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My Name is Monster by Katie Hale – Book Review.


After the Sickness has killed off her parents, and the bombs have fallen on the last safe cities, Monster emerges from the arctic vault which has kept her alive. When she washes up on the coast of Scotland, everyone she knows is dead, and she believes she is alone in an empty world.

Monster begins the long walk south, scavenging and learning the contours of this familiar land made new. Slowly, piece by piece, she begins to rebuild a life. Until, one day, she finds a girl: feral, and ready to be taught all that Monster knows. Changing her own name to Mother, Monster names the child after herself. As young Monster learns from Mother, she also discovers her own desires, realising that she wants very different things to the woman who made, but did not create, her.

Inspired by Robinson Crusoe and Frankenstein, My Name is Monster is a novel about power, about the things that society leaves imprinted on us when the rules no longer apply, and about the strength and the danger of a mother’s love..



This is Katie Hale’s debut novel and I was so intrigued by the post apocalyptic premise and an original sounding blurb. I was not disappointed.

I found this to be a wonderfully well written book. The descriptive language drew me in to this emotional, cold and dark world.

This is a post apocalyptic story of a young woman who believes she is the only person left alive after The Sickness. Her name is Monster, a nickname given to her by her parents when she was younger and is a bit of a loner.

Monster manages to survive by making a life for herself, away from a nearby city, but close enough to visit it to scavenge. On one of these trips she finds a young girl, who like her is practically feral. She takes her home and gives her the name Monster……and she renames herself Mother.

The book is told from two perspectives, firstly from Mother, then from Monster. It shows how they both see things differently and how Monster grows with her own thoughts and descriptive language.

I didn’t feel there was any particular plot to follow, just a story of life, nature and nurture in a decimated world, beautifully told. I can thoroughly recommend it…

I would like to thank the Author/the Publishers/NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book for free in exchange for a fair and honest review

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COVER REVEAL for the new…….. Rachel J Bonner novel………………….Thread Of Hope

Thread Of Hope

Honesty is the best policy. Isn’t it?

What if your secrets are so dangerous they could destroy the one you love?

 Prospero is prepared to tell Leonie most of his past – if he can find her – but one of his secrets could send her running again. Another could destroy any future they might have. And one could kill her. Dare he risk it?

 Leonie is terrified of the consequences of sharing any of her past with anyone. But not even Leonie knows the secrets that her very existence contains.

 Gabriel is starting to discover the secrets inherent in Leonie and they could tear the world apart. Who does he turn to, and who should he share them with? If he tells the wrong personhe could seal not just Leonie’s death warrant but those of millions more.

 And no one has told Leonie the mystery of her necklace. When she discovers that, will she sacrifice everything and risk all that Gabriel has been working for?








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A girl. A monk. An unthinkable sacrifice. When the choice is between life and love, who can possibly decide? And who can be trusted for advice?

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Author Bio

Rachel J Bonner is the author of the four book Choices and Consequences series, the first of which, Strand of Faith, is due out in November 2018.

Getting a degree in engineering, followed by a career in accountancy is probably not a conventional path to becoming an author, particularly in paranormal romance.  Rachel says that, although accountancy isn’t anything like as boring as everyone thinks, writing is a lot more fun.  When not writing, she can be found walking in the beautiful countryside near where she lives, which has influenced much of the scenery in her books, or shooting things with her local archery club.  Target shooting only, honest.  Nothing to worry about.

She also enjoys swimming, eating chocolate chip cookies and growing aromatic herbs, especially thyme and rosemary.  It’s no coincidence that her heroine likes the same things.

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