ARC Review: The Monster Within by Kelly Hashway

*I received this book for free from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.



Summary via Goodreads:

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.

My Ratings: 3.5 out of 5 stars

My Review:

If you read this book you can expect romance, witches, magic, and murder. Overall a pretty good story with a just a little bit missing.

Sam is seventeen when she dies from cancer and her boyfriend Ethan promises to do what ever he can to bring her back from the dead. Well, he succeeds. The problem is that in pretty much any story you read where a character comes back from the dead, something is usually different. They never seem to come back completely the same as they were before. Sam comes back seemingly normal, but you learn pretty quickly that she is a monster. The only way for her to survive is to drain the life out of other people.

It took me a little while to get into the relationship aspect between Sam and Ethan. For two people who have gone trough so much, it seemed way too easy for them to keep secrets from each other. He decided he couldn’t live without her and brought her back from the dead. If she had told him about her hunger, that she needed to kill people to live, he probably would have offered to find people for her to kill and get rid of the bodies. She was so ashamed and she felt so guilty she tried to handle everything herself and ended up causing many more problems.

Good vs. evil, the classic battle. I figured out fairly early who was good and who was bad. There were little clues and a pretty big clue as to who the mastermind was.. I don’t know if the author purposefully did that, but once it was revealed I sat there mentally kicking myself. I figured out the who, but not the how or why and now I realize it was right there in front of me the whole time and it wasn’t until Sam figured it out was I able to put it all together.

The characters overall were interesting. I actually enjoyed that this book started with an established relationship. We didn’t have to deal with insta-love or someones life changing because they meet someone. I felt like it really allowed the minor characters to come through really well.

The big action scenes were a little over the top in my opinion. Although I enjoyed the character of Sam for the most part, she was way too stubborn for her own good. There were a few times I wanted to scream at her to open her eyes, to stop and think for a second.

It was a little slow getting into the book, but it picked up fairly quickly and ended beautifully. I enjoyed this book and I would definitely recommend it.


2 thoughts on “ARC Review: The Monster Within by Kelly Hashway

  1. The beginning of the blurb hooked me immediately. Thanks for sharing and I’m glad you enjoyed it. I’ll be checking this out!


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