Still – Still series 1

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Emma is on a vacation in Rome, up against titans and sketchy archeologists to save the sister she thought she hated. And her only ally is a blind hobo. It can’t go well…

Still is a new urban fantasy where a girl with nothing left to lose comes to terms with life’s losses, and inebriated bums take on old gods. Let the madness begin!

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It always started like this, a pulse inside me, like a warning before the tide surged, roared… and froze everything.

Twenty-year-old Emma just landed in Rome, to find the father who walked out of her life more than a decade ago and was too busy eating pizza to call. Traveling with her is a secret she’s carried alone since childhood: sometimes, around her, time stops. People and cars freeze, rain hangs still in the air and there’s only her left in the silence.

To make things worse, Em runs into a past she’d rather forget in the person of Lily, her estranged step-sis. As the two of them reconnect, Em starts to pick up some creepy vibes from the mysterious archaeological foundation Lily works for—and more specifically the ancient stone table they’re digging up near the coliseum…

Faust, the blind hobo Em keeps running into, might be the key to piercing Katharos’s secrets. Actually, he might even have something to do with that pesky time-freezing thing…

From the bestselling author of the Spotless series comes a new urban fantasy where a girl with nothing left to lose comes to terms with life’s losses, and inebriated bums take on old gods. Let the madness begin!

63 reviews for Still – Still series 1

  1. Gray, on Amazon

    I received the ARC on Thursday and finished it early …
    I received the ARC on Thursday and finished it early Friday morning. I just couldn’t put the book down. Emma and Faust are such lovable characters. This book had such an interesting spin on the Titan myths.

  2. KaytiMcGee, on Amazon

    Molto Monk!
    Camilla Monk proves her utter brilliance yet again. The old gods are loose in modern Rome, fighting ancient battles among modern families- not to mention offering a charming new way to eat your breakfast cereal. I cannot wait for more. No, really, I can’t. I’m laying all I own at the feet of Chronos and begging for a copy of the next installment from the future.

    I was lucky enough to read this book pre-release in exchange for my thoughts and I clearly had a few.

  3. Regina D, on Amazon

    Fantastic start to a new urban fantasy / paranormal series – sequel, please!
    Warning: If you are here in the hopes of finding more Spotless, you’ll probably be disappointed.

    BUT if you are here for…
    … Camilla Monk’s writing (including a healthy dose of snark),
    … her ability to create a magical world weaving ancient history, legends and mythology into today’s Rome,
    … her troubled, less-than-perfect but absolutely rooting-for-worthy characters that will worm their way into your heart, stinky feet and all…

    … and if you don’t mind a bit of Urban Fantasy and paranormal-ish shenanigans including gods, titans and immortal hobos (okay, *one* immortal hobo)…

    … then you have come to the right place.
    Grab a bowl of Faxkrispies and enjoy (the book!).

    I am very much looking forward to reading more books in this series (there’s a teaser for a sequel, so the only question is hopefully only WHEN we’ll get to read it?).

    Disclaimer: I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  4. Kindle Customer, on Amazon

    Just one-click already…Camilla Monk gives us a new heroine to love
    So you are headed to Rome to try and find your dad, who hasn?t responded to your facebook friend request, and that you haven?t seen since you were a young child, and you run into your step-sister on the street, who you last saw a few years ago after you basically told your mom and step-family to F-off, all while occasionally experiencing moments when time stops briefly leaving everything around you motionless and still even though you can move and walk and navigate around the frozen chaos. So if the whole time-stopping issue wasn?t enough to make you feel isolated and different, failing to live up to your sweet and talented step-sister?s accomplishments only pushes your mother and step-family further away, until you eventually find yourself living on the streets for a while until you save enough money waiting tables to make this big trip to Italy to try and build new memories with the one person who you thought could love you. Sounds simple, right? Welcome to Camilla Monk?s world! I LOVE this author and I want to should from the rooftops for everyone to get on the CM train!

    Camilla has the ability to put together a story so unique and yet so relatable. I don?t know how?but she does. She weaves intrigue-heavy stories with humor, intelligence, quirky pop culture references, and romance ? and she does it so well you pretty much abandon all responsibilities to finish the novel. I loved her Spotless series and was hooked even faster with Still. Her female leads are strong, and independent and you cheer their ability to save their own necks?which in Camillas? books they often need to do. However, they also have this sweet vulnerability that they work to overcome, with help, from a surprising and entertaining supporting cast.

    In my absolute hate of cliffy?s, I will tell you that this is a ?part 1? book?meaning that there is at least one more installment to come later this year. And while the ending of Still is not a huge HEA, it is satisfying enough that I didn?t want to throw my kindle across the room. Don’t ask me how she manages to do that…but she does. Oh, and you walk away from her books knowing a great deal about some pretty interesting subjects and you don’t realize you are learning. She has many Jedi-level skills!

    Camilla?s books are big on intrigue, and light on romantic heat, but with enough H/h tension to keep things interesting, even for a romance novel ?ho like me. What you get instead is excellent writing and stories that flow off the page with enough detail you feel you are there with the characters, but not too much that you skip ahead. Camilla’s? books are written to enjoy and savor, and you find yourself watching the progress bar not to hurry towards the ?money shot?, but to wish that there was still more left to read. Get this book. Get your friends to get this book. And go buy her other books, too. You won?t be disappointed!

    I received an ARC in exchange for my honest review.

  5. Christine Hill, on Amazon

    Love It!
    I received a free copy of this book, but was under no obligation to review it. I decided to review it because it?s pretty kicka$$

    Overall Rating: 4

    Quick & Dirty summary: Emma is used to people giving up on her, but the one person she hasn?t been able to give up completely doesn?t know she?s about to show up on his doorstep. After arriving in Rome to see her estranged father, Emma winds up bumping into her stepsister unexpectedly. The perfect stepsister her mother loved more than Emma. So, it?s a surprise to Emma herself when she puts herself in jeopardy to keep Lily safe from her creepy boss. Another surprise? The hunky blind bum who keeps showing up at the most awkward times.

