Sunday, April 6, 2014

Review & Giveaway: Scary Modsters...and Creepy Freaks by Diane Rinella

Scary Modsters ...and Creepy FreaksScary Modsters...and Creepy Freaks by Diane Rinella 
Release Date: March 25, 2014
Review Format: eARC
Pages: 276
Source: Author in exchange for an honest review
Buy It: Amazon | B&N

Description from Goodreads:
A fantastical romance involving a girl, the music that fuels her, and her Ouija board.

Rosalyn possesses a sunny personality that is laced with quirks. Although she seeks acceptance in a world where she lives out of time, what she gets is ridiculed for her eclectic wardrobe and unconventional music collection.

One fateful night, Rosalyn bewitches Niles, a stylish man whose offbeat character perfectly complements her own. Unfortunately, he possesses a critical flaw that means relationship suicide for him and pretty much anyone.

While under the influence of insomnia-impaired judgment, Rosalyn summons Rock ‘n Roll deity Peter Lane back from the dead. Not only does he spin her hormones into a frenzy, Peter is also the precarious puzzle piece that brings sense into her world. When Niles learns that he can overcome his life-long challenge by helping Peter avenge his death, how far will he go to secure Rosalyn’s heart?

I originally fell in love with Diane Rinella's writing with her Forbidden Flower books. She writes in such an open, beautiful way, and it's always a great experience to read. While this particular story was less of a hit on my feels, it was still a book I very much enjoyed. Scary Modsters was fun, cool, and so incredibly different.

The characters were all kinds of awesome. I love Rosalyn's name, and her character grew on me throughout the story. At first, I was sort of skeptical of her, as I generally am because I hate it when characters do things that make me angry. But Rosalyn was fine, and I actually liked her. And Peter...he was what pulled me in from the very beginning. He was so self aware to begin with, and I found that refreshing. Plus, he was just a very intriguing character. Of course, I ended up a huge fan of his by the time the story came to an end. And then we have Niles...yeah, I loved him. He was so smart about some things, but so clueless about others, and I couldn't help but to find that endearing.

I loved that this book was told from the three POVs of the main characters. It was nice to get a look inside each of their heads, and they were all so unique that I didn't have any trouble telling whose head I was in at any given moment. It also gave me a much better feel for each of the characters, which led me to easily like them more.

Music plays a huge part of this book, and I adore that. So much. It's in the chapter titles, it's in the plot, it's in the characters, it's in everything. It was so perfect. I definitely went through that playlist both when I finished the book and as I was reading. I loved how it added a little extra something to the experience of reading this book--and made it all the more fun.

The romance and the plot were both things I could most definitely get behind. The plot went right along with the different feel of this book, and the whole thing was so gosh darn enjoyable. And the romance...Niles was so sweet. It was kind of funny at times, because Niles was so...HIM. But it worked. It worked so well. And Peter. When I said I was a fan of Peter, that totally carries over to his romantic elements, as well. I approve. OF ALL OF IT.

Overall, Scary Modsters was a fun, unique story that I seriously enjoyed. While it was different from Diane Rinella's other works, it still held that flare she puts into everything she writes, making this a story I was incredibly into and cared about from the first words to the last.


Enjoying San Francisco as a backdrop, the ghosts in Diane’s 150-year old Victorian home augment the chorus in her head. With insomnia as their catalyst, these voices have become multifarious characters that haunt her well into the sun’s crowning hours, refusing to let go until they have manipulated her into succumbing to their whims. Her experiences as an actress, business owner, artisan cake designer, software project manager, Internet radio disc jockey, vintage rock n’ roll journalist/fangirl, and lover of dark and quirky personalities influence her idiosyncratic writing.

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  1. Thank you, Jessica! I always love how fresh your reviews are. The fact that this is over my book has me floored!!! Thank you so much for taking a chance on my work. I appreciate it more than I'll ever be able to express.


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