I absolutely loved her first trilogy... I'm far from a teen, but the genre just gets me. After all these years, Libba Bray came through!!! I need more!!!!! Turn this into a series ASAP!
I was weary going into this because of my love affair with the Gemma Doyle trilogy that she wrote previously. I loved the series so much I read/listened to each book multiple times and feel the tinglings of need for another read through. the main character has some similar characteristics as Gemma and her friend Theta is remniscent of Felicity from the Gemma books. very captivating story. absolutely loved it.
everything was amazing!
i can't even imagine another book this comprehensively terrific.
I love the LaVoy uses her intonations and voices.
My reaction was to get completely sucked into the story, the history, the fear, the suspense and excitement. I listened to it twice, shared it with my adult daughter, and we both plan on listening to the sequel together.
The prose is very nice, and the 20's are well researched. The performance is good quality, with the wide range of voices being well done and distinct.
Unfortunately, the plot is crap. I hate to put it that way but it was like an anti-firework. Started off with great promise, and exploded in such a way as to spoil what good came before. The main character's chief personal challenge, articulated in the beginning of the book, is being short sighted and selfish. By the end of the book, she's a petulant, disloyal, self centered, publicity hound. The magical rules established don't apply to the main character. The efforts expended in gathering information and items to defeat the villain are worthless because apparently you don't need specific artifacts, rituals or even anything relevant to the plot action to win if you feel special enough about your own lucky charm. Add on that the majority of characters, characters with several chapters devoted to them, have no impact on the resolution of the story at all.
One of the best I have listened to
Finding out who is and who isn't a Diviner
Not only did she sing the songs but she did them in the character's voices
Really great story and highly recommend it
I have waited for a sinister spooky story set in the era when mystery, ghosts, government cover-up, and seers sparked society's entertainment. I couldn't stop listening. I wanted to know the rest. So excited there's a second book and anxiously waiting. Libba Bray has never failed and this is another notch for her better of wonderfulness. (yea wonderfulness!)
Reader, writer, teacher, consultant. I read mostly Young Adult and Genre Fiction, especially with a mix of literary style and commercial pacing.
This is one of the best audiobooks I've listened to. The narration is so well-executed, the writing is superb, and the production is fantastic.
Walking under the train tracks, UGH.
I loved Theta.
Definitely. I was lost in the roaring twenties and the eerie supernatural world on the streets of Manhattan. I'd get chills listening to it.
This is a great listen, kept me on the treadmill just to hear more of the story. This book took me to another place and time, characters were .....well fun. January LaVoy is the best reader I have heard, I could see the different characters just with her tone. Loved the whole enchilada.
This is one of the best audiobooks I have ever listened to.
I loved the characters.
Everything!! From the raspy scary voice, the preaching, and the singing. Well done!
Libba Bray - where does this woman's imagination come from? From mad cows to beauty queens to the occult? The occult-based murders in this story almost made me stop the book, but maybe I am more easily scared by most. What kept me going were two things: 1) main character Evie O'Neill is the ultimate 1920's gal (way fun) and an amateur detective (love mysteries) and 2) narrator January LaVoy pulls you in with a wide array of character voices. The humor also had a little to do with reading this because while Libba Bray will probably tell you she is funny, I admit that she is right. Enjoy this creepy, humorous, historically cool story, but beware, while there is a very satisfying ending, this book is the first of a series/collection.... and now I have to wait.