The Monstrous Child

The Monstrous Child Before you reject me before you hate me remember I never asked to be Hel s queen Meet Hel teenager and Queen of the Dead Daughter of a giantess and a god Sister to Fenrir the wolf and Jormungand th

  • Title: The Monstrous Child
  • Author: Francesca Simon
  • ISBN: 9780571330270
  • Page: 386
  • Format: Paperback
  • Before you reject me, before you hate me, remember I never asked to be Hel s queen.Meet Hel, teenager and Queen of the Dead Daughter of a giantess and a god Sister to Fenrir the wolf and Jormungand the snake.This is her testament.Hel never wanted to be queen, but being a normal teenager wasn t an option either Now she s stuck ruling the underworld For eternity She doBefore you reject me, before you hate me, remember I never asked to be Hel s queen.Meet Hel, teenager and Queen of the Dead Daughter of a giantess and a god Sister to Fenrir the wolf and Jormungand the snake.This is her testament.Hel never wanted to be queen, but being a normal teenager wasn t an option either Now she s stuck ruling the underworld For eternity She doesn t want your pity But she does demand you listen It s only fair you hear her side of the story It didn t have to be like this.

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    1. Okay I FULLY ADMIT I SCREWED UP. This is the 3rd book in a series and I didn't read the first 2. I received it for review and just dove right in like the completely incompetent fish I am, apparently. So I feel like it's unfair to dislike it when maybe I was missing crucial backstory? But then again, the style really didn't work for me anyway. Ahem! Basically this is Norse mythology. Narrated by a super sarcastic and incredibly whiny goddess named Hel. I actually felt like the book was trying sup [...]

    2. Okay, so, the voice was strong. There's no doubt that Hel's personality was always present in the story telling and it was giving me Percy Jackson levels of voice intensity. But a strong voice can't carry a whole story, and I felt that the Norse mythology was doing most of the work. I guess I was expecting this to be a little moreallenging than it was? It was like an embellished short story, and that vibe wasn't helped by the size 72 font.

    3. One of the most original books I have read in a long time. Read in one sitting.The Monstrous Child is set in the world of Norse mythology, and centres around Loki's daughter, Hel, and her journey to becoming and her experiences as Queen of the Underworld. From the very first line, Simon draws us into an incredible world where journeys can spread across lifetimes, animals can be thrown out of the sky, and an immortal god can be born with rotten legs.I was admittedly concerned about the colloquial [...]

    4. I've got to admit- I had no idea that this was a sequel (it didn't feel like it was anyways), and I bought this on a whim because I thought the cover was gorgeous. I think the younger me would've enjoyed this much more, though I did enjoy it as it is. I think it is a fun story to pass time. It got only three stars because I, personally do not think it's one of those stories that stay with you after you finish it. I liked the writing style, but I just was detached. I rooted for Hel, trust me. But [...]

    5. The only thing I liked was the whiny voice of the protagonist. She was unique and sassy to begin with but there just wasn't enoughplot.Plus, this girl gets obsessed with a guy who smiles at her once, so I wasn't convinced by her motivations.

    6. Interesting, but ultimately a frustrating read. At times I felt like the pace stagnated and it was something of a slog, but when it picked up it was fairly enjoyable. Hel's voice is very modern, and I'm not sure it entirely worked for me, but it's possible it would work for a younger reader. What I find most frustrating about this book is the climax. (view spoiler)[That Hel gives Freya Idunn back because Freya says she's pretty? Come on. The text suggests it's because Freya does not see her as a [...]

    7. While, this book wasn't bad, it also wasn't great either.What i liked about the book: The only thing i seemed to enjoy about the book was the Norse Mythology element of the story. Where the story revolved around Hel, the Goddesses of the Underworld. Who was forced to rule over the dead for eternity. What i didn't like about this book: The book was too focused on the Norse Mythology element rather than having a good plot. Parts of the book seemed rushed to an extent, especially the ending, it see [...]

