“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. . . .”
Wow. I started off the year on a strong suit as far as paranormal audiobooks.
After reading Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell on audio earlier in this month (you can find my review of Fangirl here!), I wanted to read something a little darker. So I, once again, picked up a book that had been on my radar for the past 2 years. I had heard so many good things not only about this book as a whole but also the audiobook.
Many those reviews were right.
Starting off with the narration, I think January LaVoy was the perfect person to do the narration for this audiobook. She was able to capture the atmosphere of 1920s New York. She was able to do that accent that they had back in the 1920s perfectly. She brought the characters to life in a way that I haven’t seen before. High marks as far as the narration.
Going into the characters, I kind of had a love/hate relationship with all of them. For the most part, I really liked our main character of Evie but at times I felt like she was a little immature for her age. She also was way to dependent on the other characters featured in the book. She didn’t really defend her own actions most of the time. Other than those few things, I did enjoy her as a character and I found myself connecting with her a good majority of the time.
As far as the romance aspects of this book, they were decent but a little too Twilighty for my personal taste. I think all of the romances featured were there for as reason but I think that they really could have been for effective if the author had waited until the second or third book in the series to introduce them. That being said, I can tell that those romances will probably not play a huge impact in the rest of the series and I am interested to see how they develop from here.
Then going into the plot, this was the book’s strongest point for me. I was completely engaged in everything that went on. I was never bored. I wasn’t lost in the multiple storyline going throughout the book. I was so impressed by all of these factors. This isn’t something I have had happen to me since I read Harry Potter for the first time 8 years ago. I just loved the plot.
Overall, I am very impressed by this book. I heard that the books just keep getting better and better from here so I know that this series will quickly become one of my favorite series of all-time. I can’t wait to find out what happens next!