Tag Archives: Libba Bray

The Diviners by Libba Bray REVIEW

Seventeen-year-old Evie O'Neill is thrilled when she is exiled from small-town Ohio to New York City in 1926, even when a rash of occult-based murders thrusts Evie and her uncle, curator of The Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult, into the thick of the investigation.
Seventeen-year-old Evie O’Neill is thrilled when she is exiled from small-town Ohio to New York City in 1926, even when a rash of occult-based murders thrusts Evie and her uncle, curator of The Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult, into the thick of the investigation.

The Diviners

By Libba Bray

TEEN FIC BRA

Available in Print, Large Print, Downloadable Audiobook, and eBook.

The Diviners follows a ragtag group of latent psychics in 1920s Manhattan. A killer is on the loose, committing brutal ritualistic murders that have the police and press scratching their heads. Can Evie O’Neill and the other Diviners stop this madman before time runs out?

Libba Bray’s historical fiction is incredibly well researched, allowing for a lush narrative, peopled with vibrant characters. Her 20s flapper, Evie O’Neill truly is “the berries.” She’ll keep you on your toes through the sinister Big Apple of The Diviners.

 

—Recommended by Kasey Panighetti, Franklin Road Branch

Going Bovine, by Libba Bray

Going BovineI generally like reading books that are fun and froofy or that have some kind of supernatural element about them. When I started reading this book about a loser kid with a loser life that seemed to attract nothing but loser things, I was not excited. Cameron was not an interesting character. His family was absolutely horrible. Nothing seemed to be going for this book.
 
Then Cameron the Loser got a fatal disease. Could it get any worse here? Where is the happy ending that I so desire? Could anything good happen in this book, please? Then something miraculous happens! Cameron loses touch with reality! This is where the book really takes off. Cameron goes on adventure after adventure searching for his own special cure.
 
An adventurer wouldn’t be quite as special without his trusty sidekicks, would he? Cameron has them in abundance. First, our Don Quixote finds his Dulce in the shape of a goth angel who helps lead him through his journey. Along for the ride, Cameron takes the Dwarf of Destruction, Gonzo, who ends up finding something of his own on the trip. Halfway through the journey, Balder the immortal Norse god of wisdom joins the ranks. With this set of characters, how could you go wrong?

The second half is so dramatically different from the first half that I wonder why the first half was so long. If I was just looking for a good read, I probably would have put Going Bovine down before the good part.  I’m really glad I didn’t.