Author: Libba Bray
Genre: Young adult fantasy
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Published: September 18th, 2012
My Rating: ★★★★
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.
The roaring twenties and paranormal mystery.
The concept for this book really grabbed my attention. For some reason, I love movies and books set in the 20s. The fashion, music and everything about that decade draws me in. The time period really made for an eerie feeling to the book and concept. The main character Evie is quite annoying throughout the book and was my least favorite out of all the characters. Evie has a special ability where she can read people's secrets through their objects. She is shipped off to New York where she helps her uncle figure out a murder case that deals with the paranormal. I cannot wait to continue on with the series. It had me on the edge of my seat for many chapters throughout the book. It was a little long and I probably would have finished it a lot sooner if it wasn't as thick of a novel but I really did enjoy every aspect of the story from start to finish.
The only reason I gave the book one less star is because the main character did annoy me a lot. It was just her tone of voice. I am hoping Evie's character will grow on me as the series goes on. I do plan on picking up the next book in the series. I love this time period so much. The atmosphere is beautiful. Libba Bray's writing and descriptions are beautiful. I want to read other works by her. I enjoyed her writing style so much. The book was creepy and everything I needed. The author did extensive research in writing about this time period and it really shows in her writing. I love this series.
Libba Bray (born Martha Elizabeth Bray; March 11, 1964) is an American writer of young adult novels including the Gemma Doyle Trilogy, Going Bovine, and The Diviners. She lived in Texas until she was 26 years old. After that she moved to New York City, where she now lives with her husband and fifteen-year-old son..