Now Entering Addamsville by Francesca Zappia | Book Review

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The following is from Goodreads:

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.

My Thoughts:

I’m still working my way through a bunch of reviews that I need to write. So expect at least one a week for the next month. I could post more often, but I don’t want to put too much stress on myself. I want to write quality reviews (at least for the most part).

But anyway, I think I hyped this book up in my head. Then again, I don’t think any book that Francesca Zappia has lived up to Eliza and Her Monsters, at least in my opinion. But there was something about this book that didn’t particularly wow me.

So I listened to this book on audiobook, and I really enjoyed it.The story overall was definitely a good spooky book to read in October (or any time really) because it deals with ghosts primarily. That was one of things that I really liked about the book; the ghost aspect really intrigued me. Zora, the main character, was a really badass character who didn’t take any shit from anyone. But what people didn’t know was that she could see ghosts (though she couldn’t talk to them, which I found interesting). She’s like a ghost whisperer and trying to uncover the mysteries of the fire starters.

Zora’s character throughout the story
as she tried to clear her name.

I really liked how strong and determined Zora was thought the story. She was blamed for arson, but Zora was determined to clear her name and uncover who the real threat was. In doing so, she causes a lot of chaos in the town.

Like I said, something about this book kept me from giving it 5 stars, but I can’t quite put my finger on what it is. The pacing was pretty good; I didn’t find myself bored at any point of the story.

The setting was interesting, especially when learning about the history behind the ghost hunting and fire starters.

But I wasn’t wowed by the end of it. It was a good story, don’t get me wrong. I’d definitely recommend picking it up. But it wasn’t life changing or anything. Entertaining, yes, but not over-the-top amazing. I liked it for what it was, even though I had higher expectations of it. I was a bit disappointed because I hyped it up in my head, so the disappointment was solely my fault.

There you have it. My thoughts on Now Entering Addamsville by Francesca Zappia. Have you read this book? What were your thoughts on it? I’d love to discuss them in the comments below!

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I am a twenty-something-year-old who is an avid reader. I love anything from young adult fantasy to adult fiction to young adult contemporary.

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