September 10, 2014

[Blog Tour] Of Monsters and Madness by Jessica Verday @EgmontUSA #Giveaway #BookReview

Hi and welcome to my stop on the Of Monsters and Madness by Jessica Verday blog tour, hosted by Egmont USA! Today I have my wonderfully awesome review for you and an even better signed book giveaway. But that's not all, make sure you hop on by Live To Read for another chance to win today!

Of Monsters and Madness
By Jessica Verday
Published September 9th 2014

Summary from Goodreads:

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.
I really enjoyed this twisted take on Edgar Allan Poe. To me it was a Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde, meets romance. As everyone knows, I am a fan of re-tellings, and not too many times do we read about Edgar Allan Poe. I, myself, am a huge fan of his works, so when I found out about this book, I was totally on board with it.

I have never read any book by Jessica Verday, but after reading this book, I am a fan. The characters were unique, as was the story. Although I thought that I might have had it figured out half way through, I was wrong. It wasn't until I started to near the last quarter of the book where I started to figure things out. 

The story did lack in certain areas. I would have loved to seen more of Annabel's father or her grandfather. I would also have loved to see more of the murders. You go into this thinking there are going to be some gruesome murders, but you only hear about them and only one is described towards the end. But all in all, this was a pretty awesome read. I would definitely recommend this book to ages 14 and older.

Jessica Verday is the New York Times best-selling author of The Hollow trilogy. She wrote the first draft of The Hollow by hand, using thirteen spiral-bound notebooks and fifteen black pens. The first draft of The Haunted took fifteen spiral-bound notebooks and twenty black pens. The Hidden took too many notebooks and too many pens to count. She lives in Goodlettsville, Tennessee, with her husband.

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Disclaimer: *I received a copy of this book for free to review, this in no way influenced my review, all opinions are 100% honest and my own.


Kara x said...

Not a fan. . . but I did envy how he had the talent to write such creepy stories. the cast of armadillo still gets me. I remember I had to do a research project on his life for English a long time ago . . . that kind of killed me, anyway. I look forward to reading this! ^^

rhonda said...

I am a fan .his poems are eerie&creepy.

Brianna's Bookish Confessions said...

I'm a huge fan of Edgar Allen Poe. I haven't read all of his, but those I've read, I really loved! I love how creepy they are and how vivid they are! :)

Jennifer Bielman said...

I just love that cover. I am excited to read this one.

Ashley @ Bookaholics Anonymous said...

I am, and I love reading others who write about him or their stories were influenced by him like Bethany Griffin's books, Kelly Creagh, Mary Lindsey.

Rain Jeys said...

Yes! I just love the way he uses language.

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