Day: September 23, 2014

Top Ten Books on My Fall TBR List

Top Ten Books on My Fall TBR List

50ab0-toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. Every Tuesday, participating book bloggers blog about their top ten lists.

This is going to be, by far, the easiest Top Ten I’ve done so far. I’m sorry about missing last week. The truth is that it completely slipped my mind so shame on me. ;;

But I remembered this week! Which is an improvement from last week right?

(Let’s just make this Top-million Tuesday kay? Or not. I’ll restrict myself for your sake.)

1. Don’t Touch – Rachel M. Wilson


2. The Walled City – Ryan Graudin

I seeth in jealousy every time I see other bloggers that have ARCs of this book. This is one of my most anticipated fall releases and I will count down the days until it comes out. Which isn’t for another twoish months. *cries in a corner*

3. A Great and Terrible Beauty – Libba Bray

If you’ve read my other top-ten tuesdays, you already know that I have a love for Libba Bray’s books and I’m dreadfully behind on reading them. So yes, the Gemma Doyle series is on my fall TBR.

4. The Blood of Olympus – Rick Riordan

THE LAST BOOK. COME TO MEEEEEE. I WANT IT NOWWWW. Please Uncle Rick. Please have chapters from Nico’s POV in this one. And please don’t kill the cool characters like you did in The Last Olympian.

5. The Hit List – Nicki Urang

I don’t really know why I want to read this book. It might be the beautiful firebird position on the cover getting to my dance side or the really dramatic summary. I’m just interested to see how good this book is going to be.

6. Vampire Academy – Richelle Mead

This book has been recced to me many many times (granted I’m not sure if these people are reliable sources..) but I was interested anyways. I’m going to be reading this one soon so I can see the movie too.

7. More Than This – Patrick Ness

Fell in love with the cover at the bookstore, went home and moped about not buying it, and am now definitely going to read it this fall. I have it from the library and I’m super pumped about reading it.

8. The Knife of Never Letting Go – Patrick Ness

My friend and I are both reading this book this month! We’re going to discuss it and stuff (like the book nerds we are) and I love the cover of this book.

9. Lies We Tell Ourselves – Robin Talley

The summary of this book hit my weakness for historical fiction. And it comes out in 8 days. Excuse me while I go squeal and cry because the library probably isn’t going to get it until like December.

10. The Young Elites – Marie Lu

I don’t know if you guys knew this but I loved Legend. It was one of my favorite dystopian novels among the armies of them being released. And now Marie Lu is releasing another series. *fangirl squeals*

What books are on your fall TBR?

The Monstrumologist – Rick Yancey

The Monstrumologist

The Monstrumologist (The Monstrumologist, #1)

Author: Rick Yancey

Series: The Monstrumologist #1

Publish Date: September 22nd, 2009

Genre: Horror, YA, Paranormal, Historical Fiction

These are the secrets I have kept. This is the trust I never betrayed. But he is dead now and has been for more than forty years, the one who gave me his trust, the one for whom I kept these secrets. The one who saved me . . . and the one who cursed me.

So starts the diary of Will Henry, orphaned assistant to Dr. Pellinore Warthorpe, a man with a most unusual specialty: monstrumology, the study of monsters. In his time with the doctor, Will has met many a mysterious late-night visitor, and seen things he never imagined were real. But when a grave robber comes calling in the middle of the night with a gruesome find, he brings with him their most deadly case yet.

A gothic tour de force that explores the darkest heart of man and monster and asks the question: When does man become the very thing he hunts?


Before I start this review, I have to say a few things regarding The Monstrumologist.

Firstly, I picked this book for a school book report and that I read it because every other girl in my English class was reading some sort of contemporary novel (and it was on my neverending to-be-read list). The next couple of posts on my blog will be related to this book because one of the options for the projects were to create a series of blog posts. They’ll cover a variety of topics from symbolism, theme, to other aspects of the novel. Needless to say, there will most definitely be spoilers. I’ll do my best to try to censor or warn but my teacher is going to read this so I’m sorry in advance if you get spoiled.

