Here There Are Monsters

Here There Are Monsters

The Blair Witch Project meets Imaginary Girls in this story of codependent sisterhood, the struggle to claim one’s own space, and the power of secretsSixteen-year-old Skye is done playing the knight in shining armor for her insufferable younger sister, Deirdre. Moving across the country seems like the perfect chance to start over.In their isolated new neighborhood, Skye...

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Title:Here There Are Monsters
Author:Amelinda Bérubé
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Here There Are Monsters Reviews

  • Katie Gallagher

    This was a total binge-read. The book presents a main character who has lost her sister—here, “lost” is used literally, as the MC’s sister has disappeared somewhere into the sprawling, ominous swampland behind their house. The language is surprisingly lyrical, atmosphere suffuses every scene, and the

    This was a total binge-read. The book presents a main character who has lost her sister—here, “lost” is used literally, as the MC’s sister has disappeared somewhere into the sprawling, ominous swampland behind their house. The language is surprisingly lyrical, atmosphere suffuses every scene, and the characterization and dialogue are perfect. What

    failed to accomplish with its forest setting,

    presents in spades.

    I want to also touch on the sister dynamic in the book, which is extremely raw and real. The younger sister who’s gone missing, Deirdre, is a girl in her own world, constantly rubbing her older sister, Skye, the wrong way. A fair warning that Skye is very harsh to her younger sister—if you are looking for a likable MC, this is not the book for you. But not everyone is likable, and it is okay to tell their stories. I suspect that it is for the “unlikable MC” reason that this has a lower score on Goodreads (currently 3.43).

    I would describe this as a book that pushes the envelope in terms of the sister relationship, one particular plot twist, and the ending. How I’ve longed for good YA horror; thank goodness this author has arrived on the scene.

    I really recommend giving

    a try. I will absolutely looking out for future releases from the author, and the story will be staying with me for a long while; I may even pick up a hard copy.

  • Tammie

    A solid 4 stars. Here There Are Monsters was a creepy/dark read. The book centers around teen sisters Deirdre and Skye. After moving across the country for a fresh start, the family settles in a house located in a remote neighborhood. Things seem to go well at first-Skye makes new friends at her school and Deirdre enjoys being outside, enjoying nature. However, Deirdre, considered the “weird kid” for most of her life, withdrawals from her family and starts spending most of her time outside in

    A solid 4 stars. Here There Are Monsters was a creepy/dark read. The book centers around teen sisters Deirdre and Skye. After moving across the country for a fresh start, the family settles in a house located in a remote neighborhood. Things seem to go well at first-Skye makes new friends at her school and Deirdre enjoys being outside, enjoying nature. However, Deirdre, considered the “weird kid” for most of her life, withdrawals from her family and starts spending most of her time outside in the swampy woods. Deidre spends her time in the forest by building creatures/monsters out of sticks and bones and creating an elaborate fantasy world. Deidre goes missing one night and no one can find her-even after extensive searches conducted by local police. Skye wakes up one night to something scratching at her window and realizes that maybe Deidre’s fantasy world is real after all. Skye is now on a mission to find and save her sister from whatever may be lurking in the woods!

    Here There Are Monsters was an interesting and enjoyable book. Highly recommend to fans of YA and horror/dark books. Thank you NetGalley for providing me a copy in exchange for an honest review.

  • Brittany

    Here There Are Monsters was gripping from the very start. This was a story about how easy it can be to get wrapped up in your own fantasy, and have trouble deciphering what's real and what's not. How nightmares can become reality if you allow yourself to go

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    Here There Are Monsters was gripping from the very start. This was a story about how easy it can be to get wrapped up in your own fantasy, and have trouble deciphering what's real and what's not. How nightmares can become reality if you allow yourself to go there.

    Skye is the older sister to Deirdre who likes to make everything a fantasy land. As Skye gets older, she realizes she doesn't want to play the games Deirdre plays anymore. One day something happens to Deirdre and Skyes race to find her begins.

    This book reminded me a lot of a messed up version of Bridge to Terabithia. That's the best way I can sort of describe it. The story was creepy and dark. We follow MC Skye as she tests her limits of reality. The plot was a little confusing especially towards the end. The pacing was good, but the climax failed to deliver fully for me. It was still decent and I enjoyed the read, I guess for as engaged as I was- when the time came for a reveal - I was scratching my head a little. With that being said, I was still impressed by the authors ability to hold my attention and her writing was simple and smooth. Overall I think people will enjoy this if they are looking for something fast paced with a Creepy Atmosphere.

  • MissBecka

    I really enjoyed the first 150 pages of this one, but then it took a turn to fuckedupville.

    It was like reading two different books shoved into one spine.

    Thanks to Sourcebooks Fire for my ARC received at BookCon.

