Series: The Monster Files #1
Published by Pentam Press on January 1st 2013
Number of Pages: 279
Genres: Adventure, Fantasy, Mystery, Paranormal, Romance, Urban, Young Adult
Purchase: At Amazon
Meet Alex Finch - tomboy, techno geek, monster hunter.
Reluctant monster hunter.
A school project, an absentminded project partner, and a misplaced backpack all change 16-year-old Alex Finch's life forever.
In a single afternoon Alex finds the missing backpack, has a run-in with Sam, the boy she's had a crush on since first grade - and discovers that monsters are real.
That mind-blowing incident throws her life in a completely different direction, uncovering secrets that cost her more than she could ever imagine. And the further she digs, the darker and more dangerous the secrets become.
What else is hiding behind the ordinary facade of her California beach town?
Alex is about to find out.
I really liked this book. It had all the earmarks of a good action fantasy. There was mystery and danger, fast-paced action as well as some sweet moments. The monsters were actually monsters, not just misunderstood. And while the good guys could be decent as humans, once they changed they were dangerous.
The description of “The Devil” type of monster was both funny and scary. And I liked how Alex’s Dad was both protective of his daughter, and willing to get in the thick of things. A lot of paranormal and urban fantasy books seem to have the kids do everything while the parents aren’t around much, or are left in the dark. Alex’s relationship with her Dad was a nice change to all that.
There is an element of romance to the book, but nothing happens past a few kisses. I did want to smack Sam a few times, especially at the end of the book. But I could also see why he was doing what he did. Hopefully he will be in the next book, I did quite like him as a character.
I also really liked Misty, she was funny and smart. Not just the stereotypical cheerleader she was at first made out to be.
I’ll be picking up book 2 in this series, and if you haven’t read this book yet I suggest you do so.