Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The Ghoul Next Door by Lisi Harrison

The Ghoul Next Door by Lisi Harrison
2011, Poppy
Series: Book 2 of Monster High

Synopsis: Cleopatra de Nile
- New pet snake
- Has Deuce--the hottest guy in school--all warapped up
- Herve Leger bandage dress, strappy gold platforms

Cleo was the queen bee of the RADs, the normies, and everyone in between at Merston High. But now it's "Frankie this" and "Melody that" . . . these new girls sure know how to get her lashes in a tangle. When Cleo lands a golden Teen Vogue photo op for her friends, everything seems to be back on track . . . until they bail to be in some film . . . Frankie and Melody's film! Can't a royal get some loyal?

Frankie Stein
Frankie lost her head over Brett once and vows never to do it again. Not that she has a choice: Bekka is clinging to her guy like plastic wrap. But when Brett comes up with a plan that could help the RADs live free, sparks fly, and Bekka will stop at nothing to put out the flames . . . even if it means destroying the entire monster community.

Melody Carver
The clock is tick-tick-ticking. Melody has a serious deadline to save her boyfriend, Jackson, from being exposed by the vengeance-seeking Bekka. But Cleo is making it royally difficult for the normie while threatening her acceptance into the RADs' exclusive group . . . a group that Melody suspects she has more in common with than she ever thought.

The Good: This series is really starting to grow on me. The characters are fun and their situations are both fantasy based, as well as being easily relatable in the real world. Prejudice and fear are covered well without being heavy handed. There is a message, clear, but not told in some boring downer type of way. The ending is fantastic and really makes you want to continue the series.

The Bad: Let's not kid ourselves, any reader who can read on this level already knows that sexting is. Yes, there is a passing mention of it in the book and yes, some parents are going to be uncomfortable with it being there. This will prevent some readers from being allowed to read the book, and it's a shame that they'll miss out on the fun because of something that isn't pertinent to the story line.

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