Audie Award Nominee, Best Teens Category, 2013
Something dark and evil has awakened....
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 her uncle will 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 is hiding a shocking secret. And unknown to all, something dark and evil has awakened....
This audiobook includes an introduction read by Libba Bray.
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It was the bees knees!!!
Captivating, thrilling, and historical.
The most memorable moment for me was when Blind Bill put his hands on Isaiah and caused him to go unconscious. I was so shocked and pissed off that he would exploit a child's gift in order to better himself. I know he's a bum, but I did not see that coming. Then, I did not understand why he threw Ms. Williams under the bus to Octavia? There are others but it will spoil the book.
I have not listened to January LaVoy before, but she is my favorite narrator now! She did a phenomenal job separating the characters through voices and accents. I was blown away! She made the story come alive for me and I would have not gotten that experience if I had read it myself.
Yes, I was anxious to know if they would figure out that they were dealing with a demon and how the heck they were going to destroy him!
If you love the 20s and paranormal stories then you will love this book! The author did an amazing job at creating solid characters and a smooth plot using a historical background. I wanted to know if there was actually a person that killed people under the persona naughty John in New York.
So, I read all the other reviews....
Two main things about the book disappointed me:
1 - Evie. Good lord - she is "positootly" annoying. I figured Bray was creating a character for you to dislike - not hate - but dislike and then have some revelation that turned her around. Nope. Annoying through the book-ski.
2 - The story just sort of ended. I guess I didn't realize that there was a follow up. But they hit the climax with a few chapters left. Figured we were going to have one of those "oh he really wasn't dead" sort of moments. We did not and the story just sort of ended.
I think we understood it was set in the 20's. I think she could have used the colloquialisms much lighter.
Sweet jesus-ski. The chipper-ski dialog was the just the elephant's butthole. Yeah, that all got really old.
- W. Shank