The Monster Within

The Monster Within

by Kelly Hashway

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ISBN-13: 9781937053857
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Publication date: 06/17/2014
Series: The Monster Within , #1
Pages: 296
Sales rank: 1,310,495
Product dimensions: 5.26(w) x 8.01(h) x 0.68(d)
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

About the Author

Kelly Hashway is a former language arts teacher who now works as a full-time writer, freelance editor, and mother to an adorable little girl. In addition to writing YA novels, Kelly writes middle grade books, picture books, and short stories. When she's not writing or digging her way out from under her enormous To Be Read pile, she's running and playing with her daughter. She resides in Pennsylvania with her husband, daughter, and two pets.

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The Monster Within 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Beverly_Stowe More than 1 year ago
Imagine dying and then being brought back to life, yes, taken from your grave to walk the earth again, like a normal person. Only you’re not exactly normal, anymore. What would it be like? Are you still you? Are you a ghost? Or are you just there? Living a lie? Keeping secrets? In Author Kelly Hashway’s YA fantasy novel THE MONSTER WITHIN, seventeen-year-old Samantha Thompson faces these questions. She died of cancer, but her boyfriend, Ethan Anderson, brought her back to life. Something is wrong though. She’s not the same. No, I’m not going to spoil the story for you and tell you the details, but I think you’ll really feel bad for Sam as she faces her new life after rising from the grave. I know I did. Ethan’s and her feelings for one another are so sweet. He loves Sam so much he’d do anything for her, and he pretty much does. I really wanted good things for them. Almost every character in the story has a secret. Who is a girl to trust when one person tells her one thing and another tells her the opposite? Who is her real friend? Who is her enemy? Ethan is my favorite character. Who wouldn’t love a guy that puts you above his own welfare? In THE MONSTER WITHIN, Kelly Hashway’s characters made me either like them or hate them. Some scenes are really spooky. Others show a more typical relationship between two teens. The plot of the story moves along, making me wonder what will happen next. Which reminds me: now I need to read THE DARKNESS WITHIN to find out. ###
kirstyviz More than 1 year ago
I requested a review copy of The Monster Within based upon its synopsis, but I was doubtful about the story after reading the first chapter. I think the fact that Sam emerges  from a coffin four days after her death, is meant to add suspense, but I found the whole scene ridiculously funny! Then Sam even agrees to living in an abandoned cottage in the middle of nowhere, with the obsessed boyfriend who has reanimated her. I think I would be running in the opposite direction! The Monster Within is supposed to be loosely based on Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and there are enough references to Robert Louis Stevenson’s story for this to be the case, but I was unable to picture Sam as anything but a ‘Walking Dead’-type Zombie. I finished The Monster Within hoping that Kelly Hashway would shock me, but instead I found that the story’s ending was predictable. Kelly Hashway is especially talented at using detailed description to build atmosphere and I think there are many Young Adult readers who will enjoy The Monster Within’s combination of paranormal, mystery, magic and romance. I received this as a complimentary copy, in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What would it be like to have a second chance at life? This book commands attention from the second Sam crawls out of her grave until the exceptional ending. To be honest, what I loved the most is the devotion between the main character and her boyfriend, Ethan. He's there for her through thick and thin, good and bad. In this case, Sam's worst is definitely her WORST. I don't want to give it away for those who haven't read it, but the supernatural elements and the way the love story is tied in made this a great read for me. I mean can we say, zombielicious? Hashway really knows how to write a paranormal romance that leaves nothing left to be desired. There's love. Total alpha-maleism and at the same time, a main character who really knows how to hold her own. There's great world-building. Tension. Witch-craft and wizardry. I'd classify this as a must read for anybody who loves a Walking Dead good time! Oh....And the mushy love stuff too.
KKetch More than 1 year ago
If you enjoy a young adult twist to the classic Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde with a little witch craft thrown in, then The Monster Within is the novel you’re looking for. The plot was refreshing compared with the usual young adult reads that have been released over the past year. The idea of unleashing the monster inside, even if it’s just yourself craving survival and life, hasn’t really been played on in a lot of the novels I’ve seen on shelves, when in fact, many of us actually do battle our inner monsters each day. And though I didn’t really see Sam and Ethan as the dark characters that were advertised, the story and antagonist that caused this didn’t disappoint. It was definitely intense and the motives behind the whole plot were totally wicked. The only real head banger for me as I read this novel was that Sam was so trusting. There’s a reason to this, and I understand, but I just wish she fought a little harder and questioned certain things a little more instead of being totally blind. Especially when certain stories didn’t line up—at least, in my opinion, they didn’t. Actually, they kept pointing in a completely different direction as far as I could see. Overall, this was an amazing standalone novel, and I actually hope there might be a second. Whether it’s a sequel or companion I really don’t care. Sam and Ethan’s story was great, and honestly, I want to read more about Dylan. He was the most fascinating to me and I would love to learn more about him and his past. Hell, I’d love to learn more about the whole coven! I highly recommend adding this novel to your bookshelves.
