Title: Now Entering Addamsville
Author: Francesca Zappia
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Release Date: October 1, 2019
“When your mom disappears, your dad goes to jail, and the whole town hates you on sight, sometimes you get it in your head to start doing stupid things to ease that anger. Stupid things like hunting firestarters alone.”
I guess this was okay? I didn’t really enjoy it but it wasn’t bad enough to dnf. Mostly just blahs. I wanted this to get me in the fall spirit, but that didn’t happen. I was expecting a spooky atmosphere, a quirky town, and a family mystery, but I was just so underwhelmed by everything about Now Entering Addamsville that I know it’s going to be one of those books that I instantly forget everything about it.
The biggest problem I had with the story was the worldbuilding. There was virtually none and we’re introduced to these new creatures, firestarters, that have a legacy in the town and with Zora’s family but I still feel like I don’t know a lot about them and it was hard for me to picture them while reading. And I had to reread quite a few passages for clairty, and it just got a bit tedious instead of enjoyable. And the people in this town were the absolute WORST!
I just feel let down on multiple levels. I feel like I can’t go into any specifics because virtually anything I say would be spoilers (the synopsis does a good job of not giving anything away) and I don’t want to ruin the book fro someone else. I’ll just say that while the book did have interesting parts, I already forgot about 80% of it and I finished it 2 days ago. I think it’s just one of those books not meant for me.
I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.