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The Monsters In Your Neighborhood

(Monstrosity #2)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  182 ratings  ·  47 reviews
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 b
ebook, 170 pages
Published July 29th 2013 by Pocket Star
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My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
A copy of The Monsters In Your Neighborhood was provided to me by Pocket Star/Edelweiss for review purposes.

The Monsters in Your Neighbor picks up right where Club Monstrosity left off with the monsters set to anticipate an attack from the Van Helsings after killing of one of their own. But things have been silent, eerily silent, and they haven't heard a peep from the Van Helsing's until each monster finally receives the message they've been waiting for: "War."

Club Monst
Aug 04, 2013 rated it liked it
Three and a half stars: A fast paced and entertaining adventure with all your favorite monsters.

It has been six months since the Van Helsing attack on the Club Monstrosity support group. The monsters have settled back into their routines, and they have resumed their weekly support meetings. A new member, Patrick a cthulhu, has joined the gang. However, the peace is short lived since the Van Helsings are dead set on starting a new war. When a video of a Frankenstein Monster attacking someone in
Apr 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: humor, paranormal
Wow! What a quirky, fun take on the monsters living among the city throng of New York City.

You might not know this but the “monsters” of your nightmares have taken residence right next door. They meet at the the local church hall to discuss relevant issues/feelings calling themselves “Club Monstrosity”. They even have relationship problems. They are trying to live the American dream until an unknown “Frankenstein” type monster starts to terrorize and attack the local humans. Can they solve the m
Mogsy (MMOGC)
If you ever find yourself with some time on a lazy afternoon, in the mood for a book that's light, funny and just a little silly, I highly recommend the Monstrosity series by Jesse Petersen. They're super quick reads and are like pure fluffy cotton candy for the brain. Anyway, I would like to thank NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with a review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This one is actually a follow-up to Club Monstrosity, in which we were first introduced to
Initial thoughts: The premise of this series is quite original. A bunch of "monsters" meet for a support group in a church basement. You have a vampire, a werewolf, a couple of mummies, a swamp creature, and a Frankenstein creation - kind of sounds like the start of a joke. In this book, the Van Helsings declare war on our monsters. It's a fun, light read and will most likely get a chuckle or two.

My review: What if those horror movie monsters were real? Where would they live? In New York City,
Cat Russell  (Addicted2Heroines)
I loved this! It was such a fun story with a lot of laugh-out-loud moments, a mystery with plenty of twists, and the introduction of two new monsters that I hope we'll see more of in future installments.

I enjoyed the protagonist, Natalie, even more this time around and I really like how she is with Alec. They're an adorable couple and compliment each other perfectly. Almost everything involving Alec had me cracking up, especially references to his PMS (Pre-Moon Syndrome) and the humor starts al
Donald Armfield
May 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The story starts out 6 months later from where the last one left off. The Van Helsings are causing drama trying to expose the monsters.

Half way through the group starts to turn on each other with all the confusing going on with how to finish this war with the Helsings.

Great action scene at the end with the final Twitter post.

The monsters are coming #dontbescared. Can't wait to see what Jesse does with the next one.
Ziggy Nixon
Mar 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of Hotel Transylvania films and A.Lee Martinez
3,5++ stars! Even more fun than the first book!

What's not to like about 'TMIYN'? The Wolf Man and one of Frankenstein's creations are DATING (guess who gets the PMS?), their whole monster help group lives and breathes (?) in New York and to replace one of the characters from Book 1, we get to know Pat, the resident Chthulu. I love it! Jesse Petersen's characters continue to be extremely (un)human and well-rounded, easily earning their own level of acceptance or deserved scorn! Monstrosity #2 con
Dark Faerie Tales
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales.

Quick & Dirty: It’s the age old battle of monsters versus humans, but brand new technology gives provides unexpected leverage.

Opening Sentence: If only the Blob hadn’t died, Natalie never would have been in this position.

The Review:

The Monsters in Your Neighborhood picks up six months after Club Monstrosity. Natalie and the other monsters have fallen back into their normal routines. She and Alec are nursing their budding relationship and the group has welcome
Jul 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
When last we met Natalie, Alec, Kai, Drake and Linda, they had discovered the Van Helsings were behind the murders of their fellow monsters. And now the Van Helsings have declared all out war on the monsters of New York City. The family want them dead, and our Monster Group are trying to survive, and at the same time, not be outed.

