I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
I want to start by saying… WOW, that friggin cover is absolutely gorgeous. Before even reading the synopsis of Here There are Monsters, I knew I had to have this book based on the cover alone. Props to whoever designed this cover, for real. Now once I read the synopsis I knew that this book had to be mine. I was so intrigued to see what a Blair Witch/Imaginary Girls looked like. I don’t usually read too many scary, creepy books, but I thought why the heck not with this one. This book didn’t disappoint either. I had been backed up on a lot of my books so I didn’t actually get a chance to read my ARC but instead got the audiobook so I could get it done quicker. I am so glad that is how it worked out. Suzy Jackson did an amazing job with each character especially the creepy ones. There were times that it just was too creepy to listen to, which I loved!
We follow Skye in this book. She is the older sister of Deirdre. Since they were little they have always been very close. They always played a make belive game where Sky was Deirdre’s champion, her protector. She was the Queen of Swords. But once their family moves Skye feels like she is getting too old for games like that, and because of an event that happened in their old town, she just wants to be a normal teenage girl. She makes friends with the popular girl and even becomes friends with the boy next door. Deidre is not handling Skye making friends and not wanting to play her games anymore. She also seems to be folding into herself more. She starts becoming fixated on the woods behind their house and starts making monsters out of animal bones and stick.
One day after school Deirdre disappears. Skye feels somewhat at fault because she was home with her and fell asleep when she disappeared. The whole town is now on the search for her and Skye’s parents aren’t dealing with all the stress very well. Skye wants to find her sister but also thinks that Deirdre is just making everything up. When something monstrous comes to her in the middle of the night Skye finds that she is the only one that can save her sister because she is the Queen of Swords and her sisters champion. Skye ends up having to make some serious decisions on how to get her sister back, but not everything is as it seems.
I couldn’t stop listening to this book! It had me hooked for the beginning. I loved that the book went back and forth from present to past so we could get more of a look into Skye and Deirdre’s relationship. If you like creepy books, this would be the perfect read for you. You never know what is going to happen next. I would also recommend listening to the audiobook if you can. It adds more of a creepiness to it that I don’t think you could get reading on your own.