Book of My Choosing - 2018 · Book Review · Crime/Thriller/Mystery/Horror · Fantasy/Paranormal/SciFi · Young Adult

🎃Spooky Book Review🎃: The Diviners by Libba Bray

👻😈Here’s another spooky book for the month of October! There were definitely parts that spooked me, but not enough to give me nightmares (thank goodness!). 😈👻

The Diviners, #1

Pages: 603
Genre: Supernatural/Horror/Young Adult/Mystery
Publication Date:
 September 18, 2012
Story Perspective: Alternating Third-Person
Themes: Friendships, Romance, Cults, Magic, Trust, Consequences


When moving in with her uncle Will, after being kicked out of her parents’ house, Evie can’t wait to explore New York. This seventeen-year-old does have a secret, though, that she prefers no one knows about. A supernatural secret.

Suddenly, a murder occurs and an odd symbol is placed on the victim. Due to Will’s supernatural/occult knowledge, he is pulled into the scene of the first murder. To their shock this was not the first, and will not be last victim. This series of murders is leading up to an even darker and more evil event.

my review

This was an absolutely perfect read for this month! I read this as a buddy read with a fellow book lover at, and it was a novel I truly enjoyed. 

As far as character development is concerned, I thought the author did a wonderful job in giving enough information and background to each of the main characters. I felt I really got to know these people and enjoyed most of their perspectives. As a fair warning, one of the protagonists I did not care for much was Evie. Unfortunately, her immaturity did not improve by the end and I became easily frustrated with some of her choices. However, I did love the diversity of characters.

For the most part, my attention was held. Though there were some slower scenes, there was enough thrilling ones that kept the plot moving forward. I especially became spooked whenever a murder was about to happen and/or the murder scenes were described. My breath stopped and my heart raced a number of times here, which made this a fun read! As a disclosure, I do not read hardcore horror books normally, so my scared-level is probably very different for those who normally read horror books, lol.

Looking at the writing itself, I found that Bray does a great job in describing her scenes and setting, New York in the 1920s. It was easy to picture scary scenes, action sequences, and the time period. Phrases like “the cat’s pajamas” did get to me after a while, but even they reminded that we are in the past.

Overall, I really enjoyed this spooky tale and plan to read its subsequent books.

My Rating5 stars


I would recommend this book to those who enjoy paranormal young adult and can handle some gruesome/creepy scenes.

Was this a book of my choosing or one for review?
50 out of 50 books of my choosing for 2018!

Click on the link to see my review of the second book in this series:

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