When a video surfaces on YouTube of a monster attack in a park, the gang are terrified that their existence is about to be known. And Natalie – who long thought hersel
May 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars

I've always wanted to secretly be a witch. Ever since "Bewitched" was on tv ("Google it" you youngsters), I wanted my mom to some day tell me that she was like Samantha and I was like Tabitha and we had super cool powers that only took mastering the nose twitch to activate. I never could twitch my nose so I thought that was the only thing holding me back. I knew in my heart of hearts that weird creatures existed. We grown-ups call them "supernaturals". I call them cool and it would be s
Originally reviewed for and posted at Vampire Book Club

Review source: copy provided by publisher via netgalley, in exchange for an honest review

Rating (out of 5): 3.5 stars

Note: While this review will be spoiler free it may contain spoilers for the first book in the series, Club Monstrosity.

Six months have passed since the attacks on the support group and life is looking good for Frankenstein’s monster Natalie. She’s taken over running the group, who are getting on better than ever, and her rela
Ginny Lurcock
I try to make a point never to go back and re-read my reviews. I always end up wrinkling my nose before tearing those suckers down promising myself that I���m ���just going to polish them up real quick��� and then totally repost them.


But it���s Monday, and work is ten kinds of fucked up today, so I forgot about this rule of mine and reread my review for Club Monstrosity.

Then laughed for about an hour.

See, I was trying this thing where I swear less and I���ve already sworn sev
Fangs for the Fantasy
Natalie is the new leader of the Monster support group but it’s not exactly peaceful. Despite having come together closer than ever before, they all live under the shadow of Van Helsing’s declaration of war. After such a delay, they have only just started to relax

When Van Helsing fires the first salvo. Not in a direct attack – or not just in a direct attack – but via twitter and youtube. The Van Helsings target them at their greatest fear – exposure. Exposure to a hostile and terrified public wh
May 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Mon avis en Français

My English 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 t
Apr 09, 2013 rated it liked it
*Genre* Urban Fantasy, Humor
*Rating* 3.5


Upon finishing Club Monstrosity, I knew I would end up digging right into The Monsters in Your Neighborhood to see what happens next. Petersen shifts the time line 6 months into the future where we find that Natalie Gray (Frankenstein's Creature) is now in charge of the Monstofelldosis Anonymous support group which includes Alec (Wolf Man), Kai (Egyptian Mummy), Rehu (Egyptian Mummy), Linda (Swamp Dweller), Drakula, and a new character named Pat,
All Things Urban Fantasy
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy

THE MONSTERS IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD was a cute but incomplete feeling story. While there were aspects I enjoyed, like the humor and the secondary characters, there wasn’t enough for me to really get into it and I really wished it had been longer and more fleshed out. The main character, Natalie, was the one who really got the most screen time and I really liked her as the heroine, because I felt an innate goodness in her which made her very likeable and
Jul 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
When I first ran into an opportunity to read an advanced copy of Jesse Petersen’s The Monsters in Your Neighborhood, I took it. Who can pass up a Club Monstrosity follow-up about Natalie (a Frankenstein Creature), Alec (a werewolf), Linda (Swamp Monster), Drake (a vampire), Kai and Rehu (mummies), and their struggles with the mob-gathering Van Helsing and living in New York City? Add in a Cthulhu nicknamed Patrick (his real name will split eardrums), and we’re in for a ride. Unlike the multi-”mo ...more
Mar 18, 2013 rated it liked it

Review copy c/o Netgalley

The Monsters In Your Neighborhood is the sequel to the fantastic Club Monstrosity which was published back in April (read my review here). The book picks up six months after the events of Club Monstrosity where the Van Helsing’s have finally declared war on the group.

This time around we have two new additions, Dr. Frankenstein’s old assistant Igor and Patrick a Cthulhu who’s’ extensive knowledge of New York’s sewers ends up being very handy! Both new characters playe
Jul 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
They’re back. The monsters from Club Monstrosity still have issues. They’ve also added to their group, Patrick (Cthulhu) is along for the ride this time. Oh and Natalie’s father’s assistant Igor is in town too.

