The Diviners by Libba Bray Review

Friday, March 4th 2016


“Naughty John, Naughty John, does his work with his apron on. Cuts your throat and takes your bones, sells ’em off for a coupla stones.”

Libba Bray, The Diviners

I have a secret to share with you. Curious to know what it is? Here it is, I am a huge fan of the 1920s and 1930s. I love the movies of the 1930s especially if they feature Jean Harlow as a main actress. My favorite movie featuring Jean Harlow is Bombshell 1933, where it’s less of a movie but more of a secret documentary of the life of a movie star during the times. If you’re a fan of the silver screen, old fashion movies, fashion or even just curious on why I love this movie so much. I suggest you watch the original Blonde Bombshell Jean Harlow, when she passed away movie recruiters thought she had risen from the dead with the name Marilyn Moore, the Second Blonde Bombshell of America. It’s my love for the silver movie era that allowed me to fall in love with Libba Bray The Diviners series.

Book Review

Please believe me when I say this novel truly scared me. I never thought a novel would scare me the way this novel did. I also made the mistake of listening to the audiobook narrated by January LaVory. Her narration made my screen crawl during the suspenseful scenes, while making my heart wipe during the romantic moments. I personally love how the dialogue reminded me of the speech you would find from my favorite genre of movies. I love how Libba Bray made references to the popular actors or actresses during the era was well, I am a bigger fan of Josephine Baker than I am of Jean Harlow, thus Libba Bray continuously won my heart by adding popular names to the novel. This book is hitting all sixes!

There are a few themes in the novel that pulled on my heart string such as; what it means to be a good person; the new world and the new adventures that immigrants faced. The characters Ahmad and Chava truly touch my heart. They are inhuman, as well as imperfection they are perfectly in human experiencing the new world and of love.

Have I mention I love the slang used in the novel too. I swear by the time I finish reading The Diviners I couldn’t stop repeating my favorite 1930s slang used by Evie O’Neil. My favorite phrase that Evie kept using is  “It’a all Jake!”  Could you imagine being named Jake back then?

Libba Bray’s writing technique makes it easy to fall in love with all the characters in the book. Usually when I read a novel I am in love with only one character at a time as their character development grows or expands with the twist or turns the author has provided. Reading The Diviners, I realize that I cared a deep love for each character in the novel not just the protagonist Evie O’Neil. I love the fact that this novel does not end in a cliff hanger. I can’t stand it when a trilogy aren’t able to finish a mini conflict in a single book.

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I really enjoyed this book as well as the series entirely. I am extremely excited for the next book of the series as well. I really hope you’re intrigued in The Diviners!

Now if you will excuse me I  am not going to live my life through another book!

Happy Reading

About Libba Bray

Libba Bray is the author of the acclaimed A Great and Terrible Beauty, Rebel Angels, and The Sweet Far Thing. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

What is it about writing an author bio that gives me that deer-in-headlights feeling? It’s not exactly like I’m going to say “I was born in Alabama…” and somebody’s going to jump up and snarl, “Oh yeah? Prove it!” At least I hope not.

I think what gets me feeling itchy is all that emphasis on the facts of a life, while all the juicy, relevant, human oddity stuff gets left on the cutting room floor. I could tell you the facts-I lived in Texas for most of my life; I live in New York City with my husband and five-year-old son now; I have freckles and a lopsided smile; I’m allergic to penicillin

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