StephWard More than 1 year ago
'The Monster Within' is a uniquely imagined story about a loving gesture turned horribly wrong. Samantha Thompson - Sam - died of cancer at the age of seventeen. Four days later, she climbs out of her grave and starts a new chance at life. Her boyfriend Ethan had promised he would do whatever it took to bring her back - and it seems like it worked. Sam and Ethan move to a small cottage in the mountains to start their new life together - and things seems to be going great. Only Sam isn't telling Ethan the entire truth - that she drains people of their lives so she can live; and after they die, she sees visions of futures that her victims will never experience now. Demanding answers, Sam seeks help figuring out what she is and how to stop killing. Things between her and the local witch coven begin to get out of hand - and Sam realizes that she's merely a pawn in a much larger and darker scheme than she ever could have imagined. When she finally realizes what Ethan had to do in order to bring her back to life, Sam must make the hardest decision of all - and it will be one that will change everything. I love paranormal novels and the description of this book sounded incredibly fascinating. I loved that the author weaves myths and legends into the story line along with the black magic and occult. It gave the story an interesting depth and flowed together perfectly. Sam was a great - yet completely original - main character. It's not often that your main character is dead - or undead. I liked Sam right off - she's kind and loving and doesn't want to hurt anyone. She's terrified of what she's become and what she must do in order to survive. Her fears and flaws are bared for everyone to see - which made her more realistic and accessible to me as a reader. I absolutely loved the concept of the book - spinning together black magic, witches, myths, legends, and even some romance - it definitely sets itself apart from other books out there. I was fully immersed in the story and I loved discovering each little piece of the puzzle alongside Sam - and figuring out the true depth of the situation kept me riveted until the very end. The writing was well done with a fast pace and vivid descriptions that had me eagerly devouring each page to find out what was going to happen. Definitely recommended for fans of fantasy and paranormal fiction!! Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
ktlc1113 More than 1 year ago
I received an ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. After cancer cuts her life short at seventeen, Samantha has been given a second chance. She climbs out of her fresh grave to find her boyfriend Ethan by her side. They escape to a remote cabin in the Poconos to start a new life. Sam is barely alive several hours before she feels like she's dying again. She sucks the life out of a stranger and feels stronger than ever. But she must continue to kill others in order to survive. It would destroy Ethan to know he brought back a monster, so Sam keeps her dark secret. Somehow, though, a local coven of witches knows what she is. The witches are at odds with each other, and Sam's not sure who she can trust and picking wrong may put Ethan's life in danger. Kelly Hashway has penned another fantastic YA paranormal with THE MONSTER WITHIN. Sam and Ethan's relationship really stood out for me, the way they are so sweet and their love is strong juxtaposed with how they both are obviously keeping secrets from each other. There were so many layers to relationship and it rang really true in the paranormal world created by the author. Though Sam is a bit naive at times in who she trusts, it is understandable in her vulnerable state. On top of the characters and their relationships, the story had a rich mystery that kept me turning the pages.
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Michelle-K-Pickett-Author More than 1 year ago
“Witches, lies, black magic, murder…and the ultimate act of selfless love. Kelly Hashway has a spellbinding hit with “The Monster Within…” “The Monster Within” starts off with creep-tastic action when we’re thrown into Ethan and Sam’s world—in a graveyard, no less. The action only amps up as the reader moves through the story. There isn’t one scene that something isn’t happening—a death, a lie, a little black magic. It’s the darkest novel I’ve read of Kelly’s and she does dark and creepy well. But in the dark and menacing world of witches and magic, she tells Sam and Ethan’s love story. It’s poignant and sweet and balances out the darkness of the rest of the book. But black magic is called black for a reason…it doesn’t like sweet love stories, and neither do the witches that dabble in it. A traitorous act puts both Sam and Ethan’s lives in jeopardy…but we learn that even in the darkest of circumstances, true love can give the ultimate sacrifice. If you’re a fan of Kelly’s “Stalked by Death,” this book is not going to just knock your socks off…it’s going to blow them across the room! ~Michelle Pickett, Bestselling author of “PODs”