Monsterland by Michael Okon


Monsterland

By: Michael Okon
Genres: Horror
Pages: 214
Published on: October 13, 2017
Monsterland by Michael Okon

Welcome to Monsterland, the scariest place on earth.

When world markets are decimated by a crippling plague, philanthropist, and billionaire businessman, Vincent Konrad decides to place monsters in a theme park setting to promote education and tolerance. Copper Valley is chosen as the primary site for the park in the United States.

Wyatt Baldwin, a high school senior is dying to go to the opening and when he lands special passes to the park, he and his friends are expecting the experience of a lifetime.
After all, in a theme park where real zombies, werewolves, and vampires are the main attractions, what could possibly go wrong?

 
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Monsterland by Michael Okon is an interesting take on the whole monster genre. It is unique but lighthearted while having a dark side at the same time. It gives us the monsters we crave, but yet in a zoo-like environment. It’s like Disney but for monsters, which after living in central Florida for over 10 years, I’d happily take.

 

 

Wyatt sounds like a normal teenager and is easy to relate to. He’s got an interesting home life, and in some ways is your stereotypical “different” kid. He brother is kind of a dick, but what can you do? I like how hard his stepdad is trying to be a part of his life even though he resists as much as possible.

 

 

Okon does a remarkable job of making the story come to life in Monsterland. From his description of the Monsterland logo, which I would really like to see in real life, to the descriptions of the different “lands” of Monsterland, I felt I could see the story in it’s entirety.

 

 

The living condition of each species of “monsters” is both interesting and heartbreaking at the same time. The impression is given the monsters are happy and content where they are, but once the story gets going, it does make you wonder if that is truly the case. Monsterland is much like a zoo. The animals appear happy, but is that actually the case? What would happen if they could communicate with one another to escape? The monsters are seen as completely inhuman, as though there is no chance for redemption among them.

 

 

I have random notes within my kindle of different thoughts I had while reading. One especially made me laugh. The idea the werewolves are located in the Everglades had me cracking up. While I was reading this, my husband was planning his biannual fishing trip to the Everglades.  Since he’s more into werewolves and I’m more into vampires, I thought it was funny how much he enjoys going down there. Another note I have is referencing the correlation between the music industry and vampires. I honestly have no idea what that was about but my note says “ask about music industry connection” when they are talking about Melvin’s mother lol.

 

 

I do have to say I was disappointed in the Vampires intelligence. They seem fairly dumb and single minded. I wish they had been smarter, but that’s life. Or unlife. Or whatever.

 

 

Overall, this is a pretty good book. I enjoyed reading it, as well as the different perspective it offered. It’s not often you come across a monster book with any truly unique properties, but Monsterland definitely offers a take on things much different than other’s I’ve read. I recommend it to anyone looking for a paranormal/horror-ish type of book that’s an easy and fun read.

 

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About Michael Okon

Michael Okon is an award-winning and best-selling author of multiple genres including paranormal, thriller, horror, action/adventure and self-help. He graduated from Long Island University with a degree in English, and then later received his MBA in business and finance. Coming from a family of writers, he has storytelling is his DNA. Michael has been writing from as far back as he can remember, his inspiration being his love for films and their impact on his life. From the time he saw The Goonies, he was hooked on the idea of entertaining people through unforgettable characters.

Michael is a lifelong movie buff, a music playlist aficionado, and a sucker for self-help books. He lives on the North Shore of Long Island with his wife and children.

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Pursuing the Light by Bonnie Gill

Today is release day for the 2nd book in Bonnie Gill’s L.A.M.P.S. series, Pursuing the Light. I think the cover is adorable with the little Goochie on it lol.

 

I had planned to have this finished in time for a review post for today, but alas, the fates have other things in mind for my time apparently! That being said, it should be ready very soon. I will say this though, I’m a bit over halfway through and I am really enjoying it so far.

You may (or may not) remember I really enjoyed the first book in the series, Tempting the Light, which was a hilarious story about about the Jersey Devil. I actually forgot how funny it was until I re-read my review of it. You can check out that review by  clicking HERE.

