The facts are these… (I’ve been watching Pushing Daisies on Netflix).
It is once again the first Wednesday of the month, and thus time for Barrie Summy’s Book Review Club.
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I’ve actually done quite a bit of reading, much of it from authors I’ve already featured here on the blog (mostly as a part of the Book Review Club).
- I read the latest Flavia de Luce mystery and gave it five stars on Goodreads. This one might be my favorite in the series so far!
- I read the latest Vish Puri mystery and gave it five stars as well. Love these India-set mysteries!
- I also read City of Jasmine by Deanna Raybourn. I gave it four stars just because I thought the heroine went a little too hard on the hero. She was kinda mean…
- Finally, I read all 500+ pages of the Rita-nominated The Firebird by Susanna Kearsley. It was excellent, but I gave it four stars because I wanted more of the framework story.
All in all, I’ve read some really excellent books lately! However, I’ve not quite finished reading the one I’m reviewing here, namely THE DIVINERS by Libba Bray.
“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-toot-ly thrilled. New York is the city of speakeasies, shopping, and movie palaces! Soon enough, Evie is running with glamorous Ziegfield girls and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is Evie has to live with her Uncle Will, curator of The Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult–also known as “The Museum of the Creepy Crawlies.”
- The writing is, at turns, wonderfully lyrical and conversationally spot on.
- It feels important, intense, urgent, as if every page is speeding you towards a conclusion you’re quite desperate–but a little afraid–to read.
- There are plenty of fascinating characters. Until this morning I would have said that only one of them left me feeling a little ‘meh,’ but suddenly, he has a secret past, and for now, I forgive him. Evie is quite the spunky heroine–I fear she might soon get her comeuppance…
- 1920′s Manhattan is a character all its own.
- The knowledge that this is a series. It makes me think that these Diviners, who do not yet know about each others’ abilities, will come together gradually, sort of
- like a set of young Avengers whose powers deal in the supernatural. The next book in the series, Lair of Dreams comes out in August this year!
- Those covers!!