Things in Jars, by Jess Kidd

6 Nov
things in jars jess kidd

FIVE of 5 stars

Wow Wow Wow.
The only plus-side of losing power in my California home for five days was that I had all the time in the world to read this book. But what a plus-side that was!

This is a DELIGHTFULLY Grimm-like story. It’s tomato soup with a grilled cheese sandwich for the reader’s soul. It is so full of delicious characters, from the tough yet good, to the most terrifyingly evil. There is a ghost – A GHOST! – who will cause your Grinchy heart to grow three sizes. There is one amazing red-haired pipe-smoking detective woman as the main character, and it’s all set in filthy, murky, fog-filled Victorian London. No, there are no Grimm princesses in this story, but there are scary possible-mermaids, and scary children who are possible-mermaids with teeth who will attack you and steal your memories and swallow your soul and kill you. FUN, right??

It’s all told with beautiful writing that my brain had apparently been ravenous for. I ate this book up. I consumed every grotesque description, every gleefully unrepentant villain, every dirty street urchin. I loved being immersed in a London so engulfed in trouble it was soon to give birth to Jack the Ripper. And I adored Bridie, the flame haired heroine. Was there really a ghost? Were the mermaids real? The best stories feed your imagination so thoroughly that you make your own decisions. Jess Kidd’s writing fills every character with huge personalities and I already miss them and am sad that at least a few will never be heard from again – even the evil ones!

So many thanks to NetGalley and Atria Books for the ARC in exchange for an honest review. This book gets five FULL stars from me, and I urge every reader to get a copy and immerse yourself in this magical world.

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