The Diviners | 2 star review
Series: The Diviners #1
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.
The Diviners was a book on my 2018 books I need to read list, and I have to say I have to agree with my best friend when she said it wasn’t the greatest. I think the main problem with this book is the characters and the lack of depth and explanation. I think far too much emphasis was put on the setting, which by the way was so detailed. The Diviners is set in 1920s New York and this fact is so overwhelming throughout the book, it’s kind of shoved down your throat, something I definitely struggled with.
I think the fact that the setting was described in such detail meant that this book was SO slow paced like I seriously wanted to skip through the majority of it. There was a lot of eating and a lot of drinking in this book, which I am not against in the slightest but there didn’t seem to be a point to it if I’m honest. It was kind of there for the sake of it, plus it made the main character highly unlikeable. and I struggled to see her as anything other than an immature brat. Which didn’t bode well seeing as she was the main point of interest.
Another problem for me in this book was the way that romance was handled, it was ridiculously superficial and I couldn’t keep track of who was loving who and why they were in love. I just struggled in understanding how the relationships came about and what they were based on. It was a massive issue for me. This also runs into the other huge issue I had with The Diviners, that being the lack of development of the backstories. They were almost added in as a second thought, I didn’t think they were integrated into the story very well and I thought it did them an injustice.
I think the concept of this book had an awful lot of potential and I was definitely expecting something better than what I got. I just wished that more time had been spent on the character and the plot and giving them depth and meaning, and a little less time on the setting. I understand that it was to build atmosphere but I just struggled all the way through, I enjoyed parts of it but others made me wanna skip pages. It made the book feel heavy and burdensome, which is never good in my opinion!
I don’t think based on my reading that I would recommend The Diviners. There were moments of good writing but there weren’t enough note to mention in this review. I think there will be other more well-written books out there dealing with the same sort of subject matter.
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