Here There Are Monsters

Here There Are Monsters

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Sixteen-year-old Skye must confront her most savage secrets to save her missing thirteen-year-old sister, Deirdre, from stick-and-bone monsters that have come to life in the woods behind their new home.
Publisher: Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks Fire, ©2019.
ISBN: 9781492671015
Characteristics: 339 pages ;,21 cm

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vpl_teens Sep 11, 2019

Reviewed by Alex T. for Teens Read it First

Here there are Monsters is an amazing fantasy and mystery novel. The main plot is about Skye saving her sister, Deirdre, but the novel touches on many other themes. Betrayal is one of the important subjects that was constantly mentioned. The conflict of the book was sparked, because of betrayal between the two sisters. In the end, Skye was given a choice between staying with Deirdre or going back to the real world. Once again, Skye betrayed her sister, but this time we had different emotions towards Skye. Character development was key in this book, and it was built through a series of flashbacks. In the first half of the book, the author switched from the past to the present as each chapter went by. Instead of directly telling the readers, the flashbacks allowed the readers to slowly piece together each characters’ personalities.

Deirdre was a huge part of the story, but her motive and origin are still unclear. How did she make the monsters? Who are the real invaders? These are unanswered questions that leave readers puzzled. Overall, I would rate this book a 4 out of 5 stars.

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AnnaJunek
Jul 10, 2019

Here There Are Monsters - Book Review
Over the past few weeks, I’ve had the pleasure of reading Amelinda Berube’s new book Here There Are Monsters, and needless to say, it’s the perfect summer read. A mix between Stranger Things and The Blair Witch Project, Here There Are Monsters is incredibly written and delightfully spooky, without being too gorey. Perfect for newcomers to the horror genre and old fans alike. The tale of Skye and her odd younger sister Deirdre is captivating and heart-wrenching as Skye tries to unearth what caused Deirdre to disappear into the woods next to their new house.This book will bring to the edge of your seat, with your heart pumping, unable to put it down. Woven with mystery and a delicate love story, Here There Are Monsters brings excitement and thrills to the general blandness of summer vacation. With a relatable and classic main character with a dark secret, this book is full of twists and turns, with an ending you’d never expect. Here There Are Monsters will leave you one of two ways; petrified of that forest near your house, or curious as to what lies within.

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