    I really liked this book. Camilla Monk is a fantastic writer. I?m sucked into her books immediately, which is an important skill when writing a fantasy novel. While Emma is a bit rough around the edges, she is an entirely sympathetic character I rooted for the entire time.

    This book reminds me a bit of Percy Jackson, but with a kickass female heroine in place of Percy. I really like Faust, and I loved the banter between Emma and Faust. There is no ?real? romance. There is attraction, flirtation, and a kind of weird psychotic love between Lily and her boyfriend. But this isn?t the traditional romance where the relationship between hero and heroine drive the plot. Instead, it?s much more about Emma?s scars, her personality quirks, and her innate goodness, despite being a little rude.

    I cannot wait for the next book in this series. If you?re worried about it, don?t be because this book does not have a cliffhanger ending the way Spotless does. This novel wraps up pretty cleanly, with the exception that it hints pretty heavily about what the next adventure will be. But the ending is satisfying.

    Is it worth buying? (Kindle $3.99)
    So, this is a bit steep since I have no idea how many books Monk will plan on writing in this series. If it?s 3, that?s $12 total for the series, which isn?t too bad. The book is a standalone, so you can read this one without HAVING to buy the other books, so?. Yes, it?s worth buying! BONUS: it?s in the Kindle Unlimited Program, so read it for free.

    Something else you might enjoy:
    Try Gena Showalter?s Lords of the Underworld series. It?s a series that takes on all of the traditional mythology and puts them together in a fascinating world where evil isn?t necessary a demon. Note: this is a full-fledged adult romance series. There are sexually explicit scenes.

  6. jm13, on Amazon

    My complaint about her writing is a bit of a backwards compliment ? I feel like she is capable of even better things
    Camilla Monk strikes me as a likable person, and this comes out in her writing. Comfy, cozy stories from someone you could hang out with. My complaint about her writing is a bit of a backwards compliment ? I feel like she is capable of even better things. I think if she spent the time to slow down and do more showing instead of telling with her stories, it would kick them up a notch. I thought this about the Spotless series as well. Flashes of brilliance and a real gift, but other stretches in which I felt like she was just getting from one place in the story to the next, and skipping over important stuff in between. She should trust her readers more to intuit things, rather than just tell them all to us in exposition dumps. All of which I am taking the time to say because I actually enjoy her books and have fun reading them. But they are on the light and fluffy side (intentionally, I?m sure), when I sense that she could make them a little more deep and meaningful if she wanted to. Amp up the character conflict and choices. A little less Mary Sue in the main characters wouldn?t go amiss either. And that would put them into the five star range. I wouldn?t even bother to leave a review if I didn?t already think there was a lot there to begin with. So this is perhaps the least complimentary four-star review she will get, but I went with four stars instead of three, because I did actually enjoy the brain candy of this book. Like most of the Spotless series ? although I listened to that series in audio format, so it is hard to differentiate my feelings about the fantastic narration of Amy McFadden from my opinion is of Ms. Monk?s writing. Perhaps she can score Amy?s services on this series as well. Also, I?m glad for no cliffhanger. Mild ones are okay; big ones are massively annoying and almost always come off as shamelessly aimed at future sales, even if they make sense in the context of the current book.

    I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  7. Kelly P, on Amazon

    Relax, it’s just as great as Spotless!
    I’ve been a big fan of the Spotless series since the first book and I’ll admit to a bit of trepidation about liking the change to paranormal romance in Still. But I was hooked from the first chapter and stayed up way too late promising myself just one more chapter …. honest.

    The characters are wonderful with quirky charm, humor and unique voices that make me feel a bit silly for doubting Ms. Monk’s vision for the new series. I’m now anxiously awaiting the next book in the Paranormal Hobo and Punk Girl files.

    I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  8. Lilly, on Amazon

    A MUST READ!!!!
    At 10% of the book… I knew.

    I knew that I was going to rate this 5 stars.

    Bravo! Bravo! Bravo!

    If you’ve read Spotless, you’ll love reading Still. The stories are definitely different, but they have similar amounts of humor and cheesiness that only Camilla Monk can deliver. I laughed. I cried. And now I can’t stop thinking about book 2.

    All the characters are interesting and bizarre. For example, Emma’s ally in Rome is a sexy blind hobo….

    Just read the book…

    This is A MUST READ!!!!

  9. S. Donovan, on Amazon

    This did not disappoint! I wasn’
    Being a fan of Camilla Monk’s “Spotless” series, I was really excited to read a new series from her. This did not disappoint! I wasn’t a huge fan of Emma at first but learning about her childhood and her time living on the street made it easier to understand why she acted the way she did. I fell in love with the Rome setting and FAUST! He was a great character and I enjoyed learning about him as the story went on. I died a little when this ended on a bit of a cliffhanger but can’t wait to read more about Emma, Faust and the rest of the great characters in this story. If you like mythology and paranormal romance you’ll love this book. 🙂

    I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  10. Sarah J., on Amazon

    Read this – it’s awesome!
    I loved this book! How does one take a hobo and make him a hero…ish? You’ll have to jump in to find out, and the ride is thoroughly unexpected and enjoyable. I can’t wait for the next book in the series to see what’s coming next for Emma and Faust. I found this book to be both mentally and emotionally gripping and not short of a good laugh or two. If you’re wondering whether you should read it – wonder no more. You should!!

