Book Review: Delicate Monsters

Posted August 3, 2015 by Pixie in book review, Pixie / 5 Comments

Book Review: Delicate MonstersDelicate Monsters by Stephanie Kuehn
Published by St Martin's Griffin on June 9th 2015
Genres: contemporary, magical realism, new adult, young adult, literary
Pages: 240
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher

When nearly killing a classmate gets seventeen-year-old Sadie Su kicked out of her third boarding school in four years, she returns to her family's California vineyard estate. Here, she's meant to stay out of trouble. Here, she's meant to do a lot of things. But it's hard. She's bored. And when Sadie's bored, the only thing she likes is trouble. Emerson Tate's a poor boy living in a rich town, with his widowed mother and strange, haunted little brother. All he wants his senior year is to play basketball and make something happen with the girl of his dreams. That's why Emerson's not happy Sadie's back. An old childhood friend, she knows his worst secrets. The things he longs to forget. The things she won't ever let him. Haunted is a good word for fifteen-year-old Miles Tate. Miles can see the future, after all. And he knows his vision of tragic violence at his school will come true, because his visions always do. That's what he tells the new girl in town. The one who listens to him. The one who recognizes the darkness in his past. But can Miles stop the violence? Or has the future already been written? Maybe tragedy is his destiny. Maybe it's all of theirs. Delicate Monsters is Stephanie Kuehn at her finest.

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Another unfortunate DNF for the year. And this was on my highly anticipated list. I think what really put me off was the very start, and the strange insult from Sadie to her former friend. Had it really been necessary? I felt like it wasn’t and it pretty much was just thrown in there to try and make this “controversial” but only ended up being eye-rolling.

I also found the added fantastical elements to Miles (visions or whatever) were a little over-done for the already potentially good contemporary piece as it stood. I get it… people can be psychic in our world and that sort of thing, but there’s also a lot of skepticism as well behind this sort of thing so it still makes it a hard subject area to work with.

I really wanted to like this and continue on through the story, but the characters made that a bit difficult–causing me to have a hard time keeping focused as I kept internally criticizing nearly every page before I even reached twenty percent into my e-copy.

One thing I can say though: the writing/detail is absolutely stunning and I would not object to picking up this author’s work more in the future. Just because I DNF this title, doesn’t mean I wouldn’t love something else! 🙂


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