Wednesday, March 8, 2017

The Diviners Series by Libba Bray

The Diviners Series by Libba Bray
Published between 2012-2015
Summary on Goodreads
Definitely a fan of this series – I’m just disappointed to find that this series isn’t over and according to Goodreads, there are two more books (at least?).  My biggest pet peeve about reading is thinking that a series is over due to long years of no mention about any new books and when I do finally get my hands on the books, I finish and then realize that jk, there are more books coming and I have to wait another year for the next one and god knows how long for book 4.  And I know for a fact that knowing me, I would most likely wait till I think the books are finally done before diving in again and then book 3 is going to be mostly me re-introducing myself to the characters and the plot.  Sigh.

Anyways, moving along…I still really enjoyed the books.  The first book mostly followed along Evie O’Neill with the introduction of some of the other main characters: Sam, Theta, Jericho, Mabel and Memphis.  The second book introduced another major character, Ling, as well as allowing another character to become more important, Henry.  The characters from the first book are still around and still play a vital role.  I actually thought that from the second book’s synopsis that it was going to be more based on the new character, Ling, and more on Henry as well.  But that wasn’t the case.  They definitely played major roles but the characters from the first novel were equally as important. 

I really liked the interactions between the characters.  Even though I thought Evie was, for the most part, relatively shallow and pretty selfish but when it was really important, she pulled through.  The other characters were equally as entertaining. I particularly liked Sam even though in the beginning he was kind of rude, quite suspicious really and overall a shady character but as I got to know him better, I realized that everything was just a front and inside he’s actually a gooey character.  I don’t want to go too much into all the other characters because honestly, they’re all important and every one of them had their faults and strengths but together, they all worked out well.

My favorite part was definitely the lingo.  I didn’t realize how entertaining 1920s slang were – cheaters for glasses; big cheese for someone who was important; ducky (by far, my favorite – I should probably start using that – things are just ducky); or jake (probably my second favorite).  In the beginning, I was definitely a little confused when they were saying “on the level?” and other slang until I had to really read the context of the sentence or scene to fully understand the meaning.  But regardless, I fully enjoyed reading and learning about 1920s lingo. 

The plots for both books were equally addicting.  Even though both books dealt with ghosts but they were very different and were both deliciously creepy.  There were definitely times when I felt a little spooked while listening (I had the audiobooks for both!) and because I had the audiobook, I think it made it even more creepy because there were actually different voices/tones for each character and whoever did the reading did an awesome job doing so.  I also think that’s probably why I enjoyed the characters so much.  The narrator can really make or break a book in audiobooks.

Overall, I found these two books to be incredibly fun to listen and I can’t wait for the next two books to come out.  My biggest question though is…what can Mabel do??  And this is a huge spoiler (or maybe not if you’re smart or good at guessing) but everyone so far has a Diviner ability except for Mabel.  So what can she do?  She must have something, right?  Otherwise she wouldn’t be so closely knitted with the rest of the group.  So I’m hoping that the next book will delve into her side and reveal her ability.


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