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It is impossible for me to dislike any book that has a badger/hedgehog crossbred as a character. I just can’t. I want Crust. I want my own Crust now.
Crimson Volania Mulch resembles in appearance Frankenstein’s Bride. Her purple hair stands up straight, and she has a put together/rag doll appearance. But appearance is where that resembles ends, for Crimson is her own rag and bone girl, if she is rag and bone at all, for her past is somewhat mysterious.
But that is not least of the mysteries. She finds herself in Assumption Cemetery, a place inhabited by ghosts, a fish monster by the name of Simon, a werewolf by the name of Wisteria Smials, a vampire by the name of Quinton, and the human Parameter Jones, who is a magician.
And someone keeps leaving her cool presents, like Crust who is a badger/hedgehog with two heads.
This is a cute first volume, and there is much to like. There is the friendship that develops between Crimson and Wisteria, which expands to add Parameter (who is a poc, though Simon is green). The friendship is the best part of the series, for the girls do develop a good friendship without a rivalry, at least so far, for the interest of a boy. The cover, therefore, with Crimson between two boys is slightly misleading.
In fact, Crimson’s reaction to Quinton, who is mockery of some other famous vampires, is so wonderful that it does a body good.
The art is great. It is somewhat like a darker colored I Hate FairyLand crossed with Funko Pop!