Book: The Diviners by Libba Bray, Narrated by January LaVoy
Published September 2012 by Listening Library|Length: 18 hours, 14 minutes
Where I Got It: I borrowed the audio book from the library
Series: The Diviners #1
Genre: YA Historical Fiction
SOMETHING DARK AND EVIL HAS AWAKENED…
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 her uncle will 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 is hiding a shocking secret. And unknown to all, something dark and evil has awakened…
I’ve meaning to read this book for a while, and I finally got around to it! I liked it, and it was great on audio but I didn’t like it as much as I thought I would.
I thought the setting was a great backdrop for the paranormal. It worked really well, especially with the time period and with the book being set in New York. While it would have worked in another time period/place, I can’t imagine it being somewhere else. I don’t know that it would have worked otherwise.
There were times where I ended up getting confused. We’d be with Evie, and then the book would suddenly switch to someone else. It took a while to figure out how those other stories were connected to what was going on with Evie. I think it just didn’t translate well to audio, at least for me.
It was really long, and it took me a while to get through it, so by the time I got to the end, I was fuzzy on what had happened at the beginning. I was never clear on what Evie could do and what led her to New York, and I’m not sure if it’s because I just didn’t remember what happened or if it was never mentioned.
I’m not sure how I feel about Evie. I didn’t mind the slang at first, but I did get tired of it by the end. I feel like if Evie were a real person living right now, she’d have her own reality tv show. She has this ditzy socialite vibe to her, and she seems pretty self-absorbed, even at the end of the book. Obviously, some don’t change, which is fine, but maybe there’s hope for Evie.
I did like the narrator, though! January LaVoy did a great job narrating, and she really brought Evie to life.
3 stars. I liked The Diviners but I didn’t love it. I might pick up the next book, but I’m still undecided.