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Of Monsters and Madness

(Of Monsters and Madness #1)

3.38  ·  Rating details ·  1,076 Ratings  ·  275 Reviews
A romantic, historical retelling of classic Gothic horror featuring Edgar Allan Poe and his character Annabel Lee, from a New York Times best-selling author.

Summoned to her father's home in 1820's Philadelphia, a girl finds herself in the midst of a rash of gruesome murders in which he might be implicated. She is torn romantically between her father's assistants-one kind a
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Hardcover, 277 pages
Published September 9th 2014 by EgmontUSA
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Vivienne There was going to be a sequel but her publisher went out of business. According to her website she combined both books into one as well as did some…moreThere was going to be a sequel but her publisher went out of business. According to her website she combined both books into one as well as did some rewriting. The second book starts with Chapter 26 of Monsters. Currently the ebook is on sale.(less)

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Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
Actual rating: 2.5
“A story? You are recording your horrors?”
“How am I to accurately write about something unless I have been a firsthand witness to it?”
There is nothing bad about this book, but fans of The Madman's Daughter series will find that this series pales in comparison. It is so, so predictable.

This book has a beautiful atmosphere, it has an enjoyable main character and narrator. However, the pacing is slow, the plot is easily foreseeable by anyone not mentally deficient, and there was
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Rayne
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A tribute to your works, Poe, that's what you're reading. Don't worry, I made the exact same expression.

1.5 stars

I've said it before and I'll say it again: Poe is my literary god. If a YA author decides to write a retelling based on his works, then I'm going to expect them to deliver. Poe is inimitable and I am well aware of the fact, but I expect works based on his works of genius to reach certain levels and fulfill certain expectations and I expect these retellings to do Poe justice. As you c
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Stephanie (Bookfever)
It pains me to say this but Of Monsters and Madness was awful. There were many moments that I have considered giving up on it but I'm not one of those people who DNF a book quickly. I'm glad I did finish it, though but really... it was so boring.

I'm a huge Edgar Allan Poe fan and on top of that I usually love gothic books. So yeah, you can say I'm disappointed that I didn't like this one at all. Also, I had heard that this book was beautifully written, but I found myself thinking the writing was
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Rashika (is tired)
***This mini-review has also been posted on The Social Potato

This book was sorely disappointing. It had a lot of potential and there were some truly enjoyable moments but on the whole, I felt let down.

Let’s start with the main character. I cannot count the number of times I facepalmed or rolled my eyes as a result of her stupidity. She was so desperate to be accepted and I never quite understood that. Especially in the beginning when it seemed that all she wanted was to be accepted by her father
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Glass
Feb 14, 2014 rated it it was ok
Nothing special. I'm disappointed.
Melliane
Oct 23, 2014 rated it liked it
3.5/5

Mon avis en Français

My English review

Before its release, the idea of a horror novel with a gothic atmosphere attracted me right away. Yet soon after, many mixed reviews began to swarm everywhere cooling my ardor dpwn and it took me more time to get into the novel. Besides, I can tell you right away that I do not know much about Edgar Allan Poe and even less about his character Annabel Lee, which means that for once, I could not make any comparison, but give a personal opinion of the story i
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Jennifer
May 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
WTF there better be another book. wwwttttfff. I am flipping out. seriously.. thats it? URRRGGG

REVIEW
Oh, Dear sweet baby Jesus. I loved this book. I need more books like this. Edgar Allen Poe given a Jekyll and Hyde complex? Yes, please. Why are there not MORE books like this? Of Monsters and Madness started an uncontrollable love for Historical+Paranormal Young Adult books for me. And I never want it to end. It is just a shame that I cannot find very many books like this.

I love Edgar Allen Poe.
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Jolene
Jan 25, 2014 rated it it was ok
**Thank you EgmountUSA and Netgalley for providing this in exchange for an honest review**

This wasn't a bad book. Everything about it just kind of felt flimsy. The first page was by far the best. We had blood, guts, and the perfect set up for a Gothic Horror. That was unfortunately the only real horror in this title. From here the story is a slow, light gothic with a weak mystery.

