Book Review: The Diviners

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I’ve read the first two books in Libba Bray’s Gemma Doyle trilogy, and although I’m not interested enough to read the final book, I like her writing enough to want to check out her latest book “The Diviners”. For those of you who’ve read the Gemma Doyle books, the fantasy element here definitely has some similarities, but “The Diviners” wins in terms of setting: 1920’s New York City (which I tried to recreate in my outfit.) The heroine, 17-year-old flapper Evie, has a supernatural talent of reading secrets from everyday objects, so when the city is plagued with a series of occult murders, she uses this gift to help her uncle solve the case.

The setting is definitely one of the best parts of the story. It puts you right in the middle of NY in the 1920’s, with all the speakeasies and jazz clubs and flappers. The slang I find quite irritating (if I have to read the word “po-si-tutely” – as in positively and absolutely – one more time, I’d bellow like a bull) but it does add authenticity to the setting. The main plot is great as well; I always enjoy a good serial killer story, and this one definitely puts the shivers in my spine… well, the fact that I always read it late at night probably didn’t help. Evie is kind of obnoxious, but as a protagonist she’s fantastic, with interesting flaws to keep her from being a cardboard cutout.

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The thing is, the author obviously plans a series around this book, so it’s filled with subplots and characters to set up a more complex mythology, but they’re only tangentially connected to the main plot at best. The main plot is a great standalone story all on its own, adding all the stuff on top of it doesn’t make it feel like a part of a bigger mystery like in, say, the first Harry Potter or the first Percy Jackson book. So it takes a while for the main plot to gain traction, and once it’s resolved we are left with a “Really, that’s it?” ending. Still, I enjoyed it enough to look forward to the sequel (sequels?)

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I tried to dance the Charleston. Turned out I couldn’t

Dress & Heels: thrifted, Cardigan: Wet Seal (refashioned by me), Necklace: self-made, Hat: borrowed from my mom

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Salazar Rogers

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The outfit is pretty self-explanatory: I picked the painting because the background reminds me of this dress, and the rest just fell into place… well, more or less. I went back and forth between my blue striped sweater and my red striped shirt. Red stripes would be more appropriate for the painting, but in the end I went with the blue because I don’t have any blue accessory, and the hem of the red shirt hits the dress at an awkward place anyway. I was trying for more of a 1940’s look to fit with the whole Captain America theme, but it ended up looking more 1920’s… oh well.

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Sweater: Forever21, Dress (as skirt): thrifted, Brooch: vintage, Flats: Caprice


Serendipity

Day 3 of 30 Days of Dresses! This outfit is another result of hanging two pieces of clothes on the same hanger (which I’m surprised that not a lot of people do. And how it sets off OCD. My own brand of OCD is more concerned about a million hangers cluttering up the closet.)

I think this dress is quickly becoming my favorite. Polka dots, drop waist, the ability to whisk me into an I Capture the Castle fantasy… what’s not to love? The only problem that it’s polyester, which means I can’t wear it in the summer. Also it’s a bit loose on me. For this I tried pinning it back with a brooch; I imagine it would look better without the zipper, but I like the idea.

Shirt: Handmade Store, Dress: thrifted
Shoes: thrifted, Brooch: my sister’s


Consciously Naïve

I was looking for some inspiration when I saw this Open for Interpretation challenge. I like the idea of mixing animal prints and polka dots, but since I don’t have an animal print blouse or a teal polka dot skirt, I used what I have and came up with this. I only wish the sweater was long enough to come down to where the flounce starts.

About the post title: no, I don’t consider myself particularly naïve, consciously or otherwise, but this dress makes me want to pretend I was in I Capture the Castle 😉

Dress: thrifted, Sweater: Ann Taylor (thrifted)
Necklace: Forever21, Flats: LA Fashion District

Freckles in April OTI


Salazar’s World

It was Jess’ turn to pick the inspiration for Style Imitating Art, and she picked “Christina’s World” by Andrew Wyeth:

I actually put together a different outfit using solid pieces, which would have been a better fit, but in the end I went with this drop-waist polka dot dress instead. Maybe I was subconsciously influenced by Days of Heaven (the only Terrence Malick film I could sit through, not because it’s the shortest but also because it actually has a plot), which this painting always reminds me of. Although Days of Heaven is set closer to 1900’s than 1920’s. So I don’t know. Maybe I simply like the silhouette.

This week we’ve got a couple more bloggers joining the fun, so head over to Jess’ to see how they interpreted the painting!

Dress: thrifted, Cardigan: Forever21
Shoes: Madden Girl, Tights: Target, Necklace: self-made


I feel like I should start dancing the Charleston…