Synopsis according to GoodReads:
"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."
How can it not be? It's written by one of my favorite (versatile, funny, etc) authors, the fabulous Libba Bray.
The book is an action/adventure, with some mystery, some very creeptastic elements, and a lot of supernatural. Plus, 1920's slang, history, culture, and attitudes, which was both enchanting and frightening.
Evie has an attitude I applaud, but like every single character in this book, she's very grey. Even the bad guy(s) aren't purely evil- every character believes THEY are doing the right thing. Just like real life.
This is the first in a series, and the sole frustration I had with it was that the ending stretched on 3 chapters too many. The result was that the threat of impending doom on the world was softened, which seemed out of step with the rest of the book.
But I really enjoy most of the characters in this one, and am eagerly awaiting the sequel. Most of this book kept me on my toes (and laughing at the wit), and I'm very appreciative of the mounds of research that was put into it.
I recommend it for fans of supernatural historic fiction YA mysteries, or any of those individual pieces. Plus, folks who like ensemble stories, like The X-Men.
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