 

 

 


Pursuing the Light

By: Bonnie Gill
Genres: Paranormal
Pages: 225
Series: L.A.M.P.S. #2
Published on: October 11, 2017
Pursuing the Light by Bonnie Gill

L.A.M.P.S. hunter Leif Gunther grew up as an only child. He has a system for keeping order in his life while hunting Cryptids. He enjoys the solitude and quiet the job provides. Until a chatty redhead is assigned to assist him in his quest for the pack of Goochies terrorizing West Virginia and his systemized life gets turned upside down.

Cleaning up after Cryptids is not Holly McClure’s favorite job. She’d rather be hunting like her four brothers. Her boss pairs her with the same man who stole her hunter spot. Now she has an opportunity to show she’s a better hunter. Not to mention she has to keep her fairy godmother, who just happens to be a Sheepsquatch, a secret from Leif.

Leif just has three rules. Keep quiet, stay out of my way, and don’t touch my stuff. Too bad Holly can’t help breaking them repeatedly. Drawn together by the chase, Leif and Holly find that if they work together they make a great hunting team and their passion grows as they pursue their prey.

Also by this author: Tempting the Light
 
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About Bonnie Gill

Bonnie Gill grew up in the suburbs right outside Chicago. As a child she loved making up ghost stories at night to scare her sisters and friends.

She writes Paranormal Romance with a twist of humor. When she isn’t writing you can find her on a haunted tour, volunteering at pet rescues, or digging around in her fairy garden waiting for fairies to show. She’s a member of Romance Writers of America, the Fantasy, Futuristic, and Paranormal chapter and the Windy City chapter.

She lives in Northern Illinois with her four rescue dogs, a big fat cat, and her ever patient boyfriend who laughs at all her goofy jokes.

She loves to hear from her readers.

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Diary of a Single Wedding Planner by Violet Howe


Diary of a Single Wedding Planner

By: Violet Howe
Genres: Romance
Pages: 261
Series: Tales Behind the Veils #1
Publisher: Charbar Productions LLC
Published on: June 18, 2015
Diary of a Single Wedding Planner by Violet Howe

Wedding planner Tyler Warren left heartbreak behind when she ran away from her small Southern hometown and started a new life in a big city. Years later, she wants to believe in the fairy-tale endings her job promotes, but the clients she meets day after day seem to be more “Crazily Ever After” than “Happily Ever After.”

Meanwhile, her own attempts at romance play out as bizarre comedies rather than love stories, and she’s starting to think Prince Charming either fell off his horse or got eaten by a dragon. When unresolved issues from Tyler’s past complicate things even further, she discovers she may yet have some things to figure out before she can find her own happy ending.

This delightful first book in the Tales Behind the Veils series chronicles Tyler’s wacky misadventures, both personal and professional. Whether she’s getting insane requests from brides or outlandish requests on dates, you’re sure to be charmed and entertained by the Diary of a Single Wedding Planner.

 
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I don’t read Romance. I avoid it at all costs, yet I somehow found myself dragged kicking and screaming into Diary of a Single Wedding Planner. I don’t know how it happened really. I was minding my own business, and the next thing I know, I’ve bought, read and loved all the books.

 

 

This is a book for chicks who don’t like chick books. It’s freaking hilarious. If you have ever been married or a bridesmaid you can probably relate to a lot of what is in this book. The people Tyler encounters while planning weddings are truly insane.

 

 

There were times where I wanted to grab her by the face and shake the crap out of her. She didn’t always make decisions I was happy about, but the overall story itself had me hooked from the first paragraph. Besides, in reality, who makes perfect decisions every time? I wish she had been a bit less of a pushover, but it’s not my book.

 

 

I recommend Diary of a Single Wedding Planner to anyone looking for a gut busting laugh that will make you question whether or not you were this insane when you were planning your own wedding. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll be glad you don’t have Tyler’s job! If you don’t like romance, but do like to laugh at it, this may be the book for you.

 

 

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Note: You might as well get the 3 book pack because you aren’t going to want to stop reading until you finish the series (there are now 4 books in the series!)

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About Violet Howe

Violet Howe enjoys writing romance with humor. She lives in Florida with her husband (her knight in shining armor!) and their two handsome sons. They also share their home with three adorable but spoiled dogs. When she’s not writing, Violet is usually watching movies, reading, or planning her next travel adventure.

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