About the Book
Author: Gina Damico
Pub. Date: August 2, 2016
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
Paraffin, Vermont, is known the world over as home to the Grosholtz Candle Factory. But behind the sunny retail space bursting with overwhelming scents and homemade fudge, seventeen-year-old Poppy Palladino discovers something dark and unsettling: a back room filled with dozens of startlingly life-like wax sculptures, crafted by one very strange old lady. Poppy hightails it home, only to be shocked when one of the figures—a teenage boy who doesn’t seem to know what he is—jumps naked and screaming out of the trunk of her car. She tries to return him to the candle factory, but before she can, a fire destroys the mysterious workshop—and the old woman is nowhere to be seen.
With the help of the wax boy, who answers to the name Dud, Poppy resolves to find out who was behind the fire. But in the course of her investigation, she discovers that things in Paraffin aren’t always as they seem, that the Grosholtz Candle Factory isn’t as pure as its reputation—and that some of the townspeople she’s known her entire life may not be as human as they once were. In fact, they’re starting to look a little . . . waxy. Can Poppy and Dud extinguish the evil that’s taking hold of their town before it’s too late?
I really enjoyed this book far more than I thought I would. It certainly was not a horror story, it was more of a humorous story. It certainly makes fun of itself and that was nice to read.
This it the story of Poppy who lives in Paraffin, Vermont. Poppy is still trying to get over the horrific accidnet she had during a national talent show. Obviously, it was televised and the entire world witnessed her performance. While trying to get on with her life, Poppy is still carefree and determined to make it in the acting world. But growing up in Paraffin, home of the world famous Grosholtz Candle Factory is not easy. While on a tour of the candle factory, Poppy discovers a secret room with a rather peculiar old lady living there carving life-like statues of people out of wax. After this unsettling encounter, Poppy makes it home to discover the factory caught fire and one of the life-like statues of a young boy has come to life and answers to the name of Dud. With the help of her new wax friend, Dud, Poppy sets out to discover all of the secrets within Paraffin and rid her town on the evil within.
I know, I know. This sounds really cheesy but I am here to tell you that the story is so much more humorous than the description lets on. Poppy, Dud, and Poppy’s best friend, Jill, have such funny banter that I found myself really laughing out loud. The campy humor really added to the charm of the book. I felt all of the characters were unique and a pleasure to read. I really liked Dud’s character. Talk about pure innocence. I wanted to be friends with him in real life. The plot of this story is pretty straight forward. There is a mystery to be solved and Poppy sets out to solve it with her friends in tow.
I felt Damico did a great job of world building. She created a spooky, creepy world in which the unthinkable happen but it didn’t seem as unrealistic as you would think. With the way Damico wrote this story, it felt natural to read a story about the strange and unusal world of all things wax. I won’t give any spoilers away in this review, but everything about this story just seemed to flow. The pacing was good and so were the characters. I’m not sure I can say enough good things about this story. It surprised me and I am very lucky I was given the chance to read this one early. I highly recommend this to everyone. Please, give it a chance. This is one of those times that you should not judge a book by its cover.
Gina Damico is the author of Croak, Scorch, and Rogue, the grim-reapers-gone-wild books of the Croak trilogy. She has also dabbled as a tour guide, transcriptionist, theater house manager, scenic artist, movie extra, office troll, retail monkey, yarn hawker and breadmonger. A native of Syracuse, New York, she now lives outside Boston with her husband, two cats, and one dog, and while she has never visited hell in person, she has spent countless waking hours at the Albany Regional Bus Terminal, which is pretty darn close. Visit her website at www.ginadami.co.
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