Club Monstrosity

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Club Monstrosity

The title, Club Monstrosity, caught my attention. When I read the book blurb, I was hooked. I had to get my hands on it as soon as possible. This book was so much fun! I laughed out loud in several places and had to read them out loud to my husband. These laughs by no means detracted from the more serious moments. These are lonely, sad monsters who are trying to do what they can to survive in the human world. I really liked Natalie, being in her head. She is so lonely but can’t risk being close to anyone. Natalie’s goal in life is to get through each day without getting chased by an angry mob with pitchforks. She works at the morgue and that is the sum total of her life. She has no friends besides the support group and they barely qualify at the beginning of the book. By the end, though, it is truly a support group as they all grow closer through the ordeal. Club Monstrosity was so well done that I flew through it in less than 24 hours. I was so sad to turn the last page; I loved these characters so much. Luckily, the sequel, Monsters in Your Neighborhood, will be available in July.

Where do you go when you are a Monster in the Big Apple trying to fly under the radar? You go to the church basement on East 125th Street to meet your support group, of course. Natalie is a Frankenstein monster who meets twice a week with a werewolf, Dracula, a mummy, and others. When one of their members dies in the exact manner he did in his famous tale, it seems like coincidence. When it happens again, Natalie is determined to make sure no one else dies. Along the way, she becomes closer to the members of her group. Will she be able to find the murderer before any more Monsters die?

Book Blurb for Club Monstrosity

Natalie’s one of Frankenstein’s creations and works in a New York City morgue. So of course she needs therapy. She and her friends—er, fellow monsters—have formed the world’s most exclusive, most dysfunctional support group. What could go wrong?

Undetected in the modern world and under pressure to stay that way, Natalie Grey, Dracula, Bob the Blob, and others (including the fetching wolfman Alec) meet regularly to talk about the pressures of being infamous in the Big Apple. Topics include how long it’s been since their last sighting, how their “story” creates stereotypes they can’t fulfill, and—gasp—sometimes even their feelings. But when their pervy Invisible Man, Ellis, is killed in a manner reminiscent of the H.G. Wells novel, it’s clear someone’s discovered their existence and is down for some monster busting.

Led by Natalie—and definitely not helped by Hyde’s bloodthirsty tendencies—the members of Monstofelldosis Anonymous band together for security and a little sleuthing. And maybe—maybe—if they don’t end up dead, they’ll end up friends somewhere along the way.

Night Owl Reviews Apr, 2013 4.50