Goodreads Synopsis: 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.
There is so much hype for this book, I honestly wasn’t sure what I was getting into.
The Diviners starts out really well, the setup for the main plot is spooky and forces you to keep reading the next page. Then you get to the main story, and the world-building is amazing. Every time I picked up this book I felt like I had been whisked away to the 1920’s and it was magical. This book really gave me a love for the time period. The slang, the descriptions of clothes and drinks, everything was so well done. I also liked that this book didn’t brush over the racism and sexism of the time.
The characters are really great as well. When I was reading reviews for the book I saw that a lot of people didn’t really like Evie, but I loved her. She can be selfish a lot, but I felt that flaw made her real. I loved her zest for life, her love of partying and having a good time. I felt like a lot of people in the book wanted to change that part of her, but I wasn’t sure I wanted her to change. Though of course I did like that she came to terms with how selfish she was, and wanted to make a change for the better.
Mabel, was a pretty great character for the most part. I liked her backstory of coming from a family that cared more about rallies and ideals than her, it made me sympathize a lot with her. There were sometimes however that I thought she was boring as hell. She really needed to relax more and have fun with Evie. I loved Theta’s character, I wanted to hear more of her story. Maybe she’ll play a bigger part in the second book? Jericho was super boring, it felt like he did nothing the entire time. Sam also felt like he only came in and out of the story when he was needed. Memphis was the only male character that actually felt real, and I can’t wait to see what happens with him in the next book.
There were some things I did dislike. The romance between Evie and Jericho felt like it came out of nowhere. Not only was it rude of Evie to start up things with him, considering she knew how much Mabel liked him. But also Evie and Jericho had zero chemistry, it felt so forced. I honestly didn’t think a love interest had to be included, and I was disappointed when it was. Though Evie and Theta could have made an adorable couple.
Towards the end I started to feel like the book was a little long, and I just wanted to get to the conclusion. The Diviners definitely could have been a 100 pages shorter. Also once I got to the ending, I felt like it was a little too easy for them. It’s one those ending where I’m really not sure how to feel about it.
That all said I gave The Diviners four stars on Goodreads and I already have the second book ready and waiting for me to read it.