It’s Linz with another twofer review, for two brandnew books dropping Oct. 1!
- Now Entering Addamsville by Francesca Zappia: A teen girl protects her Indiana hometown from fire demons, like Supernatural but better because Sam and Dean are girls so female characters get way better treatment
- Cursed by Thomas Wheeler: A reimagining of the Arthurian origin story, where maybe the one true king was supposed to be a fairy Queen
What I drank: WINE TASTING PARTY OF ME and thn Ginny tricked me into beers and then i found more wine
Thanks to Greenwillow/HarperCollins and Francesca for the chance to read it! This comes out Oct. 1, and you can buy it here or at your local independent bookstore
What it’s about (from Goodreads): When someone burns down the home of the school janitor and he dies in the blaze, everyone in Addamsville, Indiana, points a finger at Zora. Never mind that Zora has been on the straight and narrow since her father was thrown in jail. With everyone looking for evidence against her, her only choice is to uncover the identity of the real killer. There’s one big problem—Zora has no leads. No one does. Addamsville has a history of tragedy, and thirty years ago a similar string of fires left several townspeople dead. The arsonist was never caught.
Now, Zora must team up with her cousin Artemis—an annoying self-proclaimed Addamsville historian—to clear her name. But with a popular ghost-hunting television show riling up the townspeople, almost no support from her family and friends, and rumors spinning out of control, things aren’t looking good. Zora will have to read between the lines of Addamsville’s ghost stories before she becomes one herself.
- Ok so first of all i realse now the summary does not mention that the arsonist is actualyl a firedemon, and that is not a spoiler you find out about teh fire demons really early on and they’re PRETTY key to the plot. also Zora sees ghosts, which is tied to the whole firedemon thing, and this is why i got major supernatural vibes. also the probably dead mom. but like i said, this is way better than supernatural bc Zappia can actually wrtie female characterss
- SO MANY GREAT COMPLX FEMALE CHARACTERS. Theres Zora, her semirefromed bad girl sister Sadie, her supersmart tenacious cousin Artemis, her inccreasinglty interesting aunt, a female chief of police??
- the parental figtures are less than ideal, hwich i don’t love in YA but at least they’re kinda shitty for a reson
- i’m still a little unclear on the exact fantasy/spoopy rules for the fire demons, but there was enough to get by on for book 1
- speaking of, This is defintley a series because its listed like a standalone on goodr eads anmd there is some unresolved SHIT for a standalone. so, like, be aware of that when you read this.
- i swear to god i NEVER use the mamp in a book adn the one time there isn’t a map i really wanted one to understand this town’s layout (fyim, map toc ome in finished book #arcissues)
- the last paragraph killed me bc it 100% resolved a problem i was having throghout the book
- loved the story, definitely gripped by the urgency and stress of zoras problems
What I gave it: 3.5/5 stars
What I’d pair it with: W. a pair of shitkicking girls liike the Novak sisters, nothing less would do tha a boilermaker
Thanks to Simon & Schuster, Frank, and Thomas for the chance to read it! This comes out Oct. 1, and you can buy it here or at your local independent bookstore
What it’s about (excerpt from Goodreads): Nimue grew up an outcast. Her connection to dark magic made her something to be feared in her Druid village, and that made her desperate to leave…That is, until her entire village is slaughtered by Red Paladins, and Nimue’s fate is forever altered. Charged by her dying mother to reunite an ancient sword with a legendary sorcerer, Nimue is now her people’s only hope. Her mission leaves little room for revenge, but the growing power within her can think of little else.
Nimue teams up with a charming mercenary named Arthur and refugee Fey Folk from across England. She wields a sword meant for the one true king, battling paladins and the armies of a corrupt king. She struggles to unite her people, avenge her family, and discover the truth about her destiny.
- Yeesh. it is stupid clear how this book s was written around theshow, and not the show wrritten around the book.
- way too much relianmce on the reader to fill in details with prior knowledge instead of using more descriptin anddescriptive language
- the pacign and breaks absolutley read like a script and not a book (which i loooked it up, the author’s a screenwriter so taht explains alot).
- someone doesn’t know how to write a femal character bc there’s MANY women w major roles, INCLUDING THE PROGATOGNIST, but honestly the most interesting caharacter was merlin
- so it’s got illustrations by Frank milller, which like cool and all, except they’re not, like good? and also some are straight up wrong? there’s a scene where nimue and her friend are on a hourse, and they meet arthur who is also on a horse, but in the illustration nimue is just by herself? and another scene a character is EXPLICITY described as wearing a nightgown but the drawing has her wearing pants and a shirt?? thats goddamn lazy
- ugh reimagingngs. like, just stop. just create an original story in the same time periodd. or thorow in some diversity. but stop taking the characters adn shoehorning them int o soem “fresh” version of a very wellknown story.
- ALSO EXPLAIN YOUR MAGIC. nimue hgas this magic thing that, when it kciks in, it makes her face silver and it’s called “Fingers of Airimid” but theres minimal explanation of how it workss, poor explanation of how she got it, and NO explan ation of Airimid. GoT got popular and now everyoen thinkes they can write a fantasy series.
- The worst aprt is some passatges we re pretty good, but then you’d go back into the pooly written parts
What I gave it: 2 stars
What I’d pair it with: boxed wine, you’ll need the whole thing