Title: The Diviners (The Diviners #1)
Author: Libba Bray
2012 – YA – Supernatural/Mystery/Thriller
The Story: Evie O’Neill finds herself shipped off to New York to stay with her Uncle Will after committing a hideous societal transgression back in her hometown in Ohio. After she arrives, she gets involved in a murder investigation centered around the supernatural, the return of the Beast of the Bible, and a creepy cult who believes that the Beast’s return will herald the end of the world and salvation for members of said cult. As the investigation progresses, Evie struggles to decide whether or not to reveal the real reason she was sent to New York – a supernatural gift that could potentially solve the murder cases…and save the world.
The Opening Line: In a town house at a fashionable address on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, every lamp blazes.
Thoughts: This is a reread in preparation for Lair of Dreams. The first time I read this, it was super terrifying and I’m pretty sure I didn’t sleep very well afterward. This time around, I knew what was happening, so it wasn’t as bad, but it was still pretty scary. All the things I remember loving were still true in this read. The occult angle, the headstrong female character, the diversity of characters, the twists and surprises – I fell in love with this book all over again. Definitely a great read!
Title: Lair of Dreams (The Diviners #2)
Author: Libba Bray
Release Date: August 25, 2015
The Story: After the events of the first book, Diviners, those with supernatural gifts and talents, start coming out of the woodwork. Evie lands her own radio show where she reads objects. Henry walks in dreams, searching for a lost friend. Memphis regains his ability to heal, something he thought he’d lost. Meanwhile, Sam and Theta try to keep their gifts and their pasts under wraps. But the Diviners will have a role to play as a mysterious sleeping sickness begins to afflict the city, causing people to fall into an eternal nightmare.
The Opening Line (taken from an ARC): Every city is a ghost.
Thoughts: I loved The Diviners so much that I was ultimately a little bit disappointed in Lair of Dreams. Don’t get me wrong, it was still really good. To me, it just didn’t have the same pizazz that The Diviners used to suck me in. Although the same creepy, supernatural elements were there, it just wasn’t the same. It felt like too much repetition, plus the characters somehow felt shallower and less dynamic this go around. What I did love? Getting to focus on Henry’s dream walking and learning his backstory. The addition of a new character in Ling. Everything about the sleeping sickness and its power to lure dreamers into a nightmare from which they never wake up. The mysterious U.S. Department of the Paranormal and Project Buffalo. These elements kept me reading and make me eager for the rest of the series.