Creatures of Want and Ruin by Molly Tanzer

Creatures of Want and Ruin

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 und...

Details Creatures of Want and Ruin

TitleCreatures of Want and Ruin
Release DateNov 13th, 2018
PublisherJohn Joseph Adams/Mariner Books
GenreFantasy, Historical, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Horror

Reviews Creatures of Want and Ruin

  • Sh3llraiser (grumpybookgrrrl)
    RELEASE DAY!Review also found at: of Will and Temper: ★★★★★Follow me at Twitter.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.Ellie was a great female lead, and there is another female character, Fin, who couldn’t be more different. But t...
  • Lauren Stoolfire
    I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.My first introduction to Molly Tanzer was with last year's Creatures of Will and Temper and I was really impressed by her Dorian Gray inspired tale. Of course as soon as I caught wind of her newest release I knew I had to try it as well and luckily for me I managed to get approved for it via NetGalley. This new companion story (you don't need to be familiar with her previous releas...
  • Alan Baxter
    Brilliant fun. A wonderfully written dark weird adventure built around prohibition era moonshine running in Long Island. Recommended. Brilliant fun. A wonderfully written dark weird adventure built around prohibition era moonshine running in Long Island. Recommended. ‬
  • Evelina | AvalinahsBooks
    I have waited for a sequel to Creatures of Will and Temper for a year now! I was very excited to be able to read it, and very thankful to both the publisher and Molly Tanzer herself who was so sweet to help me out to procure a review copy as an international reviewer - considering how NetGalley makes us nearly invisible. I enjoyed the book for sure, although my heart still belongs to part one - Creatures of will and Temper - both because of the l...
  • Deborah Ross
    My introduction to the work of Molly Tanzer was her novel, Creatures of Will and Temper, a 19th century urban fantasy revolving around The Portrait of Dorian Gray, and demonic possession. Creatures of Want and Ruin takes place in the Roaring Twenties on Long Island, New York. The common thread between the two books is the role of demons controlling human lives. Demons take possession of people who freely agree to the arrangement, granting their h...
  • Michelle
    I wanted to like this so much. The storyline was intriguing, the cover was fantastic...I couldn’t wait to read it. But then I started it...and it went downhill from there. It took me ages to get through it because it felt like a chore. I ended up skimming it around 35%.The characters are unlikable. The conversations seemed forced and often uncomfortable. Actually the entire book was uncomfortable. Which could be purposeful, but it didn’t work...
  • Devann
    I received an ARC copy of this book from EdelweissI really enjoyed Creatures of Will and Temper from this author, but I had a bit of trouble getting into this one. This isn't a sequel really so you don't need to have read the first book to enjoy it, although I think they might have name dropped a few characters briefly. This story blends the supernatural elements of weird plants and demons with an unfortunately still all too realistic preacher wh...
  • Kamisha
    Thanks to the NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review!I really enjoyed this strange, but entertaining speculative fiction story! There were elements of this that nodded to Molly Tanzer’s previous book, Creatures of Will and Temper, which I also really enjoyed so that was fun! Just as in Creatures of Will and Temper, humans can commune with demons through the ingestion of certain foods o...
  • Kam
    This review is based on an ARC given to me for free by the publisher via Edelweiss. This does not in any way affect my review.This novel is slated for release on November 13, 2018.Despite those Lovecraftian trappings, this novel goes in the complete opposite direction from Lovecraft’s politics. Instead, it tackles the notion of privilege, and the many, varied ways it can harm others – sometimes in ways that a person can be aware of, but often...
  • Anneke
    Book Review: Creatures of Want and RuinAuthor: Molly TanzerPublisher: John Joseph Adams/Mariner Books/Houghton Mifflin HarcourtPublication Date: November 13, 2018Review Date: November 16, 2018This was quite a bizarre book; a strange combination of genres. It was speculative fiction-sci fi/horror/historical fiction, and at times I was reminded of the Nancy Drew books I read as a little girl. We had a small library in our basement when I was a kid,...
  • Erica
