Publisher: Torquere Press
Date published: 3/13/13
Young Adult, Paranormal
Reviewed by Helen
Obtained via publisher
Whenever anything goes wrong in Monster Town everyone stares at James Dire. Because he’s ordinary. There is no magic in him at all and that makes him a social outcast. He also has a secret crush on a werewolf, Theo Howard. Then one day that seems as boring and ordinary as ever his life changes.
Unfortunately, in her efforts to paint James’ life as deadly dull, Ms. Chase has made the start of the book excruciatingly slow. This is a shame because the characters are completely weird and wonderful, so unusual as to be the stuff of drug-induced hallucinations. Or perhaps just exactly the kind of thing Young Adult readers will enjoy.
In such a short book, and with so much happening, it’s impossible for any of the minor characters to be more than sketches, but they are all very vivid sketches and all totally off-the-wall in a way that should appeal to younger readers. The mystery itself is solved with a suitably gory denouement, and the book allows potential for sequels. The world building is simple but interesting and quite different. As the first of a series, this book has great potential, provided the reader sticks it out at the start.
There was one really annoying contradiction in the plot, and a few typos, but I’ll still be willing to read any more books in this world.
This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.