Thursday, April 30, 2015

Book Review: "Modern Monsters" (Kelley York)

Imagine you're blamed for something you know you didn't do. Everyone else in your world thinks you're guilty.

Imagine the loneliness.

Now you know how Vic Howard feels. He's a high school student, cursed with a stutter, intelligent but essentially an outcast except for his friend Brett Mason, who is one of the most popular kids around. People talk to Vic to get in with Brett, and that's the only reason.

Until the day after a huge party, when the police show up on Vic's door to accuse him of raping a classmate. By the time the rumor spreads, there is no one who believes Vic, including his own mother ... except, possibly, for Autumn Dixon, the best friend of the girl Vic supposedly raped.

Modern Monsters is a teen romantic suspense by author Kelley York, to be released this summer by Entangled Publishing's Entangled Teen imprint.

The most intriguing point about this well-written, attention-grabbing book is that it's written entirely from a teenage boy's point of view. Vic's voice is the one that delivers the story ... unusual for much teen fiction (which tends to focus on the girl's point of view) and unusual for anything with romance as a sub-genre, since most romances divide the perspectives between male and female.

The glimpse inside Vic's head and life that readers get from the work will more than overcome whatever surprise they might feel at finding him the POV (point-of-view) character. Vic is really genuine and likable, a smart guy who doesn't fit in very well, who happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time.

How many of us can say that has never happened to us before?

Vic's foil is Autumn, who is just as standoffish, direct, competitive, and determined as Vic is peacekeeping and methodical. Autumn's approachable because of how much she cares for her friend (the girl who was raped) and how passionately she wants to see justice on her friend's behalf. When she finally decides that Vic's telling the truth about being innocent, she works just as tirelessly alongside him to help find the real criminal.

And the answer to that riddle will be one you never saw coming.

Expect only the unexpected. Look for Modern Monsters in June.

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Author: Kelley York
Title: Modern Monsters
ISBN: 978-1-63375-004-3
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Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this work from the publisher through Net Galley in exchange for an honest, though not necessarily positive, review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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