The following is an honest review of the Diviners by Libba Bray and my suggested age rating.
Synopsis of The Diviners
The Diviners follows our main character Evie who has a secret gift: she can touch a person’s object and see their secrets. After she uses her “gift” at a party to reveal a dark secret of a spoiled boy, she is shipped away to her uncle in New York City. She doesn’t think it will be so bad, after all the idea of New York City in the roaring 20’s away from her parents seems nothing like “punishment” to her.
Once she gets there she learns about mysterious deaths taking place. Since her uncle is an expert in all things “creepy and supernatural,” the police go to him for help on the cases. There are cryptic symbols left at the murder scene and they hope he can make sense of it. Evie dives into helping her uncle discover the truth and what they learn may be more than they bargained for.
Review of The Diviners
The setting and time period of this book was easy to imagine yourself in because of the author’s detailed descriptions. She even incorporated a lot of the sayings used during the 20’s. I loved watching Evie’s character develop into a strong, brave women when she first appeared as a spoiled, selfish one.
This storyline is very lengthy. I do feel like there are parts that could be left out to make it slightly more condensed. It is pretty spooky, so if that isn’t your thing be warned.
Overall, I gave this book 4/5 stars on Goodreads.
Age Rating for The Diviners
This book contained cultish ideals/twisting of Biblical concepts, death/gore, the trauma that comes from dealing with the loss of a loved one, physical abuse, sexual abuse, talks of abortion after sexual abuse, and alcohol. Overall, A LOT Of heavy topics. I personally wouldn’t classify this book as “young adult” I would give this book a suggested age rating of 17+.
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