My rating: 4 ½ out of 5 stars
Genre: YA Mystery
Publisher: October 1st, 2019
Published: Greenwillow Books
LGBTQ Rep: asexuality (#OWNVOICE), lesbian
Zora Novak has been framed.
When someone burns down the home of the school janitor and he dies in the blaze, everyone in Addamsville, Indiana, points a finger at Zora. Never mind that Zora has been on the straight and narrow since her father was thrown in jail. With everyone looking for evidence against her, her only choice is to uncover the identity of the real killer. There’s one big problem—Zora has no leads. No one does. Addamsville has a history of tragedy, and thirty years ago a similar string of fires left several townspeople dead. The arsonist was never caught.
Now, Zora must team up with her cousin Artemis—an annoying self-proclaimed Addamsville historian—to clear her name. But with a popular ghost-hunting television show riling up the townspeople, almost no support from her family and friends, and rumors spinning out of control, things aren’t looking good. Zora will have to read between the lines of Addamsville’s ghost stories before she becomes one herself.- synopsis from Goodreads
“You don’t go looking for the truth to be happy. You go looking so that you know.”
I wasn’t sure how I would feel about Now Entering Addamsville. I read Eliza and her Monsters and though I liked most of the book, I was really enraged by one character that really killed my enjoyment of the book. I still was ready to read Now Entering Addamsville after reading the synopsis and learning that there was an asexual main character. Fortunately, I was not disappointed.
This was so my jam. I absolutely loved Now Entering Addamsville. It had this eerie paranormal mystery story that I just couldn’t get enough of. Don’t worry, if you are not that into horror or overly creepy books this won’t cross the line for you. It’s not at all scary it’s just a lot of fun. It reminded me of an episode of Supernatural when the boys have to deal with the Ghostfacers while investigating a haunting.
The thing I loved a lot about this book besides the story was how Francesca Zappia could mix a cool ghost story with a heartfelt contemporary. How she was able to put this together surpasses me but you will get a beautiful story about the bonds that link us with our family, friends, community and more importantly ourselves. It reminds me a lot of Derek Milman’s writing. If you read Scream All Night or Swipe Right for Murder by him, you will understand what I mean.
I love that this is book is #OWNVOICE for asexuality. We got a couple ace books in 2019 and this one for me was done right. The fact that Zora the main character is ace didn’t feel forced, it wasn’t over-explained it was just there. She talks about it but in the story but she already knows who she is when it comes to her sexuality. It just seemed natural and authentic.
Without giving away any spoilers can we just talk about the ending? Francesca leaves it so open which makes me think this might be the start of a series? Or duology at least. I am keeping my fingers crossed cause I would love to meet up with these characters again.
Overall, I loved this book. It was just such a fun read and hope you all will love it as much as I did. I will definitely keep an eye out for a possible sequel.