Picking up where I left off about a month ago. So this is sort of a first impression opinion post.
When I first read Libba Bray's Gemma Doyle series, this phenomenon seemed to happen: I just could NOT get into the story at all. A Great and Terrible Beauty had some beautiful writing and great attention to detail. I don't know what it was, but I had started reading the book and put it on hold a total of three times before I finally hunkered down and got past that strange barrier. And after that, I enjoyed the book alright -- it wasn't the best of reads, but it was enough to keep me hooked in and interested.
And now, with The Diviners, the same exact thing has happened.
Here is a brief rundown of my thoughts written by the chapter up to how far I'd gotten before I put it on hold due to one series marathon, new book releases, and other interests...
First Chapter: A Late-Summer Evening
I'm sure I skimmed over half of this chapter without really knowing what the significance of describing an entire city in intricate detail merits if we won't even be seeing it again. As far as the summary depicts, our heroine is leaving the town anyway. The scenes taking place with the Ouija board and then the very last paragraph of the entire chapter were the only parts I cared enough about to pay attention to... so, whatevs.
I've read this first chapter three times (due to that mental block that keeps drawing me away from this book), and it still doesn't get any better. If anything, I'm starting to wonder if this is my blatant disinterest in historical fiction, or if Libba Bray's introductory style just turns me off since I had the same problem with A Great and Terrible Beauty. While I love her writing style, her pacing just hits me as being kind of slow.