Monster

This review contains spoilers. 

Monster by A. Lee Martinez

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  • Genre : Urban Fantasy – Supernatural – Paranormal – Fantasy – Humor
  • Date Started :  April 23, 2015
  • Date Finished : May 1, 2015

Description: You can read the full description from the author’s website.

Based off the book description, I was expecting a very different book.

Monster is a human who works for Cryptobiological Containment and Rescue Services, basically he traps mythological creatures. Judy is a human who has horrible luck and works at a grocery store. They don’t really like each other but Monster seems to hate everyone and Judy just seems unhappy with life and takes that out on others. They end up meeting each other due to yetis destroying the grocery store that Judy works at. She calls animal control and they send Monster and his sidekick, Chester. Chester is a paper gnome who is the only voice of reason and logic, even though he is not from this world and does not understand puny little human thoughts.

They end up running into each other again after Judy’s apartment is destroyed by trolls. Lots of bad things happen to Judy and she asks to do a ride along with Monster. Judy’s thinking of maybe having a career change. Problem is, Judy’s ability to remember and understand what’s going on with the mystical world is fleeting because some human brains don’t accept it as magic. She has to wear a rune on her forehead that helps her remember what she has been through and who Monster and Chester are. The book explains this and how magic is dying in this world and making it harder for most humans to recognize a mythological creature as what it is vs just a dog.

We find out later that Judy is a special human who is the universes plan to stopping Lotus, the leach, who has been abusing the power of the stone (the universe) for billions of years. Essentially Judy is the key to saving the world. This explains why Judy has always had such bad luck. The universe and her subconscious try to help her but the universe is sort of stupid and does not quite understand the way the human mind works. It sends Judy or Monster creatures to help but tends to only make things worse. Of course they figure out what’s going on and after Monster joins with the stone to absorb some of its knowledge, they are able to defeat Lotus and right the world. They stop Lotus from destroying humans and turning them all into cats.

Overall I was expecting a story about hunting monsters and that’s not what you get at all. While the story was a good idea and could have been something entertaining, it fell flat for me. Up until about 75% of the book, it was slow going. Instead of a thrilling and humorous monster hunt I got a boring story about a guy who only cares about himself and hates his job, a woman who is content with her life of unlucky living and a plot to destroy the world that was just meh. The book is not bad it’s just rather slow and not what I wanted.

I’m giving Monster by A. Lee Martinez a 2 star.

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Fool Moon

This review contains spoilers. 

Fool Moon by Jim Butcher

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  • Genre : Fantasy – Urban Fantasy – Mystery
  • Date Started :  March 23, 2015
  • Date Finished : April 2, 2015

Description: You can read the full description from the author’s website. This post turned out way too long but here it goes.

The gist of the story, a werewolf is killing people close to Johnnie Marcone (Mob Boss) and Harley MacFinn (a loup-garou). The police have a hard time with this one because of the gruesome nature of the crime and the mysterious wolfish paw marks left at the scene. Lt. Murphy even suspects Harry and arrests him. Things get worse from there and lots of people die. Harry almost dies multiple times and it’s hard to trust anyone. In the end everyone ends up at Johnnie Marcone’s mansion because that’s who the bad guys want dead.

After what happened in the first book, Harry isn’t expecting to hear from Lt. Murphy anytime soon. That changes when bad things start happening in Chicago and the police are at a dead-end. In an attempt to figure out who is murdering people in a gruesome way around the full moon, Lt. Murphy reaches out to Harry as a last resort.

A few things happen here, we meet a group of FBI agents who have been following these killings and don’t want any help from the local police. After a tense moment between Lt. Murphy and one of the FBI agents, Harry and Lt. Murphy leave and are followed home. Harry not wanting the trail to go cold and assumes this will help with the case, follows that person. Here he finds a gang of teenagers who can turn into wolves. You would think, well that’s too easy and it is. Harry doesn’t think this group could have done the killings and tells Lt. Murphy that exact thing. Lt. Murphy doesn’t believe him though, no big surprise there!

Harry also tells Lt. Murphy all he knows about werewolves and the types they could be up against. I found this information pretty cool and it was interesting to hear about the different types of were’s in Harry’s world. What I didn’t like was that we got to meet each type he tells Lt. Murphy about. Do we really need to experience each type in one book? It seemed excessive to me. While at the police station, Harry also gets a tip from one of the FBI agents about a gang that they think might be involved, the appropriately named Streetwolves (a pack of lycanthropes). Harry foolishly checks out this group, by himself and ends up challenging the Alpha of the gang. He escapes of course, but now Harry needs to watch his back not only from the teenage gang who turn into wolves but now from the Streetwolves as well.

Johnnie Marcone also attempts to hire Harry to protect himself because he suspects he is the next one to be killed by the killer. Of course Harry declines but it still doesn’t help with his image. Marcone does help Harry by giving him information and a possible connection to Harley MacFinn and the Northwest Passage Project. At this point in the story we get MORE information which could be true. Harry summons a demon to get information on Harley but the demon ends up baiting Harry with information about his parents and how they really died which was almost more entertaining than the story we are currently involved with. This interesting tidbit gets shelved for another time though because Harry has more pressing matters to deal with. Although it does get brought up sometime later when Harry is unconscious and talking to his subconscious, great scene!

Before Harry can question Harley, Lt. Murphy arrests him for the death of Kim, who Harry helped in the first book to understand her powers. Tera, the woman who followed Harry and led him to the teenage gang, the Alpha’s, ends up freeing Harry in order to help her contain her fiance, Harley, before he can hurt anyone because he is a loup-garou. Before Tera and Harry can get to Harley, Lt. Murphy arrests him, going against Harry’s advice and at moon rise Harley changes and kills a ton of police. Harry shows up to try to contain him but only drives him off.

So we have a loup-garou who is on the loose and a pack of lycanthropes, the Streetwolves, trying to kill Harry. While Harry is trying to track down Marcone, he is attacked by the Streetwolves and finds out he was set up by the FBI agents who happen to be hexenwolves and are the ones behind all the murders. So now Harry and the Alpha’s take off to save Marcone from Harley and the FBI. This can’t be easy and to make things difficult, both Harry and the Alpha’s are captured once they reach Marcone’s mansion.

Here we find out that the ones who Marcone thought were there to protect him, end up using him as bait to catch and kill Harley, the loup-garou. Harry and Murphy escape and end up fighting with the FBI agents and taking the belts that make them hexenwolves and destroying them before the police show up. The Alpha’s escape with the help of Susan, the reporter and Harry’s sort of girlfriend. Oh and we find out in the end that Tera is a wolf who turns into a human. SO. MUCH. INFORMATION.

In the end we find out that the FBI agents have planned this whole mess to eliminate Marcone for good but the power of the belts over took them. I will say that the scene with Harry wearing the belt and transforming was excellent. It really helps you understand the loss of control the agents had and how much of a drug it really was to them.

One thing I really love about this series so far is Harry. Yeah he has bad things happen to him all the time and he is down on his luck most of the time but he truly behaves like a hero even if he doesn’t feel like it. Overall I enjoyed the parts of the story that I HOPE will be more meaningful later. I loved the characters and it kept me hooked but I felt like there was too much happening. I don’t think this is a book that I will read again but the writing is good and I like where the story seems to be going.

I’m giving Fool Moon by Jim Butcher a 3.5 star.

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