The Monsters In Your Neighborhood by Jesse Petersen

Monstrosity, Book 2

Synopsis: As one of Frankenstein’s Creatures, Natalie Gray knows that unique parts sometimes make up a great whole. Still, leading a diverse support group for monsters—now including Cthulhu!—isn’t an easy task. Especially not since the internet arrived.

New York City embraces the different and the bizarre. Still, even for such a fun-loving city, the supernatural and monstrous might be a bit too much. It’s been six months since the members of “Club Monstrosity” overcame the most recent spate of anti-monster violence and they’ve reestablished their routine of meeting in a church basement once a week to (ugh!) talk about their feelings. Still, they also know a war against them is brewing.

Natalie and Alec (the werewolf) have begun dating, and the mummies Kai and Rehu are tighter than a bug in a…well, bandage. But when modern means (YouTube, Twitter, bits and bytes) are used to chilp away at the solidarity of these ancient monsters, it’s up to Natalie to save the day. #MonstersInNewYork may be trending on Twitter, but this girl’s trending toward saving the day…somehow.

Review: After the end of the first book I was curious to see what Jesse Petersen had for us for the rest of our small group of “monsters”. And I must say that I am far from disappointed.

We find all the characters that we had the chance to discover in the first volume, including Natalie and Alec as they are now together in everyday life. Natalie has now taken the place as the leader of the group like Bob and tries her best to help everyone. But the routine is hard to take especially now that Van Helsing has declared war. Our group seems quite anxious over their next move and do not know what they can expect from them. So when Drake is stabbed and that a video featuring another Frankenstein’s child is put on social networks, their world collapses, including Natalie’s. Indeed, our young heroine thought she was the only extant creature on earth, and learning from reliable sources that this is not the case will totally undermine her world. So she asks for help from the last person she would have thought to contact: Igor, the former assistant to her father. But that’s not all and the return of Hyde seems to complicate things.

It is with great pleasure that I found Natalie and Alec and I was happy to see how their relationship had changed. They are really cute together and also very close to one another. They protect, help and support each other no matter what happens. This novel also allows us to learn more about her past and her life and I must say it was really interesting. Kai and Reu are welded back more than ever and determined to do what they have decided even if Reu seems to have understood that behave badly sometimes doesn’t solve anything. Linda is of course always irritating although I was a little sorry for the way people behave with her. However we can also understand them as she always does something really annoying. And we also have another new character, Pat. He is much more intriguing and different than any others we have discovered so far. But I must say that I was completely surprised to see Igor, the former Frankenstein’s assistant become immortal. I did not expect to meet him but it was a really interesting character to understand and I wonder if we will then have the chance to see him again later in the story.

I was curious to see how the war would unfold for our characters. I expected a great battle, a war, but not at all, it is even better than that. In today’s world, war can be used with social networks and people’s fears over what they can not explain. Jesse Petersen has perfectly managed to modern tools and to handle them to create an intriguing battle of modern times.

It was a very good new novel, containing many tracks that I did not expect. I advise you to start the series and rediscover the protagonists that we all know. This is an explosive cocktail of characters!



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