How to Love a Monster (Wish City Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Sera is a psychic who has, apparently, died. While he was alive, he was friends with a guy named "Wish" who promised him that he was going to create this great mental afterlife that he could frolic in when he died: think heaven, only for psychics, except that it's called, appropriately enough, "Wish City."
When Sera gets to Wish City, he finds out - surprise, surprise - that it's not exactly what Wish promised him. Paradise is downright ugly, with drugs and cheap sex filling the streets. Everything is dark and grungy and completely unlike what Sera expected.
Fiend, like the city, was also dreamed up by Wish, and like the City, he's a creation that managed to get loose from his creator and take on a shape all of his own. Fiend likes to eat brains, and next up on his cerebral prix fixe menu is Sera. Only... he's attracted to Sera physically as well, and decides to toy with his food before eating him - but that doesn't quite go as planned, either.
HOW TO LOVE A MONSTER falls into that hateful three-star review territory for me. There was nothing particularly wrong with the story but it didn't wow me enough where all I wanted to do was gush. It entertained me, and then we parted ways. I did think the world building was very odd, and while original, there were many aspects that confused me and could have used more fleshing out.
While reading, I kept having this sense of deja vu, wondering what this book reminded me of. Then it hit me: those weird dark fantasy movies from the late 90s like eXistenZ (1999) and Dark City (1998). Both of those movies had an incredibly original world with a compelling storyline and scenery, but - for me - also felt kind of confusing and sometimes even nonsensical (and not in a good way).
I bought this while it was 99-cents and for that, I think it was a good deal. If you're a fan of bizarre stories and/or are looking for m-m erotica that doesn't fit the usual mold, you'll like this, I think.
P.S. I realize that Fiend isn't a zombie, but since I don't read zombie novels for the most part, I decided to go ahead and use him for a zombie category on my Halloween romance challenge. He eats brains - I figured that was close enough.
3 out of 5 stars
Beautifully dark, hopeless and hope-full, Sera and Fiend are incredible together. Very well done!
The characters were good but not particularly charming. Seraphim was too much driven by lust to make me care a lot for him. He was nice, but I feel like the emotions, and sometimes even the surviving instincts, came in second place when pleasure was involved. I had a hard time trying to figure him out.
Fiend was different. I liked him a lot more than Seraphim. When he was in the scene everything became more interesting, he was a great character and the fact that he was supposed to be a villain, as much as a main character and love interest to Seraphim. was something that got my attention and was the perfect hook to make me read the book. As a love interest he was perfect. His emotions and doubts slowly appearing was something I really enjoyed. I believed in his feelings and felt bad for some of the situations he had to face. Even though I loved him as main character, in the villain part he was lacking some aspects I seek in such characters. He was too transparent, which was bothersome. I would expect him to remain as a mystery, as he seemed at the beginning. I also didn’t find too much of a master plan or some kind of villain agenda other than feeding himself.
As for the romance, there were some sweet moments that I enjoyed a lot, especially the way Fiend perceived them. It was more lust than true emotion, but I was pleased with the few moments were the feelings seemed to make an appearance.
The book comes with some warnings that should be consider. It had some sex activities using drugs, of page murder, and some BDSM edge play, among it rape play. Overall I had a great time reading the book and trying to transport myself to this odd word created by the author. It’s not my first book from the author and I’m sure it won’t be the last.
* ARC provided in exchange of an honest review. Book reviewed for Gay Book Reviews
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