By Libba Bray
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2012
Audience: Older Teens
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.
This book was AMAZING. Also, it was incredibly huge, which I was not expecting. It took me longer to read it than usual because it was so long, (and also because I couldn't read it within two hours of my bedtime due to the "Naughty John" song and other assorted horrifying elements) but I didn't care because IT WAS SO WONDERFUL. It was deliciously scary. I was expecting fantasy, not horror. I mean, I knew there was a murder, but that's not even the half of it!
I really liked the main character, Evie. I liked Theta, too. I liked all the characters - we just didn't get to see enough of the supporting characters often enough. If we would have, though, it probably would have been 1,000 pages. Literally.
There was romance, too, and that kind of seemed weird to me. I know that love triangles are in, but this one... didn't make much sense. And it was kind of a love square, now that I think about it.
But it's PERFECT to read in October. I am dying to read the next book. What storm is coming. Who's "they" that everyone keeps talking about?!?! I MUST KNOW. (My only concern is that it might get too X-Men-ish or too cheesy.) I'm going to buy this book and re-read it. Just not at night.