Books | Fiction / Fantasy / Epic
J. M. Miro
A STUNNING NEW WORK OF HISTORICAL FANTASY, J. M. MIRO'S ORDINARY MONSTERS INTRODUCES READERS TO THE DARK, LABYRINTHINE WORLD OF THE TALENTS England, 1882. In Victorian London, two children with mysterious powers are hunted by a figure of darkness—a man made of smoke. Sixteen-year-old Charlie Ovid, despite a brutal childhood in Mississippi, doesn't have a scar on him. His body heals itself, whether he wants it to or not. Marlowe, a foundling from a railway freight car, shines with a strange bluish light. He can melt or mend flesh. When a jaded female detective is recruited to escort them to safety, all three begin a journey into the nature of difference, and belonging, and the shadowy edges of the monstrous. What follows is a story of wonder and betrayal, from the gaslit streets of London, and the wooden theatres of Meiji-era Tokyo, to an eerie estate outside Edinburgh where other children with gifts - the Talents - have been gathered. There, the world of the dead and the world of the living threaten to collide. And as secrets within the Institute unfurl, Marlowe, Charlie and the rest of the Talents will discover the truth about their abilities, and the nature of what is stalking them: that the worst monsters sometimes come bearing the sweetest gifts. Riveting in its scope, exquisitely written, Ordinary Monsters presents a catastrophic vision of the Victorian world—and of the gifted, broken children who must save it.
J. M. Miro
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"There is a lot going on in this book which at times seemed to be too much, but overall a great premise. It reminded me a lot of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children except so much of who and what you expect it to be is completely surprising. At no point did I know what to expect. It also allows you to see the story from different perspectives even the villain and who you thought was a hero which changes your perspective quite a bit "
"I liked this book, but it was not a total page turner for me. The premise was good, kids with special magical talents are identified and taken to a school in Scotland, where they join other kids with special abilities The mc's are two kids in the U.S. They are pursued by a monster that can manipulate shadows. Is this monster their only enemy? "
"It is a better read for young adults. The story centers around very young characters."
"Excellent!! One of the best books I've read! It is now one of my top 10."
"The size of this book intimidated me, but it was absolutely worth it! One of the best books I have read this year."