Saturday, October 28, 2017







by Michael Okon

My rating: 5 stars

Series: Monsterland - Book 1
Publisher: WordFire Press (October 15, 2017)
Publication Date: October 15, 2017
Genre: YA fantasy
Print Length: 214 pages

Welcome to Monsterland—the scariest place on Earth.

Wyatt Baldwin's senior year is not going well. His parents divorce, then his dad mysteriously dies. He’s not exactly comfortable with his new stepfather, Carter White, either. An ongoing debate with his best friends Melvin and Howard Drucker over which monster is superior has gotten stale. He’d much rather spend his days with beautiful and popular Jade. However, she’s dating the brash high-school quarterback Nolan, and Wyatt thinks he doesn’t stand a chance.

But everything changes when Wyatt and his friends are invited to attend the grand opening of Monsterland, a groundbreaking theme park where guests can interact with vampires in Vampire Village, be chased by werewolves on the River Run, and walk among the dead in Zombieville.

With real werewolves, vampires and zombies as the main attractions, what could possibly go wrong?

Monsterland by Michael Okon

MonsterlandI received an ARC edition from Michael Okon!

Will we ever get tired of the need for bigger, better, more shocking, or more terrifying entertainment when seeking our next theme park vacation? Back in the day, a small traveling circus was thrilling. Then larger, permanent entertainment venues sprouted. Disneyland, then Disney World, and on and on. Welcome to the greatest show on Earth, more thrills, more chills and more terrifying monsters than ever before! Welcome to Monsterland. Yessir, want to be chased by a real werewolf. Share a bloody good time with a vampire or maybe take a stroll among the zombies? Michael Okon has you covered in his dark fantasy, MONSTERLAND. For the cost of a ticket, you can enter a world of danger and gawk away. But could there be a hidden price to pay?

Would you turn down a chance to attend the grand opening? A group of teens are invited by the mysterious and eccentric owner, but little do they know this monster has more than a grand gesture in his plans. Witness the torment of teen angst as one boy crushes on the girl of his dreams and her boyfriend is the school jock. but, who does she lean on when things get scary? Meanwhile, there is something just not right about this freak show of things that go bump in the night.

Zombies, vampires and werewolves are on display. Yes, they are real, yes they can be deadly, but the true horror is in how they got there and how the public craves a peek...not to mention what they really see...and that waxen vampire mannequin? Go ahead touch him...and don't miss their concert, either!

Dark, dangerous and certainly gory, Michael Okon's tale is, from start to finish a complete word magnet as he builds each scene, colors in his characters in shades of everything from weird to na├»ve to downright deadly and sets them free tell their tale. Love ‘em or hate ‘em, Mr. Okon knows how to create atmosphere and build tension as he reels us in for that last moment, that last word and leaves us looking over our shoulders, jumping at strange sounds and wondering, could this really happen? Think I’ll stick to the Merry-Go-Round and a visit to the princess’ castle.




Michael is a lifelong movie buff, a music playlist aficionado, and a sucker for self-help books. He lives on the North Shore of Long Island with his wife and children.
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