Finding Monsters – by Liss Thomas – Book Review!


The Guardians of Esurack Series

Book One – Finding Monsters

“Monsters are real but they’re not what we’d expect. Their realm lays hidden only to be found in darkness. They watch their humans, the little ones and keep them from the dark portals leading to their world. To touch is forbidden… but not all follow the rules.

Missy has been fighting to live her entire life, but when she finds herself in a realm of unique and sometimes deadly monsters, she discovers just how much of a survivor she really is. Accidentally transferred to this mysterious realm by her monster and only friend, Charlie, he finds himself weak and unable to protector her. The only way she can defend herself and him, is to become a monster herself. But an unknown dark stalker watches her progress and if he steals her power, he will unleash a scourge on both his world and the world she left behind.”


My Thoughts

I am hooked…. I take that back…. I am ADDICTED to ‘Finding Monsters”! Liss Thomas constructs a spell-binding mingling of two worlds. One portal between two worlds is protected by the mysterious and caring monster named Charlie. For a long time Charlie has protected the gateway beneath Missy’s bed. He also has watched her fight a losing battle with cancer. Against the rules, Charlie decides to give her 2 hours of something she has always wanted before she dies… She wants to experience running, playing, kissing,  and just to be a real teenager. The price is high for Charlie,as he watches Missy fade from the human world. He is weakened by his linking to Missy and knows his own existence is nearing its end.

Then… all has changed as Charlie and Missy embark on a new relationship in BullClan territory. This relationship will lead Missy on a dark and mysterious quest to become one of the inhabitants of this new world. Danger lurks everywhere, and something evil pilfers her power just as she is achieving her goal!

I know this is classified as Young Adult Fantasy Fiction, but I am a Granny AND I loved it! I should be so angry at the author! I just can’t believe the ending. What a punch in the stomach! I want more of this series NOW! I am not sure I can wait for Book Two – Becoming Monsters! Is it October YET?


About The Author

Liss Thomas currently resides with her husband in Santa Barbara, California. She is currently working on several books in the Guardians of Esurack series which started as a group of short stories before blossoming into a young adult fantasy series. This first novel stemmed from a growing list of short stories I wrote based on a writer’s prompt. When I completed the first short story I called my sister in tears insisting she read it (it had a sad ending *sniff* *sob*). But my sister, the eternal optimist didn’t want to read a sad story so she told me to make a happy ending. My brain exploded, before returning to the task at hand. Happy ending, happy ending, happy ending   …  so I continued writing. The second short story led to a third, then a fourth and well, you get the picture. About half way through I participated in a Twitter chat about YA novels and asked the tweeted question, ‘Is there a market for a short story series?’ A lovely and talented literary agent, gave me this advice   …  “No, No, NO! Write a novel!” So I did!

Read more about the characters and the upcoming sequel, “Becoming Monsters” on her website !

Follow Liss on Facebook!


I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Comments are closed.