Author: Jesse Petersen

Early Review – The Monsters In Your Neighborhood (Monstrosity #2) by Jesse Petersen

June 28, 2013 Bonnie Adult, Book Reviews, Early Review, Read in 2013 2 Comments

I received this book free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Early Review – The Monsters In Your Neighborhood (Monstrosity #2) by Jesse PetersenThe Monsters In Your Neighborhood by Jesse Petersen
Series: Monstrosity #2
Published by Pocket Star on July 29th 2013
Pages: 170
Genres: Mystery, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss
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Also by this author: Eat Slay Love, Shambling With the Stars, Married With Zombies

three-half-stars

As one of Frankenstein’s Creatures, Natalie Gray knows that unique parts sometimes make up a great whole. Still, leading a diverse support group for monsters—now including Cthulhu!—isn’t an easy task. Especially not since the internet arrived.

New York City embraces the different and the bizarre. Still, even for such a fun-loving city, the supernatural and monstrous might be a bit too much. It’s been six months since the members of “Club Monstrosity” overcame the most recent spate of anti-monster violence and they’ve reestablished their routine of meeting in a church basement once a week to (ugh!) talk about their feelings. Still, they also know a war against them is brewing.

Natalie and Alec (the werewolf) have begun dating, and the mummies Kai and Rehu are tighter than a bug in a…well, bandage. But when modern means (YouTube, Twitter, bits and bytes) are used to chilp away at the solidarity of these ancient monsters, it’s up to Natalie to save the day. #MonstersInNewYork may be trending on Twitter, but this girl’s trending toward saving the day…somehow.

The Monstrosity series
Short & Sweet – Club Monstrosity (Club Monstrosity #1) by Jesse Petersen

The Monsters in Your Neighbor picks up right where Club Monstrosity left off with the monsters set to anticipate an attack from the Van Helsings after killing of one of their own. But things have been silent, eerily silent, and they haven’t heard a peep from the Van Helsing’s until each monster finally receives the message they’ve been waiting for: “War.”

Club Monstrosity possessed a highly entertaining and original idea that I was immediately keen to. A group of monsters that attend AA-type meetings together to discuss their concerns with functioning in a society that isn’t aware of their existence? I love it. And I loved this installment even more than the first. The mystery has a lot of depth and twists and turns that managed to be quite surprising.

New characters have also been added to the gang: we’ve got Patrick, a Cthulhu relegated to living in the sewers because of the impossibility of masking his appearance and Igor, Natalie’s fathers old assistant who has a new Southern accent and after some modern-day plastic surgery has had his old hump removed. I was surprised to see how incorporated into the story both were, but they were entertaining additions.

The ending left you anticipating more installments and I’m definitely on board for more Monster-drama, and really hoping more interesting Monsters get added to the gang! This is a humorous and entertaining mystery series with plenty of paranormal and plenty of fun classic horror movie references.

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Short & Sweet – Club Monstrosity (Club Monstrosity #1) by Jesse Petersen

April 2, 2013 Bonnie Adult, Book Reviews, Read in 2013, Short & Sweet Reviews 9 Comments

I received this book free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Short & Sweet – Club Monstrosity (Club Monstrosity #1) by Jesse PetersenClub Monstrosity by Jesse Petersen
Series: Monstrosity #1
Published by Pocket Star on April 29th 2013
Length: 224
Genres: Mystery, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss
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Also by this author: Eat Slay Love, Shambling With the Stars, Married With Zombies

three-stars

Natalie’s one of Frankenstein’s creations and works in a New York City morgue. So of course she needs therapy. She and her friends—er, fellow monsters—have formed the world’s most exclusive, most dysfunctional support group. What could go wrong?