  • Shaina

    Siblings, sisters; a long running game of pretending with kingdoms, Queens, monsters, champions, keys, realms,& gates, has come to an end. Skye no longer wants to be the champion and her sister Deirdre’s willing partner in a long running game of pretend. She no longer wants to be her protector in real life for her strange ways.

    With the new move, she just wants to forget the kingdoms, the keys, the things she did to keep her sister safe and try to have real friends. She needs to put the past

    Siblings, sisters; a long running game of pretending with kingdoms, Queens, monsters, champions, keys, realms,& gates, has come to an end. Skye no longer wants to be the champion and her sister Deirdre’s willing partner in a long running game of pretend. She no longer wants to be her protector in real life for her strange ways.

    With the new move, she just wants to forget the kingdoms, the keys, the things she did to keep her sister safe and try to have real friends. She needs to put the past behind her. She can’t go back.

    Deirdre doesn’t accept this.

    What followed was strange and melodic, macabre, and filled with the desperation of guilt. Deirdre disappears while Skye is asleep.

    She has to get her back. Things show up. Things whisper. They tell her how; what they need as payment, as ransom for her sister.

    How could this be real after all this time? Has Skye gone crazy? She just made friends. She was finally happy! Can she become Deirdre’s Queen of Swords again and pay the price to get back her little sister?

    The ending was unexpected and left me feeling in limbo. I felt like I read all of that emotional drama and fear just to be suspended in an unsatisfying pool of jello. /shrug

    3.5 rounded

  • Acqua

    . If you’ve followed me for a while, you might know that I loved Amelinda Bérubé’s debut,

    , for being an introspective, chilling horror story about mental illness, portrayed with a care that I don’t always trust the horror genre to have.

    , however, didn’t resonate emotionally with me at all.

    This was… I’m not sure what it was. On the surface, it’s a horror

    . If you’ve followed me for a while, you might know that I loved Amelinda Bérubé’s debut,

    , for being an introspective, chilling horror story about mental illness, portrayed with a care that I don’t always trust the horror genre to have.

    , however, didn’t resonate emotionally with me at all.

    This was… I’m not sure what it was. On the surface, it’s a horror story about a girl gone missing and the woods trying to drag other people into the horrifying, twisted game that got her to begin with. What I got from it is a story about

    , about neglected teens and preteens trying to survive in a world that laughs at the violence perpetrated against them, and the twisted and ugly things that rise from these situations. About

    , because you want your bullies to stop, you want to

    stop, and the horrifying answers to powerlessness. It’s also a story about how trying to rescue a person from their self-destructive urges might destroy you – and the people around you – in turn.

    These sound like good concepts, now that I write them down like this, but what this book did was merely

    I don’t know. I guess I wanted more from it.

    The thing is, I didn’t feel like the characters gained that much from what happened to them.

    , and in a genre that relies a lot on character arcs, I can’t accept that. Or maybe I just struggle with stomaching character development that is both positive and negative

    . Also, by the end I disliked every single character in the book (my whole opinion of the love interest was “someone please give that boy a personality”), which made caring even more difficult.

    I don’t

    to like the characters, especially not in a horror book, but then there have to be either solid thematic arcs or character arcs, and here, that wasn’t really the case.

    There are some things about this book I did appreciate, like the

    (cedar, sumac, white pine – probably the most detailed plant horror descriptions I have ever read, which was wonderful). It’s just that nothing about the actual story really drew me in.

    As with every horror book I didn’t like, I’m left wondering if I missed the point of it entirely. Maybe I did, and

    .

    was just fine, there was nothing deeply wrong with it, so it’s not a story I would actively recommend people to avoid. However,

    , as there’s a lot of it.

  • Ellen Gail

    Gorgeous cover. Total bummer inside.

    sounded like it would be right up my alley. A dangerous and unhealthy relationship between sisters, things that go bump in the night. That's all I knew about it beforehand, but what else do you need to hook me? There was even a great tagline!

    It was so promising! Sadly, all that promise went down in a blaze of hodgepodge pacing, unlikable characters, and lackluster atmosphere.

    Let's start with a

    Gorgeous cover. Total bummer inside.

    sounded like it would be right up my alley. A dangerous and unhealthy relationship between sisters, things that go bump in the night. That's all I knew about it beforehand, but what else do you need to hook me? There was even a great tagline!

    It was so promising! Sadly, all that promise went down in a blaze of hodgepodge pacing, unlikable characters, and lackluster atmosphere.

    Let's start with a bit of plot. Two sisters, Skye and Deirdre, move with their parents and their cat Mog. They need a fresh start and what better way to do that than to move cross country to a house bordering some creepy swampy woods? Younger sister Deirdre has always been strange, but the move ignites a new wave of creepy obsessions and activities in her. Skye just wants to be normal, but normal life is difficult when your younger sister is building statues out of animal bones.

