The last few days have been crazy busy with snow days, household chores, birthday parties, and distractions. My regular blogging schedule was majorly disruppted, but hopefully I’ll be getting back to it in the next few days.
Title: The Monsters of Templeton
Author: Lauren Groff
Publisher: Voice (Hyperion) 2008
Genre: Young Adult
Rating: 5 / 5 stars
Reading Challenges: YA; 2011: YA or YA Not; Support Your Local Library: A to Z Authors: G
I’ve recently started reading young adult fiction, and I must say I am surprised at the good quality. I picked this book up based off of recommendations from lost of book bloggers. The beginning of the book was a bit confusing. I really couldn’t tell if I liked it or not. Thirty pages in, I really started to get into the story.
The story has everything: monsters (both supernatural and human), a paternity mystery, family relations, and historical research. The various elements wove together to form a layered story that really kept my attention. The characters (likable or not) were complex. I didn’t find a single one-dimensional character in the bunch (and that’s saying a lot considering there are a lot of characters).
I won’t spoil the ending, but let me say it’s a biggie. The ending did a nice job of wrapping up all the story lines. I especially loved the ending to the “monster’s” story. This will definitely go on my favorites list for 2011.