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Review: Monstrous Holiday (Courtney Crumrin #4) – Ted Naifeh

Monstrous Holiday (Courtney Crumrin #4) – Ted Naifeh

Monstrous Holiday (Courtney Crumrin #4)

Title: Monstrous Holiday (Courtney Crumrin #4)

Author: Ted Naifeh

Release Date: October 22, 2013

Publisher: Oni Press

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 128

Source: Public Library

Courtney Crumrin’s adventures continue — this time in a newly remastered, full-color edition! Courtney and Uncle Aloysius’ European vacation has brought them into the heart of a country rich with mystical history and tradition. At first, eastern Europe seems like the perfect place for Courtney to strengthen her abilities, but just as Courtney begins to tap into the mystery of the old country, she comes face-to face-with overwhelming magic and even larger moral ambiguities.

4 out of 5 stars

Courtney Crumrin travels to Europe with her Uncle Aloysius and finds out more about paranormal beings. She gets wrapped up with werewolves, vampires and even more warlocks. Courtney feels lonely even though she’s traveling with her uncle, so she befriends a vampire boy. He makes her swoon and he whisks her away with his magical wings. So romantic. Courtney has to deal with her new sense of loneliness while away from home…

This book was a great continuation of the first three. I think this one has been my favorite so far because she gets into some trouble, but that causes some cool additions to the plot. It makes me sad that Courtney is lonely because she gets semi-depressed. I also must have missed something because I’m not really sure what the horrible thing her uncle did that made her not want to talk to him anymore. I thought they were friends. Idk.

I liked that this took place away from the mansion and her parents. I don’t like her parents because they’re too focused on being fancy in the rich neighborhood. They don’t seem to care about her, so it’s nice she got to spend some time away from them. I wish that she was still buddy-buddy with her uncle because that would have made this story so much cuter.

There was a lot more action throughout this graphic novel. There were some fights between a few different groups of people which added some suspense and mystery. I like that she befriended the vampire guy, but I wish he wouldn’t have turned on her. Sorry, not a huge spoiler. He seemed like a cool enough guy and it just made me sad that they couldn’t be friends. They both needed a friend.

I’m sad because I don’t know how I’m going to get ahold of 5, 6, and 7 in this series. My library doesn’t have them, but I don’t like buying graphic novels because I read them so fast ugh. It’s a struggle being a book worm let me tell ya.


The Night Things (Courtney Crumrin #1)

The Coven of Mystics (Courtney Crumrin #2)

The Twilight Kingdom (Courtney Crumrin #3)

Weekend Reads (1)

Weekends, the perfect time for reading!

This weekend I am going to continue with the book I’m currently reading: Quiet by Susan Cain.

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

One of my dance teachers actually recommended this book to me because she said it helped her understand herself better. I’m on a self-discovery/self-love journey right now, so this has been very interesting to read. I find myself nodding along to pretty much everything in this book. I definitely identify myself as an introvert, but have never really realized it has been negatively stigmatized until starting this. After reading a few chapters of this it’s clear to me that people do see extrovertedness as the “ideal” personality type. I think this is going to continue to be a great read for me!

I’m currently sitting at my public library *go books* and was just in the mood to read a graphic novel, so I went to the lovely graphic novel section and found The Night Things by Ted Naifeh.

The Night Things (Courtney Crumrin #1)

The art style looks super cute even thought there are some creepy elements to it. My library has the first four volumes, so if I like the first I’ll probably check out the other three! I am just so in the mood to finish a book. It has felt like a HOT MINUTE since I’ve started and finished something in a short amount of time, so I think I just need a light graphic novel.

Do I have quite a bit of reading homework? Yes. Am I going to do some pleasure reading instead? Yes.

What are your weekend reads for this weekend?