Book Review: The Monstrous Child by Francesca Simon

Hey Guys!

Happy Easter! I hope you have a nice day! For me, it is time for another book review. Today it is all about The Monstrous Child by Francesca Simon. Let’s do this!


I will be 100% honest, this was an impulse, cover buy. I thought that it looked really beautiful. I had no idea what it was about, what people were saying about it or anything. I went into this little book completely blind and ended up being pleasantly surprised by it.

This is such an interesting little book. It was such a dark and different story. This book managed to both stay true to Norse mythology and also breathe new life into it. It was a fresh new look on an old story. And I really liked the storyline. With most retellings of ancient gods and their antics we hear the story from a favoured demi-god or a god themselves. But this story was different. It was so refreshing to get a story about the gods from a un-favoured perspective. It made what was already a dark story, even darker. And, personally, I quiet liked that.

But what I liked most about this book was actually Hel as a person. She was just so sarcastic and blunt and so bitter. You ended up really feeling for her and hating her situation more than anything. I felt so sorry for her. She was just a really different character. I cannot remember the last time that I read a book from such a negative main character who I actually liked. I felt connected to Hel through her mistreatment and neglect. I just felt for her so much and found myself really rooting for her.

I also really liked the way in which it was told. Hel was telling you the story. I listened to the Audiobook, which I would highly recommend. Because of the way that it is written, the audiobook format really does work well. You really do feel like Hel is telling you her story. It just made the story that bit more interesting to read. I honestly don’t think that I would have liked this book as much if I hadn’t chosen the audiobook.

I will admit that this book could have gone more into some Asgard, Jotunheim side of the story. I felt like a lot of the Norse history was only glazed over. This is one of those books that could have benefitted from being longer. But that being said I did enjoy it. A lot. This little book is well worth a read.

star 44 out of 5

And there we have it. have you read this book? have you even heard about it? I hope that you enjoyed todays post and have a lovely day. I will see you all again very soon.


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