Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Review: Monster High by Lisi Harrison

Monster High (Monster High, #1)
Title: Monster High

Series: Monster High #1

Author: Lisi Harrison

Publication date: September 2010

Published by: Poppy

Source: Borrowed from library

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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.
They prefer to call themselves RAD (Regular Attribute Dodgers), but some call them monsters. So far, the "monster" community has kept a low profile in Salem, but this year two new girls enroll at Master High School, and 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 cheerleading. But with a student body totally freaked out by rumors of monsters who might be stalking the halls, Frankie finds that life in the "normi" world can be rough for a chic freak like her.

She thinks she finds a friend in fellow new student Melody Carver--but can a normi be trusted with her big secret?

My rating: ★★★★☆

I found out about this book through a TV commercial. Yeah, weird, I know lol. It was a commercial about a website for kids where they can play games and whatnot (www.monsterhigh.com). It featured a lot of cool paranormal creatures, ranging from vampires to werewolves, mummies, and even Frankie Stein herself. I always thought that was pretty cool…and later I find out that there are actually books! But Monster High wasn’t exactly what I expected. Is that a bad thing? No. I actually really liked the book! :)

Frankie Stein is new at school and she is 15…days old! She was made by her father, a mad scientist (like literally made, with body parts and sewing and stitching), and if you haven’t guessed by now, she is related to the original Frankenstein! Anyway, her parents encourage her to be herself (and so do the teen magazines), while at the same time they tell her that she should blend in because she’s different (mint green skin, stitches, neck bolts…the works). But she figures that her fellow classmates will like her better if she is herself. So she risks everything and goes out…mint green skin and all. So of course, everything goes wrong. The town of Salem, Oregon is warned of a monster sighting and everyone is freaking out. If they only knew that there were more monsters in town (including vampires, werewolves, mummies, and descendants of the famous gorgon from Greek mythology, Medusa!)

Frankie finds that fitting in will be her only option if she want to go out in the world. But being a ‘normie’ is more complicated than she thought.

Melody is also new in school. No, she isn’t a monster, but she always felt like an outcast in her previous, more terrible life in LA. Not only is she also trying to fit in, but she finds herself falling for a guy who may or may not be more than ‘just a guy.’

I really like the plot, it was very interesting and entertaining, and I loved all the diverse characters and monsters. Great read! Can’t wait for the next book…’cause you know me, I hate cliffhangers :P

Have you read this book? If so, what did you think about it? If not, what do you think? Does it sound like something you might want to read? Leave me a comment! :)

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