This time around there’s little time for their own run of the mill work or relationship or make-up issues. Monsters are trending. Not so trendy, though. Oh, no -- there’s still a mob like mentality surrounding the monsters, it’s just a little different this time around. The digital world
Aug 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
The Monsters of New York City are back in this hilarious sequel to Club Monstrosity. It's been six months since the death of their friends—and the subsequent removal of the menace causing it—and war is brewing between the Monsters and the Van Helsing family. While most of the monsters just wish to remain anonymous and blend in with humanity, the Van Helsings are looking to expose them for the monsters they truly are.

When a YouTube video of an unknown Frankenstein Creature tearing the arm off a
This was a quick read that picks up fairly soon after Club Monstrosity ended. The gang has started a war with the Van Helsing family and it starts to heat up in The Monsters in Your Neighborhood with the Van Helsings starting a social media smear campaign against monsters. Natalie, as the new leader of group, has to step up to the plate and coordinate her monsters to fight back, a task made more difficult when everyone starts turning on each other.

I loved this installment in the Monstrosity ser
Jess the Romanceaholic
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Expected Release Date: July 29, 2013
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Imprint: Pocket Star
Author’s Website:
My Source for This Book: Netgalley
Part of a Series: Yes, Book 2, Monstrosity
Series Best Read In Order: Probably, but would work well as a standalone
Steam Level: Chaste
Pet Peeves: Too Stupid To Live Moment
Favorite Tropes: Monsters! (Including a Cthulhu!), Unique Premise

This series is so much
Lucie Paris
Jun 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Personally in "CLUB Monstrosity", I really liked the concept of the greatest monsters of literature who find themselves in the middle of New York in a therapy group.
The idea was original. The action full of twists and conducted as an investigation with amusing repartees.

The first volume ended, as the reader left the creatures of our childhood to manage a declaration of war with the descendants of Van Helsing.
There, in the sequel of the adventures of the daughter of Frankenstein and her werewol
I recieved this as an ARC it does not stop me from providing an honest review

Monsters in Your Neighborhood was a funny, clever, darling novel. I received this ARC not having read the first one and was a little nervous I would need to go back and read the first to understand this.

However the author did a great job and reviewing what had happened in the previous book without it being boring, and telling me about the characters without needing a TON of detail and a crap load of info dumping. I was
Aug 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I received a free e-copy of this book from the publisher with the condition that I post an honest review.

I found this to be a well-written, funny story. The characters are extremely like-able and interesting. The idea of monsters in group therapy is a brilliant concept. The fact that the humans are more monstrous is also a stroke of genius.

Being hunted down by the Van Helsings' and having one of their own turned against them only makes them pull together, well eventually, after they get over the
Sep 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
THE MONSTERS IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD picks up about six months later with the monsters having regrouped and now readying to go head to head with the Van Helsings. They've got a couple of new members in Rehu, another mummy, and Pat, a Cthulu who lives in the sewers. But since the events of six months ago, none of them are safe. The Van Helsings have dissolved the brief but tenuous truce that once existed between them and it seems an actual monster attack has recently been caught on tape and gone vir ...more
Charlotte Jones
May 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I recieved this book through NetGalley for review, and I have to say, although I am usually quite hesitant to read sequels, that I thoroughly enjoyed this second instalment and was impressed with the amount of development with regards to the characters and the plot.

Going into this book, you need to bear in mind that there is a lot of swearing and foul language, but personally, I think that it adds to the humour of the book, and also, in some scenes, it adds to the drama and emphasises the severi
Mary Jo
Jun 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is cute. Pure mind candy.

There are monsters living in New York. Maybe they even live next door! But these are monsters only in the generic sense, unnatural beings who have superpowers and who just want to be left alone to live their lives. They even have a support group!

The group is led by Natalie, who is a Creature (aka Frankenstein's monster). Her boyfriend is Alec, the Wolf Man. Drake (Dracula) is there, as are the Swamp Creature and several Mummies. They all want to live quietly and no
Henry Lazarus
Dec 16, 2013 rated it it was ok
Jesse Petersen continues the tale of The Monsters in Your Neighborhood (ebook from Pocket Star ) who have a support group. It’s been six months of quiet since Jeckyll and the Blob were murdered in Club Monstrosity (ebook) but no one doubts that Hyde has been up to something. This time Natalie, who was built by Dr, Frankenstein, Alex the wolfman, Drake, who no only has one fang, and the rest are helped by Patrick the Cthuihu. The Von Helsings have declared war and Hyde has decided to help them wi ...more
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