Any book that introduces a horrible ghost called Naughty John is a book for me.
And so begins The Diviners by Libba Bray. After refusing to apologize for a scandal caused by a party trick in her hometown, headstrong “modern girl” Evie O’Neil is sent to live with her Uncle Will, owner of The Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult in New York. This is no punishment in Evie’s eyes and she makes plans to paint the town red, as any flapper worth her while would do. Until the murders begin, and the very thing that Evie was exiled for becomes the greatest tool in solving the murders. Evie is a Diviner, and as it turns out, a handful of other characters have begun to develop certain supernatural gifts, which coincide with the appearance of a comet, multiple murders, Naughty John, and a doomsday cult. Not necessarily a story one would expect to see set against the glamorous backdrop of New York during the Roaring Twenties. Libba Bray pulls it off by creating a believable world with a dynamic cast of characters akin to The X-Men, and a story line that throws curves at you from every darkened alley way.
“If you want to be immersed in the sights and sounds of the 1920s, this is the book for you! Evie O'Neill is a true flapper, too wild for her staid hometown of Zenith, Ohio. When she is banished to stay with her Uncle Will in Manhattan, she looks forward to her exciting new life -- until it turns out to include dead bodies, mysterious intruders, and a supernatural evil that only Evie has the power to sense. Creepy and fun, The Diviners is frantic and full of slang, a love letter to the Roaring 20s. So much fun!”
— Susan Taylor, Market Block Books, Troy, NY
A young woman discovers her mysterious powers could help catch a killer in the first book of The Diviners series--a stunning supernatural historical mystery set in 1920s New York City, from Printz Award-winning and New York Times bestselling author Libba Bray.
Evangeline O'Neill has been exiled from her boring old hometown and sent off to the bustling streets of New York City--and she is 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.
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 unfurl in the city that never sleeps. And unknown to all, something dark and evil has awakened....
About the Author
Libba Bray is the #1 bestselling author of The Diviners, Lair of Dreams, the Los Angeles Times Book prize finalist Beauty Queens, the 2010 Printz Award-winning Going Bovine, and the acclaimed Gemma Doyle trilogy. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
A Publishers Weekly Best YA Book of the Year
A School Library Journal Editor's Choice
A Kirkus Best YA Book of the Year
A Top Ten Amazon Best Book of the Year for Teens
A Library Journal Best YA Book for Adults
An Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy Finalist
"The Diviners delivers an addictive and terrifying story of young New Yorkers investigating a rash of occult-based murders. Bray sustains a breathless energy throughout this ambitious series-starter, deftly evoking the exuberance of 1920s city life and the evil lurking beneath it."—Entertainment Weekly
* "1920s New York thrums with giddy life in this gripping first in a new [series] from Printz winner Bray...The intricate plot and magnificently imagined details of character, dialogue and setting take hold and don't let go. Not to be missed."
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
* "The compelling and dramatic supernatural plot explores self-actualization, predestination, the secrets everyone hides, and, of course, good versus evil. An absolutely terrific read and, thankfully, the first in a planned series."
—School Library Journal (starred review)
* "The book is big and wants to be the kind of thing you can lose yourself in. Does it succeed? It's jake, baby."—Booklist (starred review)
*Everyday moments and a romance or two help lighten the mood of this creepy, dark, twisted tale of things that go bump in the night."—VOYA (starred review)
* "The book is engrossing, spooky, and thought-provoking."—Library Media Connection (starred review)
" [A] lavish supernatural thriller...Wisecracking Evie is a likable heroine, and all signs point to intriguing complications and more malevolent spirits on the rise in succeeding books."