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 fell in love with Libba Bray when I read the Great and Terrible Beauty series. This book has delved me deeper into her mind as she writes a fantastic YA Historical Fantasy book.
Evie is a young girl shipped off to live with her uncle in 1920’s New York City after a special ability manifests. She had always been a little different being able to see things about a person. But when a secret about somebody powerful comes out she is shipped off. In New York she makes friends quickly but she also gets mixed up in solving a supernatural murder spree with her uncle and coworker. There are other characters that show special abilities but they are lesser characters. That doesn’t make it any less interesting to learn about them. What could go wrong when a group of teenagers tries helping solve a murder?
I love how into the time period the book got. I love the way they spoke back then. The characters were amazingly written. The plot was unique and fun. There were moments where things got a bit muddled for a minute because there were so many characters in the scene. But it all flowed well and it had a really good pace. I really love Libba’s writing style. She is an absolutely amazing author.
I not only look forward to continuing with this series but also more great books by Libba. If you are into the supernatural and historical fiction then you should really look into this book. I didn’t want it to end!