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.
ebook, 224 pages
Published April 29th 2013 by Pocket Star
Source: Publisher for an honest review
Natalie tip toes into the Monster meeting, late again. She attends a weekly meeting for monsters. Her counterparts include: Dracula, a werewolf, mummy, swamp monster, Jekyl and Hyde, the Invisible Man, The Blob, and Natalie who is one of Frankenstein's monsters. For years, the monsters have hidden from humans to protect themselves. These days, they have earned a bit of peace since the treaty was signed with the Van Helsings. Each of the monsters is trying to come to terms with their monstrous sides and live as normal of a life as possible. Everything is about to be derailed when two of their group members turn up murdered. Is it coincidence that the dead monsters died just like they did in their books?
What I Liked:
- What a fun and clever idea to have all the favorite and well known monsters attending a support group. I especially liked that the monsters were all trying to escape their horrific pasts and live a peaceful, simple life. They are tired of being persecuted and labeled freaks just because they are different. Who wouldn't feel the same if in their places? Another book that yet again reminds us to be tolerant.
- I liked that this book moves at a rapid pace. It is considered a novella and it is perfect when you want to breeze through a book in one sitting. Unlike a novella, I felt that I got a full story in this short read.
- I liked all the monsters, but I was surprised to find that Jekyl and Hyde were my favorite. The deviant, miscreant Hyde provides some memorable and laughable lines that were highly entertaining. I hope that his character returns in the next installment. Alec was also a surprise as well. He is the werewolf who at first meeting comes off as being a slacker and not overly intelligent, but don't let that fool you. Alec has a lot of hidden talents, and he is smart and kind.
And The Not So Much:
- The romance was a tiny bit lacking. I wanted a bit more heat and more development between Alec and Natalie. At least it isn't insta love, and there are no love triangles. I am hopeful that in the next book there will be more.
- I was disappointed that a couple of the more interesting and lesser known monsters were removed immediately from the picture. I don't know much about the Blob and he would have been an interesting character. The Invisible Man sounded like he was also an entertaining trouble maker.
- The book ends on a bit of a cliffhanger, nothing too troubling as the murder mystery is resolved, but there is a big loose thread left over to follow up in the next book.
- Linda, the swamp monster, was the only character that I felt was annoying. She is prone to drama and histrionics and really didn't do anything for the group.
Club Monstrosity is an entertaining, quick read. Who doesn't like reading about all the old time favorite monsters? I enjoyed the support group and getting to know the monsters. I appreciated the murder mystery and I enjoyed the fledgling romance.
I loved that I picked this up and read it in one sitting. If you are looking for something light and fast, grab this one.
"He closed the magazine. "Hope you don't mind, I took the sex quiz since you hadn't. Turns out, I'm kind of a whore, but good to my friends. Accurate."
"Alec gave that smooth, lady-killer smile that melted the panties off co-eds at clubs regularly."
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review.