    I received an ARC of this novel via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Ellie West navigates her skiff by moonlight distributing SJ's moonshine liquor to her local customers. Although it's not the safest or most proper job for a young woman, especially during the prohibition, Ellie needs the money to send her brother to medical school. During one of her deliveries a storm diverts her to the cove for shelter. Ellie sees a local man who app...
  • Alex Can Read
    Creatures of Want and Ruin is a sex-positive historical magical realism novel set in the roaring twenties. Creatures of Want & Ruin is apparently a sequel to Creatures of Will and Temper but stands alone perfectly. (I have not read Creatures of Will and Temper and never felt like I had missed anything.)Creatures of Want and Ruin is a book about watching people change around you. That bewildering feeling where you turn around and suddenly people y...
  • Annie
    It’s hard out there for a young woman with a bitter, disabled father who has to support her family and help pay for her polio-stricken brother’s medical college fees. Her only marketable skills are her ability to pilot a ship around Long Island and a certain disregard for being strictly legal. Fortunately, with Prohibition in place, a woman like Ellie West can make a fair amount of money running alcohol if she’s careful. And, indeed, Ellie ...
  • Heather
    Creatures of Want and Ruin takes readers back to the era of pulp fiction with its gothic atmosphere and horror-filled storyline. The main characters are Fin and Ellie, two strong heroes who fight for their homes in the face of demonic evil in prohibition-era Long Island. These two strong female characters are well developed and likeable, but in no way are they perfect. Their faults and weaknesses motivate their actions just as much. Unusually, th...
  • Joe Crowe
    (Review thanks to a very early advance copy.) Author Molly Tanzer could have easily done a reprise of her first novel and that would have been awesome -- Creatures of Will and Temper is excellent. Check it out -- it's a reimagining of The Picture of Dorian Gray, but with cults and fencing. But Tanzer does the unexpected here for the second novel in a series. The first one was in Victorian London. This one is set during Prohibition, and diabolists...
  • Jeremy Brett
    Molly Tanzer triumphs again with the second book in her loosely-connected series of fantasies centered around the interaction of demons with their human vessels. The first book, "Creatures of Will and Temper" took place in a deeply-realized Victorian England (with many gender-swapped tips of the hat to Oscar Wilde) and involved two mismatched sisters and their encounters with diabolism. Now Tanzer brings us to Prohibition-era Long Island, and a n...
  • Eliese
    There were a lot of reasons I didn't like this book. The plot was uninteresting and didn't make much sense, the pacing was off and the characters felt extremely fake, but all of these issues and others all lead back to the same thing. There was no heart and no passion in this book. It didn't feel as if the author cared about the story or it's characters so I didn't care about them either.
  • SA Schlueter
    First, for what I liked: The cover art is gorgeous and I loved the title. Once beyond that, there is just too much I did not like: I could not get invested in any of the characters or any of the dialog. I received an Advance Reader Copy from NetGalley and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt / John Joseph Adams/Mariner Books in exchange for an honest review.
  • Sandra
    I won this book off Goodreads. Highly recommend. A must read.
  • Veronica
    I love that this doesn't necessarily have to be read as part of a series.
  • Angel Hench
    Creatures of Want & Ruin stars Ellie West, a young woman who know what she wants. She supports her parents and brother by delivering illegal moonshine to customers at night. It's prohibition, you know. She's got a fiancee who likes that she also has a boyfriend, and she's working to get her whip-smart brother to college. Everything's on track until a reverend starts to preach about safeguarding the genetic purity of Long Island and Ellie's POS fa...
  • Becky Spratford
    Review on blog and Booklist Magazine [11/1/18]:
  • Annarella
    A creepy, enthralling, and entertaining book. I loved the style of writing and the characters.The plot hooked me since the beginning and I had to read it as fast as I can.As far as I understand this is a series but I had no problems in understanding the plot or the characters and their relationship.Recommended!Many thanks to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Netgalley for this ARC