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 unde...

Details Creatures of Want and Ruin

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

Reviews Creatures of Want and Ruin

  • Lauren Stoolfire
    I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Review to come...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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
  • Bwandungi Mugarura
    I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.What is this book about?---------------------------Ellie is a bootlegger, selling liquor to people up and down the south bay in Amityville. During a heavy storm, a man (who is known to her) seems high on some rainbow stuff (it's dribbling down his chin) and tries to kill her.Fin is in a marriage that is souring and she's watching it slowly circle the drain into nothing...
  • KatieRose
    3.5 stars. Tanzer's "Creatures of Want and Ruin" is a sequel to a previous work, which I haven't read, but I found it immersive and compelling. Set on Long Island during Prohibition, it encircles Ellie, a fisher and booze runner, and Fin, a socialite summering on the island. These two very different women are drawn together when a charismatic preacher comes to town--along with demons, creeping mushrooms, and revival meetings decrying immigrants t...
  • Lydia Timpson
    Did not finish at 32%.I agreed to give an honest opinion in exchange for a free copy of this book from net galley.Ellie West fishes by day and bootlegs moonshine at night. Her customers all over the small island. One night she finds alchol bowed under odd conditions and out of desperation sells it to a newcomer to the area.This sets off a chain of demonic activity that could ruin her island home forever.I really tried to like this book but I just...
  • Mathilda Robarts
    I was super intrigued by the cover and description, and liked it at the beginning. It became a little stagnant in pace and then seemed to pick up again. There are a few little errors that can be picked up with another proofread, just some awkward phrasings and such. Otherwise it was a good story. Great concept.