“Creatures of Want & Ruin” by Molly Tanzer

RELEASE DAY: Tuesday, November 13, 2018. I really liked Creatures of Will and Temper and this new release is a stand-alone set in the same world! That means more diabolists and demonic shenanigans.

From the blurb at Goodreads:

Amityville baywoman Ellie West fishes by day and bootlegs moonshine by night. It’s dangerous work under Prohibition–independent operators like her are despised by federal agents and mobsters alike–but Ellie’s brother was accepted to college and Ellie’s desperate to see him go. So desperate that when wealthy strangers ask her to procure libations for an extravagant party Ellie sells them everything she has, including some booze she acquired under unusual circumstances.

What Ellie doesn’t know is that this booze is special. Distilled from foul mushrooms by a cult of diabolists, those who drink it see terrible things–like the destruction of Long Island in fire and flood. The cult is masquerading as a church promising salvation through temperance and a return to “the good old days,” so it’s hard for Ellie to take a stand against them, especially when her father joins, but Ellie loves Long Island, and she loves her family, and she’ll do whatever it takes to ensure neither is torn apart.

Ellie was a great female lead, and there is another female character, Fin, who couldn’t be more different. But the two join forces and there is a lot of girl power. You can tell the author is forward-thinking and there aren’t any stereotypes to be found here. It’s unconventional and exactly the kind of book I love to read.

The demon in this one is very different than the one from the previous book. The extremist group working for this malevolent entity provides an ironic (or maybe it was intentional) backdrop for what is going on in America right now.

To sum it up, it’s a fun-to-read romp involving bootlegging, religious nutjobs, and two young women who will do whatever it takes to save their home. Throw in some mushrooms with bad juju and a demon or two, and it’s a paranormal historical fantasy you shouldn’t miss!

Thank you Edelweiss and publisher for providing an eARC for an honest review.

 

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