Book Review: The Monstrous Child by Francesca Simon

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Dear Bookworms,

This weeks read was provided to me for free courtesy of Library Thing and their early reviewer program, in exchange for an honest review. 

I was really excited when I received this beauty in the mailbox as a) it seemed like a really good read based on the blurb I had read online and b) I was immediately in love with the stunning cover art (I know, I know…always with the cover art right? I can’t help it- I’m a sucker for a good cover!)

Hel is just your average 14 year old goddess, banished from her new place in Asgard in order to become the ruler of the Underworld. Daughter of a god and a giantess, with a wolf and a snake for brothers, Hel has not known much in the way of love and affection. Made more embittered and ravenous for revenge after her banishment, Hel bides her time in the underworld waiting for the end of times. 

Told in the first person, this YA novel was a seriously fun read! Hel is witty and crass, sarcastic and cranky…. in other words, she’s my kind of people. Her life as a goddess had many interesting parallels to real life as a teenager; parents who don’t understand you, siblings who drive you nuts, peers who reject you, poor self esteem and self image, we’ve all been there right? The book follows Hel from her birth (like literally the moment she was born- she remembers it all) until, well, the end of times. I enjoyed all the myth and mythology that was central to the plot line and characters, and felt having the main character be an unlikely goddess, one perhaps not so revered and idolized in culture, was brilliant. Like I mentioned, this is a YA novel, but my 32 year old self found plenty of enjoyment in it so all you adults out there, don’t write it off!

Thanks for stopping by this week my bookish friends, come back next week!




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