Review ~ Of Monsters and Madness by Jessica Verday

Posted April 29, 2014 by Michelle in Uncategorized / 10 Comments

I received this book for free from ARC, Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review ~ Of Monsters and Madness by Jessica VerdayOf Monsters and Madness by Jessica Verday
Published by Egmont USA on 2014-09-09
Genres: 19th Century, Historical, Horror & Ghost Stories, Science & Technology, United States, Young Adult
Pages: 304
Format: eBook
Source: ARC, Edelweiss
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four-stars

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 and proper, one mysterious and brooding-who share a dark secret and may have more to do with the violent events than they're letting on.

My ReviewI find the 1800 rather spooky, I am not sure why but I just do. The cover of this book is haunting and I thought the book itself was nicely told. At some points I thought the story may have needed a bit more explanation or a little more detail but over all I really enjoyed this book.

If you love Edgar Allan Poe and are familiar with his poem Annabel Lee, that’s wonderful because Edgar is one of my all time favorite authors, take all you know and just put it aside and try very hard not to judge this book by what you know of him or the poem, she takes a lot of liberties but I think in my opinion it works.

Now take Edgar Allan Poe, Annabel Lee, Dr. Jekyll, Mr. Hyde and Jack the Ripper, mush it all together and you have Of Monster and Madness. Annabel Lee arrives in PA to live with her father, her ways are much different then life in PA and she has a lot to learn. Annabel meets the mysterious Allan and the dangerous Edgar with her feeling growing for Allen but Annabel is about to realize that the house she is now living in holds a lot of secrets and with a murder on the loose her life might be in serious danger.

I liked Annabel a lot, she was a little naive but I enjoyed her story. I actually really like her handmaid Maddy, she was really cute and such a great friend to Annabel. Annabel was feeling so alone and I thought Maddy and her had a great friend connection. It made a spooky story have a little bit of light moments. Allan and Edgar were very interesting characters, I really liked them and wanted more of there story. We get a bit of there background but I was hoping for a bit more.

The Story was interesting but at time I felt it had a few holes in the story. I think I just wanted more details on the world and life. I also felt it was wrapped up rather quickly, I was hoping for a little more but I honestly enjoyed it even with what it was. I am hoping this is a first in the series since the end made it seem like the story continues.

I gave Of Monster and Madness 4/5 stars. As much as I felt the story might have lacked just a bit I still enjoyed it and loved the spookiness of it and the mix of different stories it made for a very interesting read. I recommend to YA and Adult looking a bunch of stories mushed together into one and in my opinion worked pretty good together πŸ™‚

PS I think the synopsis of the book is very misleading and I believe you should just go into it with a fresh look and avoid the synopsis saying it’s a retelling because in my opinion it is not.

 

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10 responses to “Review ~ Of Monsters and Madness by Jessica Verday

  1. I’m not sure if this would be for me, as it sounds maybe a tad too creepy. Maybe I’m wrong though cause you didn’t mention that bit too much.

  2. I’ve been waiting for this review πŸ™‚ I think I really want to read it, even if she is taking serious liberties with Poe. Though I know I’d want more background too!

  3. The mash-up of all the classics you mentioned is quite a mix, if a little ambitious. But it sounds like she pulled it off. I’m interested in reading this.

    • I have read other reviews saying they didn’t think it worked however in my opinion I took it as it was and never expected it to be anything more then a mash up πŸ™‚