    8. Francesca Simon has always been a firm favorite of mine, her Horrid Henry series is beloved by children and adults alike.The Monstrous Child tells the story of Hel, queen of the underworld and the daughter of Loki - the evil trickster in Norse mythology. All of Loki's children are cursed, Fenrir was the eldest of three children between Loki and the giantess Angrboda. Fenrir took the form of a wolf while his younger brother Jormungand took the form of a serpent and his younger sister Hel was half [...]

    9. This book was a very quick and enjoyable read. I liked the writing style and the mythology aspect. I had a few problems with the main character Hel though. I found her to be whiny and bitter and hateful. I also had my problems with the love interest. Hel wants to 'steal' a married man because she's in love with him. No, not okay. That is very disrespectful, especially to his wife. Despite those problems, I did really enjoy reading this.

    10. I listened to the audioboook of this, read by Eleanor Tomlinson and I thought she was perfect for it!!! The book itself wasn't all that great I thought, nothing much happened at all. So I'm glad I listened to it instead of reading it, if I had read it, I probably wouldn't have finished it actually. But I enjoyed how Eleanor even did different voices for each of the characters, it reminded me of my childhood!!!

    11. A stunning, operatic, epic drama, like no other. Meet Hel, an ordinary teenager - and goddess of the Underworld. Why is life so unfair? Hel tries to make the best of it, creating gleaming halls in her dark kingdom and welcoming the dead who she is forced to host for eternity. Until eternity itself is threatened.Francesca Simon is best known for her Horrid Henry series of books. I never read them, but I know they are hugely popular with children in every library in Ireland, and the UK, and probab [...]

    12. "Oh, enough local colour. I'm boring myself. Frankly, if you've seen one sulphurous pit, hideous precipice and poisonous, hissing, foaming river you've seen them all."Francesca Simon is best known for her Horrid Henry stories, beloved by children who delight in naughty narrators and anti-sweetness. This foray into the younger side of YA (12-14) has a contemporary smart-ass tone, despite the setting and characters which are taken from Norse mythology. The protagonist is young Hel - a fourteen yea [...]

    13. First, I was sure to enjoy this book, following famous Norse mythological gods around Asgard, Jotunheim and other places but I ended to be really disappointed by the characters, the story and even the writing style. It could have been a nice Norse tale if written as a short story, instead we have a stodgy 300 pages book full of emptiness. Even the layout makes me think the writer's main goal was to fill the most pages possibles with short phrases, long blank pages and enormous first letter. Even [...]

    14. This book, this story, is not just about Hel, the Norse Goddess of the Underworld, it is her story in her words. Full of opinions, thoughts, emotions, dreams and fears, truth and self-deciet.It is a very gentle almost slow telling of how Hel came to be where she is and it almost mirrors the snail pace of the realm she rules.But throughout you can sense the young girl behind her giant-god persona, feel her constant self-consciousness about her corpse legs, reel from her anger at the Aesir and in [...]

    15. This confused me. I'm not really sure it knew what it wanted to be. It felt too childish to be YA at times but it was definitely NOT for children. I know the author writes for kids so maybe it's tough to turn that off when you are used to writing for them?Hel's voice was really strong and I actually did like her but everyone else barely registered. I mean Odin made no impression on me whatsoever. This Odin we are talking about. Odin makes an impression! I did like how she called him 'one-eye' th [...]

    16. This book tried really hard so hard that you noticed how hard it was trying!And lets be honest, nobody wants to read a book where you notice how hard it is trying to be good and different and unique. Since that just makes the book frustrating and non of the things it tries so hard to be. Most of the time to me it automatically ends up being a pretty bad book that is clearly has many aspects of other better known books and is anything but unique. It tries SO hard to be funny and sarcastic. But it [...]

    17. This book got five stars from me for pure weirdness. It was insanely readable which I think added to some of the weirdness. I'm use to feeling like I'm having a conversation with my books in a literal sense. And the ending had me like, "uh, okay then." It was very funny though. But the humor had a angry teenager edge to it. So, I think it's good for someone who is in a gloomy period or state for two reasons. 1) it's gloomy to, so a reader can find some solidarity there. 2) it'll help take a pers [...]

