Review + Interview No Beauties or Monsters by Tara Goedjen

Friday, October 29, 2021


Today I’m excited to participate in the Creative Blog Tour for No Beauties or Monsters by Tara Goedjen hosted by MTMC Tours! For fans of Veronica Mars and Stranger Things comes an all-new YA mystery about a girl whose desperate search for her missing friend unearths dark secrets,

preternatural threats, and a truth that could ultimately tear her family, friends, and town apart. Out on December 7th, 2021 from Delacorte Press.

Title: No Beauties or Monsters

Author: Tara Goedjen
Publisher: Delacorte Press

Publishing Date: December 7th, 2021
Genres: YA Mystery Thriller

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For fans of Veronica Mars and Stranger Things comes an all-new YA mystery about a girl whose desperate search for her missing friend unearths dark secrets, preternatural threats, and a truth that could ultimately tear her family, friends, and town apart.


Welcome to Twentynine Palms, where nothing is what it seems.


Rylie hasn’t been back to Twentynine Palms since her dad died. She left a lot of memories out there, buried in the sand of the Mojave Desert. Memories about her dad, her old friends Nathan and Lily, and most of all, her enigmatic grandfather, a man who cut ties with Rylie’s family before he passed away. But her mom’s new work assignment means their family has to move, and now Rylie’s in the one place she never wanted to return to, living in the house of a grandfather she barely knew.


At least her old friends are happy to welcome her home. Well, some of them, anyway. Lily is gone, vanished into the desert. And Twentynine Palms is so much stranger than Rylie remembers. There are whispers around town of a mysterious killer on the loose, but it isn’t just Twentynine Palms that feels off—there’s something wrong with Rylie, too. She’s seeing things she can’t explain. Visions of monstrous creatures that stalk the night.


Somehow, it all seems to be tied to her grandfather and the family cabin he left behind. Rylie wants the truth, but she doesn’t know if she can trust herself. Are the monsters in her head really out there? Or could it be that the deadliest thing in the desert . . . is Rylie herself?



4-4,5 STARS

“It’s hard sometimes, right? Loving people...because deep down you’re afraid you could lose them.”

Wow I don't where to start with this one!It took me by surprise how good it was.So many things happening that kept on edge and it was so captivating.It has twists that I didn't see them coming.

The author did a good job giving us exactly what we need through the story and this makes the story even more enjoyable.You get informations to make you guess.

It's definitely a unique and atmosperic story with twists and turns .


  1. Describe your book in three words? 

mysterious, desert (as in the Mojave Desert of California, where it’s set), eeriness

  1. What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book? 

I love researching the setting of a book before I start—because setting is what draws me into a story. How a place feels, the local legends and lore that it has. No Beauties or Monsters is set in a remote desert town in California, near Joshua Tree National Park. When the book opens, there’s an alleged killer on the loose (this isn’t a spoiler), so some of my research time was spent on reading news reports and looking at the language we use when describing heinous events. E.g., how do we talk about murders? What sort of headlines do we use?

  1. How do you select the names of your characters? 

They need to be names that not only sound right for the character, but that also have the right meaning. My main character is named Rylie, and one of the meanings of her name is “courageous and valiant.” I think Rylie lives up to that, especially when she’s stranded in the desert and needs to the most. 

  1. Do you read your book reviews? 

I truly appreciate everyone who leaves a review, especially when a reader really connects with the book and takes the time to leave a few kind words, so that other people can come across the book and enjoy it too. 

  1. What’s your next project?

It’s a twist on a boarding school story; an unexpected take on the “dark academia” genre. 

INTL Tour-wide Giveaway!

- 1 winner will receive a signed copy of NO BEAUTIES OR MONSTERS (open US)
- 1 winner will receive a $10 gift card to Book Depository (open internationally)
This ends on November 5th, 2021 at 11:59pm EST.

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Tour Schedule:

October 25
Paper Fury
October 26
The Reader and the Chef
Becca in a Book
October 27
October 28
Sprinkled With Words
October 29
Clouded Galaxy Reads
Read More Sleep Less
October 30
Books, Tea, Healthy Me
October 31

About Tara Goedjen:

Tara Goedjen adores anything mysterious. She is the author of THE BREATHLESS (Delacorte Press, Random House Children's Books) and NO BEAUTIES OR MONSTERS, forthcoming Fall 2021.

Tara wrote her first story at age ten about children who disappeared at midnight, and she’s been writing fiction ever since. Mostly raised in Alabama, she played college tennis in Iowa and then moved to Alaska and Australia before heading back to the continental US.

While completing grad school, Tara worked as a tennis coach, a yoga instructor, a university writing teacher, and as an editor for a publishing house. These days, when she’s not making up stories, she's probably chasing after two small monsters or hiking through an enchanted wood while dreaming up her next book.

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