OK, so y’all know the drill so let’s get right into this beauty!
I was a tad uneasy (see that amazingly lit pun) about starting this book as I’ve read previous historical fiction novels by Ruta. Her previous books were so amazing and her imagery was spectacular. And yet, this novel to me was equally amazing.
This novel begins while Josie is young after just moving to New Orleans with her mother, a brothel prostitute in the French Quarter. Josie is a spunky girl who ends up working for the owner of the brothel named Willie. Josie lives in the top of a bookstore she works at and dreams of going to college. She dreams of escaping the name her mother gave her.
I genuinely enjoyed this novel although it had a few minor quirks. One of my main issues is with Sepetys writing style as a whole… She ALWAYS kills my favorite characters. Now as this is a spoiler free review, I won’t state who dies and who lives. But as always people slip up sometimes. But one of the best parts of this novel was the plot line since it’s a murder mystery and let’s face it, those are some of the finest novels y’all could ever read as a whole (or at least in my opinion)!
If it weren’t for the fact that Josie is a true representation of living and breathing in a book lovers paradise, she may not have been my all-around favorite character in this book. But ya know, she lives in a bookstore and has access to all she could ever want to read. For most of us, that’s a paradise and a half.
As always, Sepetys presents a beautifully outspoken writing style that honestly, I aspire to have. This is a fully developed novel that I truly recommend. It will keep you on your toes throughout the entire novel.
I’ll be giving this novel a 4.3 out of 5 stars! Thank you and have a fabulous day my dudes!