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Rereading Past Favorites #3: The Diviners Series by Libba Bray



I am going through and rereading some of my old favorite series to see if they have stood the test of time for me.

The Diviners Series by Libba Bray is my favorite currently running series. The conclusion, book 4 “King of Crows”, is slated for release in the Spring of 2020. I am hype! I decided to reread the prevous 3 already published in preparation for the final book.

My blog is named after Evie O’Neil being called The Sweetheart Seer during her time with her radio show in this series. I am a huge fan of Libba Bray as an author and I decided to listen to the audio version this time around narrated by the extraordinarily talented January LaVoy.

I included my original review thoughts here as well.

Onto my reread experience with this series:

The Diviners (The Diviners #1)

2018 reread:::

Upon rereading this, I feel like I picked up on more of the darker elements in the story. We had a lot of characters introduced so the first go I was trying to figure out who was who and how they connected, so having down that already I focused more on the plot and LOVED how everything threaded together.

Original Review:::

The Diviners is positutely my favorite series EVER.

I adore the audio by January LeVoy which is how I read this series initially.

Everything about this series is the berrries!

Goodreads Synopsis:

Do you believe there are ghosts and demons and Diviners among us?

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, Ziegfield 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….

Printz Award-winning and New York Times bestselling author Libba Bray opens a brand-new historical series with The Diviners, where the glittering surface of the Roaring Twenties hides a mystical horror creeping across the country.

Lair of Dreams (The Diviners #2)

2019 Reread:::

I think I will enjoy myself every time I reread this series.

I paid more attention to Ling in this one and very much admire her as a character.

We get the threads of Theta and her past in this one. I honed in a lot more on Theta and Memphis as a couple this time.

Waiting until December to reread Before the Devil Breaks You since book 4 is set to release in Spring of 2020 and I want the story threads fresh. It’s Jake. 😉

Original review::::
The Diviners is positutely my favorite series EVER.

I adored the audio by January LeVoy.

Everything about this series is the berries!

Out of all three in the series so far, Lair of Dreams is actually my all time favorite. We get Sweethart Seer in this one. We get the actual start of Sam and Evie who are my OTP and I am not usually a shipper(!), and we get to dive into a little bit of the cultural intrigue of the time it is set in.

I figured out what was probably going on with Louie, but it still hit hard.

Theta continues to be my absolute favorite character.

Goodreads Synopsis:

After a supernatural showdown with a serial killer, Evie O’Neill has outed herself as a Diviner. Now that the world knows of her ability to “read” objects, and therefore, read the past, she has become a media darling, earning the title, “America’s Sweetheart Seer.” But not everyone is so accepting of the Diviners’ abilities…

Meanwhile, mysterious deaths have been turning up in the city, victims of an unknown sleeping sickness. Can the Diviners descend into the dreamworld and catch a killer?

Before the Devil Breaks You (The Diviners #3)

2019 reread:::

I am STOKED that the fourth and final installment, “King of Crows”, will release in Spring of 2020 and so in preparation I have reread the series.

“This is a book about ghosts, for we live in a haunted house.” I had forgotten Libba Bray read the Authors Nore at the end here. The amount of research and actual historical research she did for this was incredible.

This time around I had a harder time emotionally with everything to do with Mabel as a character. She finally found love and a purpose and still had faith in humanity. Her last words about people being mostly good? I was in shock still from the first two times reading it and so this third time I truly took in her character and just…:(

The way that Sarah Snow had this huge procession and Mabels was…less heroic was heartbreaking and all too true. No one will know how it really went down and that hurts my heart. Mabel was loved and that kindness of lying to her about the having disarmed the bomb was exquisitely written. *Standing ovation to Libba Bray*

It amazes me the things and scenes I hone in on when rereading a book or series at different points in my life.

Original review:::
The Diviners is positutely my favorite series EVER.

I adore the audio by January LeVoy. 1st read this way.

I adored reading the physical book. 2nd time reading it this way.

Everything about this series is the berries!

I enjoy myself every time I reread it, but Before The Devil Breaks you is always SO emotionally hard for me to read because of what happens with Jericho and oh my goodness, what about Sam?! That cliffhanger has me like NO!!!

I get so many feels…
Every. Single. Time.

Goodreads Synopsis:

New York City.
1927.
Lights are bright.
Jazz is king.
Parties are wild.
And the dead are coming…

After battling a supernatural sleeping sickness that early claimed two of their own, the Diviners have had enough of lies. They’re more determined than ever to uncover the mystery behind their extraordinary powers, even as they face off against an all-new terror. Out on Ward’s Island, far from the city’s bustle, sits a mental hospital haunted by the lost souls of people long forgotten–ghosts who have unusual and dangerous ties to the man in the stovepipe hat, also known as the King of Crows.

With terrible accounts of murder and possession flooding in from all over, and New York City on the verge of panic, the Diviners must band together and brave the sinister ghosts invading the asylum, a fight that will bring them fact-to-face with the King of Crows. But as the explosive secrets of the past come to light, loyalties and friendships will be tested, love will hang in the balance, and the Diviners will question all that they’ve ever known. All the while, malevolent forces gather from every corner in a battle for the very soul of a nation–a fight that could claim the Diviners themselves.

WRAP UP& FINAL THOUGHTS

This series is the first series that I ever shipped characters. Legit rooted for them to be together as a couple. I adore Sam and Evie SO much and wan them to wind up happy and together.

This series means so much to me and has since I very first read it and listened to it. I would advice getting the audio version and treating your ears to the amazing skills of January LaVoy because she truly makes these characters come alive!

The story continues to engross me and pull me in and I cannot WAIT to get to read (and listen to) “King of Crows” when it releases next year.

Have YOU read The Diviners series? Does it sound like something you would be interested in? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

Until next time, stay sweet my friends!

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