    I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  11. A mom, on Amazon

    Yay
    I am so happy to have another Camilla book! Not gonna lie, it didn’t suck me in as quick as Spotless. But I was intrigued and the characters were fun. I like the history lessons and I just had to know what happened. Now I need to know what else is going to happen.

  12. karen, on Amazon

    A hilarious dramedy I couldn’t put down
    I loved this book just like I loved Camilla’s other series, Spotless. Sarcastic and funny throughout the entire book. I love learning the history along with a great story.

    I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  13. Kimberly, on Amazon

    I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
    The book for the reader is both mentally and emotionally gripping. The story is not short of a good laugh. The book has an interesting spin on the Titan myths.

    I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  14. Michelle Zimmerman, on Amazon

    Amazing new and different series by the fantastic Author of Spotless
    This is a new mythology/paranormal book by Camilla Monk, who is a fantastic writer and who wrote the brilliant series Spotless.

    The story is about a young, on the fringe, Emma who goes to Rome to see her estranged father. She unexpectedly meets her stepsister and other interesting people along the way, including a cute, quirky, blind, (and immortal) man ? and goes on quite an interesting adventure, (not of her choosing, mind you!). Quite interesting – for someone who just wants to meet with her father. Emma is not polished, but rather rough on the edges, due to her upbringing. She is quite rude, and seems uncaring at times, but it?s to protect herself. Her stepsister is the perfect daughter ? yet Emma is the one who has the strength, courage and goodness, needed to save her sister from an unsavory situation.

    Don?t want to spoil, but there is an interesting mythology component to this book which I love. This book wraps up cleanly, but does hint at Emma?s next adventure. I am already impatiently waiting for the next book!

    I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review, however I also PURCHASED this book, because I love this author?s writing, and I look forward to her next book.

  15. Rivr Gurl, on Amazon

    Camilla Monk is brilliant!
    I was given an ARC in exchange for reviewing this awesome book. Like all of the books Camilla Monk has written to date, Still completely stands apart in its genre. In other words, if you?re expecting a ?typical paranormal book,? your mind is about to be blown.

    The plot really sucked me in and I was blindsided by the ending, which is pretty rare for me. I can?t wait for the next book!

    My favorite aspect of this book besides strong characters that feel real, is Camilla?s way with words and dialogue. For example, ?douchebumps? instead of goosebumps from a creepy guy and ?fauxbo? for a person dressed like a hobo or bum but who isn?t actually homeless. And banter. Excellent banter.

    Do yourself a favor and read this book. 🙂

  16. Bookgyrl, on Amazon

    after the amazing Spotless-series I was really curious as to what Camilla …
    So, after the amazing Spotless-series I was really curious as to what Camilla Monk would come up with next. And wow, I really love it!

    Emma is 20 years old and travels to Rome to finally see her dad again after he ghosted her 13 years ago. When she bumps into her stepsister Lily on the first day, she is not happy. Emma’s family story is quite sad and I felt so sorry for her and understood why she lashed out at everyone and everything. Part of her difficult childhood is the fact that Emma sometimes feels time stopping. She has no control over it and soon learned to keep this fact to herself.

    I won’t tell more of the story as it is quite complicated (original!) but also amazing. Who would think a blind bum of the street named Faust would be one of my fave heroes! He is also a cat lover!

    I must admit I had some trouble the first chapters to get into the story, and was a bit overwhelmed with all the facts thrown about. But when the story took off, it really took OFF. I am always amused at the crazy and funny things this author offers. And no, the story does not end on a cliffhanger, but it screams for the next!

  17. flash73, on Amazon

    Ver different from Spotless, but good.
    Started out a little slow, but picked up and was a good read. A very different writing style from the Spotless Series- which I loved. I will definitely read the next is this series to see hoe Emma’s story continues.

  18. H Brick, on Amazon

    My to-do list simply had to wait….
    When a new Camilla Monk book comes out, one must simply buy it. I don’t think I fully read the blurb before I hit the buy button. It was rotten luck that this coincided with my having a million other things to do. But I would just read a little bit….OK, maybe just another chapter…really, what is another hour break… Needless to say, I was totally sucked in and my to-do list had to wait. If you need a reason to avoid your responsibilities (or you just want to be highly entertained), I would highly recommend this book.

  19. Katerina, on Amazon

    Beautifully written snarky story
    I loved Spotless and knew I was up for a treat with this new book from Camilla Monk. While it’s not the usual genre I read, I thoroughly enjoyed it

  20. Debbie, on Amazon

    Difficult to love
    The story was well-written and the plot-line was appropriately twisty, with the required big SURPRISE. As usual, this author brought us a outstanding picture of a somewhat exotic locale. My problem was that I just couldn?t love the heroine, more of an anti-heroine, actually. She was written as a spoiled, whiney, anti-social brat. Hard to really care what happens to her. The story was good enough that I do feel compelled to find out what happens next, so I guess that makes the book a winner.

  21. Stacey is Sassy, on Amazon

    Still?bloody brilliant.
    ***4.5 stars***

    I picture Camilla Monk having a cackling laugh. She?s an evil genius who likes to mess with her readers. In the Spotless series we have an extremely intelligent heroine who steps up to save the world. She?s matched with an extremely obsessive clean freak who?s also a hired killer. In the Still series we have a high school dropout heroine who is forced to save the world and doesn?t really get a choice whether she wants to or not. Her hero, well, he?s a blind hobo. She can write a whole series and each book is completely different. She can start a new series and it is nothing like the first if anything it?s almost the complete opposite.

    I never know what to expect when I pick up a book by Camilla Monk. Her imagination is extraordinary, her humour original and her avoidance of writing sexy times, somewhat of a standing joke. Here?s the amazing part?her books don?t need them. Yes, you read that right, HER BOOKS DON?T NEED SEX IN THEM to be bloody brilliant.

