Emerson Tate’s a poor boy ...more
Kuehn really isn't afraid to "go there". Her characters are twisted, her endings remind me of Courtney Summers books in that she refuses to tie them up neatly, and her exploration of the darkest parts of teenager's minds is both unsettling and addictive. She embraces diversity and she's edgy as fuck... so, when is her next book released again?
Well, I honestly did not expect this result. Which can certainly be viewed as a good thing. But, really, did someone tear off the last few pages of my copy? How could it end like that? I'm still in a state of bewilderment.
Nevertheless, Delicate Monsters was a thriller that kept me on the edge of my seat! The chapters were short, there were many of them and none missed to end in a note that will make you want to read the next chapter right away. I swear, there were so many things I ...more
Compelling, but bizarre.
This book is not an easy one to rate, nor was it an easy one to read. Labeling this as “edgy” is too delicate a description. This goes beyond that. The content of this story is so disturbing, I cringed through most of it and felt flat out uncomfortable with the rest.
That’s not to say discomfort is a bad thing. I find great value in any story powerful enough to ignite intense emotions even if my gut is twisting. In fact, I’ve read many deranged books ...more
“Nothing’s wrong with being bad. It’s like being honest or crying at the end of a sad movie. Sometimes it just happens.”
I was attempting to avoid human contact yesterday by reading this on the elevator on the way to work when a co-worker (one of the few I don’t want to punch in the throat and one who is an avid reader as well) asked what was I reading. Of course, the title wasn’t enough info for her and I found myself stumped at what ...more
So I finished Complicit like 2 days ago and immediately borrowed this from the online library and then immediately started reading it. This is so wild. I usually let books moulder on my TBR for, ...more
And you wouldn't even mind.
Because this is Khuen's book in a nutshell. If there's a Master who is so good at toying with our minds in the subtlest and explosive way possible, I have no doubt that Kuehn ...more
Oh how I disliked this.
Be good. Be patient.
It whispered, You're going to shine.
It whispered, Just you wait and see.
If not for the fact that this was an ARC I would have left my review from above, but since it is in fact an ARC, I feel I owe everyone an explanation. I think there were multiple reasons I didn't like this book. For starters, one of our main characters, Sadie, had no sense of remorse. And, while that's fine in a a lot of stories with me, for some reason it rubbed me the wrong way ...more
"Being strong doesn't necessarily mean not being scared."
Stephanie Kuehn, dear readers, is crazy--in anawesome crazy-brilliantkind of way. She doesn't shy awayfrom all the nitty gritty scenes--on the contrary, she even dives into themfurther. She'll make you feel squeamish about the book's graphic detailsin the way that she isn'tat all squeamish to write about as an author. That takes serious skill, my friends.
If I had to describe this book in just a single word, it would definitely be maddening ...more
In Delicate Monsters we've get ourselves 3 perspectives, and while I fear this would be a bit much - multiple perspectives can be so tricky - it ended up being ...more
I would have given “Delicate Monsters” one star, as opposed to two, had it not been a story with potential. It didn’t live up to it, but I reserve the ones that are a mess from the start.
The book’s downfall is the misleading description. Yes, everything in the description is accurate, but considering the ...more
HOLY FUCKING CRAP
I DONT EVEN KNOW WHAT I FEEL RIGHT NOW.
WHAT IS THIS BOOK?
WHAT IS LIFE?
DO YOU UNDERSTAND ME? I AM WRITING THIS IN ALL CAPS. MY EMOTIONS ARE A MESS.
A couple days later, I am no longer as much of a mess. I feel slightly more normal and am more capable of putting together my thoughts regarding this piece of work.
BUT SERIOUSLY, WHAT THE FUCK?
This was my first novel by Kuehn and I KNOW I am coming back for more.
I think what ...more
Actual Rating: It’s more of a 3.5 to 3.8
I should’ve taken the title as a literal expectation for this book. Delicate Monsters is filled with characters you’re not supposed to like. They are those people who doesn’t deserve redemption. They are not good, not a necessary evil, but they are evil nonetheless.
Compared to Kuehn’s previous works, her third novel is certainly a mature follow up. It focuses on ...more
Reading this book was a rather weird experience because the first half of the book didn't particularly pique my attention or interest at all but then something happened and before I knew it I couldn't put the book down.
