Creatures of Want and Ruin

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, Amityville baywoman Ellie West fishes by day and bootlegs moonshine by night. It's dangerous work under Prohibition--inde...

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Title:Creatures of Want and Ruin
Author:Molly Tanzer
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Genres:Fantasy
ISBN:1328710254
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:352 pages pages

Creatures of Want and Ruin Reviews

  • Heather
    Oct 01, 2018
    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 stro...
  • Alan Baxter
    Nov 24, 2018
    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. ? ...more...
  • rebecca
    Dec 08, 2018
    This may be my favorite Molly Tanzer novel. The plot is smart, the pacing is perfect, the historical setting is convincing without becoming precious, and the nods to Weird Fiction's forbearers are organic, not contrived. Tanzer's characters are vividly drawn, and she excels at writing ...
  • Julai
    Dec 09, 2018
    Creatures of Will and Temper had just a little less imagination, a little less adventure, a little less of that dirty creativity I look for in Molly Tanzer books. Creatures of Want and Ruin has a bit less than that. I?m not sure if it?s the attempt at a series that is making th...
  • Deborah Ross
    Oct 20, 2018
    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 commo...
  • Devann
    Oct 14, 2018
    I received an ARC copy of this book from Edelweiss I 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...
  • Kamisha
    Nov 09, 2018
    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 a...
  • Elaine
    Mar 15, 2019
    Maybe more of a 1.5 stars in Goodreads terms: it was okay, and for some parts I didn't like it (including the climax -- I voluntarily put this book down to go do something else a couple hours. During the big confrontation!). Possibly a good part of my enjoyment only comes from the o...
  • Mindi
    Mar 01, 2019
    I'm bumping this one up to 5 stars because I'm still thinking about it. If a book sticks with you days after you finish reading it, then it's safe to say you found it amazing. I honestly wasn't sure what to think about this one before I started it. The cover is lovely, but the synop...
  • Audra (ouija.doodle.reads)
    Jan 26, 2019
    This isn?t a book I would generally choose for myself to read, but that?s what is fun about subscription services like the Night Worms box. I don?t know what I?m going to get, but I know the books are carefully curated and I can trust that it?s going to be an interesting ride...
  • Lauren Stoolfire
    Oct 30, 2018
    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 h...
  • Emma
    Feb 11, 2019
    An unusual fantasy- paranormal book and original. The tone was creepy. There were demons and mad preachers and a secret cabal and a plan to rule the world, or at least Long Island. Mwahaha! Will a group of disparate people to stop the evil before it goes too far? Read on! This plays on...
  • Aryssa Hutchins
    Dec 18, 2018
    A fun story. I enjoyed the thoughts of the two women as they experienced life and death. ...
  • Evelina | AvalinahsBooks
    Nov 08, 2018
    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 ...
  • Kimberly
    Jan 30, 2019
    CREATURES OF WANT AND RUIN is the first novel I have read by Molly Tanzer. This title felt like it would fit comfortably into several sub-genres; namely fantasy, historical fiction, occult, and even romance, to a lesser degree. "Doing the right thing doesn't always mean doing the e...
  • Brandt
    Mar 05, 2019
    I've been a fan of Molly Tanzer since I read her steampunk western Vermilion a few years back and after a hiatus on Goodreads, I had remembered that book and put in a request for Creatures of Want and Ruin at my local library. In the interim, I discovered that she had written another b...
  • Jessica
    Jan 30, 2019
    Ellie West is a moonshine bootlegger living in a small town in Long Island, known as Amityville. Here she finds herself working to assist her family and send her brother to college through any means necessary. Fishing by day and avoiding Prohibition regulations by night. When a wealthy...
  • Nicole Beaudry
    Dec 16, 2018
    Molly Tanzer's Creatures of Want and Ruin is a loose follow-up to Creatures of Will and Temper, which I read at the beginning of the year and then browbeat every single person I know into reading, or close to. I was worried picking this one up - would it live up to my expectations? Wou...
  • Lafourche Parish Library
    Feb 28, 2019
    In Creatures of Want & Ruin by Molly Tanzer, it is the 1920s on Long Island. Ellie West, the daughter of a man who wanted to fight in the Great War but came back injured before he even finished training, does whatever it takes to raise money to send her younger brother to college t...
  • Sadie Hartmann Mother Horror
    Feb 04, 2019
    3.5 stars rounded up for Goodreads This is my very first reading experience with Molly Tanzer. Ashley and I picked this book out as a read along for our curated horror book club, Night Worms. It came highly recommended to us by some authors who write urban/dark fantasy/horror: Alan Ba...
  • MamaMiaReads
    Jan 26, 2019
    Creatures of Want and Ruin is my introduction to Molly Tanzer's writing. This was a creepy supernatural read that dives into witchcraft and the occult. I truly enjoyed this story and its cast of characters. Ellie is an Amityville baywoman in Long Island, NY and to help support her fami...
  • bundledwithbooks
    Jan 30, 2019
    This is my first experience reading through the world Molly Tanzer has created. I enjoyed this book because it is my first supernatural read. 1920's prohibition era story + a couple strong leading female characters + questionable religious leader = dark, twisted fantasy. Yes, please! ...
  • Michelle
    Sep 23, 2018
    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 ch...
  • Lindsey
    Jan 30, 2019
    The first time I ever laid eyes on this book my initial impression was that it looked like a creepy Alice in Wonderland. The similarity stops at the cover. Reading the book actually felt like a mix of The Great Gatsby and Stranger Things. I loved the excerpts from the fictional book...
  • Acqua
    Dec 07, 2018
    This wasn't perfect, but queer fiction about fighting bigots is the best kind of fiction. Creatures of Want and Ruin follows Ellie, a moonshine smuggler in prohibition-era Long Island. She is a polyamorous woman in an open relationship with a bisexual man, and in this story she will h...
  • Michelle
    Jan 21, 2019
    "Looking away from something doesn't make it disappear." Ahhhhhh words can not express how much I enjoyed this book!! I loved Creatures of Will and Temper, and while I know they aren't exactly a series, I hoped this one would also be awesome, and it did not disappoint. We have 2...
  • D Gillis
    Jan 29, 2019
    Ellie West runs moonshine during prohibition. She is trying to help her brother who has been accepted to college and can?t afford to go. Ellie has the opportunity to provide alcohol for a large party. She sells them some booze that includes some kind of special mushrooms that cause t...
  • Suzy Michael
    Jan 29, 2019
    Molly Tanzer transports us back to the roaring '20's, where Prohibition reigned supreme just as much as the bootlegging did in back alley deals. But what happens when one of these deals is with the devil himself? Even Gatsby wouldn't be able to charm his way out of a deal like that, bu...
  • Jess Harker
    Jan 16, 2019
    I enjoyed Tanzer?s creativity and vocabulary in this book, but other than that I didn?t enjoy much of anything else. I felt it was a bit convoluted and even sloppy at times. What upset me the most were the unrealistic and perhaps careless story choices. The best example I can give ...
  • Sh3lly
    Feb 28, 2018
    RELEASE DAY! Review also found at: https://grumpybookgrrrl.com/2018/11/1... Creatures 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 t...