Book Review: The Diviners by Libba Bray

Format: Paperback

Pages: 576 pages

Published: September 18, 2012

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Genre: Young Adult



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, 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. 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.”

I was so excited when I saw that Libba Bray released a new book. Although Bray has released other books since The Sweet Far Thing, part of the Gemma Doyle trilogy, but none of those books were of any interest to me. But as soon as I read the synopsis I knew I was in for another magical nature.

And I wasn’t disappointed. Continue reading “Book Review: The Diviners by Libba Bray”

How Did YA Become YA?

We are always wondering about this term and I know I have talked about on this blog numerous times:

Why is it called YA anyway? And who decided what was YA and what wasn’t?”

If you ever wondered how this term got started, then check out this interesting NYPL (New York Public Library) article on the subject. Interesting enough, the term was started by librarians, a NYPL librarian to be more exact:

In 1906,  Anne Carroll Moore became the Director of Work with Children for The New York Public Library. As she was busy revolutionizing services to children and children’s rooms all over the city, she knew that there had to be a way to keep children, who weren’t quite adults yet, coming to the public library and not let all her hard work for children be for naught. It’s for these reasons, in 1914 that she hired Mabel Williams, a young librarian from Somerville, Massachusetts. Mabel was working as a reference librarian and collaborating with local high schools and Anne wanted her to do the same thing, only on a much bigger scale, at NYPL. Mabel began working with schools and inviting classes into branches and finally in 1919 she was appointed to Supervisor of Work with Schools and her groundbreaking work with young people (aka teens) began. Her official title (“Supervisor of Work with Schools and Young People”) wouldn’t happen until 1948.”

To read the full article, click here.

Book Review: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

We Were Liars

Format: Hardcover

Pages: 227 pages

Published: May 13, 2014

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Genre: Young Adult


“A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
True love.
The truth.

We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from National Book Award finalist and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart.

Read it.
And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.”

I thought that

this would be an interesting

mystery novel

to read. But sadly

that was not the case at all.

The plot felt

scattered. The characters were

severely under-developed. It came off

as pretentious and a little

condescending. Frankly I

didn’t see the point.

Does this format annoy you? How I wrote it this way? Well, imagine reading this type of style throughout an entire novel. 
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