The story mainly revolves around the interactions of the three main characters, Sadie, Emerson and his younger brother Miles, and they each have their own disturbances. They're self-destructive and twisted in their ...more
According to the pamphlets the park owners handed out – only after admission was paid, of course – a volcanic explosion was the cause of petrification, a great magma burst freezing the giants like ...more
The things that we love tell us what we are. – St. Thomas Aquinas
This book is weird as fuck. There’s no other way of putting it. Psychological thriller at its finest. Honestly, I’m not even sure what is this that I’d read, how to categorize it. It’s not for everyone, that’s for sure. Is it for teens? Honestly, I don’t know. Just because characters are teens, does not make a book YA. Yes, sure things are not that graphically described, but sometimes ...more
This book is about three messed up teens who are different kinds of monsters, and I don't use that word lightly. I mean, these characters were awful - borderline sociopathic and just nasty in the way that they thought:
She puffed harder on her cigarette, enjoying the burn on her windpipe and the hope that she was giving someone somewhere...more
I'm sat here with my mouth open wondering what the heck just happened.
Yep this one has that power.
I'm not sure how to describe the central plot so I won't bother trying - but never, ever in my life have I met such a bunch of completely screwed up characters. For different reasons, for a myriad of choices they have made, for whatever reasons come to light during the reading of this one, these guys are SCREWED.
In "Delicate Monsters" Stephanie Kuehn once more takes on mental ...more
Diversity Rating: 3 – Closer to Reality
Racial-Ethnic: 4 (Sadie is half-Chinese, Emerson’s crush May is unspecified POC)
QUILTBAG: 0 (may be someone, but not a main character; my memory is fuzzy)
Disability: 1 (off-screen character has Tourette’s, two characters are sociopaths)
Intersectionality: 3 (Emerson and Miles’s family is not too well off)
MAJOR WARNING for anyone triggered by cat ...more
I don’t usually pay much attention to titles, but “Delicate Monsters” intrigued me. What exactly is a “delicate monster?” After reading Stephanie Kuehn’s latest novel, I did some Googling and expected to find that the phrase is from a song or a poem or another book, and I wanted to see how it was originally used to get some additional insight into Kuehn’s ideas about her story. But it looks like it’s an original phrase that she created, so I will try to ...more
I was given a copy of Delicate Monsters in exchange for an honest review. Many thanks to St Martins Griffin and Netgalley. A copy of this review is also on my blog: www.bookblogbird.weebly.com
This was not a comfortable read. Bizarre and compelling, but definitely not comfortable.
Delicate Monsters is written from three perspectives: those of Sadie, Emerson and Miles, three disturbed teenagers whose lives intersect and whose fates seem intertwined. Sadie Su has just been kicked out of ...more
What I enjoy the most about turning to a Stephanie Kuehn novel is that I'm always given the sense that she is in control of this story. It's a strange thing to mention over and over; but there are some books with extraneous details, some books when I'm crossing things out in my head as I'm ...more
Weird book, guys. Weird weird book.
At first, I was very much captivated by it. It was gritty and edgy and I love those things. But once I got further into it, the less and less I liked it. There was too much graphic violence, especially the kind concerning animals (which is usually an instant deal-breaker and DNF for me, but for some reason, I decided to plow on in this case).
The whole thing just felt like the author was trying too hard. It seemed purposefully ...more
Delicate Monsters was the first of Stephanie Kuehn’s books that I received in the form of an ARC from NetGalley but it turned out to be the last of her books that I read. When I decide to read a book by a new (to me) author I always go back and look at their other books too. When I read the synopsis of Complicit and Charm and Strange I just knew I had to read them! I ended up buying all three books in print, even though I already had a digital galley of this one. This is what happens when I have...more
-St. Thomas Aquinas
Rating: 4.5/5 STARS
I think that I can safely say that I'm in shock over Delicate Monsters; I literally have no idea what to say. I suppose that I shouldn't be surprised that Stephanie Kuehn wrote another stunningly prodigious novel that managed to leave me speechless, an occurrence that rarely happens. However, I will try my best to form coherent sentences as I attempt to describe Kuehn's gripping new release.
Delicate Monsters is ...more
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Passions of mine include mental health advocacy, social justice, and sports of all kinds. I currently live in Northern California with my family and our wild menagerie of pets. CHARM & STRANGE and COMPLICIT are out ...more