Synopsis Evangeline O’Neill has been exiled from her boring old hometown and shipped off to the bustling streets of New York City–and she is 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.
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 unfurl in the city that never sleeps. And unknown to all, something dark and evil has awakened…
What I thought The Diviners is the first book in a young adult paranormal historical fiction series. This story is set in New York City during the 1920s. Evie (one of the main players) gets into trouble at home in Ohio, for performing parlor tricks. Her mother’s solution is to send her away to her brother in New York. Evie is then sent to stay with her Uncle Will (Unc) in New York City for a few months while everything blows over at home. Will owns the Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult, which leads them to be asked to be consultants on a case.
When a Serial Killer terrorizes the city with ritualistic killings Detective Malloy reached out to Will for help. Will and Evie dive into this case to discover who the killer is. Will soon learn that Evie was not just merely doing parlor tricks that got her in trouble in Ohio. She is a Diviner.
I loved this book it was so atmospheric. I found it so hard to put down. I couldn’t help to find myself liking Evie no matter how flawed she was. this book sets up the series so well. You have multiple storylines that all intertwine so well. All of the characters are so well balanced. The story is just woven so well it kept me interested the whole way through. This is another book I have owned for a while and I have no idea why I was waiting to read it. If this book is just sitting on your shelf unread do yourself a favor and pick it up. You will not regret it.
Hollow City by Ransom Riggs Add to Goodreads Synopsis This second novel begins in 1940, immediately after the first book ended. Having escaped Miss Peregrine’s island by the skin of their teeth, Jacob and his new friends must journey to London, the peculiar capital of the world. Along the way, they encounter new allies, a menagerie of peculiar animals, and other unexpected surprises. Complete with dozens of newly discovered (and thoroughly mesmerizing) vintage photographs, this new adventure will delight readers of all ages. What I thought Hollow City is the second book in the young adult contemporary fantasy series Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. This story begins in 1940 immediately after the first book ends. Jacob and his new friends must now leave the island and journey to London before their enemies catch them.
This was a good follow up to the first book. There is definitely more action, and the pace if much faster in this book as they fight off their enemies. Being the second book in a series it is a little hard to say much without spoiling anything from the first book. So I will say that if you enjoyed the first book you should continue on with this next installment.
Yes, Yes, Yes, I know that it’s March, but I didn’t start blogging until this month.
So In December I sat down and looked at my shelves and decided that I was going to make progress on my TBR one way or another. I started pulling books and putting them in stacks the goal was to come up with a list of books that I was going to read in the next year that I already owned. These were books that I kept saying Oh I will read that next month…and well we all know how that turned out. So when I looked at what I had read last year I finished 64 books which is great considering I couldn’t/didn’t read for two months due to illness. So picking 25 books seemed like a good number and this gave me plenty of room to read other things too.
So here is my list of books that I owned in 2017 that I am going to read in 2018.
Deathbringer by Tamara Grantham
The Beauty of Darkness by Mary E. Pearson
Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll
Forgotten God by Francis Chan
The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson
Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige
The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarellli
Witchfall by Victoria Lamb
Fablehaven: The Rise of the Evening Star by Brandon Mull
The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell
Mask of Shadows by Lindsey Miller
Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh
Ensnared by AG Howard
That Inevitable Victorian Thing by EK Johnson
Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
The Diviners by Libba Bray
Hollow City by Ransom Riggs
The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski
Sabriel by Garth Nix
A Poison Dark and Drowning – Jessica Cluess
Now I Rise by Kiersten White
The Assassin’s Blade – Sarah J Maas
A Court of Wings and Ruin – Sarah J Maas
Crystal Storm – Morgan Rhodes
So now all I have to do is stick to this and see how I do. My TBR is much larger than I like and I want to bring it down as much as possible this year. So Here we go.
I will try to come back to this at the end of each month and mark off any that I have read.
What are your reading goals for this year? Are they more general goals or do you have a list too?