Seeing as the first book I read by Libba Bray was "The Diviners," which was not her first published novel I can see where she has certainly evolved as a writer. For one, "The Diviners" is absolutely wickedly written and "A Great and Terrible Beauty," although well-written is not at the same level. The plotting is good, but compared to "The Diviners" a little bit more simplistic, even though this is a start of a series. A girl finds out that she has a great power, and what must she do with it? It's not really all that new, but it is a fun read. I am not entirely sure if I will continue the series or not. It's still a fun, breezy read. Although, I do enjoy "The Diviners" more.