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The Monsters of Rookhaven, by Pádraig Kenny

zanderthenerd's review

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emotional lighthearted mysterious fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

3.5

I really enjoyed this! I'm trying to get more into middle grade books since when I was around 11/12/13 I wasn't super interested in middle grade, so this was a great place to start. Very fun and enjoyable read! At times it was a bit predictable but I didn't mind and it was so easy to just sit and read it for longer periods of time!

joann3's review against another edition

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adventurous dark mysterious fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? N/A

4.0

ellereadsbookslike's review against another edition

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adventurous dark mysterious tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? Yes

4.5

~Short Synopsis~

Rookhaven is home to a strange and mysterious family. Mirabelle has always known that she is a monster but when two orphans from London somehow find their way to Rookhaven, Mirabella discovers secrets that will change everything. 

~Review~

I did not expect to love this book as much as I did. I picked it up as is was the Book of the Month at Waterstones and I thought it would be the perfect book to read during spooky season. 

The writing style is so engaging and I was hooked from page one. Kenny creates such a detailed and atmospheric world in Rookhaven and that is enhanced by the beautiful illustrations by Bettison. 

This book finds the right balance of light and dark with some lovely wholesome moments mixed in with some frankly creepy ones. The curious nature of the plot keeps you glued to the pages and I really didn’t want to put it down. 

A perfect spooky season read for most ages (I’d probably say 12+) and I can’t wait to get my hands on the sequel! 
(4.5 out 5 stars)

pippapineapple's review against another edition

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adventurous lighthearted fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot

annettenis's review against another edition

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adventurous emotional reflective fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

4.0

gemimasheila's review

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adventurous dark emotional hopeful mysterious tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

4.5

edenjsmith's review against another edition

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adventurous dark emotional lighthearted tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

4.75

flickthewhale's review against another edition

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adventurous emotional hopeful mysterious sad fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

3.5

thehauntedlibrary's review against another edition

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adventurous emotional lighthearted mysterious tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

4.5

screamdogreads's review against another edition

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4.0

The Monsters of Rookhaven is a gorgeously told gothic tale about monsters, grief, and what it means to be a family. Complete with a thrilling sense of wonder, and a deliciously dark atmosphere, this is a book that comes across as more of a dark fairy tale than an actual novel. At times, it was easy to forget that this is a middlegrade novel, it felt so impactful, and each characters' story was told in such a compassionate manner while also displaying a heavy sense of sadness, too.

The illustrations scattered throughout the novel added an extra level of beauty to the text. They are so charming, and fit the gothic aesthetic that this book is going for. Sure, this story did start off slow, and honestly, in the beginning I wasn't too sure about it. But, when it starts to pick up, it really gets going, and becomes unnervingly dark as it progresses.