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Familiar Things (A Book of All Hollows) (Volume 1) Paperback – November 10, 2014
About the Author
Lia Habel was born in Western NY, and has lived there the majority of her life. Her most recent book, Familiar Things, is a magical take on small-town life set in an alternate 1950s universe. Miss Habel enjoys attending anachronistic and steampunk events, sewing all manner of things, and collecting Victorian and Edwardian books. Her previous books include Dearly, Departed and Dearly, Beloved.
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You guys, Lia Habel must be a witch because I am totally under her spell! Seriously. I’m not joking. Her debut, Dearly Departed (which happens to be my favorite zombie book EVER), catapulted her straight onto my auto-buy list and I have been entranced with her writing ever since.
I absolutely love the world Lia created for Familiar Things! The attention to detail is astonishing and I’m pretty sure her creativity knows no bounds. I adored how the Nestle Ward around All Hallows kept it perpetually stuck in the past. And it was so well done that you actually felt like you’d been transported back to the 1950’s! The fashion, the cars, the malt shops, being “pinned” by boys, and the lingo! Oh, the lingo! It was so much fun!
And, All Hallows being a community made exclusively for the magically inclined, everything was magical and deliciously witchy! Like how everyone practiced magic in the open—with wands no less! Or how the department store was called Cursewell’s, and the grocery store Brew Lo. And I think that possibly one of my favorite things EVER was Everrose’s jack-o-lantern dress! Oh, and let’s not forget the familiars. I LOVED the familiars and how they made a connexion with their witches. Such an original idea!
World building aside, I really enjoyed Everrose’s story. She’s a character that you can really relate to and will totally root for. It was so refreshing that her story revolved around her and her familiar instead of her relationship with Vincent. Don’t get me wrong, I can’t wait to see what happens with them down the line, but I really just fell in love with Typhon. Not to mention that at one point I thought I totally had something figured out about him BUT I WAS WRONG. That, like, never happens and I loved it! Bonus brownie points for that :) AND the whole reason behind poor Everrose being so forgettable? Absolutely. Brilliant.
So, in short, Familiar Things is an utterly bewitching read and I CANNOT WAIT for the next installment of Everrose’s story!
Originally posted on brilliantlynovel.wordpress.com
I will fully admit to being a bit frustrated mid-book and that I almost did not finish it. There is teen angst aplenty (it is YA) and some dwelling on seemingly insignificant things. BUT (capitalized for emphasis) it all matters and makes sense and allows the reader to see and experience the foundation for the big reveal in chapters 18-19. If you find yourself bogged down in the middle, I encourage you to push through. It was worth it for me.
With the world-building established and the protagonist equipped with new information about herself, I have no doubt that the second book in this series has great potential to be a 5-star read and I’m looking forward to it.
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