Monday, 10 December 2012
The Diviners by Libba Bray
Author: Libba Bray
First published in 2012
It is book #1 in a series.
What we're told is inside (copied from goodreards):
It's 1920s New York City. It's flappers and Follies, jazz and gin. It's after the war but before the depression. And for certain group of bright young things it's the opportunity to party like never before.
For Evie O'Neill, it's escape. She's never fit in in small town Ohio and when she causes yet another scandal, she's shipped off to stay with an uncle in the big city. But far from being exile, this is exactly what she's always wanted: the chance to show how thoroughly modern and incredibly daring she can be.
But New York City isn't about just jazz babies and follies girls. It has a darker side. Young women are being murdered across the city. And these aren't crimes of passion. They're gruesome. They're planned. They bear a strange resemblance to an obscure group of tarot cards. And the New York City police can't solve them alone.
Evie wasn't just escaping the stifling life of Ohio, she was running from the knowledge of what she could do. She has a secret. A mysterious power that could help catch the killer - if he doesn't catch her first.
I must admit, I've read the first couple of chapters already and I am very exited. I've read Libba Bray before and liked it, while this is an entirely different book I expect the writing to be in the same league (I read Beauty Queens). I know that this book is set in New York City in the 1920s and that there is a great evil about. 1920s = one of my favorite eras and in combination with mystique/the supernatural I'm so in (also I keep imagining my grandmother, who I never met, with her friends playing with ouija boards in the living room while the men had drinks and cigarettes in the dining room. Which is a thing that happended, much later than the 20s, but still). This books is long though, as long as the last one we read and that didn't work out so well for us (if mine wasn't an e-book I would have thrown it into the wall like Katastrofekat did...), but the language is, so far, much lighter and flowier. If that makes sense.
This is my first time reading anything by Libba Bray, so honestly I don't know what to expect from this book. The 1920s are fascinating, but my only experience with it before going into this book, is what I have seen in movies. So I think this book will be a very new experience for me. I really hope I will like it, and as long as it isn't as complicated and dryly written as the last book we read (which annoyed me to no end), I think I will find something to like. I'm a big fan of books with a supernatural undertone, so I hope that's not just a minor plot point.