Monster by Juliann Whicker
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Fantastic story! Original and unexpectedly funny.
I loved this story. Methuselah “Met” Barrow is a Dark Fae Prince from Hell who has lived as a human since he was two years old. He lives in the skin of Met Barrow who is dead, his Fae body is blue and he removes the human skin every so often to keep balance in the area and to feel the air against his real skin.
Ellie Adams is like nobody he has ever seen before. She is like a bright shining light. She arrived at school on her first day wearing a unicorn horn on her head. She wears different clothes than all the other girls like she couldn’t care less what anyone thinks about her, she wears glitter makeup and is always smiling and happy. She blurts out that she loves him after knowing him for just a few days.
The story is told from the POV of both El and Met. They each have their own issues but they are drawn to each other. The fact that she is human while he and quite a few other people around them are Supernatural make for some pretty funny situations. Though the problems each of them face are very real.
Met and quite a few of the dark Fae that live in Hell are under the rule of his aunt the Queen. She is an evil queen and though he is dark and prone to darkness, he has taken on the mantle of balance and he dislikes causing death unless he has to in order to keep balance between good and evil. So he hates going to Hell to see the Queen because she may ask him to do things he doesn’t like or he will be seen as weak.
Allie has horrible nightmares every night because she was kidnapped by a psychopath when she was eleven years old and was with him for fifteen days before she escaped or was found. She doesn’t remember any of it, but has horrible dreams where some demon named Mr. Night and his shadows torment her. Since she returned home she hates being touched, even by her family. Only small children don’t make her skin crawl. So she tries to avoid touch as much as possible.
Though for some reason, when Met touches her on the first day of school, she doesn’t feel the “ick” that she gets from everyone else. So she is enamored with him right away and wants to know more. She sits with him at lunch every day and becomes friends with him. The story going forward is funny, sweet, heartwarming, tragic, suspenseful, and crazy at times. But I really liked it. I give it a 4.5 (rounded up to a 5).
Thanks to Booksprout for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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