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The Diviners, by Libba Bray

snowbenton's review against another edition

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1.0

This was even worse the second time. The plotting and pacing are garbage, the slang is obnoxious to the point it pulls you out of the story, Evie is a stupid vapid wretch who
Spoiler solves the entire crime and defeats the bad guy with zero help from any of the other waste-of-fucking-space characters, and then there are sixty more fucking pages of filler so there can be sequels
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turtleintherain's review

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adventurous dark hopeful medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0

jherrick_'s review against another edition

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5.0

4.5 stars. After reading Libba Bray's Gemma Doyle series I was super sceptic me about The Diviners, but I'm so glad I picked it up. I loved it! At first I wasn't sure about it, as it seemed complicated and creepy and not my kind of book at all. But the more intricate the plot got, and the more intertwined the characters became the more I started to like it. It was creepy but not overly so, and I was never really too scared to read it. There was a definite build up, and it laid a lot of ground work for the future events of this book and the next book. The characterization was done really well, and I LOVED the dialect and the setting. I really felt like I was in the twenties. It was refreshing for sure, and the paranormal twist was excellent. My only issue was the Jericho-Evil relationship. It took a turn I was not expecting and I'm not really happy about it. That aside though, I can't wait to read the second book!

akjade11's review against another edition

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4.0

Overall I really liked The Diviners. I thought it started out slow and it took me a bit to get into, but one night I curled up on the couch and just read for a few hours, I ended up getting really into it. I will definitely be checking into the next one in the series.

lea1801's review against another edition

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5.0

one of the most atmospheric books i've ever read!! loved the writing i couldn't put it down.
and the 1920s new york setting always does it for me

can't wait to read the next book but the amount of exams i have to study for is absolutely disgusting.

charlotte_owl's review against another edition

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5.0

I enjoyed this book a lot. In fact, more than I expected to! I loved the atmospheric setting of NY City in the 1920s. I think the author managed to really create an authentic setting. She really brought the era to life.

In this book there are people with small magical abilities, who don't really know much about their powers. These people are Diviners.

The main plot of the book is centered on the finding of a serial killer, who may be magical himself.

Overall, the book was creepier than I expected, and left me wishing I had read it in October. Overall, a good read I would recommend!

acmorrisonx's review against another edition

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4.0

4.5*

bookdeviant's review against another edition

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there was nothing going on but also so much happening at once

sargar114's review against another edition

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4.0

Audiobook review:

Such an improvement! Loved the audiobook version of this and will give the rest of the series a go in this format. Still a touch long even in this version, but still also got chills listening to certain passages. Bray paints such a vivid and beautiful portrait with her words; I’m shocked I haven’t seen this as a tv series or movie. Evie is much more tolerable in this format than the way I read her. Still a 4, but a much more solid score for me. Will definitely continue the series in this format

****

Hard copy Review:

Bray really created quite the world. So much so that it was slow go to start. I considered putting it down and possibly giving the audiobook a try since that seemed to warrant the most praise...then Memphis meets Theta. While it’s a small part of the novel, the chemistry between them is so strong...I WANT MORE! From that point the overall story also took off and it was tough to put down. Exciting, unique, and so quoteable. My biggest issue is I’m not a fan of Evie. The supporting cast in this saves the book, hands down. Looking forward to the rest of the series just to find out what happens to everyone else.

lydiacrane's review against another edition

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3.0

3.5☆