The Demonata: Blood Beast (#5)
Little, Brown Young Readers (2007)
Reviewed by Karma Barry (age 13) for Reader Views (1/08)
“The Demonata: Blood Beast” has an excellent plot with something new around every page. Darren Shan has a creative way of combining suspense, humor and fear so that you will want more, but at the same time will be wary to continue should you want to sleep with the lights off.
I would suggest “The Demonata” series for vampire/werewolf/horror-loving teens of about age 13 or 14 and up; also possibly age 12, and maybe 11; below that and there may be restless nights and/or nightmares involved.
Luckily, I don’t have any experiences that could relate too closely to those of the characters involved. But even if there are things that would be the same, it would probably be fashion sense or appearances. I’m not sure who that’s unfortunate for, me or the characters.
I hope that there are more books for this series and whole-heartedly encourage Shan to write more books in general. I can almost certainly be sure of one thing concerning future books by Shan– I’ll be reading the first page undoubtedly followed shortly by the last!
After facing dangers of all kinds, teenager Grubbs Grady will have to face the worst thing yet – his self! Horror and suspense will collide as he gathers strength from within himself, and strange things happen around him in “The Demonata: Blood Beast.”