Mini book reviews: The Science of Monsters + Witchy ARCs

I got two e-ARCS from Edelweiss last month and I finally got to read them earlier this July. I have to say, these two books are quite different from my usual reads. One’s a comic, and one’s nonfiction! Nonetheless, they were both enjoyable. Here are my mini reviews!

#1 ARC Review: The Science of Monsters

Title: The Science of Monsters
Author: Meg Hafdahl, Kelly Florence
Genre/s: Nonfiction, Essays, Adult, Horror, Science
My rating: 4/5 stars
Goodreads synopsis:

A must-have for any fan of dark and spooky cinema.

Gothic media moguls Meg Hafdahl and Kelly Florence, the women behind the Horror Rewind podcast called “the best horror film podcast out there” by Film Daddy, are revisiting horror films from their childhood to discover the science behind the mask. Join Kelly and Meg as they unravel the medical mysteries and scientific marvels that inspired the creation of famous monsters like Nosferatu, Norman Bates, and many more.

In The Science of Monsters, Meg and Kelly discover the real science behind our greatest fears. In interviews with experts at the top of their field, they seek answers to questions like:

How would a zombie really decompose in Night of the Living Dead?
Are there instances of shape shifting in nature like in The Wolfman?
What is the science behind the night terrors that inspired the creation of Freddy Krueger?

Is there scientific data supporting ghost detection like the tools used in Poltergeist?
What is the psychological drive that compels cannibals like Hannibal Lecter?
And so much more!

An approachable and frightfully fun examination of what goes bump in the night, The Science of Monsters will thrill every horror fan.



Both really educational and entertaining! I enjoyed reading this one! I know horror fans will surely love reading this book.

I love how the authors really took the time to analyze every movie and every creature or character featured in it. Sometimes I feel like they did not explain the movie enough, and just went straight ahead explaining the science behind them. But other than that, everything was good. I definitely learned a lot of things in this book—about science, about movies, about horror.

This will be out on October 15, 2019!

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#2 ARC Review: Witchy

Title: Witchy
Author: Ariel Slamet Ries
Series: Witchy #1
Genre/s: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Comics, Graphic Novels
My rating: 3/5 stars
Goodreads synopsis:

In the witch kingdom Hyalin, the strength of your magic is determined by the length of your hair. Those that are strong enough are conscripted by the Witch Guard, who enforce the law in peacetime and protect the land during war. However, those with hair judged too long are pronounced enemies of the kingdom, and annihilated. This is called a witch burning.

Witchy is a comic about the young witch Nyneve, who is haunted by the death of her father and the threat the Witch Guard poses to her own life. When conscription rolls around, Nyneve has a choice to make; join the institution complicit in her father’s death, or stand up for her ideals?



This was an enjoyable read, though, nothing much has happened yet (which is understandable as this only contains the first four chapters). I love the world, but I wanted to know more details about it. I got to know the characters, but I feel like there is much more to uncover and I haven’t quite grasped them yet. I guess I’ll get the answers I want when I read the next parts of this!

I also adored the illustrations, they’re fun and I love how the artist brings life to the pages with them. Overall, this was a good read for me!

This will be out on September 17, 2019!

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These are both really interesting reads and I love how they’re new genres for me! How about you book nerds? Have you tried reading nonfiction or graphic novels? Did you like it?

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