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6.04.2011

Review: My Boyfriend is a Monster 2: Made for Each Other by Paul D. Storrie

My Boyfriend Is a Monster 2: Made for Each Other by Paul D. Storrie & Eldon Cowgur
Young Adult, Graphic Novel, Monsters
Paperback $9.99 (128 pages, GRAPHIC UNIVERSE)
Tom Stone stepped into Seward High and into Maria McBride's life like a bolt of lightning. He's the perfect guy for Maria--nice, smart, and well-built. There's just one problem: his family. Tom's father is the town's new funeral director, and business is booming. The bodies are piling up thick and fast in Persephone Falls, Alaska, so Dr. Stone keeps Tom up late at night working in the funeral home. And it's clear that Dr. Stone and his creepy assistant, Graves, don't want Maria around. Maria knows Tom was made for her. She's determined to find out what Dr. Stone has against her. When Tom refuses to stand up to his father, Maria begins to stitch together the clues...and finds out that the Stones are into recycling in ways she never could have imagined.
Series Site: myboyfriendisamonster.com

Not Quite as Good as Love Him to Pieces (4 stars)

When Persephone Falls gets a new funeral director, the mysterious Dr. Stone, it's awfully coincidental that his service is suddenly in high demand. Maria and her friends don't get much respect with their tiny orchestra but when the new kid Tom Stone, son of Dr. Stone, takes an interest in them they find themselves drawn into the mystery of Tom's creepy family.

The story of Made for Each Other is pretty cool. I really liked the patchwork boy Tom and his creepy family. The whole plot is completely predictable so readers looking for some dramatic surprises will probably not feel satisfied with this one.

The art style was neither great nor bad, it told the story just fine without being really lovely or stylized. I'm not a huge geek for that kind of thing so I can't make a truly educated judgement there. I will say that I thought the artist's work fit this particular graphic novel's story well, anything more cartoony like the style of the previous installment would have made it too cutesey for something so dark.

Overall I liked it but it wasn't something I'd send my friends out to buy right-this-minute. Definitely looking forward to the next couple of My Boyfriend is a Monster books though.

Other Reviews:
Book Sake
Kid Lit Reviews
You're Killing Me

Notes: Review Copy courtesy NetGalley.

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