All finished! I don't count this as the first book of 2020 cause I could have finished it yesterday had I not partied too hard.
Overall, I enjoyed this one. It was a good exploration of the similarities between different monster sightings in America. I learned about creatures I hadn't heard of and there were some good stories shared. Godfrey is a good writer and I'd read her other books based on this one. If you enjoy cryptids, this is a good collection to read through.
I'd say the biggest downside to the book is there didn't feel like there was a lot of diversity among the monsters discussed. In fact, the majority of chapters were about dog men or similar beings. And despite the title including "new" monsters, there was little "new" stuff. Most of the creature had been told about since the early 1900s. I was hoping she'd discuss Slenderman and the shadow people, black eyed kids, and creatures like the Rake and Jersey Devil. But again, mostly dog people stories. So that was kind of a bummer.
Final Rating: 4/5 stars. A good collection and exploration on connections between different monsters.