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Book 38: The Diviners

27 Apr

thedivinersThe Diviners by Libba Bray

This review comes from my adventures in book samples. Thank you to my lovely friends at Comic-con for giving me (and countless others) a lovely preview into the novel. Without which I probably would not have read unless greatly recommended by a close and personal friend(or internet stranger) But yes supernatural activity, ragtag group of teens, roaring 20s, and *sigh a museum. First off I loved all the lingo. “And how. Pie-face. Jake. being goofy for your crush” classic.  Man Libba Bray was really able to draw me into the time period.   Second I liked how all the characters seemed to resonate with the novel, how everyone had a part to play (that sounds kind of dumb, but ya’ll get what I mean right?) , oh Miss Emma Snow said it in her review “Every single one had a significant importance throughout the novel. They each held a piece to the story, giving Evie the opportunity to unravel the mystery of Naughty John – the murderer,” check out the rest of her review  here.  What I didn’t like was the love tangles. Come on, I mean I know it wasn’t a main focus of the story but it still bothered me a weensy bit. But what I liked most was all the different powers (some explained some not) in the story. My favorite character was Sam. Dang it heart why do you make me love all the stupid charming characters. I definitely have a type. Haha. But his innuendos were so funny! Last but not least the title fits the book/superpowered teens perfectly. Diviners Why does 2014(when the sequel comes out) seem so far away?

~E

Book 2: Beauty Queens

18 Nov

Beauty Queens by Libba Bray

Now if I was crusin the hallowed shelves of the library I probably would not pick this up. But I got a sample of Bray’s The Diviners (And on that note, you know what is very annoying when you have a book multiple books on hold, but you are number 3 on a book you really really want to read, and you see that book on the hold shelf for someone else.) and I thought I would sample another of her works while I await The Diviners. This proved to be a more movement-themed book, a “let’s have a conversation about the ideas presented in this book while we drink tea,” than I’m used to. But I did enjoy this, although it took me a while to get into the groove of enjoying it (does that make sense?) It gave me the “I am female-hear me roar” vibe. The diverse all female cast allows the reader to relate to one of them (a big yay for me to be able to place myself in the characters shoes.) All in all I may add Lib-bray to my author Lib-rary. (bad pun I’m sorry.)

My Note-ings:

-footnotes about the inside jokes yay or nay?

-transgender/lesbians/woman sexual empowerment/

“you are only as cursed as you allowed yourself to be” (pg 173) ← well doesn’t that sound like Miss Texas Taylor.

“I am straight with a minor in gay” (174) well that’s one (collegiate) way to describe it.

“they need to find a place where no one’s watching them so they can be who they really are… they were becoming. they were.” (177) don’t we all?

“sometimes the truth was a hard lonely prison of a place to be. It did not set you free” (191)

-oh my god, of course this is when the boys (pirates, or actors parading as such, no less) and lurve make it into the book. I love romance * sigh *

“desire played by it’s own rules. She wanted him to want her” (260)

“desirability was something reflected back to you”

I hope you don’t mind the quotations, they made me feel like back in school, gathering evidence for a thesis in my essay, but I liked them! So don’t look for some main point about the book, but as a view into my personalityyyyyy.

~E.

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