The Diviners by Libba Bray

GoodReads Summary:
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 he’ll 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 hides a shocking secret. And unknown to all, something dark and evil has awakened.
Review:
This enormous book took me WAY too long to listen to. I had to request The Diviners three or four times before actually getting through the 12+ hour audiobook. I have a few things to talk about, some good and some bad.
Let’s start with the good. I really enjoyed the narrator. She did an excellent job portraying all the different characters. There were songs she had to sing and various male and female characters. I am super impressed that this book is narrated by one person for the entire thing. I liked the uniqueness of the story. It’s a really interesting concept. I also really liked the writing itself. Bray writes very well, giving the story personality. There were lots of little things that caught my attention that I enjoyed. There were quite a few supporting characters. Each of these characters got their own backstory. Bray did a great job of giving each of them a thorough background.
Now sadly the things I didn’t like we’re all of the important things. I didn’t like the characters. They were okay. I don’t actively dislike them, but I didn’t like them enough to get invested in them. Evie was annoying until over halfway through the book. She’s immature and selfish. She was also clever and determined and resourceful. Uncle Will was secretive and underestimated Evie at every turn, which was also annoying. He has secrets that weren’t revealed by the end of the book. I know this is supposed to make me want to read the next books, but I honestly can’t imagine listening to another 12+ hours of these characters running around. Despite all of the characters having their own stories and their futures intertwining, I just couldn’t get invested. The plot/storyline was interesting but there’s something about it that I just couldn’t get into. I think maybe it was the time period it took place in. During the time of prohibition, I’m supposed to believe there are all these people with magic powers and everyone’s just going to accept that? Meh, I’m not interested.
I really wanted to like this book. So many people love this story but I’m not one of them. I don’t know that I’ll be attempting to finish the series. I likely would have just DNF’d the book, but I by the time I said to myself, “why am I still listening to this?” I had waited a few months (this is all of the time combined) for it to be available at my library and I was 60 something percent of the way through the story. So, I decided to push through and finish it.
I thought this was going to be the perfect book for spooktober, but despite an interesting story idea and an excellent narrator I was not terribly invested in The Diviners even though I tried really hard to be. Don’t let this review deter you from the story though, so so many others loved this book. It just wasn’t for me.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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Amanda’s Top Ten Tuesday – Halloween

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Each week we talk about our top ten with a different topic provided by Jana. This week’s topic is top ten – Halloween/Creepy Freebie. I’m going to make a list that I think is fitting for the spooky season.

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1. The Diviners by Libba Bray – All the spooky feels. Listening to this on audiobook gave me some serious chills.
2. Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer – Weird, creepy and spooky all in one. I made the mistake of reading this at night and had some weiiiird dreams that night.
3. The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert – This definitely wasn’t one of my favorites I’ve read lately but it’s definitely got the creepy Halloween vibes.
4. The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw – Accused witches coming back from the dead and drowning boys every summer, spooky season approved.
5. Uprooted by Naomi Novik – Magic isn’t always spooky but The Wood definitely adds a creep factor to this surprisingly dark story.
6. American Gods by Neil Gaiman – The not knowing makes this story a little spooky. Mr. Wednesday only lets us (and Shadow) know what he wants us to know when he wants us to know it.
7. The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco – The mystery factor is what makes this book spooky. That and the crazy ass monsters that Tea has under her control.
8. The Devouring by Simon Holt – This series is seriously spooky. An excellent read for the Halloween season.
9. Secret of McKinley Mansion by K.F. Breene – I actually had to watch a Disney movie after I finished this book. I made the mistake of reading it before bed and I was seriously creeped out.
10. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater – I’m not finished with this series, but the first book is pretty spooky. Especially after learning what we did about Noah.

What books are you going to be reading this Halloween?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

WWW Wedneday

Hey, bookworms! It’s that day of the week again where we participate in the wonderful bookish post that was formerly hosted by Should be Reading and was recently taken over by Taking on a World of Words. To play along just answer three questions to give an update about what you’re currently reading, going to read next and have read recently. Feel free to leave your answers in the comments or link your post!

