Thursday, September 2, 2010

Monster High by Lisi Harrison - BOOK REVIEW


Monster high starts with a fashion doll line by Mattel who’s jumping on the trend of freaky monster obsessions like vampires and werewolves which has taken over books and movies and turning it into something acceptable for the preteens. Although this is aimed for that tween age range, being well.. As old as I am., I find it really enjoyable.

My husband asked me the other day how It is that I came to be so into this series, since I saw the dolls stocked at target in July that’s how. Mattel is going full out with Monster High. Costumes this Halloween stocked at party city, even youth apparel that is already out in stores for tweens to pick up along with accessories. I’ve already bought myself a clutch purse. Which is really terrible quality, I hate the way it feels, the pleather is just ewww.. It doesn’t feel like a real clutch purse- but something just to use for “pretend”. Either way I bought it because that is how much I love MH.
When I learned that a series of books were on their way out, well I was all over it.

I found a excerpt on line and read the first four chapters. I have to be honest. I wans’t crazy about it. I had this idea in my head based on the webisodes I had seen over and over online just dying to see more, I was kinda disappointed to learn that Frankie was new to a “normal” high school, and one of the main characters in the book is Melody - some Normie. I thought it was kinda lame. What about Cleo, Draculaura and the other monsters? Regardless of the fact that IMO this sounded lame, I already knew I was going to buy the book anyways. Sept 1st rolled around and as I was out on a walk through town I remembered that MH was released in stores this day, so I walked into Barnes and Nobles and bought the book, took it home and in a few hours time I was done.

Very easy read and surprisingly very good. Come chapter 10 I practically couldn’t put the book down. Once Cleo and the others were introduced I was hooked. Even though they were going to this human school and I thought it was very lame that they were ‘hidding’ their true self because of the start of horror movies and this uprising from the normies in the 30’s who started to think monsters were a danger, the story definitely started to fall together really nicely. I wasn’t too crazy about how one chapter it was Melody’s story time, the next was Frankies, but it worked.
I think if I was a preteen I would be even more crazy about it. I ended the book with a greater thirst for the series. I have to say that I just can’t wait till the next one comes out. It’s like the Sookie Sackhouse novles for the 12yr old inside me - I just can’t wait to read more.

Frankie and Melody are the main roles in the book, both new to the school Merston High which is a nice word play of Monster High. Melody is finally the “pretty girl” after having a new fabulous nose, who still only wants to be accepted for who she is and NOT for how she looks. Frankie is shy and mostly distant since she had her heart crushed as her parents taught her a hard lesson. Frankie really believed people would accept her for who she is stitches, green skin and all. It was a hit to her pride for her to face the reality that she is a MONSTER.
Frankie’s lesson learning caused a commotion among the normies as the community started to panic about monster sightings, and Melody’s potential threat as the pretty girl causes other girls to be jealous and drama that leads to a very risky exposure of the one boy she cares about.
Frankie’s “I started this, so I will end it attitude” takes the normie monster panic notch in the direction that isn’t at all what she had hopped for. The book ends with a set up that makes me that much more exited for the next book.
Way to go Lisi Harrison, you’ve made me a believer, I might even pick up her popular series The clique on a boring day. Great wrighter, good book, I’m sold.


  1. what age group is it for???????????????????????

  2. Haha all the paragraphs that you wrote i made into a song with my guitar its so cool you should really consider trying it btw i was very bored.