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Men and Monsters

(Nightfall #2)

4.48  ·  Rating details ·  673 ratings  ·  38 reviews
The stakes have risen. For fifty years, Prince Vladimir has tolerated the Resistance, but now they threaten what he holds dear. The vicious vampire will no longer hold back. A plan he has been working on for decades will finally reveal itself and entangle everyone standing on the way.

For the first time after the Nightfall, the Resistance holds a true bargaining chip. For t
Paperback, 598 pages
Published November 30th 2018 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
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Elena May Hi Jennifer! I'd recommend reading the series in order; otherwise you might be lost. Men and Monsters begins exactly where Kingdom of Ashes ends. I ha…moreHi Jennifer! I'd recommend reading the series in order; otherwise you might be lost. Men and Monsters begins exactly where Kingdom of Ashes ends. I had initially written the two as one book, and it only got split after the manuscript grew beyond any reasonable size :-)

In case you're worried about budget, I'm known to be VERY generous with free copies in exchange for an honest review. Feel free to send me a message and we could arrange something ;-)(less)
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Elena May
Dec 12, 2017 marked it as to-read  ·  (Review from the author)
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Men and Monsters is out!

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Men and Monsters Digital ARCs now available!

I’ve sent out an ARC to everyone who submitted a request following the instructions on my blog. If you haven’t requested an ARC yet, here’s how to do it. Happy reading!

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I'm obviously not going to rate or review my own book, but I thought I could use this space to share progress and random facts about writing Men and Monsters ;-)

May 5, 2018

I'm done with all content changes, and the manuscript
Parnita Tolia
Jun 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I had a wonderful opportunity to review the eARC for of Men and Monsters and IT WAS A SUCH A GOOD READ HOLY WOW
we continue from nightfall and I get to read about Myra Vlad and Tristan again...! oh how I missed them

''for the first time after the Nightfall, the Resistance holds a true bargaining chip. For the first time, they have a chance to tip the scales of the war and ensure humanity’s survival."

Oh I dont know where to begin, without spoiling everything!!!
first of the book is bigggg n I LOVE B
William Bitner Jr.
Aug 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Men and Monsters (Nightfall - Book 2)
By Elena May

Genre - Dystopian Fantasy/Historical/Vampire
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Format - Digital
Stars - ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

I had the great pleasure to be able to read Men and Monsters (Nightfall, Book 2), by Elena May before its November 2018 release. After reading Elena’s debut novel Kingdom of Ashes (Nightfall, Book 1) last year about this time, and absolutely loving it, I was so looking forward to the continuing story and adventures of Myra, Vladimir, Tristan, the Re
Jeannette Nikolova
Oct 28, 2018 rated it liked it
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Disclaimer: I received a copy from the author, Elena May, in exchange for an honest review.

I read and reviewed the first book in the series, Kingdom of Ashes , last year and I was very excited when I found out I will have the opportunity to read this one as well.

In order to fully express my thoughts and feelings about Men and Monsters, I will need to write about it in two completely separate directions.

« The part I loved »

If we take Men and Monster
Men and Monsters is the second book in the Nightfall series and it is an excellent companion piece to its prequel, Kingdom of Ashes. I will also say that this is a series that needs to be read in serial order. In book one, Myra was crystal clear what her goals were but the lines between black and white became quite blurred for her and I would call book one her discovery period. Which leads me to call book two, Myra’s upheaval. Everything that Myra thought she knew and felt has been called into q ...more
Oct 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Oct 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow. I had many ideas where this second book would go, but I never guessed it would take us back to the beginning, when Prince Vladimir started to become who he is. And I never hoped it would be so good. I'm a historian, and I loved, loved, loved the rich, vivid, and well researched historical bits. The 9th century comes alive, from the Balkans to Scandinavia. And the history and mythology is not what we often see in western media. I'm pretty sure I've never seen Tengriism represented before. I ...more
ShanShan ✨
Jun 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ohhh my heart is in pieces right now. Vlad and poor Tristan! Now I have to wait for I don’t know how long for the next book! The struggle is real. This was absolutely amazing and heart wrenching. 5 ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Sep 04, 2020 added it
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dnf @ page 123

the characters giving us naruto-esque monologues about their pasts is what didn't do it for me. might pick this up again later.
Nov 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
** Thank you to the author for providing a print ARC of Men and Monsters **

I was sucked into the world of Nightfall while reading Kingdom of Ashes, and now that I've finished Men and Monsters I NEED MORE . What I loved most about this second installment is that it is entirely it's own. Yes, it is a continuation of the Nightfall series and takes place moments after the ending of it's predecessor, but there is still a different story to be told. As much as I enjoy immersing myself in the same w
Sep 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
For the end, for making me cry on a multiple occasions, for the heartbreak I had towards the end, I would give this books 4.5 stars, the 0.5 was for the kind of boring story of Vlad’s, unnecessarily too long, tho I loved it.
Nov 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
A unique interpretation of the classical vampire figure, and some nicely dark stuff going on in this book. Prince Vladimir's backstory added so much extra color to this already layered character. I have never seen 9th century Bulgarian history from this point of view. A nuanced portrayal of the religion change and how it affects the lives of ordinary people. I reread Kingdom of Ashes right after this book and noticed how all the reveals were hinted at from the beginning although it all flew ove ...more
I had a lot of the same issues with this book as I did the first. I found myself skimming..A LOT. Myra is still just as indecisive as she was in the first. She doesn't know her hand from her foot, I mean I get it, it's hard to know what you want when your young, but she was so wish washy it was annoying. It has some dark and twisted stuff in it, which made this book. That cover was beautiful so it definitely had that going for it.

