Monday, September 1, 2014

Of Monsters and Madness by Jessica Verday

Of Monsters and Madness
Release date: September 9, 2014
Publisher: Egmont USA
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance

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 Rating: 5 Roses

Dark, creepy, romantic, and absolutely amazing! Of Monsters and Madness was a brilliant YA romance. It was delightfully creepy, sweetly romantic, and just fantastic. LOVED THIS BOOK!

Annabel was lovely. Since her character is never fully described in the Poe poem, the author had free reign to do as she pleased with the character without me getting annoyed about inaccuracies. And, I think she did a brilliant job. Annabel was an interesting character, a woman doctor in the Regency era who spent her childhood in Siam with her mother (who was a doctor's assistant). She was intrigued by body parts and illnesses, had a unique outlook on life with her unusual upbringing, and all the while was a kind and genuinely likable character. Definitely the kind of girl Poe would have loved. She was clever, strong, and just wonderful.

Allan is the love interest in this book (as in Allan Poe) and he was amazing. He was so sweet and adorable. This book was set during an obscure time in Poe's early life, so, again, there wasn't much worry about annoying inaccuracies. I think he was a wonderfully portrayed. A sweet, thoughtful aspiring writer with dark stories swirling in his head. I adored him.

The romance was lovely. Annabel and Allen were a perfect match, with all their eccentricities. The romance wasn't the main focus of the book, but it was an important element (we're talking Annabel Lee here) and it was well done.

The plot was fast paced and I was hooked the entire way through. There were plenty of thrills that kept me on the edge of my seat, with a murderer on the loose. I suspected what was going on, but I was definitely surprised by the full extent of it and who was involved. I really enjoyed the story and the ending has me anxious to get my hands on book 2. Can't wait to read what happens next!

Of Monsters and Madness was a brilliant YA romance. The incorporation of Poe and his stories was flawless, the romance was very sweet, and the mystery was thrilling. YA lovers and Poe lovers, this is a book you don't want to miss.

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*I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

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