The Monster of Elendhaven by Jennifer Giesbrecht

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33 thoughts on “The Monster of Elendhaven by Jennifer Giesbrecht

  1. I think the little byline/whatever it’s called by Joe Hill would have put me off. When I see perversity coupled with lush writing, all I can think of is biting into a rotten peach and getting a mouthful of maggots…

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      1. Well, if you ever see an author by the name of Francesca Consuelo taking the romance world by storm, that’ll be me! 😉

        Perversely lush, hmmm. I wonder if I could do a review in that style. I’ll have to cogitate on that for a bit, thanks!

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  2. While I read the first part of your review I was fascinated by the premise of the story – especially since there was a mention of a revenge plot, and these have intrigued me since the time I read The Count of Montecristo…. But sadly, the final section revealed the “slide” into a romance plot that sound more like it’s tagged on rather than organically developed as part of the story. Seems like a missed opportunity!
    Thanks for sharing 🙂

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    1. I’ve personally been so-so about revenge thrillers, but so far, the ones I picked up (Schwab’s Vicious/Vengeful) were pretty good. This one however lacked substance the moment it decide to focus on the romance a bit more… Then again, I’m sure there’s an audience for this somewhere. Thank you for reading, Maddalena! I appreciate it a lot! 😀

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    1. I know, right? I was a bit sad when the story started to focus on the romance when the murder/magic elements had me completely seduced/hypnotized. I wish it didn’t go down that route but I’m sure some people will still love this a lot. Thank you so much for reading, Tasya! 😀

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  3. OMG yes I can believe that the prose is exquisite just based on these quotes Lashaan! And the concept is very interesting and not far from our own reality !

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  4. The cover definitely grabbed my attention, but like Bookstooge, I, too, would have been put off by the review at its bottom.
    Sounds like “Beauty and the beast”. Cliche. Too bad, because it sounds like it had a great potential to be original.

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    1. I love the cover design too. I was intrigued by the quote especially because it’s Joe Hill but I didn’t look into understand what exactly he meant by his quote until it was too late.
      Come to think of it, the Beauty and the Beast analogy is pretty curious. That’s a nice way to look at it. Oh well, maybe her next novella/book will impress me a lot more. Thank you so much for reading. 😀

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  5. Ugh… so disappointing! I’ve only seen a couple reviews for this so far and neither of them were very enthusiastic.

    I still might give it a go. I don’t mind romance if I’m expecting it to be a romance. Great review!

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  6. For once the one-liner from a notable author on the book cover is useful 😉 Seems like not my cup of tea, especially the icky romance and the lack of psychological realism of the characters. Illuminating review, as always, Lashaan!

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  7. Romance strikes again! …Well to kill a story. Sounds like the world building was stellar along with the writing but the singular plot didn’t wow you. Too bad too since I know you normally enjoy grimdark fantasy so much. But it does sound like she’s an author to watch and see if her next book has plot more to your taste. it’s never nice to be disappointed though.

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    1. Yep. The romance sort of killed it for me in this one. It’s not a bad novella though but I feel like it could’ve been so much better if it didn’t go down that route. I’ll definitely give her next book/novella a try and then decide if what she creates are things that interest me or not though. Thank you again for reading my posts, Dani, I appreciate it a lot! ❤

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  8. Wow, I have to say that this book sounds REALLY weird, the romance between a monster and a human being is quite unusual and definitely not what I’d be looking for in a book (or in anything else!) 😂 Though, it sounds very well written and at least that’s a very good point! 😄 Great review, Lashaan 😊

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    1. Hahahaha it is indeed odd. In this case, the monster was shaped like a human (a man) to some extent so I guess it does sound a bit odd to talk about a monster and a man going to bed together. 😛 Besides that, yes! The writing was nice and hopefully, the next story she writes will have… less romance… for my sake hahah

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