Here There Are Monsters
The Blair Witch Project meets Imaginary Girls in this story of sisterhood turned toxic, imaginary monsters brought to life, and secrets that won't stay buried.
Sixteen-year-old Skye is done playing the knight in shining armor for her insufferable younger sister, Deirdre. And moving across the country seems like the perfect chance to start over as someone different.
In their isolated newmeets ...more
"What is it with you guys and the end of the world?" I asked. "Its just interesting," William said. "Like, everyone has to show their true colors. Everyone knows who they really are at the end of the world. No more bullshit."
Here There Are Monsters was gripping from the very start. This was a story about how easy it can be to get wrapped up in your own fantasy, and have trouble deciphering what's real and what's not. How nightmares can become reality if you allow yourse/> ...more
It was like reading two different books shoved into one spine.
Thanks to Sourcebooks Fire for my ARC received at BookCon.
Here There Are Monsters sounded like it would be right up my alley. A dangerous and unhealthy relationship between sisters, things that go bump in the night. That's all I knew about it beforehand, but what else do you need to hook me? There was even a great tagline!
They took my sister.
I'll take her back.
It was so promising! Sadly, all that promise went down in a blaze of hodgepodge pacing, unlikable characters, and lackluster atmosphere.
Let's start with a bit of plot. Two sisters, Skye and Deirdre, movetagline! ...more
This was… I’m not sure what it was. On the surface, it’s a horror story about a girl gone m ...more
Thank you to NetGalley and Sourcebooks Fire for sending me a free advanced reader copy of Here There Are Monsters for an honest review.
This was a total binge-read. The book presents a main character who has lost her sister—here, “lost” is used literally, as the MC’s sister has disappeared somewhere into the sprawling, ominous swampland behind their house. The language is surprisingly lyrical, atmosphere suffuses every scene, and the characterization a ...more
The stories are both focused on sisters, creepy woods and missing girl(s) and they sta ...more
With the new move, she just wants to forget the kingdoms, the keys, the things she did to keep her sister safe and try to have real friends. She needs to put the past ...more
"It doesn’t matter how hard you dig your heels in and refuse to grow up; time marches on with or without you."
I know most people who read YA fantasy were more excited about the new Leigh Bardugo, the new Holly Black, the new Roshani Chokshi, the new Jay Kristoff etc, but for me, Here There Are Monsters was from the first time I saw that cover (one of my favorite covers ever) and read the summary one of my most anticipated 2019 releases. I couldn't wait for this book,/>"It ...more
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Many thanks to Sourcebooks Fire for the complimentary e-copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. ...more
TW: Grief and Violence
Before starting off this review (which might be composed later on with rants and other violent reactions), I'd like to share this with you all first thing. I HATE that I DIDN'T LOVE it, much less like it in the slightest bit. I'm kind of torn up that I hadn't even lea/>TW: ...more
This was my first book by Amelinda Bérubé, so I didn't know what to expect. I don't read much horror anymore and I haven't read a lot of YA horror at all, so I feel like I had contrasting expectations from the end of this book, and it's hard to say whether they've been met or not. But let's start with the rest of the book before I talk about the ending.
I would describe this a ...more
eARC approved! I’ve been in such a mood for dark, creepy and odd books so far this year. This one sounds like it meets that criteria.
I had two major issues with Here There Are Monsters that made me not enjoy it. The first one was regarding the plot. ...more
“By wood, stone, water, and bone.”That cover! 😍 It’s all kinds of creepy and intriguing. I’ve been look forward to reading this one for months.
Deidre has always lived in a world of fantasy, imagining elaborate kingdoms of queens, knights and monsters. Skye’s role as the Queen of Swords has always been to save Deidre but when they move to a new town that doesn’t know the sisters by reputation Skye sees a fresh start, a chance to have friends for once. Then Deidre disappears and Sky ...more
It was a fast and atmospheric read with a little bit confusing ending but still very enjoyable.
It felt to me like Pet Sematary meets The Raven Boys but I can be wrong and my comparison totally off the mark.
The setting of this story sounds interesting. Real monsters lurking in the woods and a girl who goes missing. I think I struggle with combining real world and fantasy so when it happens I have a harder time enjoying a book and you would think I would recognize I am like this and pick books based on this, but the cover of this book is so intriguing.
I didn’t really like any of the characters and I hate when this happens. J ...more
Last year, Bérubé caught my attention with her debut The Dark Beneath the Ice. While I didn't love it, I certainly was paying attention to whatever she was going to write next. And this one was a fantastic sophomore novel that just shows the progression of her skills.
Skye and Deirdre are sisters with a tense relationship, something that describes most sibling relationships. But, Deirdre is just... weird. And then, one day, she go ...more
For some reason I wasn’t very excited for Here There Are Monsters. I have had an ARC for months and kept putting off reading it. I’ve been on a fantasy kick lately and this title seemed more like a cross between horror and paranormal and for some reason I didn’t expect much from it. I have just wanted to read books set in fantasy worlds instead. As the publication date started creeping up I decided it was finally time to read it. Right from the beginning I w ...more
This book had SO many good things in it that I loved. The first half of this book was a solid 5 stars for me. But then, it nose dived in a different direction that somewhat fell apart for me.
Skye is our main character. A high school girl that moved to a new town and just wants to be normal, maybe even date her cute neighbor? What stands in her way is her 13 year old sister Dierdre. Deirdre is weird, she’s creepy and she refuses ...more
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I am an eternal fangirl for YA and SFF, but any book that makes me laugh, makes me cry, or creeps me out will have my heart forever. My very favorites tend to have a thinky, supernatural flavor and don't explain too much. ...more