Sheltered from many things in the monster world, Violet lived with the only knowledge that she was a gipsy until she met the four alphas – Vance (Van Helsing), Emit (Werewolf), Damien (Incubus) and Arion (Vampire). Matters were starting to unveil, and regardless of their belief, Violet would be their salvation.
Series Title: All the Pretty Monsters
Author: Kristy Cunning @ C.M. Owens
Genres: Fantasy > Vampires / Werewolves / Incubus / Reverse Harem
Read Format: Kindle Edition
Total Pages: 2,064
Reading Date: 18th March 2021 ~ 19th April 2021
Book Series in Order
- 1 Gypsy Blood
- 2 Gypsy Freak
- 3 Gypsy Origins
- 4 Gypsy Moon
- 5 Gypsy Rising
- 6 Gypsy Truths
I’m not all that special, really. Or uncommon. I’m sure there are a lot of girls with old gypsy blood who see the dead, have killer cults hunting their family, and turn into something that gets scary when they panic. Yep. Completely unoriginal, if I do say so myself.
Move along. Nothing to see here. Nope. I’m just an ordinary girl. I wish people would believe that. I’ve been labeled as one thing or another for most of my life:
Crazy Gypsy Girl.
It took my mother’s death for me to finally start getting answers about what’s really been going on. Unfortunately, most of the answers come from men…who aren’t just men. Somehow, I’ve gone and landed myself in a world truly filled with monsters, and I’m starting to think this is where I should have been all along.
Only…I don’t understand what’s going on. I’m walking into the middle of a story that’s thousands of years old, and I’m the new girl on the block who doesn’t have a clue how this world even works. My only guides happen to be the most lethal of the bunch.
They decide who lives or dies. They decide who gets stabbed or tortured. Yeah…I’ve gone and drawn attention to myself, and the ones paying attention are the ones everyone else seems to fear. How do these things always happen to me?
Gypsy’s number one rule: Never make eye contact.
Thank you for breaking that rule, Violet. It wouldn’t be the same if Anna weren’t in your life; This first book which progressed slowly in terms of the plot would have been bland.
I still couldn’t believe that I liked the ghost more than the main heroine, Violet. For me, Anna was the star in the story with her wittiness; her spontaneous comment whenever she saw the pretty monsters was hilarious. I hope that Violet would be able to fix Anna soon, and she could stay with us for the following five more books!
What’s it like to be a monster in a town full of monsters, who don’t know you’re a monster? Complicated and a little scary, but doable.
What’s it like to be the girl who can’t die…that everyone seems to always want to kill? Frustrating as hell.
What’s it like to accidentally raise psychotic alpha vampire everyone fears, who drops a lot of bodies on his first day out as a ‘gift’ for your troubles? Terrifying, if I’m being honest.
What’s it like when that crazed vampire tells you he wants you to be the happy little intermission, during an ongoing ancient story, and expects you to use your vagina to draw in a werewolf alpha, a Van Helsing alpha, and a sexual deviant alpha, so he can have his old friends back?
That’s when a girl has to stop, look around, and question her life choices. I really don’t know how this stuff keeps happening to me. Life was simpler when it was just me accidentally blowing myself up while trying to create potions and shampoo.
I’ve lived my life in such secrecy that I’ve spent most of it lonely. So lonely, in fact, that my best friend is a delusional ghost. I’d rather focus on her than all the crazy things happening in my life at current. Ever since coming to this town, I’ve had my throat slit by vampires, attracted way too much attention from some powerful alphas, and did a lot of regrettably stupid things because…I’m too gullible for shady monsters.
To them, I’m the fool.
To them, I’m the naive girl in over my head.
To them, I’m the pawn on a worn chessboard, while the seasoned players knock me around.
Meanwhile, I’m still left to figure it all out on my own, because, just like me, no one wants to share their secrets.
Damn it! My heart broke with the departure of Anna. I couldn’t believe she left so soon. I was hoping that by some miracle, Anna was cured after the body borrowing thingy, and the pile of salt was just a distraction while she went away to investigate the darkness inside of Violet. Sigh!
The other replacement characters- The ghosts and the Omegas were dulled in comparison ☹. Nevertheless, the story was interesting, the mystery of Violet’s lineage and the boys’ past was intriguing. Also, we’ve yet to be introduced to the protocol council and the cult yet. So, hopefully, we’ll learn more in the next instalment.
I’m like a snowball rolling downhill.
That’s the first thing that pops into my mind when I try to explain my life. I don’t know exactly ‘what’ I am, but I do know who I am.
At least…I did.
Sometimes life sends things your way that upend everything you thought you knew, and then slings you in another direction without any sort of harness or warning.
Sometimes it drops someone like me off in the path of four wildly different monsters, who all used to be best friends, but now sort of hate each other and compete over absolutely everything, including…me.
Life would be easier if I wasn’t already attached to those four monsters, but they occasionally let their guard down around me, and I get a glimpse of what has to stay hidden under all those snowball layers, since they already rolled downhill a long time ago.
I’m tired of losing people I care about. I’m tired of searching aimlessly for answers. I’m tired of not having the right questions to ask.
I’m really tired of feeling like my vagina is cursed, but that’s obviously lower on the list of priorities. But in my vagina’s defense, it may not do tricks, but I keep it pretty. It shouldn’t keep scaring men/monsters off so easily, and it’s honestly starting to make me feel a little insecure.
Anyway, I’m finally closer than ever to having all the answers. So long as no new secrets emerge.