**I got this from the author in exchange for an honest and unbias
Antonia Romano
Nov 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
I'm divided. On one hand, I'm sooo happy Myra never falls in love with any of the dark and insanely charming vampires, and just fights her fight and never cares about any of that. But on the other, I'm obsessed with Vlad! So I don't see how she's not :D:D (or maybe she is, just not in a romantic way but more in a 'evil vampire overlord who teaches her how to write fiction and how to play political games in court and how to dance waltz while she still knows he's evil and want to kill him' kind of ...more
Aug 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
So much information was thrown into this book that it could have easily bogged the reader down. Luckily, it was written in such a way that it was enthralling rather than coming off as textbook like. There were many twists and turns. Some so unexpected that I was thrown for a while, grasping to understand. I was sucked into the world of the Nightfall and truly miss the characters I spent so much time with.
Oct 21, 2018 rated it liked it
PLEASE tell me there is going to be another book in this series! That ending! I need to know what happens next.
Nov 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Now I think I should try to read more books by non-Western authors. This series shows me I've been missing out. What a wonderful ownvoices tale. ...more
Nov 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The entire series has been a breath of fresh air from start to end. A YA paranormal book with a young female protagonist and a tall dark and handsome mysterious and wonderfully complicated antihero, which involves no love story between the two. Instead, the focus is on the meaning of art, the meaning of humanity, on what makes us human and are we really better than the supernatural monsters we fight. A story with deeply flawed, intriguing characters that make you want to learn everything about t ...more
Oh, good. I was feeling guilty about rooting for Prince Vladimir in the first book. As fun and charming as he is, he has enslaved humanity and is breeding people like livestock. But in this book he is, well, not the good guy exactly, but he fights the worse guys for his own political reasons, so I can now support him without feeling bad. And he's so unapologetic about being a baddie, he owns everything he's done and isn't looking for redemption. It's so refreshing. He doesn't try to be nice for ...more
Clint Seeber
Apr 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
See my review of the previous book in this series. The same applies to this novel also. It is great, but quite long. Elena May is a good enough author to keep it from ever getting boring, though. There is a lot of backstory told through character monologue/dialog by the story's main antagonist (or is Prince Vlad actually the main antagonist at all). This series of novels is set in a post-apocalypse, sort of dystopian version of our own world - and the author has done a fabulous job of mixing his ...more
Nov 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy
This book defies categorization. Is it fantasy? Dystopian? Historical? Paranormal? Historical? Futuristic? Mythological? A book about political machinations? All of these? None of the above? Deserves all the stars for original storyline. I kept thinking I knew what to expect, but the story twists and turns, the characters change and develop, and more and more facets of their minds come life. Whenever I thought I understood their motivation, another layer was peeled off to show more underneath. S ...more
Nov 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Folklore. Magic. History. It all comes together beautifully to create a gripping tale of how our favorite antagonist, Prince Vladimir, became who he is. In this book Elena May takes us back to the origin, to where it all started. To a world of fire dancers, priestesses, enchanted women who live in the mountains, riding deer and using snakes as reigns. A world of people worshiping the eternal blue sky, who must change or die as a new religion consumes their world. The history and legends of the B ...more
Nov 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Vlad's story reminded me of the Vampire Chronicles, in particular the second book where Lestat retells his life. It reminded me in terms of the energy, vividness, beauty, nostalgia and charm of this lost world of the past, but this is where the similarities end. Vlad's story is completely original, I don't think I've ever read anything like it. I learned so much history I didn't know before while standing on the edge of my seat the whole time. ...more
I love it that Myra stayed true to her fight vampires mentality and didn't fall in love with the extremely hot and fascinating vampire guys. Even when she was making alliances with vampires to fight the greater evil, even when she learned their stories and understood who they were, even when she was conflicted, she kept her main values straight until the end.  ...more
Nov 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: vampires
After the first book I kept thinking Myra is a better person than I am. I would have immediately given in and asked the vampires to give me nice operas, huge libraries and ballroom dances. I liked it how here it's acknowledged how Myra feels nostalgia when returning to Vlad's palace even if she realizes how messed up this is. ...more
Nov 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
As a fan of the classical vampire figure, I find this book a worthy addition to the genre. The vamps are refined, sophisticated, cool, menacing, without being clichés. In fact each is a full fledged character, with so much hidden beneath the cool facade. 
Nov 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, mythology
Vlad's backstory has to be one of my favorite pieces of paranornal historical fiction. The atmosphere, the beauty, the sorrow, the depth. The clash of civilization, religion, values, politics. I so much want a full novella on his adventures throughout the centuries! ...more
Nov 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book reminded me of the Highlander TV series, with the vampires living through different periods of history and meeting different people. I'm fascinated by the ancient vampires from Vladimir's story, hope we see more of them in future books. ...more
Nov 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, mythology
This is so much better than the first book! The way Southern Slavic mythology was wrapped and twisted together with the vampire legends blew my mind. Everything makes sense and all myths fit together perfectly to form one coherent whole universe. 
Nov 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
The YA label is misleading. This is more Dracula than Twilight. And with some post-apocalyptic fun thrown in!
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Elena May writes fantasy in dystopian and historical settings. Born and raised in Bulgaria, she has studied in New Zealand and the US, worked in Germany and the UK, participated in various research or volunteer projects in Israel, Liechtenstein and Turkey, and traveled to over forty-five countries. In 2020 she relocated once again, this time to the land of little mermaids, ugly ducklings and snow ...more

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