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Friday, August 17, 2012

The Monstrumologist by Richard Yancey

Reviewed By: A.T.
OK, so I read this book a while ago, but it is perfect timing to review it now, with October right around the corner, and this book is an Abraham Lincoln Nominee this year too! This book, set early in American history, is narrated by William James Henry, an orphan who was taken in by his father's employer after his mother and father die in a terrible fire he himself was barely able to escape. Horrible, I know, but not as horrible as the things that Dr. Warthrop (his new guardian) researches. Things that Will Henry thought was only make believe turn out to be truly and frighteningly real in this book, as you tag along with Will Henry and Dr. Warthrop on their montsrumological adventures. This book is not for the faint of heart either. There are some pretty gory scenes, but nothing you won't be able to get through.
Why I Picked it Up: I loved the title and the book cover, but it wasn't until after a friend recommended it that I picked it up.
Why I Finished It: While I did have to put down the book a few times because I was eating lunch and I couldn't take the graphic descriptions right then, I finished the book because I had to know what happened to Will Henry and the Doctor. You almost have to finish it, just so you know what happens.
I’d Give this Book To: Anyone who loves blood and guts and gore. It isn't exactly a "girly" book, but as I am a girl, and I enjoyed reading this, I would say both boys and girls would enjoy this title. Also, like I said earlier, this book is on the nominee list for high school award books, but I think 8th graders might find it interesting as well.

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