Here There Are Monsters

Here There Are Monsters

by Amelinda Bérubé

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Overview

The Blair Witch Project meets Imaginary Girls in this story of sisterhood turned toxic, imaginary monsters brought to life, and secrets that won't stay buried.

Sixteen-year-old Skye is done playing the knight in shining armor for her insufferable younger sister, Deirdre. And moving across the country seems like the perfect chance to start over as someone different.

In their isolated new neighborhood, Skye manages to fit in, but Deirdre withdraws from everyone, becoming fixated on the swampy woods behind their house and building monstrous sculptures out of sticks and bones.

Then Deirdre disappears.

And when something awful comes scratching at Skye's window in the middle of the night, claiming Skye's the only one who can save Deirdre, Skye knows she will stop at nothing to bring her sister home.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781492671022
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 08/06/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 66,301
Lexile: 640L (what's this?)
File size: 2 MB
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Amelinda Bérubé has been a writer and editor with a small department in the Canadian public service. She holds a bachelor of humanities from Carleton University and a master of arts from McGill. Amelinda is also the author of The Dark Beneath the Ice and can be found on Twitter @metuiteme. Visit amelindaberube.com.

Customer Reviews

Here There Are Monsters 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous 9 months ago
Kept me interested. I read it in one afternoon.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book up until about 60%; it was magical and spooky, but then it took a hard-left turn into Messed-Up Land. Also, the plot, reasoning, and characters start to dissolve into a completely twisted and grotesque nightmare after that point. I was horrified and disgusted and I can’t believe the twisted morals that are featured in this book. I'm sorry, maybe this book is someone’s cup of tea, but it’s definitely not mine.
rodeorocks13 More than 1 year ago
Here there are monsters is not what I expected and I mean this in a good way. This novel is suspenseful, creepy and intriguing. Once you start reading you won't want to put it down. I loved every part. The story has a medium to fast pace that just picks up a quicker pace as the story gets deeper. There are a lot of twists and a good amount of mystery. I honestly can only think of one thing that I didn't like about this novel. And that one thing is that I wanted more after I finished it. It left me with a book hangover feeling. It doesn't end on a cliffhanger but it makes you want more from this authors writing. And even this is not a bad thing. I highly recommend this book if you want a dark, creepy young adult thriller. It also makes the perfect October read for those of us who like reading creepy books right before halloween. I received an advanced copy through netgalley in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.
onemused More than 1 year ago
HERE THERE ARE MONSTERS is a bit of an odd duck. The book begins with Skye being awoken to learn her sister is missing. Deirdre is thirteen and lives almost entirely in her imagination. She has constructed whole worlds there and insists on wandering around in the woods around their house to live them out. As such, Skye did not think much when she noticed her sister was out when she got home. She must have fallen asleep and not noticed her sister had not returned. As the police conduct their search, Skye feels guilty and seeks answers of her own. With past and present viewpoints, the first half of the book reads like a contemporary young adult novel. Skye and Deirdre had been so close, living out the worlds of Deirdre’s imagination, until they moved to this new town. Skye had made friends and become somewhat popular, leaving Deirdre to her own devices. Skye must balance these with her sister and family, a common problem facing teenagers. The second half of the book reads as more of a horror, when Skye begins the search for her sister, and the creatures she encounters. The ride gets stranger and stranger as we creep towards the enigmatic and strange ending. Skye and Deirdre were somewhat hard to like- they both seemed rather self-absorbed and a little bit rude to others. However, some of that is due to their age maybe, and the efforts required when you are a little bit different. I was surprised at some of the reactions Skye had to Deirdre being missing, but maybe these align with the stages of grief. My bigger problem I had with the book was all the labeled “slut shaming” that seemed otherwise unnecessary to the plot. I would have liked more acknowledgment or discouragement of this behavior, but it happens a few times. There are also excuses for sexist behavior by one of the teens that is brushed aside, despite being very offensive. Overall, it was an interesting read, but not one that I would pick up again. It seemed part YA contemporary and part horror and part fantasy, and I had a bit of a hard time getting into the story and characters as such. Please note that I received an ARC from the publisher through netgalley. All opinions are my own.
SchizanthusNerd More than 1 year ago
“By wood, stone, water, and bone.” That cover! It’s all kinds of creepy and intriguing. I’ve been look forward to reading this one for months. Deidre has always lived in a world of fantasy, imagining elaborate kingdoms of queens, knights and monsters. Skye’s role as the Queen of Swords has always been to save Deidre but when they move to a new town that doesn’t know the sisters by reputation Skye sees a fresh start, a chance to have friends for once. Then Deidre disappears and Skye may have to pick up her sword once again. I really enjoyed the introduction, with its promise of some weird and wonderful monsters. I liked getting to know Skye and trying to figure out Deidre, who we mostly get to know through her older sister. I’ve seen some reviews where Skye and Deidre cop a fair amount of disdain. While I can see where those readers are coming from, as a once upon a time teenage girl I can also see ‘Welcome to Adolescence’ written all over a lot of these sisters’ quirks. They can be mean, vindictive, antagonistic, manipulative, selfish and annoying at times. I actually loved that Skye wasn’t all sunshine and sweetness. She isn’t a girl who’s obsessed with her appearance. She’ll never be head cheerleader. Instead her only claim to fame has been ‘freak by proxy’, the weird girl’s sister, protector and only friend. She’s a real girl with real problems. “If she was going to disappear into her imaginary world and make herself a target all over again, it wasn’t like I could stop her. But she wasn’t keeping me in there with her. Not anymore.” Skye’s story explores family, friendships and secrets, and the lengths we will go to in order to protect them. The family dynamics make it seem inevitable that Deidre will follow where her