The moment seventeen-year-old Samantha Thompson crawls out of her grave, her second chance at life begins. She died of cancer with her long-time boyfriend, Ethan, by her side–a completely unfair shot at life.
But Ethan found a way to bring her back, like he promised he would. Only Sam came back wrong.
She’s now a monster that drains others’ lives to survive. And after she kills, she’s tortured by visions—glimpses into her victims would-have-been futures had she not killed them. Barely able to live with herself and trying to make things right, Sam ends up a pawn in a vicious game of payback within the local coven of witches.
But when the game reveals what Ethan had to do to save Sam, she must make a choice that will change all their lives forever.
Published June 17th 2014 by Spencer Hill Press
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Supernatural, YA, YA Paranormal
“Desire to live compelled me to hold on. Only one of us would survive. The monster within said it would be me.”
Sam has been resurrected from the dead by her well-meaning boyfriend, Ethan. Before the dirt is washed from her body, she already knows something is wrong. Soon enough, the monster within her takes over as she looks on helplessly… The will to live outweighs any moral dilemmas she battles.
Sam develops psychic visions of her victims, further causing unrest within her soul. On top of that, Ethan is unwilling to tell her how he brought her back. But there are clues, seemingly everywhere, and someone wants her to know the truth. Although she isn’t sure if she can trust them.
The Monster Within, by Kelly Hashway has all the elements I love in a good young adult fantasy novel; everlasting love, witches, resurrection, and a good dosage of suspense to keep you turning the pages. The dark plot of this novel makes for a compelling read that is hard to put down.
I loved the main characters, Sam and Ethan, and the love they shared. Teenage love is so intense, and Kelly Hashway captured that intensity perfectly in The Monster Within.
I would recommend this novel to lovers of paranormal, fantasy, and young adult fiction. Kelly Hashway doesn’t disappoint! 5 Stars!
***I was given a copy of this novel, by the Author’s publicist, in exchange for a fair, thoughtful, and honest review.
About the Author:
“Kelly Hashway grew up reading R.L. Stein’s Fear Street novels and writing stories of her own, so it was no surprise to her family when she majored in English and later obtained a masters degree in English Secondary Education from East Stroudsburg University. After teaching middle school language arts for seven years, Hashway went back to school and focused specifically on writing. She is now the author of three young adult series, one middle grade series, and several picture books. She also writes contemporary romance under the pen name Ashelyn Drake. When she isn’t writing, Hashway works as a freelance editor for small presses as well as for her own list of clients. In her spare time, she enjoys running, traveling, and volunteering with the PTO. Hashway currently resides in Pennsylvania with her husband, daughter, and two pets.Hashway is represented by Sarah Negovetich of Corvisiero Literary Agency.” –Goodreads Author Bio