Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Jon Skovron Week: Top 5 Books Where the Monsters Don't Stay Under the Bed

To get ready for Friday's Interview and tomorrow's look at Jon Skovron's Man Made Boy we're taking a look at books where the monsters are not inside us (as they say) but actually exist in our world and, no, they are not hiding in our closets...

Man Made Boy by Jon Skovron
You'll have to wait till tomorrow for our full review, but for now we'll just say that the main character, Boy, lives with the kind of monsters that Hollywood directors only dream about. He may dream of a life of passing in Manhattan as a normal teen, but all he's ever known is a life working backstage for a theater where the starring acts happen to be trolls and sirens.

When the chance he's been waiting for, to make a break for it, arrives, will the world beyond the theater live up to his expectations? And what if there are monsters out there too?

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor (see our reviews)
If your best friend told you stories about the creatures she hung out with on the weekend; ladies who were half-snake and half human, a wishmonger who would trade you wishes for teeth and her journeys half-way around the world and back to run the wishmonger's errands. You would think your friend was an amazing story-teller with a strangely secretive past. If she accompanied these stories with gorgeous drawings, you would chalk it all up to amazing artistic talent and an overactive imagination... but what if it was all true?

Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld
What if WWI was not felt with guns and steel, but with genetically modified animals and steam power? In the midst of complete political craziness, the fifteen year old prince of Austria is on the run for his life. In order to survive, he needs the help of a girl as a boy who happens to be fighting for the allied powers. The monsters here are engineered from naturally occurring animals, but that doesn't make them any less disturbing.

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black (see the full review)
Ideally, the vampires in charge like to keep their numbers down and their profiles low. Unfortunately for them, a few years ago one vampire went on a rampage and infected hundreds of people. Those new vampires went on to infect many more people, and before anyone could get it under control, vampires were everywhere. In the US they are kept locked away in “Coldtowns” where they throw endless parties, broadcast their fun out to the world via feeds. 

Ashes by Ilsa Bick (see the full review)
This is a zombie apocalypse survival novel with tons of suspense, action, and gore.
While Alex and Ellie are on a hiking trip, an EMP is triggered, causing everything electronic to stop functioning. They decide to hike to the closest ranger station to try to find help, but it turns out the fallout from the EMP is much worse than Alex had feared. While the EMP killed lots of people, it also scrambled the brains of others and turned them into flesh-craving monsters. Surviving long enough to get to the ranger station is only the first of many trials Alex is about to undergo.

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