on Mar 13, 2017
It's London 1888, and Jack the Ripper is terrorizing the people of the city. Evelyn, a young woman disfigured by her dangerous work in a matchstick factory, who has nowhere to go, does not know what to make of her new position as a maid to the Elephant Man in the London Hospital.
Evelyn wants to be locked away from the world, like he is, shut in from the filth and dangers of the streets. But in Joseph Merrick, the Elephant Man, she finds a gentle kindred who does not recoil from her and who understands her pain.

When the murders begin, however, Joseph and Evelyn are haunted nightly by the ghosts of the Ripper's dead, setting Evelyn on a path to facing her fears and uncovering humanity's worst nightmare.

Genre: Young Adult Historical Mystery

5 out of 5 Stars


I am so excited to share this phenomenal book with you all today! 

I first noticed this book on display at the library a few months back, at the time I was reading several other books and wasn't ready for a new one just yet, so I set the book back down and went on my way. Cut to about a week ago when I suddenly remembered this book and became anxious waiting for someone to return it to the library. I checked it out as soon as it returned and read it over the span of two days. Seriously...it's that flippin' good. 

A Taste for Monsters is an exciting and thoughtful read. I am actually sorry I didn't read it sooner, which I guess is silly since I've read it now, but hopefully my fellow bookworms will understand. ;)

This book came at a perfect time for me, as I recently started watching Ripper Street, an exciting detective show set in—you guessed it—the time of Jack the Ripper, so I was already a bit more familiar with the main topics of this book: Ripper, the Elephant Man and matchstick girls.

The characters are so vivid and engaging. I loved Evelyn right from the start, she's strong and determined. It may seem odd but I really liked having a girls perspective of this time period in London. Most books and T.V. shows are from a male perspective and while they hint on the danger and peril that girls faced at that time, it was much more meaningful to have a female MC experiencing it. Joseph is also interesting, I must admit to not knowing very much about the Elephant Man but I love what the author has done with him, his gentle manner, innocent mind and hopeful spirit make a spectacular character. Together these two are a force to be reckoned with and a delight to read. The ending had me crying but in the good way, when you love characters so much that you're sad to leave them.

I can't say enough good things about this book and I'm already looking forward to re-reading it!