Maybe I’ll turn this into a sort of book feature. “Deconstructing a Novel” or something like that.

But yes, onto the review.

I was so so so excited to read The Monstrumologist. It had been on my to-be-read list for a while and omigod the premise sounds amazing. It mixes historical fiction (which I love) and monsters and it sounded really good. And I’m happy that I picked this one. I really enjoyed reading The Monstrumologist but there were a few problems here and there that I had with it.

Obviously it’s going to be completely fictional so any qualms I had about how realistic it would be flew out the window. Sure, I questioned the relationship between Will Henry and Dr. Warthrop (*cough child labor cough*) but in a world with monsters, why not?

It’s classified as a horror novel, yet never once did I ever feel scared. The Anthropophagi are depicted as fierce, man-eating beasts with long claws, huge jaws, and the ability to jump forty feet high. While the monsters and setting are fantastically described, the mood and suspense fell flat. The mood did feel historic (as the book is set in the 1800s) but there was a noticeable lack of suspense and fear. In my opinion, had Yancey had this aspect, the novel would have been even better than it was. While this book was missing this one emotion, it did have some pretty gory scenes in which I felt disgust (reading about worms come out of some nasty sores? ew.)

Additionally, the book started to really drag about halfway through. It had already been a slow book but it had really start to become boring at this point. The Monstrumologist chronicles the entire Anthropophagi case, from the moment Will Henry and Warthrop discover the first death to the aftermath of the case. As a result, the moments that are less suspenseful and exciting became extremely slow and were the reason that it took me so long to finish it. Would it surprise you if I said that entire 450ish-page book happens over the course of 2ish weeks? It feels like their expedition would have taken so much longer when you read it but it’s just how slow the plot progresses.

The characters are characterized very well. I have a love-hate relationship with Warthrop at the moment. I adore his eccentric personality but I hated some of the things he did and said to Will Henry. He was portrayed as a hard-working man that didn’t understand people emotionally. His backstory did explain why he was like that though. His change over the course of the book was simply great. He grew to learn how to understand people a little more, especially Will Henry, and I enjoyed reading about the progression and changes in his character over the course of the book.

He had a catch-phrase which some people might have found annoying. Contrary to this, it made me smile every time I read it.

“Will Henry!” floated his call through the open basement door. “Will Henry, where are you? Snap to, Will Henry!” Page 38

The main character, Will Henry, is a 12-year-old boy, orphaned a mere year earlier. He has been taken in as Dr. Warthrop’s apprentice and is the author of the journals. The book is entirely from his point-of-view. Will Henry was an interesting character. Although he isn’t forced to stay with Dr. Warthrop, in fact, he’s been asked many times during the book if he wants to live with a foster home instead, he stays with Dr. Warthrop for reasons unknown to the reader at the beginning of the novel. His reasons and desires for staying are complicated and also related to his back-story. While the writing and language is significantly more mature in terms of vocabulary and word choice than a 12-year-old would have, it can be attributed to the fact that these journals had been penned years after the incidents had happened. His character was also portrayed very well.

I wasn’t satisfied with the ending. The epilogue felt rushed and cheesy compared to the rest of the book. It flashed back to the future, the same setting as the prologue, right after the man (he’s unnamed in the book) has finished reading the journals. It was fine up until the last two pages. Then the events that transpire feel like a cop-out. Yancey ended it with a scene that felt unfinished and a quote! I would have been perfectly okay with it if there had been no prologue or epilogue. I felt that they didn’t contribute to the story of Dr. Warthrop and Will Henry. The ending of the last chapter before the prologue felt like a more appropriate ending.

About halfway through the book, I realized that this was the same author that wrote The 5th Wave. While I haven’t read that one yet, I’ve been hearing a lot of good things about it and after reading The Monstrumologist, my expectations have skyrocketed. I will be picking up the sequel, The Curse of the Wendigo as well.

4/5 Stars