    18. Some seem to believe this is a sequel or part of a series, but whilst the author has written two other retellings of Norse Myth, it doesn't seem necessary to read them in any sort of order - that's really the beauty of the myths, and this was a great retelling of those myths from a neglected perspective - Hel, Queen of the Dead.I loved this reimagining of Hel as a petulant and frightened teen, with a wicked sense of humour and a need to be loved. Hel is often portrayed as emotionless and distant [...]

    19. It was a bit of a slow start, but sooner or later I warmed up to the protagonist, Hell, because of the way she owned being the bitch of the underworld. I also really appreciate the dedication of the author to keeping it as true as possible to the Norse mythology. The ending seemed a bit abrupt. I would have really liked to know what happened to Loki and Modgood, but I guess it was just the 'fresh start' kind of ending. It didn't really wow me. All in all, I loved the protagonist's voice and it's [...]

    20. 'What's that saying? Better to have your enemy inside pissing out, than outside pissing in.' Okay, I really wanted to enjoy this. The cover grabbed me instantly and the blurb had me hooked. It just wasn't what I was expecting in a bad way. For me I felt like the book was more Child than YA. Maybe I'm just growing up when it comes to books but I don't think that's the case as the main genre of books I buy are teen and young adult so buy now as you can imagine I've read a fair few. I also wasn't a [...]

    21. I keep starting books based on norse mythology and then giving up. When will I learn they're too hardcore for my delicate sensibilities.

    22. *YOU DON'T HAVE TO READ ANY OTHER BOOK OF THIS AUTHOR BEFORE READING THIS BOOK, IT WORKS AS A STAND-ALONE. THIS IS A GOOD BOOK PLEASE READ IT (and my review hehe).*This is a very good children/teenage book. Don't go into this book expecting YA. It is not. The main character, Hel, is fourteen, she's a child, she thinks, speaks and acts like one. I was annoyed at first, and when I started reading it imagining I was a child, I started loving it, because, for a children/teenage book, it is quite bol [...]

    23. I received a print copy of this title from Allen & Unwin from the publisher via Netgalley.Ten Second Synopsis:Hel is a corpse child, born with a living body and dead legs, and destined to become the Queen of the Underworld. This is her story, from her humble and grimy beginnings to her humble and grimy end.If you are a fan of Norse mythology, this will be everything you could hope for in a novel for younger readers. I was unaware that this is actually the third book in the Mortal Gods series [...]

    24. I love Norse mythology and think Hel has so much potential but was so disappointed by this book. Not a lot happened until the end and rather than launching into plot the book then ends. On top of all that it is just a whiny teenager, with the voice of an adult who thinks they can write younger. Maybe I'm just not the right audience but I was really disappointed and had to force myself to keep reading

    25. The cover was so pretty that I just had to pick it up but it left me with the feeling that I bought a clever-looking device on tellsell which turned out to be utter crap. My GOD. The main character whined and whined and whined and then whined some more. The first few chapters were somewhat amusing but the moment she was the queen of the death it just felt like I was reading the same five sentences over and over again until I had the strong urge to throw the book into a corner and burn it. I love [...]

    26. Many thanks to Lovereading4kids who gave me this book in return for an honest review. In this,her first in a new series of Nordic legend based novels for teens,Francesca Simon turns her attention to Hel. Born to rule the Underworld,even though she never asked to,this mixes teen angst with some serious wrongdoings and is definitely not for the under 12's,possibly older depending on the maturity of the teen in question.All of the skills you would expect are in place and it shows the love that Ms S [...]

    27. I'll start by saying that the cover is beautiful!I personally didn't enjoy this book so much, mostly because I did not like Hel as a character. i found her selfish and she got on my nerves a bit but, later on, she under went a small character arc and became a slightly more likeable character. The book was peppered with funny moments and other, more likeable characters *cough* Modgud *cough*. Warning: My fellow Marvel fans, do not, repeat do not picture the character Loki in this book as Tom Hidd [...]

    28. it was so strange. I don't know if it was in a good way. the writing was amazing and i loved the way it as told, but I don't know what to think about the story or the main character.

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