Diviners by Libba Bray
With her newest title, Libba Bray really brings the Roaring 20’s to life. Readers get to experience the Ziegfield Follies, New York City of the 20’s, speakeasies and the flagrant flapper lifestyle through Evie O’Neill. Evie’s been sent to New York to stay with her Uncle Will after she told a dark secret of one of her small town’s favored young men. But for Evie this isn’t a punishment at all, since she fancies herself a flapper and certainly doesn’t fit in with her parents’ idea of a proper young lady. The seventeen-year-old quickly renews her friendship with her penpal Mabel, whose parents are radical political activists, and meets the Ziegfield dancer and her “brother” who live upstairs in their building. They quickly find themselves immersed in the fast-paced 20’s lifestyle, drinking “giggle water,” up till the early dawn at night clubs and visiting the movie palaces. But her life quickly falls apart when the city experiences a rash of brutal murders that have a supernatural twist to them. Since her uncle Will is the head of the Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult–also known as “The Museum of the Creepy Crawlies,” he is asked to help the police investigate the crimes. So Evie, Uncle Will, his assistant Jericho and a charming pickpocket Will has hired to help in the museum become a mismatched team going after the murderer, unless he finds them first! This book is full of interesting minor characters, many of whom have unique types of powers like Evie’s power to “read” objects. Bray does a good job developing her characters and adding enough unexpected plot surprises to keep readers involved throughout the 500+ pages of this book. I recommend it to readers looking for a engaging mystery, Libba Bray fans and fans of supernatural romances.
Libba Bray’s other books have also been popular here at Berkeley High.