Undetected in the modern world and under pressure to stay that way, Natalie Grey, Dracula, Bob the Blob, and others (including the fetching wolfman Alec) meet regularly to talk about the pressures of being infamous in the Big Apple. Topics include how long it’s been since their last sighting, how their “story” creates stereotypes they can’t fulfill, and—gasp—sometimes even their feelings. But when their pervy Invisible Man, Ellis, is killed in a manner reminiscent of the H.G. Wells novel, it’s clear someone’s discovered their existence and is down for some monster busting.

Led by Natalie—and definitely not helped by Hyde’s bloodthirsty tendencies—the members of Monstofelldosis Anonymous band together for security and a little sleuthing. And maybe—maybe—if they don’t end up dead, they’ll end up friends somewhere along the way.

In the basement of the Holy Heart church a group of individuals meet for Monstofelldosis (MFD) Anonymous meetings. These meetings are basically the most dysfunctional support group, as all of these eclectic individuals are monsters. Real. Life. Monsters. Natalie is one of Frankenstein’s creations, Alec is a werewolf, Kai is a mummy, and, well, you get the picture. Their support groups leader is Bob, otherwise known as the Blob, and when he turns up missing they all join together to find out what happened to one of their own. When it’s discovered that he died in the same way he died in the books and movies they realize their covers are blown and they have no idea who they’re coming for next.

I loved the highly original idea behind this one, a group of monsters struggling to live among humans? Each of the monsters/characters had their own leading role and they were all entertaining in their own way. A total count of eight monsters made appearances and it’ll be fun to see new monster additions in future installments of this series. Club Monstrosity has humor, a mystery and even a bit of romance. This was a fun, light-hearted read that was an entertaining start to a new series.

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Book Review – Married With Zombies (Living With the Dead #1) by Jesse Petersen

January 31, 2012 Bonnie Adult, Book Reviews, Read in 2012 2 Comments

Book Review – Married With Zombies (Living With the Dead #1) by Jesse PetersenMarried With Zombies by Jesse Petersen
Series: Living With the Dead #1
Published by Orbit on September 1, 2010
Pages: 272
Genres: Dystopian/Post-Apocalyptic, Funny-ha-ha
Format: Paperback
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Also by this author: Eat Slay Love, Shambling With the Stars, Club Monstrosity

four-stars

A heartwarming tale of terror in the middle of the zombie apocalypse.

Meet Sarah and David.

Once upon a time they met and fell in love. But now they're on the verge of divorce and going to couples' counseling. On a routine trip to their counselor, they notice a few odd things - the lack of cars on the highway, the missing security guard, and the fact that their counselor, Dr. Kelly, is ripping out her previous client's throat.

Meet the Zombies.

Now, Sarah and David are fighting for survival in the middle of the zombie apocalypse. But, just because there are zombies, doesn't mean your other problems go away. If the zombies don't eat their brains, they might just kill each other.

‘…I never would have guessed that unlike therapy, unlike the self-help books that littered our apartment at the time, killing zombies would save my relationship.’

Sarah and Dave are having marital problems and have been attending marriage counseling once a week for the past 6 months. On the way to their weekly visit, their session ends up going far differently than the others: their marriage counselor attempts to eat them. After a momentary fight for their lives where their marriage counselor ends up with a stiletto to the head, they realize something is definitely amiss. From that point on, their lives were never quite the same; yet somehow it managed to change their relationship for the better. After the two make plans to leave their home in Seattle and head to Dave’s sisters house, they realize that not only is the world going to shit, but it’s happening quickly.

This was the book that started my zombie crazed love so I’m really quite partial to it, but I couldn’t have started with a better one. It has the perfect mix of blood and guts, sarcastic humor, and demented brain seeking zombies. I loved Sarah and David; they were a perfectly realistic couple just doing what it takes to survive (from the zombies and each other). The chapter titles were a hilarious addition as they were a new ‘suggestion’ with each new chapter.

‘Chapter 2 – Balance the workload in your relationship. No one person should be responsible for killing all the zombies.’

A super fast and enjoyable read that you simply won’t be able to put down! If you’re a fan of zombies, this is a must for you!

