I read this book back in August (yes, I am well aware of how long ago that was) for a readalong. Basically, I read it because I wanted to participate in the challenge; I had never heard of it before then. But I found that I actually really enjoyed it. Funny story: I borrowed it from the library and then I moved, so I had to drive an hour and half to return the book to the library. Oops.
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.
Likes: This book is really well-researched! I could definitely tell that the author had devoted a lot of time to investigating the 1920s, right down the lingo. Which I also loved, by the way.
I also really liked the amount of diversity in this book. Not only do we get LGBT and people of color, but we also get an interracial relationship which is something that needs more representation in general, especially in historical books like this.
Dislikes: The plot had a tendency to drag, quite honestly. The book could have been much shorter, and I feel like that would have helped the pacing quite a bit. The mystery was really dragged out and sometimes it was hard to keep reading because I felt like nothing was happening.
Also, the romance came out of nowhere. It really did. I’m a huge fan of romance in books and a very unapologetic shipper of basically everything, but this was a little too much for me. It did not feel natural and I just plain didn’t enjoy that aspect of the story.
Tune in next time for my review of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han