✅ Discovered Violet’s lineage
✅ Action – Facing rogue werewolves
❎ Facing the Protocole Council / the Cult
❎ Raising Idun and the others
⭕ Anna remains dead 😢
☢️ Cliffhanger had me check the next book’s 1st chapter immediately!
A short review of this third book in the series as I’m currently away on holiday. I want to comment that I’m very interested in finding out Arion’s action plan since he now knows about Violet’s immortality status. He’s my favourite character, and he reminded me of Niklaus “Klaus”, the original vampire from the Vampire Diaries.
Imagine searching your whole life for answers, and then finally finding them. A part of you is excited to know the truth. Another part of you is damaged, because you realize why it was so hard to learn answers.
Secrets aren’t usually very pretty.
In the midst of all of it, the four monsters I’ve gotten too attached to are about to be reunited with the one woman they all once loved so deeply that they sacrificed everything to have an eternity with her.
They said they hated Arion, but I never see hatred when they’re around him. I see frustration, resentment, anger, and pain, but never hatred.
They say they hate Idun, but until she returns, I won’t know how true that really is. All the pretty monsters don’t have simple emotions, because everyone has lived so long that it’s gotten entirely too complicated to feel anything too much.
The only way to figure out what happens next is to stop stalling and start doing, while silently hoping it doesn’t cost me everything I never knew I wanted…until it landed in my lap.
My life sucks so hard sometimes.
Finally, Arion got what he’d been waiting for in this book. But, it wasn’t all perfect because of the awkward situation! LOL… Anyway, the ending wasn’t powerful enough, and it didn’t make me want to read the next book immediately.
Nevertheless, with two more books left, I’m dreading Idun’s appearance. What’s going to happen to the pretty monsters? Which side will they choose? Idun or Violet? Also, will Anna come back?
Sing, gypsies, sing of your lies…
That old song plays in my head, as the world turns around me faster than it has ever turned.
Monsters and mayhem. That’s become my life.
Fear and apprehension. That’s become the normal for those around me.
Dread and distraction. That’s what has interrupted my own personal romance story with my mon-star quad.
Vengeance and retribution. That was the theme of the monster world long before I landed in it, and it’s starting to heat up more than ever.
Jabs from a complicated, ancient past keep coming so much and so quickly that I’ve grown desensitized to them. Which is a good thing, since I’m about to need a thick skin.
I guess it’s time to see if I can handle being in the middle, because that’s where I’m about to put myself. My mother always did accuse me of being a masochist. I’m starting to think she must be right.
Either they love me, or they love her.
I suppose it’s time to find out who wins. I don’t fight pretty, and I’m not that great at smack talk.
It’s not that they’re not worth fighting for. I just don’t want to have to fight for them. Not when I’m fighting bigger battles already. Either we’re in this together, or I’m on my own. That’s for them to decide on their own.
Let the games begin.
Anna, it’s nice to have you back. I’ve been expecting you to join the team back with your wittiness. My hope for you was that you would be corporal enough to have whatever you wanted. Knowing you, Anna, your primary purpose, or perhaps your only goal, would be to get laid. 😂😂
Violet, your act of heroism was worth commenting on in this book. It was the most painful moment in the story, physically. While mentally, it was when your monsters ignore you for five months!
Most of the time, Violet, I couldn’t understand what’s going on in your pretty little head. That’s probably because of the writing style, where the story wasn’t told based on just one POV, but with four others.
One thing for sure, Violet was sturdy on the outside but soft inside – proof she withstood the beating but not strong enough to stay away from her monsters.
Anyway, there’s still some secret left about Violet, such as her lineage and the extent of her power, and now that Emit had marked Violet, would she still be Arion’s bride? What about getting the mark of flame from Damien or whatever name is given for Van Helsing for claiming her? What about Idun’s fate? I can’t wait to read the conclusion of this series!
After spending the vast majority of my life lonely, I came to this town to find answers about my mother, and instead, stumbled upon a secret society full of monsters I never knew existed outside of dark tales.
Now I’ve built a sanctuary, gotten in the middle of an ages-old feud between various monster factions, and somehow ended up with an ancient, queen-like tyrant targeting me, because my life sucks sometimes.
I don’t know how these things keep happening to me. They just do.
Tensions keep climbing, and everyone’s on edge while waiting and watching to see what Idun Neopry does next.
In the midst of all that, the secrets spill, the lies unravel, and the half-truths finally come to full fruition. It’s been one hellish snowball ride to make it this far, and I’m mostly ready for anything that comes next.
That’s a lie, actually. But I’d like for it to be the truth. For now, hoping for the best is all I have. Well, I guess that’s a lie too. Hope’s not all I have.
I also have a Van Helsing, who can slay a small army without wrinkling his shirt. Then there’s a Morpheous, who can toy with my mind in ways I never imagined. I’ve got a wolf, who makes it a goal to keep me human-ish. And there’s a vampire, who enjoys killing and stabbing.
Ancient alphas, old vendettas, super-complicated histories, mass-death threats, and a lot of personal baggage. That’s become a Tuesday morning coffee break to me by now.
Like I said, my life sucks sometimes.
This book was the last one in the series, and it explained many things. I was delighted with the long story, but on the con side, with that much information, my head hurts!
Story-wise, it was okay with a great conclusion. I didn’t expect the plot twists either, and the revelation about Anna blew my mind off! Anyway, the team deserved to have peace and a happy ending, and as for Idun, it served her right!
One thing I disliked about this series was the book covers. It was about ‘All the Pretty Monsters’, but the characters on the cover were downright scary!