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What are you currently reading?

Amanda- I’m in the middle of an ARC from NetGalley, Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa. I’m reading this one slowly so I don’t miss anything. It’s full of Japanese Mythology and super good. I’m also listening to an audiobook, I Have Lost My Way by Gayle Forman. I never used to be able to read more than one book at a time, but I think because they’re different formats I’m able to do it. I say this because along with the ebook and audiobook I’m reading a physical book that’s from the library that I need to finish today so I can return it on time! Roseblood by A.G. Howard is the library book I’m trying to power through.

Antonia- I’m actually between books right now but I’ll elaborate on that a little more in the next two answers.

What did you recently finish reading?

Amanda- I recently finished reading Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst. Keep an eye out for my review sometime next week! I also just finished listening to Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel which was amazing and I loved everything about it.

Antonia- I just finished The Girl With the Make-Believe Husband by Julia Quinn. It was funny and romantic and ridiculous. I loved it.

What do you think you will read next?

Amanda- I have so many books on my TBR list. The Diviners by Libba Bray that I still haven’t managed to start. Along with the nine books that are on my July TBR list that I know I’m not going to get through.

Antonia- Next I’m thinking either Paper Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg or Wintersong by S Jae-Jones. I’m not sure which one I’m in the mood for yet.

What are your W’s this week?

Tome Topple Challenge – Wrap Up

Hi, bookworms! We’re back again with the Tome Topple Readathon Challenge. This time it’s to give an update about how we did! Tome Topple has officially ended, sadly. It was a fun challenge and great to help us get some of the bigger books on our TBR lists knocked off. While our TBR lists are forever getting longer instead of shorter, this challenge helped us get through a few of the longer books for sure.

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I managed to get through three and a half books! I started off with Stormcaster by Cinda Williams Chima (review here.) The third book in the Shattered Realms series was amazing. I can’t wait for the fourth book to be released next year. This book was my ‘tome that’s part of a series’ for the readathon. Next, I picked up Triangles by Ellen Hopkins. My review for this book will be published this upcoming Monday, so keep an eye out if you’d like to read my thoughts on that story. Triangles was my ‘adult tome’ for the readathon. After that, I couldn’t help but pick up the sort of companion novel, Tilt, that focuses on the same story but from the young adult perspective. This wasn’t on my TBR list for this challenge but it’s over 500 pages, so I’m counting it! I’m currently reading The Diviners by Libba Bray but did not finish it in time for it to count for this challenge. So that’s why I said three and a half books.

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I definitely didn’t do as well as I was hoping to for this challenge. I just started a new full-time shift at work and was there eight days in a row without a break. To top it off, the new shift is 1pm-10pm which is my normal reading time and I had some trouble trying to get into a book first thing in the morning. I managed to finish Inkheart by Cornelia Funke (review here) which fit “tome that’s part of a series” but barely started the second book, Inkspell. I read a couple smaller books in between so I’d still be able to post reviews which you can view here: Institute of Magic and Crime of Magic, both by Linsey Hall.

How did everyone else do with their Tome Topple TBR lists?

WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme formerly hosted by Should Be Reading and was revived by Taking on a World of Words. To play along, answer the following three questions and share a link to your post in the comments on her page. Enjoy!

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What are you currently reading? 

Amanda- For those of you that have followed us for a long time, prepare to be shocked. I’m currently reading (sort of) three different books. I’ve recently discovered that I like audiobooks. So I’m listening to American Gods by Neil Gaiman. I’m also reading an ARC of Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa which I’m trying to read slowly because I love her writing and I don’t ever want it to be over. Last, I’m reading a library book The Diviners by Libba Bray, the last book on my TBR list for the Tome Topple reading challenge.

