There’s No Such Thing As Monsters – by Ren Ryder – Book Review

Synopsis: Monsters come in all shapes and sizes, and not all of them have sharp teeth and beady red eyes.
New London. A thriving metropolis at the forefront of technological advancement and a shining gem of civilization.
Faeries. Whether they come off cute and cuddly or downright predatory, they all bring misfortune or are heralds of it.

Experience is a harsh taskmistress, but her lessons sink the deepest. Having been taught the lesson at great cost, Kal’s rules for dealing with faeries are simple: don’t talk to them, don’t look at them, don’t give them the time of day.

So when the Other Side comes knocking one fateful, stormy day, Kal, at first, pretends not to notice. Was forgetting this rule his folly?

His way of life is in great danger. His little sister, Sammie, a natural mage, is taken by Ouroboros, a criminal organization made up of raving lunatics that profit off the misery and suffering of others, and have everything to do with all the crimes of magic in New London.

Kal will go to any lengths to save his sister, even to his death. Accompanied by his sylph companion, a mischievous pest, Kal dives deep into the dark underbelly of the city, but are his hands enough to dig his sister out from the muck?

My thanks to the author and for providing me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

So, I’ve been trying for days to think of how to write this review. Honestly, I think this might be one of the worst reviews I’ve written so far. That is NOT a reflection on this book, but more on my own mental state. My brain just can’t seem to come up with good words for this, so I will keep it simple.

This is a good book. I enjoyed reading it. It has lots of action and the main characters motivations are relatable. The world is different for an urban fantasy, as it’s New London at the being of the industrial revolution instead of modern day. The dynamic between Kal and his familiar, Bell, is fun and entertaining.

One thing I had a problem with was figuring out how old Kal is. It’s never specifically said what age he is. Other people often refer to him as “kid” but there’s also mention of him growing facial hair. My guess is that he’s in his mid to late teens.

As this novel ended on quite a cliff hanger, I’ll definitely be picking up the sequel.

My rating for this novel is 3 out of 5 stars and I recommend it to anyone who like urban fantasy and action packed short reads.

Thanks for reading!

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