Thursday 12 October 2017

Release Day Blitz & Review ~ Monster (Animal #2) by Marni Mann


Title: Monster
Author: Marni Mann 
Publication Date: October 12th, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance


Monster, an all-new dark romance from Marni Mann is LIVE!

Book Description:

“Because I came from you, does that mean I’m capable of killing? That I’ll be addicted to blood? That I’ll get off on torturing people?”

The kid had questions.

I didn’t blame him.

He’d only heard one side, and it wasn’t mine.

“Why did you hate my mother?”

Now, that was a story worth telling.

But, to do that, I had to bring the kid back to the very beginning. 

When the killing and the blood and the torture had all started.

When I was truly happy.

When I was first called a Monster.

Monster is a follow-up to Animal. Animal must be read first.


Monster is an extremely dark novel. There are strong sexual themes, drug usage, physical and sexual abuse, and torture that could trigger and/or cause emotional suffering.

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Our Review:

Reviewed by Donna ~ 4.5 stars
***ARC received for an honest review***

“I don’t want to be you. I won’t ever be you.”

Marni Mann does sick and twisted like no other and she really delved deep into her deliciously dark psyche to conjure up this insane journey that she takes great pleasure in taking the reader on. Animal was the first book in this series, and while that shows just how capable she is, it seems we only saw the tip of the ice berg when it came to Shank. Suspenseful, cringe inducing at times (in the best way), Marni Mann really delivered in cementing you firmly in Shank’s depraved world, but while he shared the limelight in this book with a few other characters the end result would have always been the same.

“Cum floated, and I wanted to watch mine swim across her blood.”

This book does have a fair few twist and turns, most I saw coming and some I didn’t. It didn’t matter that I saw the writing on the wall because the delivery is what really brought this book into its own. As with Animal, this book has two parallel stories running side by side and you have that sense of foreboding when you suddenly realise that never the twain shall meet. With many point of views it can sometimes confuse a story, however, with Monster, it is these points of view that ramp up the suspense and draw the reader further into Marni Mann’s warped and twisted psyche. With that constant niggle in the back of your head that nobody is as they seem you will constantly find yourself desperately trying to read between the lines as subtle and not so subtle clues are expertly delivered.

“Here, we don’t have general population. We only have death row. There is no parole. No release dates. When you’re sent to this prison, you die here.”

I will say that when I knew we would be getting Shank’s book I was expecting super duper dark, I mean, after what we learned about him in Animal, you always knew he was one sick and twisted excuse of a human being. While in Animal, Beard had a heart, I am sure this necessary organ was severely lacking with Shank and while I didn’t have that love for Shank like I had for Beard, my heart went out to those he affected and it seems his reign of terror is far from over. However, you cannot be Shank without racking up a few enemies of your own and it is these that add another layer to this story.

“…You know that underneath all your growls and edges and dark layers, you’re the kindest man with such a big, beautiful, protective heart.”

Marni Mann delivered a book that I wasn’t expecting, when this book was announced my brain went into overdrive as to how and what would happen and while I was way off with my interpretation of Shank’s life, what I got was so much better. I will admit I shed a few tears as Marni Mann delivered the mother of all shocks and I also found myself frantically trawling Animal for a clue that I had forgotten that suddenly made everything a whole lot clearer. If you have time, maybe have a refresher with Animal as some clues are well worth retaining.

“Beard, Diego and me never thought we’d get caught. We’d never planned for what would happen next. We’d certainly never anticipated what actually went down in the end.”

Marni Mann knows how to end a book, her endings are what nightmares are made of, and she didn’t disappoint with Monster. The more this author writes the more I fall in love with her voice and her inherent ability to write a fantastic story no matter the genre. This is a book you will not want to put down and with two stories to keep the grey matter ticking over your brain will have certainly had a work out. Once again Marni Mann delivered and while I cannot see her re-visiting these characters they have certainly left their mark and while I would certainly be welcome of a little more the main course we had more than sufficed. Maybe we can all persuade her to deliver some dessert, once she has cleared those demons that she surely conjured to write this damn series in the first place. A fantastic series that I can highly recommend. (Prisoned, Animal (Prisoned spin-off #1), Monster: Animal #2)

“All those bruises had been worth it. The best part was, none of them had turned into scars.”

Other quotes:

“Most of the chicks around here were scared of my snakes. They didn’t appreciate the slickness of snakeskin. The softness of their tongues. Their slithering sounds.
Yet snakes reminded me so much of women. They both had delicate, silky bodies, and they shared the same behavior right before they ate. They even rattled when they were stroked.”

Deep down, beneath his layers of coil and his sharp fangs, was a man worth knowing.

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About the Author: 

Best-selling Author Marni Mann knew she was going to be a writer since middle school. While other girls her age were daydreaming about teenage pop stars, Mann was fantasizing about penning her first novel. She crafts sexy, titillating stories that weave together her love of darkness, mystery, passion, and human emotion. A New Englander at heart, she now lives in Sarasota, Florida with her husband and their two dogs who subsequently have been characters in her books. When she’s not nose deep in her laptop working on her next novel, she’s scouring for chocolate, sipping wine, traveling to new locations, and devouring fabulous books. 

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