Good morning everyone! I hope that your week has started off well and continues to go well. Today I am going to be doing a book review for you. I feel like I say this quite frequently, but I really wasn’t sure about putting this review up. I didn’t even know if I could write it. The reason being because I hate writing bad reviews and writing reviews for books that I don’t really care for. Especially this level of not caring for the book. I’m also surprised that I didn’t like this book as it receives pretty rave reviews from a lot of people. This is why I decided to actually write the review and share my thoughts. I also want to say, I really did enjoy Libba Brays other series, The Gemma Doyle trilogy.
First off, I am going to be reviewing The Diviners by Libba Bray. You can get a complete description HERE.
If you haven’t figured it out by now, I did not like this book. I did not like this for several reasons, but mostly because it was all “fluff” and no substance. I felt like a lot of this book was back stories and a LOT of unrelated information that did not honestly mesh with the story. This could potentially be because it is part of a series, but honestly I just didn’t care for all of the different backstories and bits of the story that just took up pages/time and didn’t come into the plot of the story.
The other thing I didn’t care for was that it started with one main character and slowly introduced several (too many) other “main” characters that had their own viewpoints and their own stories within the story. This normally doesn’t bother me because I find other perspectives interesting, but every story and character didn’t really seem to connect even at the end of the book, so I felt like again it was just taking up pages/time. A lot of the story just felt so unconnected and more like separate books in a way rather than one cohesive story line. At the end of the book it seemed like the characters started to be more “paired off”, which I saw happening, but not in a way that seems like they would come together more in any future books.
The final thing that I frankly could NOT stand about this book, was one of our main characters voice and perspective. She was self centered, obnoxious and quite frankly dumb, but acted like she knew “what was up”. It was super annoying to read her chapters and it was awful to keep trying to root for her when you thought she would change, but then just see her go back to exactly how she was.
I think it is fairly obvious at this point, but I personally wouldn’t recommend this book to anyone to read and will not be continuing on with the series. In fact I think this will be an unhaul sometime soon. Have you read The Diviners? I would love to hear your thoughts as I know it is a quite popular read!