Friday, May 10, 2013

Club Monstrosity, by Jesse Petersen

All the movie monsters of old- Dracula, Frankenstein's Monster, Werewolves, Invisible Man, Mummy, etc- are alive and well, and living in Manhattan.  Well, they were alive and well, until someone started murdering them according to their legendary movie demise.  The monsters all attend a support group together, and when members start turning up missing, the group bands together to save each other.  Led by Natalie, a Frankenstein's Monster, the group figures out who is harming them, why, and how to stop further losses among their ranks.

I love when authors take classic literary characters, ideas, and themes, and reboot them, provided they do it well.  And I was quite pleased with the way this author crafted the story using so many classic monster tales.  While all the main characters had their original monster identities, they also had fresh twists on those identities, allowing us to get to know them as characters, and individuals, instead of just the same old monsters we know.  I really loved the humanity in all of these characters; it made me, as a reader, really care about them, and want to see them protected.

I thought the storyline was smart, a great combination of old lore with new styling.  I am tickled that the monsters all live in Manhattan; if there is one city where a bunch of monsters would fit it, that would be the place.  The book has something for everyone; classic gothic literature, paranormal romance, mystery thrills.  That all adds up to mass appeal.  From what I understand, this is the first in a series, and I really look forward to further installments.  This book was well written, and highly entertaining.

I received a review copy courtesy of NetGalley and the publisher, in exchange for my honest review.




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