Small Town Monsters by Diana Rodriguez Wallach

Disclaimer: I received this e-arc from the publisher. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

Book: Small Town Monsters

Author: Diana Rodriguez Wallach

Book Series: Standalone

Rating: 5/5

Diversity: Latinx Ownvoice and some Latinx folklore

Recommended For…: young adult readers, cults, paranormal, demons, horror, mystery

Publication Date: September 7, 2021

Genre: YA Horror

Recommended Age: 15+ (romance, slight gore, grief, death, slight language, cults, slight religion)

Explanation of CWs: Grief and death play a role in this book. There is a little gore and language. Cults are also heavily involved with this read.

Publisher: Underlined

Pages: 336

Synopsis: Vera Martinez wants nothing more than to escape Roaring Creek and her parents’ reputation as demonologists. Not to mention she’s the family outcast, lacking her parents’ innate abilities, and is terrified of the occult things lurking in their basement.

Maxwell Oliver is supposed to be enjoying the summer before his senior year, spending his days thinking about parties and friends. Instead he’s taking care of his little sister while his mom slowly becomes someone he doesn’t recognize. Soon he suspects that what he thought was grief over his father’s death might be something more…sinister.

When Maxwell and Vera join forces, they come face to face with deeply disturbing true stories of cults, death worship, and the very nature that drives people to evil.

Review: Oh my goodness! I absolutely loved this book! It was so well written and well plotted. The spoops are spoopy and I won’t be able to sleep good tonight. And I thought that the character development and the world building were magnificent. I also liked some of the call backs to other horror films and history, especially since this is an homage to Ed and Lorraine Warren.

The only issue I really had with the book is that it takes a bit to get into and the beginning is a bit too slow in my opinion. But it quickly gains speed and becomes amazing. I also felt that the romance was unnecessary.

Verdict: Highly recommend!

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