    Could you imagine spending your life disappointed in everyone and everything? For Emma, she has a mother who prefers her step-daughter to her own flesh and blood. A weekend father who after six years decided even that was too hard and leaves. A life where if you expect nothing, you?re not surprised when nothing is all you have. She also has a secret that no one can know about that even she doesn’t believe.

    At 20 years old, completely on her own after cutting ties with her mother and her mother?s new family, Emma decides to track down her dad. She?s hoping for a hallmark moment but is scared that it will be another nothing in her life. Taking a risk, she hops on a plane. Instead of knocking on his door, she comes face to face with her evil step-sister?who?s actually not evil, just everything Emma?s not. Lilly, Emma?s step-sister, is sweet, kind, pretty and intelligent?who wouldn?t hate her?

    What follows is something you would have to read to believe. Time stops, faces freeze, magic resurfaces and gods, titans and protectors are all vying for power, control or to save the world. Funny thing is, Emma is at the heart of it. She was destined to be here and it?s her job to help save the world?with a blind hobo.

    It?s so hard to explain a Camilla Monk story and the feelings she provokes. I can tell you that I laughed, cried, sighed and smirked. It?s as if time stopped as I read some of the fast-paced, action-packed and brain swirling scenes. Those particular scenes always seem to fly by as I read, and at the end, I sit back, take a deep breath, look around and I?m surprised that the world kept going on around me. That is the magic of Camilla Monk.

    A new series and I?m a fan. Still is like nothing I’ve read before. I didn’t expect to be saved by a swearing, disrespectful and unhappy heroine. I’m gobsmacked that I’ve fallen for a blind hobo who sees better than most. The main characters were easy to fall in love with and the additional characters were interesting and helped the story flow. I loved that I was so surprised with the storyline and I was sad but content with how it ended. I’m still waiting for a sex scene, though…
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  22. MJMarney, on Amazon

    This was an awesome start to a new series and I can’t wait to read the next one.
    I ? loved ? this book. I adored her Spotless series and was looking forward to this book as soon as I finished the last installment.
    It is a different genre, but still has a lot of the things I loved about that series. The characters are complex in their own ways, not perfect at all, the settings are top-notch. I love an authentic?at least to me?setting in a foreign country. Not every author can do a good job?you usually get the feeling that they might?ve done a really intense google research stint. It is like that for some locales in America too, but not many take the time to add little bits and details that you would only get if you had a more intimate/personal experience with the place. I?m no expert, but I only say what I?ve noticed. I lived in the New Orleans area for a few years and I?ve seen the same thing over and over when an author choses to use it as a setting?. They only used the most notable of fixtures to set the scene.
    I thought the lore she pulled together to create the paranormal backdrop for this world was nicely done. It was familiar and yet she still added her own flourish to the whole thing.
    Em is not a totally likable character; you see her failings, her pain, and her needs as a human. At first she appears to be a prickly unlikable person, but her interactions with Faust and Lily show that it just might be an act to protect her poor heart. I absolutely loved Faust. One doesn?t see many blind characters, much less a main one, in books. A lot of the times they might get something wrong?or over emphasize something. I think Monk did a great job of creating him. He?s believable, she doesn?t over do any fumbling like some blind people are portrayed in media, and yay @ him using tech and not under/over explaining it. I got it ? but then again I am blind and use tech myself so maybe I already have an inside understanding it. I just hope other people get it. You don?t have to be over 2k years old to be competent btw, lol. One of the things I liked was how Em just helped him occasionally or not by much?a lot of people don?t know how to interact with a blind person and can overdo it. Sometimes little things like nudging something a few inches closer can mean a whole bunch to a blind person. That is instead of picking it up and handing it to them?.
    I truly enjoyed seeing her growth throughout the book. I look forward to getting my hands on the next one to see what Em and Faust get into next.

  23. Kindle Customer, on Amazon

    Great new series
    So glad to have a new series from Ms. Monk! Emma is sarcastic, rude and vulnerable. Faust is patient, determined and immortal. They are a great pair! Deep trouble found them easily. No surprise there. Very creative use of the old gods? stories. Looking forward to their next troublesome venture. And I think Faust will eventually make it out of the Friendzone.

  24. Carley, on Amazon

    Doesn’t disappoint
    A new direction for this author. Enjoyed very much. New characters, new plot. Still tons of Mrs. Monks sharp wit. Cannot wait for the audible version.

  25. peacock pal, on Amazon

    A broken heroine and an immortal with smelly feet – what a start
    I loved Spotless and Still looks to be the start of another great series.

    The emotional pain suffered by Emma as an unloved child makes her a hard character to read at times. She’s not very brave either but when it comes to the clinch she steps up. I find her belief that she must be crazy more believable than the happy acceptance you sometimes see in stories where the protagonist discovers they have been touched by magic.

    And then there is Faustus. What a gem of a character. He and Silvio, along with all the street cats, guide Em in this new world.

    Others like to give the book report reviews. I like to give the feel of the read. This has great characters, lots of actions and the beginnings of a redemption arc for Em.

  26. Tera Humphrey, on Amazon

    I Enjoyed the writing style
    I Enjoyed the writing style, humor, and unique characters in the Spotless series so I was very excited to receive an advanced copy of Camilla Monk?s new Still series. Upon reading the synopsis I wasn?t sure If it was going to be my cup of coffee, but I was immediately sucked into the characters and meticulously developed storyline. The best part about a Camilla Monk books for me will always be the major and minor character development; solid and unique characters that don?t waver in their tone or flavor. I can?t wait to see where the snarky Em and Fauxbo go in this series.

    I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  27. Amazon Customer, on Amazon

    Good book
    Interesting read that had a major twist towards the end. I did not see the twist coming and was surprised at the ending too.

