Published by: Pocket Star
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As one of Frankenstein’s Creatures, Natalie Gray knows that unique parts sometimes make up a great whole. Still, leading a diverse support group for monsters—now including Cthulhu!—isn’t an easy task. Especially not since the internet arrived.
New York City embraces the different and the bizarre. Still, even for such a fun-loving city, the supernatural and monstrous might be a bit too much. It’s been six months since the members of “Club Monstrosity” overcame the most recent spate of anti-monster violence and they’ve reestablished their routine of meeting in a church basement once a week to (ugh!) talk about their feelings. Still, they also know a war against them is brewing.
Natalie and Alec (the werewolf) have begun dating, and the mummies Kai and Rehu are tighter than a bug in a…well, bandage. But when modern means (YouTube, Twitter, bits and bytes) are used to chip away at the solidarity of these ancient monsters, it’s up to Natalie to save the day. #MonstersInNewYork may be trending on Twitter, but this girl’s trending toward saving the day…somehow.
I loved this! It was such a fun story with a lot of laugh-out-loud moments, a mystery with plenty of twists, and the introduction of two new monsters that I hope we'll see more of in future installments.
I enjoyed the protagonist, Natalie, even more this time around and I really like how she is with Alec. They're an adorable couple and compliment each other perfectly. Almost everything involving Alec had me cracking up, especially references to his PMS (Pre-Moon Syndrome) and the humor starts almost from the very beginning.
The story centers around the Van Helsings' declaration of war. Natalie and her support group of monsters consisting of a werewolf, a swamp dweller, a mummy, a vampire, and a few new additions, must work together to keep everyone safe and to stop whoever is outing them to the public.
This proves to be a difficult task because tensions are running high, one group member is feeling neglected, and not everyone has a deep level of trust for their fellow monsters. So there are as many obstacles to overcome within their group as there are threats to worry about from the outside.
The Monsters in Your Neighborhood was a wildly entertaining read from start to finish and I'm anxious to see what kind of trouble Natalie and Alec will get in to next. If you love urban fantasy with tons of humor and creativity, then you must read Petersen's Club Monstrosity series!
"Operation Destroy Their Power is in full swing," Natalie continued.
Drake sighed. "Why do we have to call it that?"
"Because it's awesome," Natalie said.
"But my human name is easier to pronounce. I do not think you even have the syllables in English to attempt the original. Perhaps, when I know you better, I shall whisper it to you for when you wish to worship."
"Kai slammed the laptop lid and glared at them. "You two should break up; you are awful together."
"I think we're kind of cute ... " Alec quipped, with a grin for Natalie."