Antonia- I’m currently reading Inkspell by Cornelia Funke. It’s the second in her Inkworld series. It’s really long (I picked it for our tome topple challenge), but I have a crazy new work schedule and I’ve been sick so I think I’m going to read Crime of Magic by Linsey Hall instead. I hate not being able to post reviews regularly and this is a quick read that will allow me to actually get a review out this week.

What did you recently finish reading? 

Amanda- Yesterday while in the car on an eight-hour drive back home I finished Triangles by Ellen Hopkins. I’ll be writing my review for this after I’m done writing and scheduling this post. That should be posted later this week or early next.

Antonia– I recently finished Inkheart by Cornelia Funke. It was the perfect bookworm book and I loved it. You can check out my review here.

What do you think you will read next? 

Amanda- I will be reading another library book for sure. Maybe the sequel to The Diviners and maybe something else. I’m not fully committed yet.

Antonia- I’m really not sure what I’ll read next. My giant order from book outlet should be arriving today and I’m feeling a little overwhelmed by all the choices. I’ll do a small book haul post soon so you guys can see what I got.

These are our W’s for this week! What are yours? Feel free to leave your answers in the comments or leave a link to your W post!

WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme formerly hosted by Should Be Reading and was revived by Taking on a World of Words. To play along, answer the following three questions and share a link to your post in the comments on her page. Enjoy!

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What are you currently reading?

Amanda- I’m currently reading Triangles by Ellen Hopkins. It’s the second book on my Tome Topple list and fulfills the ‘adult novel’ challenge for this readathon. I love anything Ellen Hopkins.

Antonia- Inkheart by Cornelia Funke. I’ve been wanted to read this series for pretty much forever and I’m so happy I finally have. It’s perfect because it’s long enough to count for the Tome Topple reading challenge.

What did you recently finish reading? 

Amanda- I recently finished reading Stormcaster by Cinda Williams Chima. Keep an eye out for my review soon. This was my first pick for Tome Topple and I’ve been putting off reading it because the fourth book in the series hasn’t been released yet. This book fulfills the ‘part of a series’ tome challenge for the readathon.

Antonia- I just finished Institute of Magic by Linsey Hall. It’s the first book in Ana’s series which I’ve been looking forward to for awhile now. Check out my review here.

What do you think you will read next?

Amanda- Next I think I’m going to start The Diviners by Libba Bray. It’s the first in a series that I got from the library. All three books in this series qualify for the Tome Topple Readathon and they will be a nice addition to our master review list (we don’t have any reviews listed under the letter B).

Antonia- I’m thinking Inkspell by Cornelia Funke since it also works for Tome Topple.

That’s all for our W’s this week. What are yours?

Libary Book Haul

Hi lovelies!

I’m back with another library book haul! Last week my husband kicked me out of the house and told me to go do something fun, something just for me. So obviously I went to the library because really what else would I do?

This library adventure was a little harder because I wanted to find a book that would work for the Tome Topple Readathon that just started. I also didn’t want to get too many books because I haven’t finished all of the books from my last library haul yet.

So without any further delay, this weeks library haul!

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Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst – This book I snagged off of the library’s “Pride Month” feature. It sounds super interesting. And the cover is super pretty too.

The Diviners by Libba Bray – This book is this visits choice because of the authors last name. Libba Bray will fill a slot in the B category in our master review list, which is one of a few letters that we have no reviews listed under. This series sounds super interesting and also fits the bill for the Tome Topple Readathon. So look out for my review in the new few weeks.

Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray – The second in The Diviners series. These books are giant and I mostly just couldn’t stop myself.

Before the Devil Breaks You by Libba Bray – The third and most recently released book in the Diviners Series. I doubt I will get through all three of these books for Tome Topple, but a girl can have dreams right?

This is my library haul for this week! Too many books, as usual. Have you read any of these books? Is there anything you think I should be grabbing from my local library? Keep an eye out for my reviews of these stories within the next few weeks.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.