Thursday, August 12, 2010

Monster High by Lisi Harrison ARC review

Reading level: Young Adult

Hardcover: 272 pages

Publisher: Poppy (September 1, 2010)

ISBN-10: 031609918X

ISBN-13: 978-0316099189

Received From: Book It Forward Tours

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Product Description:

From Lisi Harrison, the New York Times bestselling author of The Clique and Alphas, comes a new series with a fresh twist on high school, romance, and the "horrors" of trying to fit in.

The monster community has kept a low profile at the local high school, but when two new girls enroll, the town will never be the same. Created just fifteen days ago, Frankie Stein is psyched to trade her father's formaldehyde-smelling basement lab for parties and prom.

But with a student body totally freaked out by rumors of monsters stalking the halls, Frankie learns that high school can be rough for a chic freak like her. She thinks she finds a friend in fellow new student Melody Carver-but can a "normie" be trusted with her big secret?

My Thoughts:

I really had high hopes for this book, and honestly, I was a little let down.  It just wasn't as good as I expected it to be.  I loved the plot, monsters exist in this town, hiding in plain sight, dressing as "normies".  Frankie (the granddaughter of the Frankenstein monster himself) is newly made, and wants to make some changes.  She doesn't think that monsters should have to hide who they are.

Melody is also a new girl in school, recently transplanted from LA, she's hoping for a new start in this new town.  Melody is a great character, she really believes that we should get to know the person inside, not just what we see on the surface.  She finally makes a few friends in this new town (but only after making a few enemies) and also finds a possible love interest in Jackson.  But Jackson acts very strange sometimes, and she's not sure what to think of him.

My problems with this book started with the over done teen speak.  I understand that a teen book should try to speak like a teen should, but after finding these cheesy made up words spattered over every page I started to get really annoyed with it.  There were times that the "teen-speak" was so thick that I couldn't even understand the dialogue.  I hang out with a few teens, and the ones I know definitely don't talk like this on a regular basis.

My other problem was that the book would drag on in places, and once it got to the big finale it ended with way too many loose threads.  I understand wanting to leave it open for a sequel, but some of the plot lines really should have been wrapped up in this book. 

Overall, this book was a quick fluffy read, with an underlying message to except people for who they really are.  While I wish I had enjoyed it more than I did, I ended up coming away from this one feeling lukewarm.  Hopefully the next book in the series will work out a little better for me when it comes out.

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7 comments:

  1. Great review and thanks for highlighting the things you didn't like. The teenspeak is something that REALLY annoys me in books so that alone would probably be enough to turn me off from it. But I'm glad to see a review but it looks like an interesting cover and I was wondering!

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  2. I think you did a great job with this review. You were fair & honest and that's what reviews should be like.

    I do agree that all YA books should reflect an accurate amount of "teen-speak" but it's really easy to go overboard with it. The key is to be realistic about it!

    I will say that the cover of the book is adorable :)
    ♥Isalys

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  3. It's a shame this one didn't meet your expectations. It sounds like a great idea for a book.

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  4. It's a shame this one didn't meet your expectations. It sounds like a great idea for a book.

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  5. I love the dolls, so I'm looking forward to reading these books. I have a feeling the teen speak you mention will bug the heck out of me!

    See ya next hop!

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  6. I love the dolls, so I'm looking forward to reading these books. I have a feeling the teen speak you mention will bug the heck out of me!

    See ya next hop!

    (Sorry for the double post, forgot to leave my name!)

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  7. I'm sorry you didn't like it as much as you wanted to. Teen speak drives me crazy too!

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