Annabel's mother has just died. She leaves the only real home she has ever known to move half a world away to live w
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Albert
Oct 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Title - Of Monsters and Madness

Author - Jessica Verday

Summary -

After the death of her mother, seventeen year old Annabelle Lee is called to Philadelphia by the father she has never met. Knowing her father is a scientist and surgeon, Annabelle hopes this is the opportunity to pursue her dream of practicing medicine. But it is 1826 and young women do not perform surgery and young Annabelle is far from the daughter her father envisioned.
The young girl lacks the manners and etiquette expected of a
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Kassidy
This is a fun, entertaining, and creepy read that is great for Halloween. I honestly do not have much to say about this book because there was not much to it. It's an interesting little story.

I would consider myself a fan of Edgar Allan Poe's work and so the retelling aspect of the story definitely intrigued me. I enjoyed seeing what the author did with Poe and Annabel Lee.
This book is also set in a historical fiction setting that creates a wonderfully dark mood. Philadelphia made for a hauntin
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Sarah
Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to EgmontUSA and Edelweiss.)
Teenager Annabel goes to Philadelphia to stay with her father, after her mother’s death. When she arrives everything isn’t quite what she expected.
What is wrong with her father? And what does he do in his lab?


This was an okay story, but I lost interest.

Annabel was an okay character, and I admired how she relied on her own instincts and learning in stressful situations. I felt sor
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Laura (Booksforbreakfast)
I have to say that I enjoyed this novel more than The Hollow series, however it was still pretty bad. I felt the whole story fell a little flat. and the characters weren’t that exciting to me. There wasn’t much mystery and the big reveal wasn’t that revealing.

Annabel was a little obnoxious and kept saying how she wasn’t used to not helping the servants. What she said was very repetitive and got annoying after a while. Don’t even get me started on the instalove that was Allan and Annabel. -_____-
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Denise
Apr 09, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, 2014-reads
This is a reimagining of the life of Edgar Allan Poe. As a Poe fan, I was very drawn to this book. I don't mind when authors take certain liberties for the sake of fiction -- as long as it's disclosed. I enjoyed this book, but do think that for many adult readers it might fall a bit flat. You know that a book about Edgar Allan Poe is going to be creepy, suspenseful, and should have a good sense of atmosphere. For an adult reader, there might not be enough of that. It came so close at times...but ...more
Amy!
I'm gonna call this a 1.5 stars because I didn't like it but I wasn't as mad at it as a 1 star rating implies. It was just kind of boring and dumb and the main character was very irritating and the narrator sounded distractingly like Princess Jasmine, but only when Princess Jasmine is being whiny and annoying. And talk about an inexplicable romance. So very much eye rolling all around, and I probably wouldn't have finished it if it had been longer than 6 hours. I wanted to like this so much beca ...more
Pamela
Apr 14, 2014 marked it as dnf
Last year, my library received a grant for a really cool program from the NEA called The Big Read. There's a list of books that a community can choose from, and then the idea is that the community reads the book and creates and participates in activities based on that book. We did Selected Tales of Edgar Allan Poe in October, which was wonderfully spooky and just a ridiculous amount of fun. I had forgotten how seriously disturbing (yet amazing) some of his stories are. Poe is also kind of an eni ...more
Jessica
Jul 08, 2017 rated it did not like it
-1 Boring-Star.
From the very beginning, the preface gives you an eerie glimpse into the horrors to come. Skinned and cut up body parts... i thought this meant the story was going to be interesting....but boy was i wrong.

I did not like that the setting took place in 1826. I am not a fan of period writing in the 1800's with horse carriages and big ball gown dresses. I guess it's because i find it harder to relate to the character and thus enjoy the story thoroughly.

It was so long! It took way to
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Angie
Jun 29, 2017 rated it liked it
This was an ARC picked up at my Other Job and I'm glad I snagged it as it is fairly delightful. The present tense is a bit strange and takes some getting used-to but the basic charm of the writing and concept makes up for that. The concept. Oh, the concept. I enjoyed the concept enough to wish the book was at least 100 pages longer to make better use of the concept as the pacing definitely could have used more room to grow. Two thirds build-up and backstory and setting and then... A rush to the ...more
Shannon
Jan 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
I can't deny that this story was compelling. I'm curious about the sequel....
Kristi
Mar 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Cliffhangers.
Rachel Patrick
Feb 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
This review (and others) can be seen in all its proper formatting glory on my blog Beauty and the Bookshelf.