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Short Story Review – Shambling With The Stars (Living with the Dead #2.5) by Jesse Petersen

July 16, 2011 Bonnie Adult, Book Reviews, Read in 2011, Short Stories 1 Comment

Short Story Review – Shambling With The Stars (Living with the Dead #2.5) by Jesse PetersenShambling With the Stars by Jesse Petersen
Series: Living With the Dead #2.5
Published by Orbit on June 15, 2011
Pages: 34
Genres: Dystopian/Post-Apocalyptic
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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Also by this author: Eat Slay Love, Married With Zombies, Club Monstrosity

three-half-stars

 

Avery Andrews is her name and directing celebrity telethons after tragedies is her game. But the Northwestern Zombie Outbreak isn't your average tragedy... and once the infection spreads to the studio, Avery and her crew will have to worry about staying alive, not ratings.

 

 

Living With the Dead series

Married With Zombies (Living with the Dead, #1)Flip This Zombie (Living with the Dead, #2)

Married With Zombies (Living with the Dead, #1)
Flip This Zombie (Living with the Dead, #2)

‘Shambling with the Stars’ is a short story by Jesse Petersen; number 2.5 of her Living with the Dead series. I’m a huge fan of this series. Her zombie series kicks off with Married with Zombies, one of my favorite books of all time.

‘Shambling with the Stars’ opens to character Avery Andrews directing a celebrity telethon for the recent ‘sickness’ outbreak. Her lead host Blake is in the middle of conducting an interview with Dr. Lithstone when he attacks him and begins a chain reaction of reanimation.

This short story definitely leaves you with wanting more awesome zombie action! It’ll be interesting to see if she expands on Avery and Kyle’s characters since this short story definitely leaves you hanging! I’ll definitely be keeping an eye out for future novels.

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Short and Sweet Review – Eat Slay Love (Living With the Dead, #3) by Jesse Petersen

July 16, 2011 Bonnie Adult, Book Reviews, Read in 2011 1 Comment

I received this book free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Short and Sweet Review – Eat Slay Love (Living With the Dead, #3) by Jesse PetersenEat Slay Love by Jesse Petersen
Series: Living With the Dead #3
Published by Orbit on July 1, 2011
Pages: 281
Genres: Dystopian/Post-Apocalyptic
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley
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Also by this author: Shambling With the Stars, Married With Zombies, Club Monstrosity

three-stars

Sarah and David have survived the zombie apocalypse. They stood side by side and fought the undead, mad scientists, and even bionic monsters until the unthinkable happened. A zombie bite. But not even that could stop them. Now, with a possible cure in hand, they're headed east, looking for a safe zone behind the rumored "Wall." They're feeling pretty optimistic.

That is until Dave stops sleeping and starts lifting huge objects.

Eat. Slay. Love.

Because they haven't got a prayer.

Living With the Dead series

Married With Zombies (Living with the Dead, #1)Flip This Zombie (Living with the Dead, #2)Shambling With the Stars (Living With the Dead)

Married With Zombies (Living with the Dead, #1)
Flip This Zombie (Living with the Dead, #2)
Shambling With the Stars (Living with the Dead, #2.5)

Eat, Slay, Love is the perfect continuation of Flip this Zombie . The story automatically picks up from where it left off with David just barely being saved from becoming a zombie himself.

The same funny comments that I’ve become to expect from Jesse Petersen did not disappoint either; however, I do wish that she would change up the story a bit. It’s always: keep heading towards the Wall, pick up supplies, kill some zombies, find some weird random human that will eventually die, find crazy people and get kidnapped, escape from crazy people, continue heading towards the Wall.

Nicole’s character, well… I kept hoping she’d hurry up and get eaten. She was obviously some dumb blonde bimbo and what was up with her constantly doing sexual favors for everyone? It was just weird and didn’t seem to mesh well with the rest of the story.

Overall, I still remain happy with the series and will continue to read whatever Jesse Petersen writes.

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