  28. Leanne Pascoe, on Amazon

    Roman history lesson on steroids
    Something different and thoroughly enjoyable. I’ll await the next book with anticipation, thanks for the history lesson the way I like it, fascinating and surrounded by crazy fiction.

  29. Bobbie, on Amazon

    Definitely not Spotless
    I received a free copy of Still by Camilla Monk in exchange for an honest review. This book tracks the story of a disenfranchised youth slowly working her way into mainstream society. As part of her journey, she seeks to make human connections; she goes to Italy to find her father who abandoned her as a child and left her alone with an uncaring mother. She runs into her mother?s stepdaughter and begins to make the connection that was missing in her childhood. This is interrupted when her stepsister?s employers turn out to be bad actors. The journey ensues to rescue her perfect stepsister from the bad guys.

    I was excited to see a new novel by this author because I enjoyed the Spotless series. That being said, I had problems connecting to the characters in this book. I only liked one character, Ryuuko, who was mean, but funny. Though I probably won?t read any more books in this series, I look forward to the next series by Camilla Monk.

    #Still #NetGalley

  30. Lanne Bulva, on Amazon

    Mythology and heart!
    If you don’t read this book you are most certainly missing out. It was very well written, humorous, sad, and a little twisty. Em, Faust, Silvo, and even a titan or two will have you smiling and feeling a tad sad. I like how mythology was tied in and can’t wait to see how the story progresses into the next book.Great read which anyone is sure to enjoy.

  31. Marcey G. Forman, on Amazon

    Dreary Urban Angst with Titans
    Kind of confusing as only fair. I suppose if you are a fan of ancient Roman gods, goddesses and titans, you might enjoy this more than I did. I enjoy many of Camilla Monk?s books, but to me, this was a swing and a miss.

  32. petiepie, on Amazon

    I love her Spotless series but Still was just ok for …
    I love her Spotless series but Still was just ok for me. I am a grandmother so maybe the younger readers enjoyed it more than I did.

  33. Bahbuff, on Amazon

    Not Spotless but a great read
    I put off reading this book because it wasn?t Spotless (which I loved!). Ends up it was Camilla Monks?unique writing voice that I loved. Can?t wait for the next book in the series.

  34. Mel, on Amazon

    An immersive, but slow read
    I am a huge fan of Camilla Monk’s Spotless series so I was really looking forward to this new series. Perhaps I built the story up in my head and raised my expectations too high, but I did not enjoy Still as much as I hoped. Ms. Monk does a wonderful job giving readers a tour of Italy, creating multi-dimensional characters, and weaving mythology into this unique story. But I found the story slow to start and there was a bit of a lull in the pacing in the middle as well. I also loved Faust but had a hard time connecting to or even liking the main character, Emma. She pushes people away and holds them at a distance, and she has a lot of anger that she uses as a shell to protect the hurt she buries. As a reader, I felt pushed away too, though.

    I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  35. Heather L., on Amazon

    Interesting, Intriguing And A Little Confusing
    I love the way Camilla writes. She has a quirky imagination and somehow manages to express it in words. ?Still? managed to draw me in, though it was a bit slow for the action to get started. I didn?t mind though, since the world being created was interesting. I must admit that I got bogged down a bit with all the backstory of the gods and goddesses and their myths. I?m sure a good deal of that comes from my own ignorance of the subject, but it did feel a bit confusing to me all the same. There were some elements of the main character?s ?abilities? that were confusing as well. I don?t want to reveal any spoilers, though. I enjoyed the story, and hoped (in vain, as any reader of Ms. Monk should know) for a little more romance. The only thing that truly frustrated me was not having everything resolved. Waiting for sequels can be a real b*tch. 🙂

    I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  36. Jenny Vee, on Amazon

    A fresh change of pace that challenged my brain in the best way.
    I was very excited to get my hands on this book. How can you go wrong with an angsty, lonely girl who randomly experiences time stopping all around her and a blind hobo with time-freezing powers?! Add in a healthy dose of Greek mythology and you?ve got yourself a real winner! No, seriously.

    I really enjoyed this story. I love all the characters, the sense of humor, the education that?s sneaked in, and everything that makes this story stand out from the cookie-cutter plots that are all-too-common. The plot is so unique and captivating that I couldn?t put the book down. Monk manages to take this crazy premise and make it compelling and entertaining. Emma is a loner with a huge chip on her shoulder and unsure of her place in this world. Faust is?he?s just Faust. He?s so uniquely quirky, entertaining, and unassuming. They?re a great duo but then there are the side characters that enrich the story even more (go, Silvio!). Every character has a real purpose; none are thrown in frivolously.

    I don?t feel like I can speak much more about the story for fear of giving too much away. I can say that I really enjoyed the ride and I?m anxious for the next installment. I also teared up briefly at the end, under the wary eyes of my family. It tugged the ol? heart-strings, folks. If you?re looking for something off the beaten path that is full of history and is well-written, Still is for you.

  37. Kathy L., on Amazon

    Loved it!
    I completely fell in love with this book. It was great! The story, the characters, everything was just great. I definitely went through the motions with the characters. I laughed a lot too, as in the literal sense of the word. My heart also broke a little when certain events happened..not going to spoil it for anyone. I want you all to actually take the time to read this. It has so much going on. I was left at the edge of my seat wanting to know more. I am looking forward to the next book. This does end at a good place, but it is also obvious there is more and will be more. I can’t wait to see what happens with Emma and Faustus!

    I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  38. N. Medina, on Amazon

    More, Please!
    For as long as she can remember, Emma has felt like an outcast throughout her family life. She’s had to contend with an absent father, a mother she barely relates to, and a stepsister who seems perfect in ways she can never imagination. An unexpected decision soon lands her in the midst of her sister’s carefully constructed life. In her mind, she could do with getting to know her sister a little better. Soon, however, that’s just wishful thinking because everywhere she goes, chaos follows.

