Delicious Monsters (Compact Disc)
March/April 2023 Kids Indie Next List
“Perfect for horror fans, Delicious Monsters is a fantastically creepy dual narrative with one girl trying to uncover her mother’s past, and another girl investigating a secluded mansion’s high body count. This is an unforgettable read.”
— Carrie Deming, The Dog Eared Book, Palmyra, NY
If you loved Blood Like Magic and want a 'Monster House' meets mystery-horror book, this is for you! TW: sexual abuse, gore involving birds and bugs
Delicious Monsters is a wonderful narrative whose characters shine through it all. Following Daisy and Brittany, two black girls facing difficult family relations and yearning to break through and be themselves. Daisy can see dead people, and when her mother comes into an inheritance with a house that's supposed to "save" them both, she sees her way out of the suffocating past and relationships she's struggling to surface from.
Brittany's mother has a connection with the story her and her partner are investigating for their series "Haunted". Struggling to make her life her own, with her mother's negative thoughts constantly driving through her head, Brittany's point of view drives parallel to Daisy's and their shared experiences compliment each other all the way up until the end.
Overall, I absolutely adored this book, with it's hard to touch subjects of trauma and abuse within these two black girls, and the forgotten one who just wants her pain acknowledged. Liselle Sambury is one of the best storytellers of the young adult genre, and seeing the story unfold with years apart between them is an addictive addition.
I am someone who loves faster paced books, and the middle of this one was a tad slower than I'm a fan of. Once I got past that it made it 100% better, but I was losing interest at that point in time.— -- Makayla R., Best Cellars Colfax Manager