Thursday, 28 October 2010

Review: Monster High by Lisi Harrison

Publisher: Atom
Format: Paperback
Released: September 2nd, 2010
Grade rating: B

Amazon summary:

The monster community has kept a low profile at the local high school, but when two new girls enrol, 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?


Okay, hands up if you've ever wished you could be a classic monster. It'd be cool, right?! You could be Frankenstein's granddaughter, the Wolfman's cousin... I, of course, would quite like to be anyone from Dracula's bloodline (hehe), but I'm sure you guessed that already! Lisi Harrison has indulged in such an idea, complete with contemporary characters and a nod to more than one famous Hammer Horror monster. Now this is a high school I would have liked to attend!

Frankie Stein has been created by her parents, and is, you guessed it, quite similar to Frankenstein's Monster. She's sent to normie school in an attempt to fit in (which is a bit hard when you have green skin and bolts in your neck), but instead she ends up finding out she isn't the only RAD (Regular Attribute Disorder) in town. Her new friends include Draculaura, Lagoona Blue and Claudine, who all have such brilliant names that it's hard not to like them. Monster High is chock full of subtle and not-so-subtle references to horror films of old, and also proves how contemporary it is by name-dropping such acts as Lady Gaga.

Like The Clique for a slightly younger, horror-savvy reader, Monster High is fun, bitchy and stylish. The girls all experience romance and the (mundane) obstacles that accompany it, though they have even more to worry about than their wardrobe. I really liked the general idea of Monster High, though I didn't fall head over heels in love with the characters. They were cool, and I was interested in their lives, but I don't feel like I cared enough about any of them. Maybe that's how it's supposed to be with an ensemble cast, but even leading lady Frankie didn't fully convert me to the dark side. Maybe book 2 will let me connect with the characters more... here's hoping!

If you're looking for a younger read with kooky protagonists and an appreciation for 1930s movie horror heroes, then Monster High could be the book for you. Expect lots of drama and teen talk, along with the coolest high school in recent literature. If Draculaura was real, we'd so be BFFs -- any friend of vampires is a friend of mine!


mary kate said...

I love The Clique series so I can't wait to read this! :) I see the commercial for this book all the time. Great Review!

Lauren said...

I've always quite liked the look of this one, but it sounds a lot quirkier than I expected and that's a definite plus for me. Unfortunate about not bonding with the characters though, which puts me off a little. I'm thinking this is still a maybe for me.

The Cold One said...

i really want to read this

asamum said...

I actually picked this up on Monday for the big girl *cough* of course it is visiting on my book shelf at the moment :D
It is going to be a series on one of the kids channels and the toys are out already, plus there is a fun website.

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

This sounds like so much fun! Glad you enjoyed it.

Jesse Owen said...

This sounds like a fun read - I almost picked it up last week - may just have to go and buy it now :)

Andrea said...

Sounds awesome! And that cover is crazy cool.

Princess Dannie said...

I saw trailers for the tv show online and that definitely got me excited about the concept. I can't wait to read the book now.

Luisa at Chicklish said...

Thanks for the great review! I'm going to read this very soon - it sounds like fun!

Luisa at Chicklish said...

I also meant to say: LOL on the Draculaura comment! I'm looking forward to meeting her. :)