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Posted January 30, 2014
I've been a long-time fan of Jesse Petersen's Living with the Dead series. Her books are some of my go-to reads --- witty, entertaining and snarky as hell --- so it was a no brainer for me to pick up Club Monstrosity. The concept of monsters in a self-help group is so great. C'mon, it's MONSTERS IN A SELF-HELP CLUB! We get to see how a Frankenstein's monster, the Blob, the Invisible Man, a mummy, Dracula, a werewolf, a swamp monster and Dr. Jekyl/Mr. Hyde are all coping in modern day America, that is, until they start being offed in the same fashion as in their horror stories. Hell yes! Where do I sign up? This book was pretty much what I expected it would be --- quick, easy and fun. While it wasn't quite as gripping as Petersen's other series, I definitely enjoyed reading it. The only real quirk that got me were the random POV swaps between two of the main characters. They occur right in the middle of scenes so it makes it difficult to discern who's speaking. Other than that, I found it to be a quirky concept with some really cool characters. While I do prefer Petersen's other books, I will definitely continue reading this series too.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 1, 2013
This novel had great potential, but it didn’t deliver as I had hoped. Perhaps it’s my preconceived notions of the monsters that are represented in this novel, but I expected them to be… different. Stronger, more assertive, and sure of themselves. But, in truth, they’re just the opposite. Full of hatred and malice towards one another, the lot was more skittish and scared to move forward and act, content to hide away for the rest of their lives. Their constant bickering, while I believe an attempt at humor, didn’t adhere them to my heart any, either. Instead, I found myself annoyed by their antics and lack of confidence. I understand that they’ve been in hiding for a very long time, but these character’s inability to stand up for themselves throughout a majority of the novel made it hard for me to enjoy, especially as some whined constantly, which is not how I expect a monster to act in the least.
Overall, this novel was the opposite of what I was expecting, though the premise was great. I think those going in without any preconceived notions will enjoy this novel, if they know that the monsters we’ve learned about him English class aren’t necessarily the ones portrayed in this novel.
Posted July 21, 2013
This book features a crazy mix of loveable monsters in the heart of New York City!
There is a reason why monsters such as vampires, zombies and werewolves are still the subject of so many books and movies - they're the classics! And in this awesome book, author Jesse Peterson brought our favorite monsters together!
Story-wise, I love the fact that this book focused more on the monsters themselves rather than the romance aspect between Natalie and Alec. Through their MFD (Monstofelldosis Anonymous), these monsters meet up once a week to discuss how they cope up with the modern world. They also discuss their close encounters with humans.
As if coping up with the modern world while trying to hide their real identities wasn't hard enough, someone starts killing the monsters one by one. And the M.O. is to kill each monster according to how they died in their respective stories. Personally, I think this was a really clever plot-device. It definitely got the monsters in a lurch and brought out their personalities.
I also like the fact that this book humanized the monsters. They were given each given distinct personalities from each other. This, aside from their general identity as monsters, made them all the more lovable, in my opinion.
And then of course, there's the heroine, Natalie. I love the fact that she has her own frailty. Despite being a monster, Natalie is a totally relatable character. Her insecurity comes in the form of her scars and disjointed body parts. Body-image issues are quite common, so this really hit the spot. In addition to the mystery aspect of this story, I also appreciate that Natalie was able to find love.
All in all, this book effectively combines a mystery-romance combo, with lovable and endearing characters!
Posted July 4, 2013
This is an enjoyable new set of characters from Jesse Petersen. While I liked the Married With Zombies series better, this is an interesting new series (I am going to have to brush up on my monster trivia!) I am definitely going to buy the next in the series.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 10, 2013
Club Monstrosity (Club Monstrosity #1) by Jesse Petersen, is a light hearted story on the whole, but interesting none the less. What do you if you were a monster in the modern world? How would you fit in? There are self-help groups for alcoholics, for gamblers, and every other diverse form of life, why not monsters? At least that was what our characters thought they were dealing with. Just working through the modern world with all their history, their own horror stories, and love lives over the centuries. Until two of their members went missing, and they learned that there is more than what they expected in the world. This is a great story, with some hilarious moments, and lighthearted mystery and love story. It would be great to share as an inspiration to students, teaching them how misconception and perception can both be a problem for everyone. They can also learn that they are valued for the conduct of their character in a lighthearted way. I think this will be a great generation gap fill, and also show children that acceptance is not only skin deep.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 9, 2013
Humorous short read!
The members of Monstofelldosis Anonymous meet in a church basement twice a week and discuss things like when was the last time they were outed, problems they are having and anything else that comes to mind. When Ellis the Invisible Man not only turns up dead, but has been killed according to His Story (by H.G. Wells), the others begin to get uneasy. Is there someone in New York City going around killing monsters? They need to get to the truth quick before more members die because no one wants to go out like they did in their Story.
This is an interesting, creative, humorous take on monsters. Well-written with well-developed characters this is a mystery that had me turning the pages as fast as I could read them. I’m happy to see there will be another story involving the monsters from Monstofelldosis Anonymous. I look forward to reading it!
*Book source ~ Many thanks to Pocket Star Books and NetGalley for providing me with a review copy. Please see disclaimer page on my blog.
Posted May 3, 2013
Crazy, imaginative and full of humorous repartees and ripostes, I really enjoyed myself.
A group therapy for super famous monsters. The idea made ¿¿me laugh and I immediately wanted to get my hands on this crazy book.
Supernatural fan, I was delighted because all these monstrosities live in New York, in full view of every humans, and try to integrate themselves into the modern world.
So, Drakula struggle to use all the fonction of his smartphone... You can meet the daughter of Frankenstein in the middle of an autopsy at the morgue or an Egyptian mummy, with her skin completely dehydrated, is working at the head of a cosmetology service that pursue the concoction of a special cream for dry skin.
Hilarious! The author's imagination completly cracks me up!
Once the presentations with the monsters are done, the reader goes in the pursuit of a serial killer determined to exterminate these creatures by following the description of their book's death.
Soon, their survival is threatened and they must work together. This was without counting on Van Helsing ...
Crazy, imaginative and full of humorous repartees and ripostes, I really enjoyed myself. A good book to look at cult childrens monster books differently.
A nice original idea perfectly written.
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