Man Made Boy by Jon Skovron

October 26th, 2013 kimbacaffeinate Giveaway, Review 56 Comments

26th Oct
Man Made Boy by Jon Skovron
Man Made Boy
by Jon Skovron
Published by: Penguin
Genres: Paranormal
Source: Publisher
Purchase: Amazon
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Rating: One StarOne StarHalf a Star

Love can be a real monster. Sixteen-year-old Boy’s never left home. When you’re the son of Frankenstein’s monster and the Bride, it’s tough to go out in public, unless you want to draw the attention of a torch-wielding mob. And since Boy and his family live in a secret enclave of monsters hidden under Times Square, it’s important they maintain a low profile.
Boy’s only interactions with the world are through the Internet, where he’s a hacker extraordinaire who can hide his hulking body and stitched-together face behind a layer of code. When conflict erupts at home, Boy runs away and embarks on a cross-country road trip with the granddaughters of Jekyll and Hyde, who introduce him to malls and diners, love and heartbreak. But no matter how far Boy runs, he can’t escape his demons—both literal and figurative—until he faces his family once more. This hilarious, romantic, and wildly imaginative tale redefines what it means to be a monster—and a man.

Man Made Boy by Jon Skovron is a retelling of the classic Frankenstein featuring Frankenstein and the Bride’s son Frank. Skovron introduces a mix of genres in this paranormal romance, from cyberpunk to fantasy. At its heart, it is a coming of age story, with life lessons and first experiences. Mini word review: quirky, intriguing and for the young at heart.

The tale begins beneath the streets of New York City, where we meet Boy, his mother Bride and his father Frankenstein. They live with an extraordinary group of supernatural creatures who run the theater directly above them. There are trolls, werewolves, brownies, ogres and even Medusa herself. They even have  a siren that sings nightly. Boy is a computer hacker, who longs to explore the world beyond and after a confrontation with his father he runs away. The tale that unfolds has several interesting threads, a road trip and a lot of firsts for Boy.

Boy is an interesting character, and while I didn’t really connect with him, I was able to appreciate what he was feeling and experiencing. He is quite smart, and his hacking ability is extraordinary. I loved Skovron’s imagination regarding Boy and his computer. We witness him experience love a few times, and all were young adolescent romances. Claire and Sophie were interesting characters, but a lot of the secondary characters tended to be mean. I think Skovron captured the age and mannerisms of the characters well, even if at times they were a little cliché. We have some evil villains, and I wanted more depth from them and a little more angst.

Man Made Boy had moments of greatness and really delivered a solid message to its intended target, but I struggled with all of the threads. Essentially Boy is a runaway, and we travel on his adventure. His desire to be human and accepted often made him a pushover. He had his moments but at times I wanted to shake him. There is insta-love, but not the typical kind instead Boy falls hard for all of the girls he meets. Basically, he is in love with “love” and here the author really captured a realistic portrayal of young love. You remember high school where on Monday, “he was the one” and on Friday, he wasn’t but by Monday another guy was “the one”. Some threads that could have been intense like the program Boy created and the evil characters were for me all resolved too quickly. Despite these issues, this isn’t a bad book, in fact, moments were delightful and exciting. The pacing is fast, and the world building  is minimal. If it weren’t for the foul language and some other situations, I would recommend this to boys 9 to 13. I would suggest parents preview it first, but I do think it would engage the reluctant male reader. Shovron has a wonderful imagination, but for me I needed more depth and greater focus on one or two threads.

With its array of supernatural creatures, myths and genres Man Made Boy offered up a unique coming of age story. I personally think it will be a hit with some readers.

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56 Responses to “Man Made Boy by Jon Skovron”

    • kimbacaffeinate

      It had its moments and Frank and the Bride were interesting as secondary characters.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      He was for me, but like I said I think some peeps will love this, so give it a go! I would love to hear your thoughts on it.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I am partial to weres and vampires as well, but honestly I love them all 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      ghosts are cool Amy, my favorite ghost resides in the Bone Island Trilogy by Heather Graham and his name is Bartholomew.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I struggle when the characters are young and if this had been horror I might have enjoyed it more. I tend to shy away from contemporary YA, and while this has paranormal elements it really is a coming of age tale.

      • Bea

        I’m the same; I prefer my YA to be fantasy of some sort. If it’s primarily a coming of age story then it probably won’t hold my interest.

  1. Angie F.

    I can’t think of a favorite unusual paranormal creature. I’m just a vampire girl to the core. 🙂

    This book sounds really cute! I think I might like it, even if it’s for a younger crowd.
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    • kimbacaffeinate

      I think it will appeal to some peeps, if you like YA contemporaries then give it a go. I would love to hear your thought on it Angie 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Agreed, it reads more like an MG with curse words to be honest.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      thanks Candace, I really think young teen boys would enjoy this.

  2. Kimberly May

    Ya know I’d been seeing this one around but never looked at the blurb for it so I had no idea what it was about now I’m kind of upset with myself. Sounds like something to look into borrowing.
    Kimberly @ Turning the Pages

    • kimbacaffeinate

      It is worth a try, it wasn’t a bad read, just not for me.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I liked all the creatures, but it just had an MG feel and depth.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Glad you want to try it, and it wasn’t a bad read, I just personally needed more. Good luck!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I think he would love it, it wasn’t bad I just needed more if you know what I mean 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      For the right audience I think it was a decent read..i just needed more.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      It is targeted as YA, but I think it would work more as an MG, but then again I am not real big on contemporary YA’s unless they a raw and gritty.

  3. fishgirl182

    I just saw this today at the bookstore and I almost got it. I think the premise sounds really interesting. I would definitely give this one a try.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I would love to hear your thoughts if you do, it wasn’t bad, just read to young for me 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Cyn, I think if you like YA coming of age tales with a paranormal twist you would probably enjoy it more than me. It wasn’t bad, it just felt more MG to me.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Thanks Tabitha, it wasn’t a bad read, I just needed more depth. I am glad you liked it, and as I had said I had a feeling it would appeal to others.

  4. Christa

    When I first heard about this book I was really excited about, but I’ve been seeing a lot of disappointed reviews so that’s discouraging. Still I’d love to give it a shot and see for myself.

    And paranormal creature? I’m a total zombie girl. All the way.
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    • kimbacaffeinate

      I totally recommend that you do. Tabitha at My Shelf Confessions gave it a 5. For me it just read more like a MG book.

      • Dana

        I normally wouldn’t be interested in reading a MG book, but I think it might be a nice change to read something fluffy and simple since I’ve been busy with grad-school textbooks and journal articles for a long time. It’d be kind of like a “break from real reading” book, if that makes sense.

        I can understand an adult thinking MG was too young for them. I could never read MG all the time because I usually want substance.

  5. Dana

    My favorite unusual paranormal creature is bodaches from the Odd Thomas series. Basically shadow-like creatures that appear before something disasterous/violent is going to happen.

  6. Jana Leah

    I love witches & werewolves, even though they’re not unusual. Thanks for the giveaway.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Yes, but I love when authors add twists to them. Good luck!

  7. Vanessa

    I like this, its something completely unique. i can’t wait to read this book. Thanks for the giveaway !!!

  8. Jayne

    Hmm well my favorite unusual paranormal creatures are probably.. fallen angels? I don’t really know, but I just finished reading Hush, Hush and I have angels on the brain!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Angels can be fun, I love when they are warriors battling evil demons.