monsters lead her. It also seems predetermined that although Skye should never have been cast in the role of her sister’s only protector that she would feel the pull of this during a time of crisis, no matter how much she wants to hold onto the new life she has forged for herself. I loved the alternating chapters, which told me what was happening now and caught me up on the past, giving much needed context to the present. For a long time I expected Deidre’s behaviour to come with a mental health diagnosis, even if some of her monsters were real. While Deidre came across as weird I never found the creepiness I expected from this book. I was eagerly anticipating the appearance of this book’s monsters from the first time I read the blurb, but I found them disappointing. There was such a build up to them and while I loved their form, their voices didn’t work for me. I did find out why that was but even then it didn’t sit right with me. Their motivation was barely explored and their history was only hinted at. The resolution to their story was a let down for me. If I could review this book in two parts, I’d be giving 4 stars for the pre monster part and 3 stars after they arrive. Content warnings include bullying. Thank you so much to NetGalley and Sourcebooks Fire for the opportunity to read this book. I’m rounding up from 3.5 stars.
AATaylor More than 1 year ago
Some horror books are straightforward and present easy scares. Others are richly layered and dreamlike, which often makes them polarizing with readers. Here There Are Monsters falls firmly into the second camp, making it the type of story that fans of A24’s arthouse horror films will enjoy. Labeled as YA fiction (but definitely a quality read for adults), this book explores how far someone will go to save a family member. In the beginning, teenager Skye seems like a bratty older sister who takes her disdain for her younger sister, Deirdre, way too far. But after Deirdre disappears and Skye has to face her worst fears and tumultuous past, it becomes clear just how damaging her sister’s fantasy world has been. The author mixes horrible dreams with real life, making the reader occasionally question what’s actually real. The titular monsters are a great example, and they’re different enough from the norm to truly stand out for horror lovers. Don’t go into this expecting a dark fantasy that wraps everything up with a happy bow. This is a surreal horror novel that isn’t afraid to get grisly, nor does it shy away from brutalizing the main characters. Some will call this a slow burn, and it is, to a point. But it’s also a fully realized tale about what drives us, the choices we make, and whether or not we can ever be redeemed for them. Here There Are Monsters, indeed, along with the shocking complexities of the human condition. Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for providing an ARC. This review contains my honest, unbiased opinion.
Kamisha More than 1 year ago
Last year I read Amelinda Bérubé’s first YA horror novel called, The Dark Beneath the Ice, and was absolutely enthralled with the story, so I was super excited to get my hands on this new story by her! And I am happy to say that the creeping, sinister vibe I loved in her first book definitely continued in this story as well! Here There Are Monsters is about a sixteen-year-old girl named Skye, who has recently moved into a new neighborhood with her family. Skye is busy trying to start her life over and make friends in her new neighborhood, and keep up appearances, while her younger sister, Deirdre, is against conforming in any way. Deirdre isn’t the easiest person to get along with, and she isn’t exactly the most conventional person either. Skye has spent her whole life sticking up for Deirdre and she is tired of having to always be the strong one. In their new home, Deirdre quickly begins to withdraw more and more into herself, spending most of her time in the swampy woods outside their home creating her “monsters” out of bones and other scraps. When Deirdre suddenly disappears without a trace, Skye has to embrace the monsters of the swamp in order to find her sister. I truly enjoyed this story and I really think I’m firmly standing by Amelinda’s horror stories from here on out! That being said, I will say this story might not be for everyone! Skye and Deirdre are both kind of antiheroines and at times it is difficult to root for either one of them. But I love stories like that, and I love when authors take a look at how far some people will go and how dark that can be. We learn pretty early on that Skye is certainly not telling the whole truth to her new friends and even her family, and she does a lot of pretending. But ultimately I loved her character. She was a real, flawed teenage girl who tried desperately to protect her sister at all costs, but also wanted her own life as well. The supernatural aspect in this story was a lot subtler than it was in The Dark Beneath the Ice, but no less creepy! The monsters that Deirdre created were super unsettling to me and the cover completely conveys that! I also really enjoyed that the swamp and woods were their own characters and overlaid a general sinister atmosphere to the whole story. If you are looking for great YA horror (which there isn’t enough of!) definitely check Here There Are Monsters out, as well Amelinda’s other work! Thanks to Netgalley and Sourcebooks Fire for the opportunity to read this ARC in exchange for an honest review!
marongm8 More than 1 year ago
This book was received as an ARC from Sourcebooks Fire in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own. Just by the cover, I knew this one was going to be very interesting for our young adult patrons. I remember the success of the Blair Witch Project but as I was reading this book and the so called "monsters" I could not help to think Goosebumps' The Haunted Mask which was one of their mos popular books in the series. I know this book if added to our YFantasy collection will have its followers and they will be begging for more info or having this book become a series. As far as the plot and storyline is concerned, there were parts that jumped off on tangents and it really was somewhat difficult to keep up so the not so avid readers will have some difficulty getting through this book but those that are hard core scary/thriller/mystery fans will find this book very exciting. We will consider adding this book to our YFantasy collection at our library. That is why we give this book 4 stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Here there are monsters sets the reader up to wander the forest with Deidre to save her sister, even though she is trying to separate herself from her sister's imaginary worlds. Where can you draw the line when you desperately want to fit in but it's up to you to save your sister, who definitely does not fit in anywhere? As a YA book, I did not expect the depth of character definition or such a uniquely written back story. Amelinda Berube has propelled these sisters into events that will test their loyalties and lead them into a fantastical world.