Club Monstrosity by Jesse Petersen

I received an advance review copy of Club Monstrosity by Jesse Petersen.  This was via Net Galley.  Club Monstrosity is currently ebook only and a second book in the series will be coming out in July.  It doesn’t appear to be going to be released in the UK.  I can find no information on this and it’s not listed on Amazon UK so that’s all I can think.  This is disappointing because I wouldn’t have requested a review copy if I’d been aware of this. To be honest I’m very surprised the published accepted a request from a UK blogger, a lot wouldn’t have. As a result this will likely be a shorter review than I would usually write.

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

I liked this.  It’s not my usual sort of read but I read and reviewed two of Jesse Petersen’s other books a couple of years ago (part of the Living With The Dead series). And they were even more not my usual thing but I found them a lot of fun. So I was tempted to give this a go.  I enjoyed the Living With The Dead books a lot more.  That’s not to say this wasn’t worth the read just it fell a bit short of the mark for me.

I’d read some of the books/seen the films/whatever that some of these characters come from originally but no where near all of them.  To be honest I do wonder how much having done so might have changed my perception of this.  I liked the idea of monsters having a support group and trying to be more than they are whilst hiding their monster status. It was a cute idea and it worked.  Having just started reading the Thursday Next books by Jasper Fforde however I’d say they get the mixture of existing characters from other books, a new setting, and humour much better than this does.
If I was really stuck for ideas on something else to read I might read the sequel to this – I didn’t feel like reading this was a waste of my time in any way. It wasn’t a bad book, it just wasn’t for me.  But I wouldn’t read the sequel by choice.

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