Author: Justine Larbalestier
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult
Genre: Historical Fiction/Fantasy
Star Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
This book was given to me through the publisher, Soho Press, by Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
Welcome to Razorhurst, city of blood, ghosts, and darkness. This book made me want to curl up into a corner and watch every gangster movie in existence (particularly The Maltese Falcon, Gangs of New York, The Departed, and Goodfellas, but I'm getting sidetracked here.) If you've ever wanted to live in a hard-boiled crime thriller, this book is for you. Another thing that made me love it was that it reminded me of Neil Gaiman's creepy masterpiece, The Graveyard Book, and Daniel Waters's Break My Heart 1,000 Times.
The style of this novel was slick, too. I loved the way that the author kept my mind on the crime, but took the time to flesh out every character introduced, and deeply. While there were obviously some characters I didn't like, I enjoyed the way the author gave information, and made you care about each person: particularly Kelpie, the little orphan girl who wants nothing more than to stop seeing ghosts, and Dymphna, the not-so-typical moll with killer wit and cunning. I loved the way the book made me feel--like I was actually experiencing the darkly glittering streets of haunted Razorhurst. The bottom line: Equally thrilling for crime readers and those who want something supernatural, this book completely swept me away! I will definitely be looking for more from Justine Larbaleister! Next on deck: None of the Above by I.W. Greggorio!