Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Something Wicked Comes: Giveaway and Katertot's Review of Monster Blood by R.L. Stine



I'm so excited to be a part of Something Wicked Comes, hosted by Rainy Day Ramblings and Babbling About Books.  Thank you, Ms. Heidi, for inviting me to take part and thank you, Mom, for handing over your blog for the week!  I'm reviewing Monster Blood (Goosebumps #3); and, after the review, I have a giveaway for you guys!  Thanks so much for stopping by!
 ~ Katertot



Title:  Monster Blood (Goosebumps #3)
Author: R.L. Stine
Publisher:  Scholastic
Published: September 1992

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Blood, Blood, Everywhere...

While staying with his weird great-aunt Kathryn, Evan visits a funky old toy store and buys a dusty can of monster blood. It's fun to play with at first. And Evan's dog, Trigger, likes it so much, he eats some!

But then Evan notices something weird about the green, slimy stuff-it seems to be growing.
And growing.
And growing.
And all that growing has given the monster blood a monstrous appetite...

Reader beware-you're in for a scare!
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While Evan’s parents house hunt in Florida, he is staying with his Aunt Kathryn, who he’s never met before in his life. From the start, they don’t get along very well. They both keep to themselves and don’t speak much -- Evan especially doesn’t speak much, considering Aunt Kathryn is deaf.

Before long, Evan makes a neighborhood friend -- Andy, a girl his age -- and thinks maybe this situation isn’t so bad after all. They visit a seemingly abandoned toy store (Andy swears it’s not abandoned) and find an interesting can of something called “monster blood.”

After a few days, something strange happens. The monster blood is growing out of its can… and then, out of the coffee can the kids put it in… and then out of the bucket in the garage… and, eventually, even out of the bathtub in the basement! Soon, the monster blood comes alive and, well, you get the picture...

You know those Syfy movies that you just can't look away from no matter how bad they get? That's how this book was: pretty cheesy, but I had to read on to the end.

Usually, I have a section in my review where I list my favorite characters, but, aside from Aunt Kathryn, Trigger, and Andy, these characters just weren’t my cup of tea. The lead character, Evan, wasn't all that likable -- he was a bit bratty and annoying. The other supporting characters, Rick and his brother, were the neighborhood bullies. This, in particular, bothered me, because I recently did a post here on my mom's blog about bullying with Heidi from Rainy Day Ramblings and Nyssa. I understand what Heidi meant about how some books introduce bullies but never really do anything about them. These bullies weren't really dealt with by anyone… unless you count the monster blood…

I love R.L. Stine and his Goosebumps series, but this just wasn’t one of my favorites. I would recommend it to kids twelve and under with the hope that it would lead to possible discussions with their parents about bullying.

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8 comments:

  1. Great honest review Katertot! It is good that you stuck with it until the end but stinks it wasn't better. I never got into the goosebumps books when I was your age, I had a few just never read them lol. I'm glad you like some of the other better though :) Great job and thanks for the awesome giveaway!

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  2. Thank you Katertot for such an honest review. .i am glad you see what I mean about bullying in books, to be fair this book was written years before the issue came to a head but still, I am not a fan of the bully not seeing the consequences of his behavior. Hope your mom is feeling better, You did a lovely job on the post and then
    wicked banner looks great on the black background! Hugs! Thanks so much for being a part of the event. The post just went up on ,y Facebook page :) What an awesome giveaway!

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  3. I just love RL Stine. He was a favorite when I was young and I think he set me on my path to tell stories myself. You wrote a great honest review. Thank you for the giveaway~ what a great team you two make!

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  4. Thanks for the great giveaway and honest review.

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  5. Great review, Katertot! It's a shame this didn't quite make your favourites. I remember reading the Goosebumps series years ago... I need to dig them back up one day. :)

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  6. It's been so long since I read any of the Goosebumps books. I used to read them to my son when he was younger, but I used to read his Fear Street books when I was younger. Too bad this one didn't grab you. You know which book I want you and your mom to read next, and it'll be a lot better! ;)

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  7. Fabulous review! I loved your honesty. I have read many books by R.L. Stine- but I haven't read this one. Sorry you didn't enjoy this one as much as the others. I wish the bullies had been taken care of! You are so awesome for this incredibly kind and amazing giveaway! Thanks!
    ~Jess

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  8. Great review and giveaway, Katertot! very halloween-ish too! I remember the goosebumps series from when I was a kid, and specifically the show on Nickelodeon! Makes me wanna carve a pumpkin! <3

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