Book Review: The Diviners


Rating: 4 out of 5.

  • Author: Libba Bray
  • Genre: YA Horror
  • Page Count: 468
  • Date Started: October 8th
  • Date Finished: October 13th

A Brief Description

Evie O’Neill has been exiled from her boring old hometown and shipped off to the bustling streets of New York City—and she is pos-i-tute-ly ecstatic. It’s 1926, and New York is filled with speakeasies, Ziegfeld girls, and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is that she has to live with her uncle Will and his unhealthy obsession with the occult.

Evie worries he’ll discover her darkest secret: a supernatural power that has only brought her trouble so far. But when the police find a murdered girl branded with a cryptic symbol and Will is called to the scene, Evie realizes her gift could help catch a serial killer.

As Evie jumps headlong into a dance with a murderer, other stories unfold in the city that never sleeps. A young man named Memphis is caught between two worlds. A chorus girl named Theta is running from her past. A student named Jericho hides a shocking secret. And unknown to all, something dark and evil has awakened.

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Life don’t come to you. You gotta take it.


My Review

Hi there old sport! This review is late. It’s really, really late. But it’s here. I’ve had a rather busy few weeks with school and my mental health taking a nose dive, but I’m finally getting back into the swing of things and plan to be more active come November. Anyways, on to the review!

This book was so incredibly atmospheric. The world was very well built and it shows that the author did research on the era. I felt like I was in 1920s New York City. Everything from the phrases and language used to the speakeasies, flappers and dance clubs added to the atmosphere. The author blended the atmospheric elements with the horror elements in a really new and amazing way. This book didn’t scare me. The villain was well fleshed out and scary, but the book itself did not keep me up at night. I would say that the story was more dark than scary.

One thing I will say is that the main character of the story, Evie was likable, but she annoyed me. She got herself into situations that could have easily been avoided and I found that she was… imperfect, which means that the writing for her character was well done. I find that many times authors write a character that is perfect in every way, and this makes the character unlikable to me. That being said, she still annoyed me, at least at the beginning. She definitely had a character development arc and I’ m intrigued to see what happens in the rest of the series. The rest of the characters were well fleshed out and had back stories that hurt to read about. Each character had a distinguishable voice and personality.

This book also had some romance elements that I found to be realistically portrayed. That being said, I hate love triangles. I find them completely unnecessary and this book was no different. One of the “interests” does not need to be portrayed romantically, yet he was. (Love triangles is up there on my most hated tropes list) I don’t want to spoil who the main character ends up with, but let’s just say it went in the opposite direction than what I was expecting. That being said, I think that where the romance stands now is the most realistic option for the characters. I’m intrigued to see if this changes.

All in all, I enjoyed reading this book and will probably keep reading this series. While there were a few things about it that bothered me, they weren’t prominent or annoying enough to hamper my reading experience.

Have you read this? What did you think of it? Let’s discuss in the comments below! Have a wonderful day, and as always, keep reading ❤

~Cam

Things I’m Loving: Caravan Clubs

I have been MIA recently. I’m sorry. I’ve been rather busy with work and school, and to be honest, my mental health took a nose dive for a bit. I needed some time to myself and I think I’m ready to come back to posting content. I wanted to start with something positive and talk about something that I have been loving lately. It’s called
“Caravan Clubs”

Have you guys heard of Caravan? Caravan is an online browser app that works in tandem with Discord (which is an online community that allows you to host group chats etc). On Caravan’s website, you can sign up to be a group chat with others who are also reading that book. This lets you have online book clubs with friends or with new people!

There are many different groups going on at a time. It’s something that I highly recommend looking in to if you have every wanted to be a part of a book club.

Website: https://caravanapp.ca/clubs

Use my referral link by clicking -> here.

Let me know if you want to read a book together! I would love to get more involved in the community! Have a wonderful day/night, wherever you are, and as always, keep reading. ❤

~Cam

Book Review: Mooncakes (ARC)


Rating: 5 out of 5.


A Brief Description

A story of love and demons, family and witchcraft.

Nova Huang knows more about magic than your average teen witch. She works at her grandmothers’ bookshop, where she helps them loan out spell books and investigate any supernatural occurrences in their New England town.

One fateful night, she follows reports of a white wolf into the woods, and she comes across the unexpected: her childhood crush, Tam Lang, battling a horse demon in the woods. As a werewolf, Tam has been wandering from place to place for years, unable to call any town home.

Pursued by dark forces eager to claim the magic of wolves and out of options, Tam turns to Nova for help. Their latent feelings are rekindled against the backdrop of witchcraft, untested magic, occult rituals, and family ties both new and old in this enchanting tale of self-discovery.


A Spoiler Free Review

I wanted to thank Netgalley for giving me the opportunity to review this wonderfully heartwarming story.

For starters, this book had wonderful representation for hard of hearing and LGBTQ rep. Nova is hard of hearing and wears a hearing aid. Tam is non-binary and goes by they/them pronouns. They are referred to as such for the duration of the story as well. Nova had two grandmothers who were in a relationship and this wasn’t questioned and there was no homophobia in this respect, or any other.

The friendship between Tam and Nova is pure and wonderful. Their relationships is even more so. I fell in love with their characters and found myself rooting for them and crying with them as well.

The art in this story is GORGEOUS. The drawings are cute and it’s very colorful and pleasing to the eye. I found it very engaging and it kept me wanting more. Most of the ARC I received had color but the last few chapters were not, but either way, the art style still kept me engaged.

The plot felt high stakes and engaging as well. It felt believable and I loved the characters and how they stood up for each other.

I highly recommend this story to anyone and everyone who wants a heartwarming coming of age story about queer witches set in New England in the months of autumn. This book comes out October 15th, 2019 and can be found below:

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