Saturday, July 19, 2014

Early Review: Of Madness and Monsters by Jessica Verday

Saturday, July 19, 2014
Title: Of Madness and Monsters
Author: Jessica Verday

Genre: Young Adult - Horror, Retelling, Gothic
Publisher: EgmontUSA
Release Date: September 9th 2014
Format: eARC, 304 pages
Source: Publisher via Netgalley

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.

Annabel Lee is summoned from Siam to live with her father in 1820's Philadelphia shortly after her mother's death, but an unconventional upbringing makes her repugnant to her angry, secretive father.

Annabel becomes infatuated with her father's assistant Allan, who dabbles in writing when he's not helping with medical advancements. But in darker hours, when she's not to be roaming the house, she encounters the devilish assistant Edgar, who bears an uncanny resemblance to Allan, and who others insist doesn't exist.

A rash of murders across Philadelphia, coupled with her father's strange behavior, leads Annabel to satisfy her curiosity and uncover a terrible truth: Edgar and Allan are two halves of the same person - and they are about to make the crimes detailed in Allan's stories come to life. Unless Annabel stops them.


Of Madness and Monsters is a gruesome historical romance retelling. A twisted retelling of Annabel Lee. The story is about Annabel Lenore Lee who is summoned to live with her father in Philadelphia, since her mother died, and she doesn't have anyone to look after her, except for her father and grandfather.

During her stay in Philadelphia, she met a few people working for his father. She met Allan Poe, who loves writing when he is free from Annabel's father since he helps Annabel's father with his medical advancements, and she also encounters Edgar Poe, who claims to be another assistant of her father and at the same time, Allan's cousin. The most terrible thing she will discover is: Edgar and Allan are the same person with totally different characteristics.

Annabel as a narrator is pleasant though I couldn't quite describe her, she is helpful and kind to the people around her but there's something about her that is dull and I don't even know what is. The other characters are quite dull too but Grandpere stood out from the others. Grandpere is probably my favorite character since he proved that he loves Annabel like every grandfather would love their grandchildren.

I enjoyed every bit of this story but as the story unfolds, some things got predictable and the characters were giving 'hints' about the gruesome killings and about who's behind all these killings happening around town. I mean, I am okay with hints because it's part of the story but sometimes I want to be shocked by the revelations but to be honest, I wasn't shocked when the mastermind behind all this gruesome mess was revealed. Though on the positive side, it was fast-paced for me that I didn't even know there's no more chapters left!

For the final verdict, I really did enjoy reading this book but I wasn't really impressed like I was with a book I have read recently which is also a retelling of Annabel Lee, a poem by Edgar Allan Poe.


3 stars!
It was good though I won't recommend it but if you love reading twisted retellings, check this out.

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