The Monster’s Daughter

Zombies Don’t Cry author Rusty Fischer on The Monster’s Daughter:
Often funny, majorly sad, equally scary and powerfully poignant, Ginny is such a great character; one of the most realistic I’ve read in YA fiction — and I’m not just talking YA vamp fiction, either!
— from the review “Lyrical, Beautiful, Beastly and Brilliant!


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Ginny Connors doesn’t believe in vampires. There’s totally a rational reason her dad is a lot more bloodthirsty and a lot less interested in food than he used to be.

Still, she hangs a cross on her bedroom door. Just in case.

When Ginny discovers people aren’t the guests but the main course at her father’s New Year party, she wishes she could save the day with garlic pancakes. Instead, she must face the limits of her daydreams, and attempt to stop the monster her father has become.


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If you like your vampires deadly and your heroines awesome, READ THIS BOOK!
— from the review “A perfect YA vampire adventure

If The Monster’s Daughter is read as simply a coming of age story for
a heroic young woman (and you will have to read the book to see just how
heroic she acts  for I refuse to spoil it for you), you will love it. If, however, you read it as an allegory for the life of an abused child and young woman, then you will find great satisfaction and perhaps even catharsis as you read the this amazing first novel by author Deborah Bryan.
from the review “Brilliant first novel

This is not your average young adult vampire novel. The story is
layered and moving and the characters are as complex as they are compelling.
— from the review “A gripping page-turner

Ginny is the perfect heroine for today’s world; she’s strong, determined and courageous, she is not wimpy and whiny.
— from the review “Ginny the Vampire Slayer

Just as Ginny is a complex character with complex problems, this novel offers deeper
themes that underlie its captivating story. Anyone who has suffered from abuse, neglect,
dysfunctional family dynamics, or even self-doubt-or knows someone who has- can find
something in these pages that will ring true to them.
— from the review “An incredible read

When I was done with the book, I left it on my daughter’s desk. Several hours later
she came out of her room to tell me she was absolutely hooked on the book, and
that she was already half-way through it. She completely devoured the book
that day, and the next morning it was back on my side-table. When I asked
her what she thought of it, she said, “I LOVED IT! Ginny is so REAL.”
— from the review “Wonderful! A great read for adults and teens alike!!

I never expected this book would tug at my heartstrings like it did. I read
all the time, have read many many books and this one quickly sucked
me in and gripped me tight like no other!
— from the review  “The Monster’s Daughter is for sure a gripping tale!

[T]he way Ginny handles the challenges she faces, makes her a character you can’t help
but root for every step of the way.
— from the Literary Escapism review

I love vampire novels. I was (if being honest here), expecting to step into another vampire novel…like all the others. I was blown away with a very rich and completely new take on the roll of YA fiction vampires. Loved it times a million. So fresh, so new…so unlike anything else out there.
— from the review “The Monster’s Daughter Book Review

  1. May 4, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    Sounds like a fun book!

    • May 5, 2011 at 5:37 am

      I’d love the folks who read to be able to end their assessments with those last three words! Even if preceded by a modifier such as “mostly” 😉

  2. May 11, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    I’ll pass this on to the resident vampire lover in my family- the wife! Thanks for sharing.

  3. May 18, 2011 at 11:55 am

    This sounds interesting. I know someone who will love this book. Thanks for subscribing!

    • May 18, 2011 at 6:01 pm

      Thanks for passing the word along! Also, I meant to add you the moment I signed up for your blog “journal” of 50 entries. I’m slow to remember things sometimes. 🙂

      • May 19, 2011 at 6:12 am

        With my blog’s name, I am surprised when I even get a legitimate visitor!

  4. May 23, 2011 at 8:22 am

    I’m only on Chapter 5 right now – but GREAT! It was pure curiosity that got me started on this. Honestly, I didn’t expect to find something classified as “young adult” quite so engaging… Though I’ve just gotten started, I’m bummed already that the next two books are not yet out.

    I’m trying to keep the images used on my site “legal”, so I thought I should ask first: Do you have any objections if I use the cover image of your book (the one in this post) on my blog’s sidebar to link here? I can throw together my own image for it if you’d rather. ~Cheers, and thank you for providing a splendid way to satisfy my thirst for vampire adventures!

    • May 25, 2011 at 8:52 pm

      This comment made my Monday morning, and I like it no less now that it’s Wednesday evening. Thanks for reading–and I hope you like it no less now that it’s Wednesday evening! :p

  5. May 25, 2011 at 11:37 am

    This is going on my “need to read” list! Sounds fun and I LOVE reading series. It’s great to get to be with a character longer than just one book. I know a handful of folks into vampire stories and I’ll pass along your title to them too. 🙂

    • May 25, 2011 at 8:55 pm

      Hey! Thanks for stopping by and for passing along the title to friends! If you do end up reading The Monster’s Daughter, I hope you enjoy it . . . and the couple of books that follow. 😉

  6. June 19, 2011 at 6:54 pm

    I missed this earlier –how exciting!

    • June 29, 2011 at 1:34 pm

      Hey, and I missed this earlier! It is exciting, although I’m so overwhelmed by the thought of editing its successors that i forget to be excited most the time. 😉 The editing resumes Friday. (Nooooo!)

  7. lisa pollard
    June 29, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    I have to get my hands on this so I can review it for Literary Escapism! It looks amazing!!!! 🙂 Congrats on the new book!

    • June 29, 2011 at 1:35 pm

      Thanks, Lisa! If you read the sample and think you’d enjoy it, I’m happy to send you a free copy for review!

