First of all, I would like to start with an apology. This blog tour stop was meant to be posted yesterday, but due to school and having the flu I only had time for a scheduled post that I had pre-written. I hadn't even read the book for yesterday, and I apologise greatly to the author!
Anyway. Onto the review.
Sometimes the monster that haunted you as a child truly is real...
All it took was one phone call to bring Nicole Jones's life crumbling down around her. Now a nightmare she thought she'd left in her past is back, and he's not exactly bringing her candy and flowers. While fleeing, in a non-terrified fashion, she meets a menacing man in a dark alley. Then promptly passes out at his feet.
Gideon Evans hasn't exactly been having the best run of luck, but all that changes when a buxom little blonde collapses right in front of him. Or at least he thinks it has. It doesn’t take him long to realize that bombshell is an appropriate description for more than just her looks. Now he's facing several problems, including a surprising enemy, his own dark past, and a rather inconvenient case of lust.
Can they work together to battle the nightmare that's chasing them? Or will they succumb to the monster within?
The Monster Within is an interesting novel which hooked me at the beginning but ... disturbed me during the middle. I had to give up read it because of this. I will go into further depth in that later on in the review.
The beginning is incredible, full of action and suspense. The mystery of who this man that Nicole didn't want to see was very suspenseful and made me want to read on. The unique and eerie ambience is brilliantly crafted and it is clear that Rayne is a confident writer. The description is fantastic and the words flow onto the page.
Now, the problem which caused me to stop reading. I don't recommend this as the YA genre. There are many, many of Those Type Of Scenes... if you get my drift. The sexual description is very heated and there is a clear chemistry, BUT IT IS NOT NECESSARY AT ALL. Couldn't the author just have written a sentence saying they had 'it'? Two thirds of the book went into disturbing detail that had me cringing throughout. Sure, I have read books with scenes in but most of the book is revolved around this. Nothing happens.
This has been quite a hard review to write since I didn't finish it and I didn't feel connected to the characters and.. gaa. I'm not sure which age group this has been aimed to either... I'm so confused! However, there are other good reviews of this, so don't base it just on mine. Thanks to the author for including me in the blog tour and sending me a copy for review.
Publication date: 2nd October 2012
Source: For Review - big thanks and
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