Love the decadent flapper filled parties from the Great Gatsby? Perhaps you prefer old museums stuffed with historical photographs and illuminated manuscripts? What are your feelings about ghosts, fortune tellers, and the supernatural? Well, if you like any of the above, I’ve got the book for you!
The Diviners by Libba Bray (author of Going Bovine, A Great and Terrible Beauty, and Beauty Queens) is a fantastic and spooky young adult (YA) novel set in 1926. The heroine is Evie O’Neill, a bright young thing who is sent to live with her Uncle Will as punishment for her bad behaviour at a party in her hometown of Zenith, Ohio. Will is the curator of the “Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult” in New York City. Despite his obsession with all things eerie, he is unaware that Evie has her own supernatural gifts. Soon after Evie’s arrival, the police call upon her Uncle for help after they uncover a murdered woman with a mysterious occult symbol branded on her body. As a result, Evie, Uncle Will, his assistant Jericho, and a rakish pickpocket named Sam, must band together to try to stop the murderer, a demonic entity known as Naughty John. This book is great for both horror and historical fiction fans. As with all YA books, there are even a few love triangles for the romantics.