Sunday, 6 July 2014

The Monster Within by Kelly Hashway

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Spencer Hill Press and NetGalley.
The Monster Within
Blurb (from Goodreads):
The moment seventeen-year-old Samantha Thompson crawls out of her grave, her second chance at life begins. She died of cancer with her long-time boyfriend, Ethan, by her side--a completely unfair shot at life. But Ethan found a way to bring her back, like he promised he would. Only Sam came back wrong. She's now a monster that drains others' lives to survive. And after she kills, she's tortured by visions--glimpses into her victims would have- been futures had she not killed them. Barely able to live with herself and trying to make things right, Sam ends up a pawn in a vicious game of payback within the local coven of witches. But when the game reveals what Ethan had to do to save Sam, she must make a choice that will change all their lives forever.

The Monster Within by Kelly Hashway

My rating: 2.5 of 5 stars

The Monster Within(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Spencer Hill Press and NetGalley.)
17-year-old Sam died from cancer, but now she’s alive again, and it’s all thanks to her boyfriend Ethan, if only he would reveal to her how he brought her back.
But something isn’t quite right, and Sam suddenly finds herself draining the life from other people to remain alive herself.
How did Ethan bring her back? What is wrong with her? And will she ever be normal again?

This book started out okay, but I lost interest.

Sam was an okay character, but she was such a liar! Almost every time she opened her mouth, lies spewed out like she couldn’t control them! How she kept up with all the lies she told I don’t know! That being said Sam also came across as a bit of a push-over, she didn’t really stand up for herself all that much, and instead had a pity-party all the time over how awful it was that she kept killing people!

The storyline in this started out okay, but I lost interest. I mean for an opening line, this is pretty good –

“My life began the second I pulled myself out of my grave and looked into his beautiful blue eyes.”

Unfortunately though I had begun to lose interest by the 20% mark. The story dragged, there was a lack of answers, there was a lot of inconsequential stuff in there that didn’t move the story along, and I just got bored. I stuck the kindle on ‘text-to-speech’ and listened to it for a couple of hours whilst doing other stuff, which did seem to help a bit, but when I went back to reading it myself I again just wanted it to end already. The lack of answers just drove me nuts!

There was some romance – obviously Ethan loved Sam enough to bring her back from the dead, but considering that, we then had to put up with the same old ‘I’m not ready to have sex’ stuff that we get in plenty of other books, which considering she wanted to have sex before she died seemed a little redundant. He gave up his whole life for her, and she still wasn’t sure? Let’s just say that the romance didn’t blow me away.

The ending was okay, but I was glad that the story was over. I found some of the things that happened at the end to be quite ridiculous though. Sam’s naivety was at an all-time high, and the ‘acceptance’ that Ethan and Sam gained from certain parties was an absolute joke!
The ending was quite open, and there was room for a sequel, but I can’t say that I would want to read it if it was written.
Overall; started out well, but went downhill,
5 out of 10.

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