I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Monster Within by Kelly Hashway
Published by Spencer Hill Press on June 17, 2014
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
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Also by this author: Touch of Death
The moment seventeen-year-old Samantha Thompson crawls out of her grave, her second chance at life begins. She died of cancer with her long-time boyfriend, Ethan, by her side--a completely unfair shot at life.
But Ethan found a way to bring her back, like he promised he would. Only Sam came back wrong.
She's now a monster that drains others' lives to survive. And after she kills, she’s tortured by visions—glimpses into her victims would-have-been futures had she not killed them. Barely able to live with herself and trying to make things right, Sam ends up a pawn in a vicious game of payback within the local coven of witches.
But when the game reveals what Ethan had to do to save Sam, she must make a choice that will change all their lives forever.
The Monster Within is a fast paced story with an intriguing plot line.
I think the characters were a little lacking for me, but that was because it was hard for me to connect with Sam and Ethan. Ethan refuses to tell Sam how he brought her back, and that really irritated me. Sam is constantly lying to Ethan about what is going on with her. I do think she handled what she was going through pretty well. Sam was a little too trusting though. She didn’t question certain things when she should have.
I liked the pacing. At times it seemed a little choppy, but other than that it flowed pretty well. I liked how witchcraft was brought into the story. It was predictable at times, but you still don’t feel like you know who you can really trust.
The ending is kind of open. It works well as a stand alone. I like when there is a little mystery left at the end of a book.