Evie, her uncle, and his assistant Jericho go on the hunt for a supernatural killer that is dead-set (pun intended!) on bringing about the Apocalypse.

Kate's Opinion: Ryan recommended this book, and since I already love Libba Bray (the Gemma Doyle Trilogy is one of my favorites), I knew I had to get that bad boy downloaded on my kindle. It's got everything I could want in a book--mystery, supernatural happenings, romance, and my favorite historical decade, the 1920s. At times, I had trouble taking it seriously because of all the 1920s slang (because Matt and I say those things to be funny, all the time), and there were plenty of moments when I could see what was happening before it even happened.The book really amps up the foreshadowing about the Apocalypse, which is all a little unnecessary, but I fall head over heels for nonsense like that, so it wasn't so terrible. I love the way events of the 1920s (some historical, some a bit made-up) weave their way into the backdrop of the story, and I think it's going to be interesting, as the trilogy unfolds, to see how the land of the United States itself, and the country's history, is tied into the story as well. Overall, it was a quick, suspenseful read, and I've already got the next book on pre-order.

Final Rating: 4/5 Stars

Read it if you like: the occult, the supernatural, a heroine as a protagonist, mysteries, thoroughly modern adventures, having a "let's avert the Apocalypse while the world sleeps on" sort of conversation, and giggling over 1920s slang.

Has anyone read this, or other Libba Bray books? What are you currently reading and what would you recommend?

All Love,

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