My Rating: DNF ⭐️
Plot: Mikkel and Szandor kill monsters. They’re not government funded, they’re not from a time-honored lineage of hunters, nor are they rich kids with lots of toys. They’re two twenty-something brothers from the poor side of town who have taken it on themselves to rid the streets and underground of creatures who would prey on the innocent. Donning gas masks and using makeshift weaponry, they delve into the labyrinthine sewer system of New Avalon to grapple with snarling zombies, flesh-eating ghouls, insectoid hive creatures, and more. It’s a dirty job and it rarely pays, but someone has to do it. Hired by a woman from the rich side of town who believes she’s being stalked by monsters, the two brothers think they’ve finally gotten an easy job that will pay well. But as they follow the clues, things are not adding up. Kidnappings, jackbooted commandos, and mysterious emails are just the beginning. Soon they find themselves involved in something bigger than monsters. It’s anybody’s guess whether they’ll come through it alive, much less get paid. I Kill Monsters is an exciting punk rock urban fantasy for those who enjoy their protagonists with a mouth on them and a weapon in their hands.
My Review: It is VERY rare that I give a book a one star rating, and even rarer that I abandon it when I’m 75% through it. Infact this is my first to do both. There are so many reasons why I hated this book. Where do I start? The obvious – mistakes. There are hundreds of mistakes throughout the book. From spelling mistakes to missing words that interrupt the sentence pulling you out of the story and reminding you that you’re reading a book that apparently never crossed an editors desk. If the author did use an editor, I’d fire them. Occasional mistakes are fine, but as many as this one has, it just feels insulting. So this is huge for me because I never was able to really get into the story. I was constantly ripped out of it trying to figure out what word really needed to go there to make that sentence work. But there was more than just mistakes that I didn’t like.
I hate when I read a paragraph and the author uses the same word three or four times to describe something. That happened repeatedly in this book. Break out the dictionary and find new words, or better yet, change the paragraph up so you don’t use a single word more than once, twice at most.
The characters felt under developed, I really didn’t relate to any of them. The brothers relationship definitely felt lacking from where it could have gone. They just didn’t seem to care much about each other, sure they said they did, but the author never showed me that they cared, okay so maybe in the end of the book he might have – I don’t know I didn’t finish. But if I don’t see a developing bond between any characters early on in the book I just don’t really care.
The dialog sometimes felt so… forced, unnatural, I often couldn’t picture someone saying certain things in my head. Also so many of the scenes seemed rushed. The action scenes are not rushed, they are well developed, it’s the stuff in between the action that felt like the writer was in a hurry to get to another action scene so he races through some of them. This is also one reason I felt the characters were under developed. These in between scenes are often how you pull the readers in.
I love it when a book gets me so involved I don’t even realize I’m reading. It’s literally like I’m watching a movie in my head. I Kill Monsters was more like watching a movie on TV with commercials. The action scenes grabbed me and I lost myself, then I hit a mistake, or a drag scene and it was like watching a commercial. I admit I channel surfed, getting board I picked up a another book and started it. I read three other books during my reading of this one. I kept going back hoping it would get better. Never did. I finally gave up.
Okay so now that I have spilled what I didn’t like, let me say this, the book wasn’t all bad. There were some things I did like. The monsters were well described and interesting, I could picture them and they were creepy. The action scenes were pretty well done, I was happy with those, they lasted a good span, never feeling rushed or dragging.
I do think Dennis Liggio has potential, but he really needs to work with an editor. An editor will help develop his characters better, get rid of all those mistakes and help improve dialog. I think if those things were addressed I might actually like this book, the story line is interesting and imaginative.
This book has some cussing and violence. I’d grade it PG-13.