    From the moment I began reading this book, I was drawn to Emma’s plight. I know what it’s like to be in her shoes. Mind you, my upbringing was slightly different, since I wasn’t destructive like she is. But I do know what it’s like to live with absent father and a mother who’s never quite been there for you.

    Still is the type of book that gets under your skin. Granted, it deals with a few difficult topics, but the way Camilla has spun them makes the reader want to get to know Emma and the rest of the characters a little better. Emma is broken. She’s full of pain and heartache, though she does everything possible to hide that fact.

    Deep inside, however, she wants nothing more than to fit in. I think just about anyone can relate that feeling. We’ve all gone through such emotions at one point or another within our lives. Camilla has a way of spinning a story that truly captures attention. With fast-flowing action and such vivid pictures painted, Still will remain on your mind long after you read it. So much so, that it leaves you yearning for more of what’s to come with Emma and the rest of the characters she’s created.

  39. shoshanahlilah, on Amazon

    Snark is her armor. YA PNR Greek myths
    An enjoyable reading adventure that snuk in some cool historical facts. It’s an onion-like story with suspense, sister love, and other psychological and metaphysical stuff to slosh hip deep through. I can’t help but think of the show “Pushing Daiseys” where Emma and her situation are concerned, but isn’t love always a risk?

    **Many thanks to the author for making this available through BOOKSPROUT so that challenged readers in a wider audience can enjoy her work also.

  40. Gabrielle M. Hashimoto, on Amazon

    A unique, entertaining read
    Twenty year old Emma has cut ties with her mom and her new family and has arrived in Rome to try to see the father that walked out on her more than ten years ago. Instead of her father, Em inadvertently runs into her step sister Lily, the perfect daughter her mother always preferred over her. As the two reconnect Em is hiding a secret she?s had since childhood, sometimes around her time stops. People around her freeze, birds stop in midair leaving only Em wandering alone.
    Camilla Monk has managed to weave a unique, captivating, complex story filled with Gods, Titans, immortals, frozen time and so much more. Her vivid imagination propels you into an enchanting world centered around a seemingly average twenty year old girl who?s anything but average. With a blind homeless man, Faust, by her side she fights an unknown future. Faust is quirky, eccentric, and so unassuming that you think nothing of him until you find out what he?s really made of. The mythology aspect of the book just adds another layer to this already unique story and Monk manages to bring all of this together into a wonderfully imaginative, fast paced, thrilling paranormal read. I received a copy of this book from Booksprout and am voluntarily reviewing it.

  41. SD, on Amazon

    Move over Percy Jackson!
    On a whim, twenty-year-old Emma books a vacation to Rome, intent on finding her absent father, who she hasn?t seen since one-long-ago day on Coney Island. It really isn?t the best time in her life to pick up and travel halfway across the world, especially because Emma has a unique problem ? she can stop time ? so she?s a bit leery of traveling. She?s never been able to control her ability and worries about what could happen if time stops while she?s overseas. Despite her fears though, she goes ahead with her vacation, deciding that if she never works up the courage to confront her father, she?ll still make the most of her trip anyway.

    Rome is everything she imagines it to be: touristy, ancient, and full of old stuff. It?s nice though, and just as she starts to get excited about her newfound journey, she unexpectedly bumps into her stepsister. It?s a bit of a shocker, really, since she hasn?t seen Lily in years ? the last time, in fact, was when Emma had left everything and everyone behind to start her own life. Of course, Lily was the perfect daughter in all the ways Emma could never be, so there?s some resentment there, but Lily has always been kind to Emma and she seems genuinely thrilled to see her, so Emma does the unthinkable: she accepts Lily?s invitation to tour Rome.

    As they make their way across the city, Emma learns that her stepsister works for Katharos, a prestigious archeological foundation that has just located an ancient stone table near the Coliseum. Emma isn?t usually into mythology, but she?s inexplicably drawn to the mysterious artifact even though it gives off some pretty weird vibes and her stepsister?s coworkers and her ken-doll boyfriend are definitely interesting ? and not in a good way. To top that all off, there?s this enigmatic, blind hobo who keeps popping up wherever Emma goes. Initially, she thinks it?s just an unfortunate happenstance, but when Faust, the friendly neighborhood bum, starts spouting off cryptic warnings to Emma about Katharos, she starts to think that maybe his presence isn?t so coincidental after all.

    Then time stops. People freeze in place and birds hang motionless in the sky, but somehow, something is different this time. Somehow, Emma knows that she isn?t alone in her frozen world anymore and that her spur-of-moment vacation had really been planned a long time ago because she?s destined to be a part of something far greater than she could have ever imagined.

    Still is an exceptionally written and riveting story about a girl who is looking to find her place in life. Emma is lost and broken, but she has a toughness that is both endearing and gritty. She curses entirely too much, but her wit and vulnerabilities are so captivating that readers will instantly overlook all of her flaws and root for her as she finds her true place within the pantheon of the gods.
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  42. SD, on Amazon

    Move over Percy Jackson!
    On a whim, twenty-year-old Emma books a vacation to Rome, intent on finding her absent father, who she hasn?t seen since one-long-ago day on Coney Island. It really isn?t the best time in her life to pick up and travel halfway across the world, especially because Emma has a unique problem ? she can stop time ? so she?s a bit leery of traveling. She?s never been able to control her ability and worries about what could happen if time stops while she?s overseas. Despite her fears though, she goes ahead with her vacation, deciding that if she never works up the courage to confront her father, she?ll still make the most of her trip anyway.

