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-toot-ly thrilled. New York is the city of speakeasies, shopping, and movie palaces! Soon enough, Evie is running with glamorous Ziegfield girls and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is Evie has to live with her Uncle Will, curator of The Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult--also known as "The Museum of the Creepy Crawlies."
When a rash of occult-based murders comes to light, Evie and her uncle are right in the thick of the investigation. And through it all, Evie has a secret: a mysterious power that could help catch the killer--if he doesn't catch her first.
I won a copy of this over on Karin's Book Nook, and was super excited to read it. I loved the Gemma Doyle trilogy, and while Bray's contemporary novels were fun and entertaining, she really nails the historicals. And 1920's New York? So fun! I'll admit, though, at the start I kind of wanted to kill Evie. She's exactly like some of the female students I get in my class from time to time that make me want to go "AHHH, you are not the center of the universe!" But, she really had such a strong character arc, and so much spunk, that I found myself loving her by the end of the (very long) book. There was plenty of adventure, murder, and intrigue to keep things going, and a nice open ending to allow for more books dealing with the characters. (I also have to add a note about the hundred side characters here--they were awesome, and several of them left me swooning...) So, yeah, mark this one as to-read when it comes out in September--it's not to be missed!
Anyone else enjoy the Gemma Doyle books? How about Bray's contemporaries? I'd love to hear your thoughts!