    The Deirdre disappears.

    So, loads of potential! Unfortunately, so many things about this failed for me. First and foremost,

    . And I mean, yeah, she's a teenage girl so she's sometimes moody and melodramatic. You know normal teenage stuff. But she's also

    .

    The biggest and most obvious example is her sneaking out to go to a party. This is BARELY A DAY after Deirdre goes missing. She does not care what her parents (or Deirdre) want or need.

    Literally the next day - with her 13 year old sister still unaccounted for - she goes back to William's. (oh William....I'll get back to him later.) When her mother sees her leaving she tries to get her to turn around, like any rational mother would do. And Skye keeps walking and literally hand waves away her mother's extremely valid fears, only saying, "I'll be back later."

    It's abundantly clear she doesn't care about the trauma her parents are suffering. So, what does she feel towards her younger sibling? Is she worried, afraid, panicked?

    I really wish I made that quote up. Ugh.

    So Skye is terrible. What about everyone else?

    Which is a slight exaggeration. Her mom at one point tells Skye to take her teenage drama and shove it, and I enjoyed that immensely. But everyone in general sucks. Skye's "friends" have such scant development, it's hard to feel anything for them. Even William, who segues into a rather important part of the story. It's hard to really give a shit about characters like Sophie when we know so very little about them.

    Even Deidre herself racks up a considerable amount of ill will. Look, thirteen is a weird age. I was obsessed the Chad Michael Murray to an unhealthy degree. (And I can't even lie, I googled him just now, and he's still unfairly good looking. But I don't have his picture in my locker anymore.)

    But as the Kindle pages flipped past, (or digitally flipped I guess? I don't literally flip my Kindle, but I did drop it down the stairs once and it did just fine.), it became clearer and clearer to me Deirdre was

    . It's pretty stiff competition between her and Skye as to who is worse.

    Bits of Skye's relationship with Deidre and her friends are doled out in flashback chapters, which slows the plot progression significantly. I personally felt it killed the sense of urgency to

    , as well as giving us minimal character insight (apart from one dramatic spur of violence.)

    And maybe it's just me living in horror junkie land, but I was disappointed by the horror elements. Oh they are there for sure! The sticks and skulls definitely unnerved. But it lacked an element of chill, of the atmosphere encroaching on you and instilling a proper dread. With the haunting woods bordering the house, it has such a great setting, but fails to take full advantage of that.

    I'm not always on bitch island over here. I did like some things! I can be positive.

    For one thing, I have to admire the imagination of

    . She's managed to come up with some truly bizarre and creative things. And I am here for all things bizarre and weird! So an honest and sincere bravo from me for being unafraid to delve into the strange.

    Despite my many issues with

    , I still think it does a commendable job of blurring the edges of fantasy and reality. It took some brave chances.

    I just wish I liked where those chances took me.

  • megs_bookrack

    THIS COVER!!!

    Picking this one up soon. It sounds so darkly delicious!

  • Tucker

    Edit (2): Well, someone was salty

    Edit: I was denied an ARC by sourcebooks... fine, there loss ()︵

    YASSS! GIVE IT TO ME!!!!

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    Edit (2): Well, someone was salty ⬇️

    Edit: I was denied an ARC by sourcebooks... fine, there loss (╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻

    YASSS! GIVE IT TO ME!!!!

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  • Bark the Overwrought Keyboard Warrior

    I am going to DNF this one after reading the first section (roughly 100 or so pages). The cover is lovely. Breathtakingly creepy. But it's the contents that count. Unfortunately, I was attempting to read this novel at the same time I was reading

    by

    for the

    and the two have too much in common but one was more engaging. And it wasn't this one.

    The stories are both focused on sisters, creepy woods and missing girl(s) and they

    I am going to DNF this one after reading the first section (roughly 100 or so pages). The cover is lovely. Breathtakingly creepy. But it's the contents that count. Unfortunately, I was attempting to read this novel at the same time I was reading

    by

    for the

    and the two have too much in common but one was more engaging. And it wasn't this one.

    The stories are both focused on sisters, creepy woods and missing girl(s) and they started to meld together in my brain which was a little troublesome and it slowed me way down when I picked up either book. Here There Are Monsters didn't grab me hard enough to keep me and I did not like either of the two sisters, Skye was an angry and resentful and selfish teen and her sister came across as much younger than she was supposed to be and she was strange in a not-so-great way. The parents were also jerks blaming one sister for not doing their jobs for them when one of them goes missing. So, yeah, the people here aren't people I really want to share too much headspace with. It was also missing the creep factor for me. I may pick this back up again after I take a breather. Or I may not. So no stars from me. Don't @ me. I just explained why.

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