Title: Club Monstrosity
Author: Jesse Petersen
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: Monstrosity (Book 1)
Publication Date: April 2, 2013
Format: ebook, 224 Pages
ISBN-10: 1476716188 (Pocket Star)
ISBN-13: 978-1476716183 (Pocket Star)
Reviewed by: Anjelica
Natalie’s one of Frankenstein’s creations and works in a New York City morgue. So of course she needs therapy. She and her friends—er, fellow monsters—have formed the world’s most exclusive, most dysfunctional support group. What could go wrong?
Undetected in the modern world and under pressure to stay that way, Natalie Grey, Dracula, Bob the Blob, and others (including the fetching wolfman Alec) meet regularly to talk about the pressures of being infamous in the Big Apple. Topics include how long it’s been since their last sighting, how their “story” creates stereotypes they can’t fulfill, and—gasp—sometimes even their feelings. But when their pervy Invisible Man, Ellis, is killed in a manner reminiscent of the H.G. Wells novel, it’s clear someone’s discovered their existence and is down for some monster busting.
Led by Natalie—and definitely not helped by Hyde’s bloodthirsty tendencies—the members of Monstofelldosis Anonymous band together for security and a little sleuthing. And maybe—maybe—if they don’t end up dead, they’ll end up friends somewhere along the way.
Quick & Dirty: It’s hard enough to get through every day in New York as a monster straight out of the old horror movie, but its even harder to get through every day when there’s some lunatic trying to kill you and your friends.
Opening Sentence: The basement of the Holy Heart Church on East 125th St in New York City smelled like a strange combination of dust, hundreds of years of age, and the leftovers of charity dinners cooked in the kitchen hovering just above it.
Club Monstrosity was a fun and quick read that centered around some of the famous “monsters” of movie history like the wolfman, swamp thing and, of course, Dracula. Natalie Gray is the main character. She is one of Frankenstein’s monsters and like the others she is trying to fit into the world by layering make-up to hide her scars and always keeping people at a distance so that they wouldn’t notice anything odd about her like the fact that her body is made up of a bunch of different parts of different people’s bodies. She seems to want to be human more than any of the rest of the monsters but struggles more than the beautiful Kai, an undead mummy from ancient Egypt or the handsomely rugged werewolf, Alec.
The relationship that forms between these three is easy to spot right from the beginning. Natalie acknowledges that while Kai is usually a bit high strung and overly confident, Natalie has a begrudging respect for how she handles the disappearance of another member of their group who also happens to be their leader, the Blob or Bob. Alec, is a pretty basic pretty boy character. He gets a lot of girls and that fuels his ego which in turn makes him obnoxious but deep down he’s actually sweet and intellegent. That is sort of the trend of the book. Nothing is super complicated. Yes, this group of misfits is searching for someone who is methodically killing off members and yes they are monsters trying to pass as humans. However, the characters aren’t super deep. Natalie is the nerdy outsider, Alec is the hot guy, Kai is the hot girl, Linda is the crazy one, Dracula is the old fashioned guy, Jekyell is quiet, Hyde is the barely restrained rebel. The entire story is very straight forward and simple but very enjoyable as well.
Earlier in the day, Alec had said she was a little more monstrous. Now she felt a lot more monstrous. And not in a good way. She wanted to rip this man’s arms off. Which would only prove his point. Instead, she leaned closer to him and growled, “Do you know who might be behind these attacks, Mr. Van Helsing?” He stared at her evenly for so long that Natalie began to think he might have died and no one had noticed. But finally, he cleared his throat. “Describe this person who is supposedly following you,” he ordered, his tone dripping with condescension. Natalie coutned to ten in her head as she quickly described the person outside of Jekyll and Hyde’s apartment. “How narrow a description,” Van Helsing sneered. “Yes, I’m sure we can pick this person out of a line-up. She bit her lip. “He was wearing a medallion, as well. Square, large, possibly with a jewel in the center.” Van Helsing’s stare jerked to her face briefly, but then he shook his head. “I can assure you, my family has nothing to do with this. Now leave.” “But–” Natalie began. “No. And if you monsters use this fancy of yours to interfere with the Van Helsings, know that our war will rekindle. I’ll make certain the world knows what kind of disgusting mistakes you all are.” He straightened up in his chair and Natalie could see a glimpse of what he’d been before disease and age had wizened him. “We have more money than ever, Ms. Grey, and with modern technolgy, your lives could be hell on earth. I will destroy you in every way. If there is war this time, it will not end until you are ended.”
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FTC Advisory: Pocket Star/Simon & Schuster provided me with a copy of Club Monstrosity. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.
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