3.5 stars!

I'm interested by things related to Edgar Allan Poe, even though I've only read a bit of his work. (I think it's because of the idea of Poe, this person we all sort of know.) So when I first heard about Of Monsters and Madness, which features the characters from Poe's poem "Annabel Lee," I wanted to read it. And I actually quite liked it!

For years, Annabel lived in Siam with her
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pdbkwm
Oct 05, 2014 rated it it was ok
I think the writing here was top notch, the only problem is that the story was very bland and boring. It didn't feel like a Gothic tale, nor did it give off an Edgar Allan Poe type feeling. I'm not even sure why he was the inspiration for this story, when it was very much a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde tale.

And even then, it's fairly obvious to anyone who is reading Of Monsters and Madness that this is the route the story is taking. We meet Allan Poe and then Edgar Poe, who is the cousin of Allan but
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Kirsty-Marie Jones


I'm not going to pretend I know anything about the poem of Annabel Lee. I know it, of course, but I've never studied it, and although I do like poetry, it's not exactly my favourite thing in the world. I've seen Mary Lindsey's Ashes on Waves that made me want to read it, so when I saw Of Monsters and Madness I couldn't resist (I mean, have you read that title? Of. Monsters. and. Madness. It practically screams read me!) Besides, In the land of Gods and Monsters...I had Lana Del Rey's Gods &
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Kristin (Blood,Sweat and Books)
Spoilers below!

Of Monsters and Madness was a book I had looked forward to reading from the very moment I came across it on Goodreads many moons ago. I was a huge fan of another book called The Madman's Daughter with similar themes and characters so I was hoping that Of Monsters and Madness would captivate me in the same way as well. Unfortunately that was not to be and here's why:

First off, I really didn't like how obvious it was that Edgar and Allen were the same person. Now maybe the story was
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Rebecca (Unbound Pages)
Aug 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
This review is also on my blog, The Library Canary.

***I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This has in no way changed my opinion of the book. The review below is my open and honest opinion.***

Deliciously creepy. Perfectly Poe. This book was pretty awesome. I loved all the mystery surrounding the main character, Annabel’s, father, the lab in the basement, and the string of murders occurring in Philadelphia. It was dark and delicious and I loved
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Cillian
Mar 05, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Cillian by: Activated charcoal
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A romantic, historical retelling of classic Gothic horror featuring Edgar Allan Poe and his character Annabel Lee, from a New York Times best-selling author.

Annabel Lee is summoned from Siam to live with her father in 1820's Philadelphia shortly after her mother's death, but an unconventional upbringing makes her repugnant to her angry, secretive father.

Annabel becomes infatuated with her father's assistant Allan, who dabbles in writing when he's not helping with medical advanc
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Majanka
Book Review originally published here: http://www.iheartreading.net/reviews/...

If you check the Goodreads reviews for Of Monsters and Madness, then the reviewers either love or hate it, whereas the majority seems to hate it (giving 1-2 star ratings). If you go in expecting a story that stays true to Edgar Allan Poe, and his legacy, then you’ll be dissapointed. Poe is massacred here, up to some degree, and mashed and blended with Jekyll & Hyde – there’s friendly, charismatic, handsome Allan,
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Tara Chevrestt
I thought this would be a perfect Halloween book. It's spooky and Gothic as it follows a young heroine in a household of secrets. Fresh off the boat from Siam, Annabel is thrust into a new home and life that isn't what she expected. Her father has a mysterious illness and a horrible temper. His assistants come and go at strange hours dragging burlap sacks--one is horrid; one steals her heart. There's an angry tutor blackmailing her father over who-knows-what, and a murderer on the loose.

I like t
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Danielle
Mar 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
*4.5*

I love Jessica Verday, so I was excited hearing about Of Monsters and Madness. Couldn’t wait to dive in and experience a new world from her.

A friend told me that Jessica Verday will be adding new things to the story and republishing it before publishing the sequel, but I wanted to read it as it is now before the new version comes out.

By the cover I got a sense that the story was going to be creepier than it actually was. I was a little disappointed. It was more of a drama/mystery to me. Ma
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