Reader: Sophie D.
Age: 16
Title: The Diviners
Author: Libba Bray
Publisher: Little, Brown and Co.
Pub Date: 9/2012
Galley: Yes
Top 25: No
Convince us to read the book: The only reason I picked up this book is because it is by Libba Bray. And while it's not Going Bovine or Beauty Queens, I was definitely not disappointed. This book combines very creepy elements associated with cults and demon raising kind of stuff with the awesome setting of New York in the 20's. The characters were great, very three dimensional, and though perhaps there could have been less main characters (there was about six) each contributed to the story in totally different ways, and the excess of characters did not detract from the plot. The plot was very original, and though the book is quite long, it manages to never get slow or uninteresting. I do think that there were perhaps just one too many elements to the book that were never actually included in the actual storyline, which I understand is setting up for the sequel, but still, it's annoying.
Memorable or Forgettable: It was a very atmospheric book, and painted a pretty convincing image of a supernatural 20's New York. I was not disappointed with Libba Bray, even though this book is completely different from my favorites of hers.
Cover: The cover is nice. It fits the book perfectly. It's not too loud, and it is very tasteful.
Age Range: 14-17
Quality: 4Q Better than most
Popularity: 4P Broad general teen appeal

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