Waiting on Wednesday: This Monstrous Thing


I am very excited about this week’s Waiting on Wednesday! I’ve been waiting MONTHS to finally post this one up! So glad that Kelly and Lauren were on board! As always Waiting on Wednesdays are hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine . Without further ado…

This Monstrous Thing
Mackenzi Lee
Katherine Tegen Books

Page Numbers: 384
Genre: YA, Science Fiction: Steampunk, Historical Fiction
Publication Date: September 22nd, 2015


In 1818 Geneva, men built with clockwork parts live hidden away from society, cared for only by illegal mechanics called Shadow Boys. Two years ago, Shadow Boy Alasdair Finch’s life shattered to bits.

His brother, Oliver—dead.

His sweetheart, Mary—gone.

His chance to break free of Geneva—lost.

Heart-broken and desperate, Alasdair does the unthinkable: He brings Oliver back from the dead.

But putting back together a broken life is more difficult than mending bones and adding clockwork pieces. Oliver returns more monster than man, and Alasdair’s horror further damages the already troubled relationship.

Then comes the publication of Frankenstein and the city intensifies its search for Shadow Boys, aiming to discover the real life doctor and his monster. Alasdair finds refuge with his idol, the brilliant Dr. Geisler, who may offer him a way to escape the dangerous present and his guilt-ridden past, but at a horrible price only Oliver can pay


Mackenzi Lee is reader, writer, bookseller, unapologetic fangirl, fast talker, and perpetually-anxious badass. She holds an MFA from Simmons College in writing for children and young adults, and her short fiction has appeared in Inaccurate Realities, The Friend, and The Newport Review. Her young adult historical fantasy novel, THIS MONSTROUS THING, which won the PEN-New England Susan P. Bloom Children’s Book Discovery Award, as well as an Emerging Artist Grant from the St. Botolph Club Foundation, will be published fall of 2015 by Katherine Tegen/HarperCollins.

She loves Diet Coke, sweater weather, and historical fiction. On a perfect day, she can be found enjoying all three. She currently calls Boston home.


Melissa: I’ve recently read my ARC that I won from Mackenzi’s Twitter giveaway. I just want my pretty HC copy to go with it! I’m more waiting to hear what Kelly and Lauren will think! This Frankenstein re-imagining is incredible and I love it so much! Mackenzi was getting my play-by-play reactions via text. In return. I gave her my honest opinion immediately after completing the book.  Hope to have my review up for this soon-ish. I also created some awesome graphics for Mackenzi to help promote the book based on her clever business cards and book trailer. Grab one below if you want to help spread the word!

Kelly: I hear so many amazing things about this book, it’s not even funny. Even typing this right now, I don’t even really know what it’s about but I need to read it! Let me look……… Ohhhhhh Frankenstein!  I love Frankenstein! Give me a book where I can debate Nature vs. Nurture and Science vs. Humans, I’ll be all up in that conversation! This looks pretty awesome though! I’m also very sure that Melissa will come after me with a Lizzie Borden axe if I don’t read it! Ha!

Lauren: I’ve heard a lot of great buzz about this book! Everyone that I see who has read an ARC of this one seems to have nothing but good praise for it. The synopsis sounds interesting, so I have a feeling this will be one I want to read!! Can’t wait to get my hands on a copy. 

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Melissa, Kelly, and Lauren

5 thoughts on “Waiting on Wednesday: This Monstrous Thing

    • That’s how I always feel when I’m unsure about books. I find reading reviews has too much influence. I try to read it myself and form my own opinions too.


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