    Rome is everything she imagines it to be: touristy, ancient, and full of old stuff. It?s nice though, and just as she starts to get excited about her newfound journey, she unexpectedly bumps into her stepsister. It?s a bit of a shocker, really, since she hasn?t seen Lily in years ? the last time, in fact, was when Emma had left everything and everyone behind to start her own life. Of course, Lily was the perfect daughter in all the ways Emma could never be, so there?s some resentment there, but Lily has always been kind to Emma and she seems genuinely thrilled to see her, so Emma does the unthinkable: she accepts Lily?s invitation to tour Rome.

    As they make their way across the city, Emma learns that her stepsister works for Katharos, a prestigious archeological foundation that has just located an ancient stone table near the Coliseum. Emma isn?t usually into mythology, but she?s inexplicably drawn to the mysterious artifact even though it gives off some pretty weird vibes and her stepsister?s coworkers and her ken-doll boyfriend are definitely interesting ? and not in a good way. To top that all off, there?s this enigmatic, blind hobo who keeps popping up wherever Emma goes. Initially, she thinks it?s just an unfortunate happenstance, but when Faust, the friendly neighborhood bum, starts spouting off cryptic warnings to Emma about Katharos, she starts to think that maybe his presence isn?t so coincidental after all.

    Then time stops. People freeze in place and birds hang motionless in the sky, but somehow, something is different this time. Somehow, Emma knows that she isn?t alone in her frozen world anymore and that her spur-of-moment vacation had really been planned a long time ago because she?s destined to be a part of something far greater than she could have ever imagined.

    Still is an exceptionally written and riveting story about a girl who is looking to find her place in life. Emma is lost and broken, but she has a toughness that is both endearing and gritty. She curses entirely too much, but her wit and vulnerabilities are so captivating that readers will instantly overlook all of her flaws and root for her as she finds her true place within the pantheon of the gods.

  43. Kindle Customer, on Amazon

    This book has everything!
    I received a copy of this book from Booksprout in exchange for a review. I grabbed hold of this opportunity because I had previously read the Spotless series by Camilla Monk and loved it. I was anxious to read another book by this author because of my love for Island and March. Emma is a great main character and I was engaged with her from the start. This book has a little bit of everything: young adult angst, a blind hobo, dragons, taxidermy, ancient gods. What more could you ask for? I’m ready for the next installment NOW! The bottom line is that even though I received this book as an ARC, I still purchased it, because I enjoyed it so much. Thanks Camilla Monk!

  44. Jaime Margaria, on Amazon

    Fantastic Book!!!
    I absolutely loved this book! I love anything mythology related but this was such a great spin on some traditional stories and modernized them as well. I loved Emma, she is such a great character. Broken, funny, sarcastic. Those are the best stories, when you can see a character develop and work through their issues while going on adventures. Faust was just as wonderful! I cannot wait to see how Emma and Faust’s relationship develops in the next book.

    I highly recommend this book! It truly was amazing. It kept me on the edge of my seat, I laughed out loud and cried as well. Fantastic Story and I am so looking forward to reading the next book!

    I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  45. Heather, on Amazon

    Love this book
    I was completely caught up in this story. The protag, Emma, was well developed. I enjoyed her character very much. I can’t wait for the next book in the series. Thank you Camilla for your great stories.

  46. Kindle Customer, on Amazon

    Wow just wow
    I didn’t know what to expect but I loved this book. It’s funny, entertaining and interesting. Monk is a wonderful writer and this book is proof of that. I also love how we were not left with a cliff hanger.

  47. Summer Paige, on Amazon

    I love this author
    I blindly follow Camilla Monk down the rabbit hole of her imaginings. I don’t even give a glance at a synopsis that might spoil the fun. Thank you for the twists and turns that keep me from ever finishing the laundry or running the vacuum cleaner. Read and follow this author, people.

  48. Brimming Bookshelves, on Amazon

    Better than Spotless??!?
    I am a big fan of the author’s Spotless series, so I was so excited to hear she was working on something new. Still is a lot different than Spotless, so I was wary going in, but dare I say I liked it MORE than spotless??!?

    Emma is a bit of an unlikely heroine. She is rough around the edges and is an outcast in her family. She has a hard armor around her to protect her. You see, she has a secret. One that has plagued her childhood and is the source of countless issues. Emma is consciously witnesses time stopping. People stop in their tracks, birds are still midair, and rain drops hang suspended. This never is permanent, but every time is just as terrifying. Emma will never know if this episode will be the one where time stops forever.

    Ostracized by her family, Emma decides to go on an unannounced visit to her father in Rome. However, she finds that her stepsister, Lily, is in Rome on an internship for a very mysterious archeological company. While with Lily, Emma encounters Faust. At first glance, Faust is a blind, drunken hobo. But the more Emma sees him around Rome, she begins to see that there is more to Faust than what she first thought. And perhaps her might be involved with her time stopping episodes.

    This book has all of my favorite elements in romance. A base of paranormal, a generous splash of comedy, an underlaying mystery, and a pinch of sexual tension. I’m looking forward to Emma and Faust’s adventure in Book 2.

  49. symcoxkd, on Amazon

    A great story with a messed up heroine
    I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

    This book was a refreshing change on the tropes used in urban fantasy. The main character didn’t start out very likeable and seemed out of control for much of the book, but there was an underlying hopefulness that shone through that made her someone the reader could care about. When I think back on all the horrible things that happened to her, (some self inflicted, but many inflicted by her family) I am amazed that she and the book has the rather upbeat tone that it does. This book could have been a real downer to read, but instead the first person internal dialogues don’t become maudlin.
    There are a lot of pop culture references in the book, some of which had me hitting google to find out what they are, having never played pokemon or had playmobil when I was a kid, but overall this was a very engaging book and I look forward to reading the sequel.

