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Review - A Misfortune of Lake Monsters by Nicole M. Wolverton

Synopsis -

Lemon Ziegler wants to escape rural Devil’s Elbow, Pennsylvania to attend college―but that’s impossible now that she’s expected to impersonate the town’s lake monster for the rest of her life.

Her family has been secretly keeping the tradition of Old Lucy, the famed (and very fake) monster of Lake Lokakoma, alive for generations, all to keep the tourists coming.

Without Lemon, the town dies, and she can’t disappoint her grandparents . . . or tell her best friends about any of it. That includes Troy Ramirez, who has been covertly in love with Lemon for years, afraid to ruin their friendship by confessing his feelings.

When a very real, and very hungry monster is discovered in the lake, secrets must fall by the wayside. Determined to stop the monster, Lemon and her best friends are the only thing standing between Devil’s Elbow and the monster out for blood.

Review -

Growing up in Scotland, I was always obsessed with the Loch Ness Monster, even though I had difficulty believing it was real. With that in mind, I was excited to read A Misfortune of Lake Monsters.

You have to feel for Lemon, who has been sucked into the family business against her will, which means impersonating Old Lucy, the monster that supposedly lurks in the depths of the local lake. When she encounters a real monster, things take a turn.

Told from the perspective of Lemon and her best friend, Troy, it's fun to watch the story play out through different sets of eyes. There are some great twists and turns along the way, and while I could have done without the love storyline, it fits well in a YA novel and isn't totally overbearing.

At the end of the day, this was a fun read, and I would be totally on board for an spin-off series featuring side character, Amelia, who was my favorite in the book.

This one is set for release on July 2, and you can pre-order by clicking HERE.

4 Stars out of 5

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