Reader Reviewed Monster by C.J. Skuse


Written by C.J. Skuse

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October 2015 Book of the Month In an isolated boarding school, a group of girls settle in for the holidays. Everyone else has gone home and there are rivalries and animosity between them – this definitely isn’t going to be a happy Christmas. But no-one knows just how bad things will get! As snow falls, cutting them off, stories of the monstrous beast that stalks the hills become terrifyingly plausible: something is out there, something murderous! It’s a classic set up and C.J. Skuse squeezes every thrill and heart-stopping moment out of it, adding a breezy, sardonic humour just right for teen readers. Grisly, nail-biting fun! ~ Andrea Reece

Reader Reviews

Teens love to read and so in addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read their full reviews.

  • Lola Bridgeman - 'Absolutely brilliant, a perfect winter read!'
  • Sophia Ufton - 'Well this was a really thrilling read. I was on the edge of my seat.'
  • Edel Waugh - 'If you like ghost stories that happen in big old houses then you will likely really enjoy this! I definitely did!'
  • Emily Kinder - 'Everything is going perfectly for Nash. Almost head girl, almost girlfriend, almost Christmas. Seb's disappearance changed everything, because Bathory has a dark dark secret. An amazing read.'


Monster by C.J. Skuse

At sixteen Nash thought that the fight to become Head Girl of prestigious boarding school Bathory would be the biggest battle she'd face. Until her brother's disappearance leads to Nash being trapped at the school over Christmas with Bathory's assorted misfits. As a blizzard rages outside, strange things are afoot in the school's hallways, and legends of the mysterious Beast of Bathory - a big cat rumoured to room the moors outside the school - run wild. Yet when the girls' Matron goes missing it's clear that something altogether darker is to blame - and that they'll have to stick together if they hope to survive.


‘It’s so good, I’d recommend it to people I don’t like’ – Kevin Brooks on Pretty Bad Things

‘The tension and the comedy crack along with a heart-warming hilarity that is impossible to resist.’ – Amanda Craig on Dead Romantic

‘Fiendishly dark, with a sense of humour - CJ Skuse always inspires deep author envy’ – Keren David, The Bookseller YA Prize Nominee

‘A sassy and enjoyable black comedy’ – The Telegraph on Dead Romantic

‘It’s an absolute page-turner! I gobbled it up in one sitting’ – Cat Clarke, RNA YA Book of the Year Nominee

About the Author

C.J. Skuse

C.J. Skuse, author of PRETTY BAD THINGS, ROCKOHOLIC and DEAD ROMANTIC was born in 1980 in Weston-super-Mare, England.

She hates: hard-boiled eggs, carnivals and coughing.

C.J has First Class degrees in Creative Writing and Writing for Children and, aside writing kick-ass fiction for teens, works as a freelance children's fiction consultant and lectures in writing fiction for teens at Bath Spa University.

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320 pages
Interest Age: From 14


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Mira Ink an imprint of Harlequin (UK)

Publication date

24th September 2015




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