Rant and Rave: The Diviners by Libba Bray

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Rating: 4.0

Bestselling author of The Gemma Doyle trilogy, Going Bovine, Beauty Queens, and many other short stories, Libba Bray comes back to the table better than ever with her latest fictional piece. No matter what timespan you are in or what generation you are born to, all human heartbeats sound the same, and emotions are indeed the universal language that stand the test of time. Libba Bray knows this full well as she explores the realm of historical fiction once again with the first book in her new series (of the same name), The Diviners.

Set in 1920 America, back when moving pictures were still a dream of tomorrow, Evangeline “Evie” O’Neill discovers talents that just might get her out of small town Zenith, Ohio, and into New York City; where, if you made it there, then as today, you could make it anywhere. But when a series of serial killings with a bizarre connection to the supernatural come into play, will Evie and some newfound special friends bite off more from the Big Apple than they can chew?

Equipped with an evocative vocabulary and a spine-tingling cliffhanger, The Diviners proves that Bray still has the magic touch of words that is able to hold the hearts of people of all colors and all ages. The characters are beautifully penned with just the right blend of light, dark, and crazy – you will fall in love with just about everyone. The language is captivatingly contagious and so detailed up to the wazoo that you can practically hear the speakeasies uptown. A gumbo of romance, racism, friendship, bigotry, nightlife, mischief, and a supernatural murder mystery to boot – don’t you worry, baby doll – there’s plenty of everything for everyone.

With just the right touch of thrill and things that go bump in the night, The Diviners delivers on its promise to be the bee’s knees, the cat’s meow, and just about everything in between.

Jonnah Dayuta

By Jonnah Dayuta

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