  8. July 12, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    This is so awesome! i’m going to amazon to buy the book now. how did i not see this earlier? I’ve been slacking off this summer, big time! CONGRATS! Can’t wait to read it.

    • July 12, 2011 at 8:25 pm

      Thank you! You are too, too kind! And also responsible for the huge grin I’m wearing right now 😉

  9. July 15, 2011 at 6:05 am

    Congratulations! Heading over to Amazon to place my order. 🙂

  10. August 18, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    it sounds like a good read – thanks for the heads up about it. 🙂

    • October 4, 2011 at 8:43 pm

      I know that it’s not nearly for everyone, but I’m delighted by that it’s good for some! Thanks for taking a peek. 🙂

  11. August 18, 2011 at 10:58 pm

    Wow! Great reviews… I wonder if I can buy it in Bkk? Congratulations to the nth degree!

    • October 4, 2011 at 8:45 pm

      I believe print copies can be purchased internationally via CreateSpace, but I’m not sure about whether that includes (a) all regions internationally or (b) digital copies!

  12. msperfectpatty
    September 22, 2011 at 10:14 pm

    I would love to write a book one day and go to law school really. Do you have any words of dvice or tips for a college student who wants to pursue these things?

    • October 4, 2011 at 8:47 pm

      Since my biggest advice about going to law school would be “Don’t!” I would have to point you elsewhere on that front. As for writing a book, I’d suggest keeping a personal journal in which you have total freedom to develop your voice . . . and setting small goals for yourself! Even 100 words a day eventually leads to a novel, but it does take sitting down and writing those words.

      I expand on this in an interview that goes up next month. I wish I could quote it now, but that seems like it probably wouldn’t be the best idea. 😉

  13. October 4, 2011 at 7:57 am

    I’m a vampire fan. This I got to check. Wow, you are so talented. Congratulations for creating a book that will be celebrated for years to come. Wishing you all the blessings and success.

    • October 4, 2011 at 8:49 pm

      Thank you! I do like to caution people that it’s more a coming of age tale that involves vampires than a vampire tale. That being said, it definitely does involve vampires principally of the “unabashedly evil” variety! 😉

  14. October 10, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    This sounds great and since its almost Halloween what a perfect time to go read it!

    • October 10, 2011 at 7:34 pm

      If you do end up reading it and want a bookmark, let me know! I’d be happy to send you one. Thank you for stopping by and giving this a peek. 🙂

  15. October 22, 2011 at 10:56 pm

    just wanted to thank you for enjoying my music video (Heist) at Re’s Sparks in Shadow. I really appreciate it. as for Vampyrs, due to my nocturnal lifestyle i used to be called “the count”. continue…

    • November 28, 2011 at 11:02 am

      I don’t know how I missed replying to this earlier, but I’d like to thank you in returning for checking out this page!

  16. November 9, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    Hi! It sounds like it’s going to be a great read. You had me at vampire.


    • November 28, 2011 at 11:03 am

      It’s more of a coming of age tale than a vampire one to me, but I hope it’ll suit you (at least a little) regardless!

  17. November 28, 2011 at 10:55 am

    Yay! Can’t wait to read…thinking the holidays will be good for this…<3

  18. December 19, 2011 at 8:38 am

    Looks like a great book! Looking forward to reading it

  19. December 20, 2011 at 6:25 am

    I’ve never been into vampires, but reading your short plot summary makes me want this book. Seriously. You had me a garlic pancakes. FTW! 🙂

    What an intriguing plot idea. And there seems to be a fantastic sense of humor and imagination behind this book. It sounds inspired!

    • December 20, 2011 at 8:36 am

      I hear you! I love Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but that’s been the extent of my interest in vampires. (OK, that’s been the extent of my adult interest. In my early teens, I wanted to be a vampire more than anything in the entire world!)

      I have a lot of folks say things now like, “I just read the best vampire book ever! Totally your thing!” This leads to great efforts to restrain my mirth. Like you, vampires are not my thing. The fact I wrote a book about some vampires was in part a way for me to get to kick some of their butt, vicariously. I do not want them as friends or lovers. I would, in fact, generally (like the trilogy’s protagonist) like to serve them garlic pancakes. 😀

  20. February 11, 2012 at 5:07 am

    hey just landed here and love the vampire idea… hope to be back again soon… 😛

    • February 11, 2012 at 5:27 am

      Vampires sure kept me busy when I was in Japan! Happily, they were only the kind that lived in and between my head and laptop. 😉

      Glad to see you here!

  21. jennifer ford
    March 5, 2012 at 5:23 am

    I would love acopy of this book =) it would make my year and the new year has just basically begun lol ty

    • March 5, 2012 at 5:26 am

      Don’t forget to post the same on Facebook! I’ll use to select the commenter #s. Rooting for ya! 🙂

  22. Thomas E. Tucker
    March 29, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    Hi, Deborah. Your blog was extremely well-written and very poignant. It’s sad to think that this problem still exists, but I truly believe that you will be able to prepare your child for the inevitable. God bless you and your family.

  23. May 24, 2012 at 12:17 am

    WOW! congrats for this very interesting book Deb! 🙂

  24. thesubterraneanworld
    May 28, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    I am definitely hitting the store an getting it! Congratulations!

  25. misstrie
    January 20, 2014 at 11:07 am

    GAAAASSSSP! Amazon, amazon, amazon, amazon, amazon, click, click, click, CLIIIIIIIICK.

    LOVE the title, can’t wait to read the book! Congratulations!

  26. May 15, 2014 at 11:48 am

    Congrats– I’m totally in.

  27. January 10, 2015 at 5:29 am

    Very good review. Thanks for following Nutsrok!

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