Monday, September 14, 2015

This Monstrous Thing by Mackenzi Lee - Paul's Pre-Reading

*I received this book as an eARC from Katherine Tegen Books via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review*

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Title: This Monstrous Thing

Author: Mackenzi Lee
Upcoming Release Date: September 22, 2015

Synopsis: In 1818 Geneva, men built with clockwork parts live hidden away from society, cared for only by illegal mechanics called Shadow Boys. Two years ago, Shadow Boy Alasdair Finch’s life shattered to bits.

His brother, Oliver—dead.

His sweetheart, Mary—gone.

His chance to break free of Geneva—lost.

Heart-broken and desperate, Alasdair does the unthinkable: He brings Oliver back from the dead.

But putting back together a broken life is more difficult than mending bones and adding clockwork pieces. Oliver returns more monster than man, and Alasdair’s horror further damages the already troubled relationship.

Then comes the publication of Frankenstein and the city intensifies its search for Shadow Boys, aiming to discover the real life doctor and his monster. Alasdair finds refuge with his idol, the brilliant Dr. Geisler, who may offer him a way to escape the dangerous present and his guilt-ridden past, but at a horrible price only Oliver can pay…


Why?: I've always been intrigued by Frankenstein's Monster. Retellings and reimaginings of the classics always perk my interest. Both of those combine in this book. In addition, I've been following the author on twitter ( @themackenzilee ) and she is pretty awesome! Learn more about Mackenzi Lee in this video from the Epic Reads youtube page:

Expectations:   I'm expecting a cool YA that takes the themes of Frankenstein to a modern reader. It looks like it may be a little steampunky. I'm really excited for this one. 

Judging a book by its cover: I like the colors on this cover. The lightning and architecture alludes to the source material. I like the tone the cover sets. It's creepy and intriguing. 


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