Book Review: The Diviners by Libba Bray
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-toot-ly thrilled. New York is the city of speakeasies, shopping, and movie palaces! Soon enough, Evie is running with glamorous Ziegfield girls and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is Evie has to live with her Uncle Will, curator of The Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult–also known as “The Museum of the Creepy Crawlies.”
When a rash of occult-based murders comes to light, Evie and her uncle are right in the thick of the investigation. And through it all, Evie has a secret: a mysterious power that could help catch the killer–if he doesn’t catch her first.
AVG goodreads rating: 4.13 out of 5
So first off, I just want to say that the summary doesn’t do it justice.
The Diviners is so much more than a girl with special powers trying to find a murderer.
There are multiple perspectives in this book (the main heroine is Evie, though) and you get to read about each character’s life and beliefs. At first you kind of think, what’s the point to reading about all these people? how does this affect the story in any way?, but as you progress throughout the book you see how each person’s life, beliefs, past, and actions are interwoven with the other characters and affect the storyline and plot, which I think is pretty cool.
The plot is really interesting and at first glance, it’s not what it seems. You get bits and pieces of what the story really is about as you read and at the end everything kind of fits together like a puzzle. t
here’s also a ton of action, gore, violence, betrayal, revenge, and dark magic going on i advise you to not read at night if you’re easily scared
And in the beginning I really liked how the romance involving Evie was going, even though it was kind of slow, but then it took a drastic turn later on and my heart dropped to my stomach and I just— oh god, Sam.
The romance involving Theta was just fab though.
Evie: SHE’S A BUBBLY PIECE OF AWESOME AND I LOVE HER. I thought she was really annoying at first and I hated her, but when I progressed through the book she grew on me and she just…felt real.
Sam: I love Sam’s personality. He’s so charming and funny, but can get serious when he wants to. He’s the character that nobody really gets and is just misunderstood.
Theta: I have mixed feelings about her. I dislike her personality, pity her, but agree with her choices.
Memphis: I pity him so much. HIS LIFE IS SO HARD HE DOESN’T DESERVE THIS
Jericho: 5 words- the quiet giant who cares
Will: he’s a sexy old guy that deals with supernatural shiz what more can i really say?
Quotes I liked:
“How do you invent a religion?” Evie asked.
Will looked over the top of his spectacles. “You say, ‘God told me the following,’ and then wait for people to sign up.”
“Evie replied with an eye-roll. “Do you think you can manage to not steal anything while I’m gone?”
“The only thing I’m trying to steal is your heart, doll.” Sam smirked.
“You’re not that talented a thief, Sam Lloyd.”
“Cash or check?” he said cheekily. Even the dullest Ohio girls knew that bit of lingo: Kiss now or kiss later?
“Bank’s closed, pal.”
“Naughty John, Naughty John, does his work with his apron on. Cuts your throat and takes your bones, sells ’em off for a coupla stones.”
“There is nothing more terrifying than the absoluteness of one who believes he’s right.”
“I am starting a collection of only right-hand gloves. It’s ever so bourgeois to have two.”
“There were few things worse than being ordinary, in Evie’s opinion. Ordinary was for suckers.”
“He wanted to hit something or someone. He wanted to burn up the whole world, heal it, and burn it down again.”
“You have a steady fella?” Sam asked after a bit.
“No fella can hold me for long.”
Sam gave her a sideways glance. “That a challenge?”
“No. A statement of fact.”
Rate: 9.6 out of 10
did i mention that this book is set in the 1920s?
Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
AVG goodreads rating: 4.14 out of 5
To be honest, I expected the book to be better, but it was still good. There were some parts that were boring though.
The relationships weren’t as well developed as I wanted–it kind of seemed like they suddenly magically became really good friends
or maybe I just happened to flip the page on all the parts where they were hanging out
I really like Charlie as a character. He rubbed off on me a little, so the way I talk is sometimes like his speech. If a character can do that to you, you know it’s good.
Throughout the whole entire book he’s writing letters to an anonymous person, who may or may not know he exists, and we never find out who the person is.
The book is pretty much about his freshman year at high school and about growing up though.
Rate: 8 out of 10
Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness
AVG goodreads rating: 4.3 out of 5
Now I know what you’re thinking.
Why make a mini review of the last book of a trilogy you adore?
but if you honestly don’t know what I’m talking about then you are now banned from this blog NOT KNOWING THE CHAOS WALKING TRILOGY IS A SIN
Well the answer is, you guys already know how much I love this trilogy and everything I would say in the review about the trilogy would just be repetitive.
So this is the last book of the Chaos Walking trilogy and it breaks my heart that I’m finally done with the trilogy.
Reading this book is like trying not to procrastinate. It’s that painful.
It pulled at my heart strings and I think it took a portion of my voice too because I kept screaming throughout the entire book.
It wasn’t as great as the first book, in my opinion, but it was still amazing.
The book has 3 POVs:
Todd, Viola, and 1017.
nobody likes you, 1017, go away
To be honest I kind of skimmed through 1017’s POVs because I wanted to read what was happening with Todd and Viola instead of 1017’s tragic back story and feelings.
There’s amazing character development from book one to this book. Viola and Todd grow as characters and they aren’t the same people as they were in book one.
Viola kind of annoyed me at some parts because she kept saying how “Todd was different”.
And I’m still not sure how I feel about the ending because I’m not entirely sure what happened.
Rate: 10 out of 10
Paper Towns by John Green
My friend made me read this
My really bad summary:
This book is about a guy named Quentin, but everybody calls him Q, I don’t know why, and one day he gets a surprise night visit from the girl of his dreams–Margo.
Margo, this crazy, lively girl, asks for Q’s help and that night they go on a little night adventure, but the next day Margo is gone. She leaves a bunch of clues to let Q know where she is, but the clues are extremely hard to figure out.
This whole book is pretty much Q trying to find out where Margo is, and Q questioning if he really knew the real Margo after all.
This book is pretty good.
It was kind of boring at parts, but it was still good.
I was really confused thoughout the entire book because the clues Margo left were really confusing. If it were me trying to solve this, I’d probably give up.
The characters are fabulous though and the book is really funny.
but that cannot make up the really sad/bad ending
Rate: 8.6 out of 10
P.S. I hate Margo; she isn’t a honeybunny (haha see what I did there?)