Waiting on Wednesday (53): This Monstrous Thing by Mackenzi Lee

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

My pick this week:

By Mackenzi Lee
Release Date:  September 22, 2015
Published by Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollins

In 1818 Geneva, men built with clockwork parts live hidden away from society, cared for only by illegal mechanics called Shadow Boys. Two years ago, Shadow Boy Alasdair Finch’s life shattered to bits.

His brother, Oliver—dead.

His sweetheart, Mary—gone.

His chance to break free of Geneva—lost.

Heart-broken and desperate, Alasdair does the unthinkable: He brings Oliver back from the dead.

But putting back together a broken life is more difficult than mending bones and adding clockwork pieces. Oliver returns more monster than man, and Alasdair’s horror further damages the already troubled relationship.

Then comes the publication of Frankenstein and the city intensifies its search for Shadow Boys, aiming to discover the real life doctor and his monster. Alasdair finds refuge with his idol, the brilliant Dr. Geisler, who may offer him a way to escape the dangerous present and his guilt-ridden past, but at a horrible price only Oliver can pay… (Cover and synopsis from Goodreads.)

This is one of those books where I haven’t even read the entire synopsis. I read “men built with clockwork parts” and added it to my to-read and must-read shelves on Goodreads. Bam! That’s still all I know about this book and I don’t even care. I can’t wait to read it!

What book are you waiting on?  Let me know, or leave a link to your WoW post in the comments, and I’ll try to stop by your blog! 


  1. Kami

    August 5, 2015 at 7:20 pm

    Whoa! SOLD! That is a great synopsis! Love the cover as well!

  2. Barb

    August 6, 2015 at 2:33 pm

    I have wanted to read this for so long. I have heard a few people mention it is slow at times, but I really just want to judge for myself. I hope we both enjoy it!

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