Friday, June 13, 2014

The Monsterjunkies: An American Family Odyssey

To all of our readers out there who are craving some fresh, with a totally unique perspective, I kindly encourage you to keep reading today's post. We have for you a new book, recently brought to our attention, that seriously requires YOUR attention. As the tag lines states, "Everything you're looking for lies behind the mask you wear." Holy Cow's June 13th-book-alert-spolight-thingy is being shined directly on Erik Daniel Shein's and Theresa A. Gates' new series, The Monsterjunkies: An American Family Odyssey.
Welcome to the world of the Monsterjunkie Family...
Where being a normal family is a state of mind… 

In this first book, which is clearly just a prelude of much more to come, we are introduced to a fascinating world of otherworldly beasts in a coming-of-age story of profundity. This empowering tale encourages readers of all ages to let go of insecurities and concerns as to how others perceive you. Its refreshing originality, along with a modern ‘twist’, makes this novel incredibly relevant for the 21st Century and its target readership.

 Tucked away in a remote cul-de-sac on the Maine coast is a place where the strange is normal, and the bizarre, is everyday. This is a place, where, if you do not have an open mind, you will loose your mind in its reality and truths. This is the home of The Monsterjunkies, An American Family Odyssey. Residing at this place, Cromwell aka/ Crow and his sister, Indigo, along with their friends go down a reality curve to arrive at the harsh truth of the indelible hurt bullying, emotional abuse and prejudice can foster. The family faces ignorance combined with aggression at every step as they try to build a life for themselves in the home of their ancestors. We are all MonsterJunkies and wear masks during our daily lives, in school, during work, hanging out with friends, imitating, being people who we look up to and admire, or those we want to be. It is those people who take off their masks and show the real person inside who are the ones that truly find the meaning of their lives. The Monsterjunkies an American Family Odyssey, defines growing up through a cast of quirky yet engaging characters who also experience the same anxieties as any other family enduring the issues that portend 'coming of age.' Not all angst and agony, it marks a clear path to the ultimate form of acceptance, the approbation of self.

Here's what one impressed reader had to say about this original work:
 Eccentric, outlandish ideas and creative concepts fill the pages of this supremely singular story for Young Adults & Teenagers. The well-written narrative explores pain, joy and growth with acute poignancy and a deeply resounding look at self-evaluation. I was shocked by such an impressive and rather extraordinary read, so full of heart and containing many valuable lessons that strike a chord in us all. `The Monster Junkies' approaches bullying, peer-pressure, adolescent decision-making and many other strong themes which teenagers encounter with sincerity and touching truism. I can recall those feelings and anxieties that many of the characters within this book experience when I was this age, and so found the storyline highly relatable and current. Blending together the bizarre and brilliant in a fantastical fusion of colour and imaginative flair this quirky, idiosyncratic debut is a compelling read like nothing I have encountered before! Crow and his sister Indigo are likeable protagonists whose assured sense of inner-self and identity is something to admire and draw courage from. Finding acceptance and approbation of self (and self worth) is one of the most powerful topics within YA literature that can be examined, and so I would recommend this sensational story as a noteworthy edition to the genre. Refreshing originality along with a modern `twist' {contemporary feel} makes this novel incredibly relevant for the 21st Century and target readership. Similarly to books like `This song will save your life' this story highlights how we are all Monster Junkies: in that fa├žade's threaten to overwhelm us and lead us from the path of finding true meaning in life. This empowering tale encourages readers of all ages to let go of insecurities and concerns as to how others perceive you, so as to expose your inner-self and strength of heart. Through the cast of spunky, engaging characters I was able to draw meaningful connotation and impacting depth from the plot - - messages of hope, warmth and honesty. Not all about teenage angst and agony this story marks a clear path so that impressionable minds might not sway towards jealousy, but rather live life to the full through a comforting read. This striking story (with fantastic eye-catching, magical cover!) is a richly evocative tale that lingers on the mind and seeps into the soul...

What about the author?
Erik Daniel Shein was born Erik Daniel Stoops on November 18th 1966. He is an American writer, and Visionary, film producer, screenwriter, voice actor, animator, entrepreneur, entertainer, philanthropist, pet enthusiast and animal health advocate . He is the author and co author of over 30 nonfiction and fiction books whose writings include six scientific articles in the field of herpetology. His children’s book, The Forgotten Ornament is a Christmas classic, and was endorsed by Hollywood legends Mickey and Jan Rooney.

Where can you find out more and buy this book?
On the official Monsterjunkies website:

Go out now and buy some Monsterjunkies!


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