August 26, 2018

#BookReview of This Monstrous Thing by @themackenzilee

This Monstrous Thing
Reviewed By: Rachael
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Recommended Age: Young Adult
Genre: Retelling, Fantasy
About the Book: In 1818 Geneva, men built with clockwork parts live hidden away from society, cared for only by illegal mechanics called Shadow Boys. Two years ago, Shadow Boy Alasdair Finch’s life shattered to bits.

His brother, Oliver—dead.

His sweetheart, Mary—gone.

His chance to break free of Geneva—lost.

Heart-broken and desperate, Alasdair does the unthinkable: He brings Oliver back from the dead.

But putting back together a broken life is more difficult than mending bones and adding clockwork pieces. Oliver returns more monster than man, and Alasdair’s horror further damages the already troubled relationship.

Then comes the publication of Frankenstein and the city intensifies its search for Shadow Boys, aiming to discover the real life doctor and his monster. Alasdair finds refuge with his idol, the brilliant Dr. Geisler, who may offer him a way to escape the dangerous present and his guilt-ridden past, but at a horrible price only Oliver can pay…






About the Author: 
Mackenzi Lee holds a BA in history and an MFA in writing for children and young adults from Simmons College. She is the New York Times bestselling author of the historical fantasy novels THIS MONSTROUS THING and THE GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO VICE AND VIRTUE (HarperCollins), as well as the forthcoming THE LADY'S GUIDE TO PETTICOATS AND PIRACY and SEMPER AUGUSTUS (coming in 2019 from Flatiron/Macmillan). She is also the author of BYGONE BADASS BROADS (Abrams, 2018), a collection of short biographies of amazing women from history you probably don't know about but definitely should, based on her popular twitter series of the same name. 

She currently calls Boston home, where she manages an independent bookstore, drinks too much Diet Coke, and pets every dog she meets.


Do I Recommend this book? Yes

Notes and Opinions: It loved this book and I loved the world that Lee creates. I literally read this in a sitting. The world parallels today problems and issues. It was beautiful and sad. And the clockwork part? I freaking looooved it. This book was a quick and fun read with characters that you will love but not totally trust....I can say I've never felt that way about a character. Like "how can I love someone and not trust them? Oh wait it's just like real life." Hit way too close too real life. I think everyone needs to read this book. I mean, it's FREAKING STEAMPUNK FRANKENSTEIN. Couldn't be any cooler than that!
 









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