  50. Kindle Customer, on Amazon

    Loved it!
    I was easily swept up into this wonderful whirlwind of a book. I loved the pacing of this story, plot, and characters. I am eagerly (and not so patiently) awaiting the next book in this series.

  51. Amazon Customer, on Amazon

    Awesome as always!
    I LOVE LOVE LOVE Camilla Monk’s writing, she is funny and interesting, intelligent and witty. Still is a terribly clever take on Grecian tales. The Heroine is sassy and vulnerable and beautifully written. The book ended all too soon and I am counting the minutes until the next book. In a perfect world, I would have found this book in a few years when I (hopefully) would have several to read at once, but alas I will wait patiently.

  52. ALY, on Amazon

    Still
    I have not read anything from this author before. But I did really enjoy this book. I enjoyed the main character, Emma, this was a character I could understand and relate too. This book was exciting and I was on the edge of my seat. The humor was a real treat in this book for me as well. I loved it all! *This book was given to me for free at my request from Netgalley and I provided this voluntary review.*

  53. Nancy, on Amazon

    Smart, Funny, Captivating.
    Smart, funny, captivating. I don’t know if this is considered magical realism or paranormal new adult — I don’t know that it really needs categorization. Camilla Monk knows her ancient mythology, and this page-turner is a great pseudo-education for those like me who never are sure who were the titans versus the Olympians… the important thing is that none of that will make a difference how much you enjoy this book. It’s an action-packed romp through Rome, with truly evil bad guys, didn’t-see-them-coming plot twists, and real emotion that will make your heart hurt and your eyes well. I think this author is underrated and hope she’ll keep at it. I really enjoy her work.

  54. Hilda, on Amazon

    Modern Greek Mythology
    I made no move to touch my cup, staring at the two of them in a state of stupor that was roughly 50% awe, 30% dude-what? and 20%…okay, let’s call it mortal fear in the face of the unknown.

    When people ask me to describe Camilla Monk’s books I can’t. Well, I can, but it’s a very long explanation full of funny parts (that only I understand and find funny because they have no context) and then I panic and end with, “You should just read it,” and run away. In my defense I’m an introvert and English is my second language.

    I don’t know how to describe how amazing Camilla’s stories are. All I know is that I get lost in the story and can?t breathe until it?s over. These stories bring me so much pleasure. I?m completely addicted to her…everything. The way these characters are so well written. How I feel their pain. GAH! I felt Emma’s pain so much in this one. I was half weeping, half laughing, half holding on for dear life during this crazy ride of a story. AND I NEED MORE! Bride of Tartarus can’t come fast enough. Also, can we talk about how hot Faust is? How is that even possible? Also all the Greek mythology

    I digress. I really do need more. That’s why I’m so glad this is book one in the series. I love complicated relationships. Lily + Emma = complicated. I want more of these sisters even though I fear their relationship might not last. I also want more of Faust and Emma, preferably together.

  55. Tara, on Amazon

    Throughly enjoyed
    Stayed up late turning page after page because I had to know what happened next… cannot wait for the next one.

  56. Kindle Customer, on Amazon

    Roman mythology with a twist (and a twist ending)!
    I am a huge fan of the author?s Spotless series, and admittedly, was a bit nervous about beginning this new series which seemed markedly different than her previous works based on the book description. Well?it?s a true testament to the author?s skills as a writer that she is able to easily hook me into a world that?s so different than the world of Spotless (although I was pleasantly surprised to find that both series exist in the same literary universe ? killer platypuses and all!). Aside from an intriguing plot that weaves in mythology and history, you can also expect a colorful roster of characters. The heroine is a bit snarky, but she grew on me with each passing chapter. The hero is so unexpectedly charming, as is the norm for books by Camilla Monk (who else can make my heartstrings zing for a two-thousand-year-old blind hobo?). I find the book?s differences from the Spotless series to be a strength ? the author?s trademark intellect, wit, and imagination shine through but without the reader having to re-read the same story over and over again. Highly recommended!

  57. gardener97, on Amazon

    Mz. Monk needs to write faster!!
    Different from the Spotless series – and those are really terrific – this is a new move into the supernatural. Beautifully done with characters you can love… or hate and don’t we all love a good villain?

    I want book #2 in this series but I don’t want to give up anything in the Spotless series so Mz. Monk will just have to stop sleeping.

  58. Illinois Reader, on Amazon

    Greek mythology comes alive
    Is it fiction??? Still is set in modern day Italy, but the story spans time of over two thousand years. A mini history lesson about the titans of Greek mythology, and magic are mixed with a modern day excavation. A chance meeting of half sisters and a relationship with modern day Faust mix together for a breath taking and time stopping story.

    Author Camilla Monk, creates a world within her book that is perfect yet sometimes beyond comprehension and frightening. Step out of your comfort zone and be prepared to stay up late reading this exciting book. It could be true…

  59. John, on Amazon

    Mythology meets modern life. Fast paced with a lot of real feeling..
    Memorable characters with a unique storyline. Can?t wait to see what happens next for Faustus and Emma? Will Lily survive Tartarus?

  60. jackin brice, on Amazon

    Two Stars
    sucked

  61. CG, on Amazon

    Very Exiting Book
    I love it! Very exiting book , I looking to read the next one!

  62. climbgirl, on Amazon

    Awesome!
    It started out slow and I wondered where it was going but it turned out to be a great book. Please let there be more!

  63. paminocala, on Amazon

    Looking forward to reading more
    I enjoy Camilla Monk?s stories. Her ideas are different and fun. Characters are believable and quirky , like everyone I?ve met. I appreciate the lack of detailed sexual descriptions. I?m weary of heaving and throbbing characters. I prefer them to be smart and slightly belligerent . This series definitely has a future that I will read.

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