Monstrous Affections - YA Review by Grace KL

Reader: Grace KL
Age: 15
Title: Monstrous Affections: An Anthology of Beastly Tales
Author: Kelly Link and Gavin T. Grant
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Pub Date: 09/09/14
Galley: Yes
Top 25: No
Convince us to read the book: As is often the case with short story anthologies, some stories in this book were quite good, and others not as much.  Overall, it seems that the shorter stories in the book, in which we only given quick snapshots of the characters and their monstrous aspects or relationships with monsters were more enjoyable to read because they allowed the reader to fill in gaps with their own imaginations.
Memorable or Forgettable: One of the more engaging stories, entitled Son of Abyss, follows characters with varying and unique monstrous characteristics, which made the story feel fresh and exciting.  But stories involving frequently seen monsters such as vampires and werewolves were somewhat forgettable.
Cover: The cover tempted me because it showed a monster that wasn't immediately seen as a vampire or werewolf.  I was also drawn to the idea of a book about monsters rather than supernatural creatures.  The cover did a good job of showing the overall nature of the book.
Age Range: 12 through 18 and up
Quality: 3Q Readable
Popularity: 3P Some teen appeal

tags:  anthology / short story / monsters / ya lit

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