Blog Tour – 21% Monster: Ice Monster (21% Monster #2)

Hello hello and welcome or welcome back to my little bookish corner of the internet. Today is my stop on the Kaledioscopic Tours blog tour for 21% Monster: Ice Monster, the second book in this exciting adventure series. I was lucky to be sent copies of both the first and second book, so my review of the first book will be coming soon too.

Genetically-modified teens try to bring down the organisation that made them, in this second action-packed installment in the 21% Monster series.

The girl put her hands on her hips, cocked her head and answered: ‘My name is Aurora MarΓ­a Ash-Valero and I’m here to kick your butt!”

Since Darren Devlin and Marek Masters joined forces, there has only been one thing on their minds – taking down XSP, the secret organisation that transformed them into genetically-modified superhumans. Even with 21% monster Darren’s incredible strength, and 19% alien Marek’s super intelligence, XSP is more than a match for them.

But what if there was another survivor of XSP’s experiments? A tall, tough, athletic teen girl able to withstand sub-zero temperatures and track potential predators? A girl who’s 17% sabre-tooth polar bear, and out for revenge.

Two’s company, but Three IS UNSTOPPABLE in this high-octane adventure, 21% Monster: Ice Giant.

Rating: 4 stars

The action starts and simply doesn’t stop in 21% Monster: Ice Giant! The return of Darren and Marek was always going to be a riot in itself, and cause some too, and this book doesn’t hesitate with what it puts into action.

One of the clever things about this series is the switching perspectives and what we gain from them. The amount of input we get from enemy contact is perfect, keeping you on edge, and wondering just how it’s going to be reacted to. The same is true in reverse; Marek is always thinking several moves ahead. It is like a constant game of chess, and you’re never sure what’s coming next.

From the synopsis of this book, you know that Aroura is going to come into play at some point, and you find yourself waiting impatiently – nicely! – for the pages to go and for one more Helix child to join the fold. However, there are of course twists and turns that you couldn’t have predicted, and things are never going to be simple when dealing with XSP.

I really appreciated the continuing changing dynamics between Darren and Marek, and how Marek shows how much he still has to learn about functioning with other people after so long by himself. Their friendship is full of learning points, and with new people coming into the equation, things are bound to continue to change.

Overall, I found this to be a really enjoyable read, and was a great way to start my 2023 reads off. I’ll be keeping an eye out for the next in the series to continue following the adventures of the Helix 51.

Thank you to Kalediscope Tours and to publisher Usborne for both my involvement in the tour and my copies of both books. As mentioned above, my review of the first 21% Monster book will be coming some time soon. If you’re in the mood for some adventure and self discovery with a dash of science fiction, be sure to check out these books!



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