THE MONSTER WITHIN Review
By Kelly Hashway
Imagine dying and then being brought back to life, yes, taken from your grave to walk the earth again, like a normal person. Only you’re not exactly normal, anymore. What would it be like? Are you still you? Are you a ghost? Or are you just there? Living a lie? Keeping secrets?
In Author Kelly Hashway’s YA fantasy novel THE MONSTER WITHIN, seventeen-year-old Samantha Thompson faces these questions. She died of cancer, but her boyfriend, Ethan Anderson, brought her back to life. Something is wrong though. She’s not the same. No, I’m not going to spoil the story for you and tell you the details, but I think you’ll really feel bad for Sam as she faces her new life after rising from the grave. I know I did. Ethan’s and her feelings for one another are so sweet. He loves Sam so much he’d do anything for her, and he pretty much does. I really wanted good things for them.
Almost every character in the story has a secret. Who is a girl to trust when one person tells her one thing and another tells her the opposite? Who is her real friend? Who is her enemy? Ethan is my favorite character. Who wouldn’t love a guy that puts you above his own welfare? In THE MONSTER WITHIN, Kelly Hashway’s characters made me either like them or hate them. Some scenes are really spooky. Others show a more typical relationship between two teens. The plot of the story moves along, making me wonder what will happen next.
Which reminds me: now I need to read THE DARKNESS WITHIN to find out.