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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. The monster community has kept a low profile at the local high school, but when two new girls enroll, the town will never be the same. Created just fifteen days ago, Frankie Stein is psycheFrom 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. The monster community has kept a low profile at the local high school, but when two new girls enroll, 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 prom.But with a student body totally freaked out by rumors of monsters stalking the halls, Frankie learns that high school can be rough for a chic freak like her. She thinks she finds a friend in fellow new student Melody Carver-but can a "normie" be trusted with her big secret?...

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ISBN : 9780316176217
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Number of Pages : 272 Pages
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Monster High Reviews

  • Drucilla
    2019-02-18 00:17

    I decided to read this book because I liked the Monster High animated shorts online. If you decide the same thing, be forewarned that the book is nothing like the shorts. I knew this going in, but I still kept trying to force what I knew about the shorts into this book. Having said that, I really liked this book. It does a great job of standing on its own. I liked going back and forth between Frankie and Melody's p.o.v. I also liked most of the characters. Some were annoying as heck, though. I wished there was more background on the history of the RADs (a name that isn't really believeable by the way): how long they've been around, how they've interacted with humans, etc. Hopefully, there will be more background in the future books. I have to admit I hated the brand dropping that occured throughout the book. It was actually distracting in some parts, but I can't really blame the book. After all, it's based on a line of fashion dolls so, of course, designer brands are going to be important.

  • Jaye Ashryver
    2019-02-24 05:06

    Hmm a book based on girly monster dolls? Yup this book turned out exactly how I thought it'd be. Extremely shallow but still rather cute.So this book starts out with Melody Carver and her family moving from California to Salem, Oregon because of her terrible asthma. She had also just gotten a nose job that apparently made her uber pretty, and yet she feels like a fraud.Switch to Frankie Stein. She is also a new student at Merston High, and only 15 days old. I guess being the granddaughter of Frankenstein has some perks huh? Well except now she has to hide what she is and just fit into high school.This book was told in dual POVs from Melody and Frankie by the way, which I did enjoy. (Along with that random chapter told from Ghoulia Yelps... Damn I wanna go to NekroCon.) As Melody and Frankie were totally different (human vs monster) the contrast was nice.I really love the idea of classic monsters children having descendants. And we have them all here! Dracula, Medusa, werewolves, zombies, mummies, Frankenstein, loch ness monster, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and even some invisible guy along with probably more that we didn't get to see yet.My main issue was how pretty much all of the characters were just so... one-dimensional and shallow. (And sometimes not very bright.)Take Melody for instance. She had just met the guy Jackson and then he started to make out with someone else publicly for a solid week while Melody obsessed. Then he came back to her and said that he didn't remember any of it. She had no problem with that and then went back to thinking about their "true love" and even the smells of "first love". I don't even... Just no. I just really did not like Melody.(Plus it seemed like she giggled every other page. Not even kidding!)And wow if some crazy sounding girl wants you to sign a contract to not mess with her boyfriend before becoming friends, run the other way.I did love Frankie though. I was totally with her the whole way with stepping outside her bedroom and learning that not everyone will love (but maybe fear) her appearances even though she does. And making friends and fighting for the monsters to not be afraid to out themselves to the humans.Also another thing, so much name dropping! So much talking about what everyone was wearing. Down to their shoes! How much do I care what every single character is wearing? Yeah. I don't. Cool that everyone is dressing for a runway show though. And the name dropping. Up to and including: Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Ke$ha, Jay-Z, Beyonce, Taylor Swift, Rihanna, Madonna, Timberland, Pussycat Dolls, Kings of Leon(okay I do love the song they were mentioning though), then onto Gossip Girl, random teen magazines, Dior, Chanel, Gucci, iPhones (why did everyone have an iPhone and assume every else did too?) and I'm pretty sure a ton more. I'm totally cool with random pop-culture references but so many makes my brain hurt.Obviously the age bracket is younger than me on this book which is why it wasn't my favorite. You'll probably enjoy this if you like cute and fluffy monster reads though.Now I'm off to watch the mini series that is totally not canon.

  • Saviourofmusic
    2019-03-10 23:09

    Awful perfectly describes this story. My best friend loves these books and told me to read them. At first I turned them down, but she finally coaxed me-- I was intrigued. When I got the books, I was excited and started reading right away. When I finished I tried starting the second but gave up. I couldn't do it. First of all, the plot is kinda boring. Just boring. Not much to say for it. But the worst is the characters. Melody's an annoying and naïve idiot. She constantly goes on these useless little rants about how she wishes people would look past her "beauty" and see who she really is inside. Um, conceited much? She falls for the first guy she sees and when he kisses Cleo she still loves him. I guess that's normal. But then he gives her this ridiculous story about him having blackouts and not remembering it and like the stupid little girl she is, Melody just nods and goes with it. Frankie wasn't actually that bad. I liked her "I'm okay with who I am" personality. But I found her a little boring and too obsessed with anything mainstream. These two aspects didn't mix well. The popular crowd, Cleo, Claudine (Clawdine), Lala (Draculaura), and Blue (Lagoona Blue) were all pretty cool actually. But I wish they would have been less fashion, makeup, designer brand obsessed. That was irritating. This book felt like a walking advertisement for all the stuff the girls were using. Becca was a really unrealistic character. She made her friends sign contracts to hang out with her and be in her "book" that Haley was writing. And Haley didn't really like writing the story but was in Becca's "contract" so she had to stay. That. Would. Never. Happen. It wasn't a legit contract! But when Becca (spoiler, but it was so cliché it would be easily suspected) turned on Melody I almost cheered. That's how horrible Melody is. Overall I'd say this book sucked. It was supposed to be so dramatic and doesn't end at this book; it continues into the next. But honestly before you begin reading the story just put it down. It's not worth it.

  • Stacy
    2019-03-15 03:04

    The Quick and the Dirty...a new and cutsie take on monstersWhy I was tempted to read this...I thought it sounded good and you gotta love the name Frankie SteinCover thoughts...Somewhat plain, but I like it simple like that, eye catchingRomance Meter...There was some, but there wasn't as much as I had hoped for. A lot of one girl liking a guy that likes someone else.Character and Plot...I think I was expecting something dark and creepy with all the monsters walking around the high school, but the book is not that at all. It is more of a cute story of a girl that doesn't want to conform that must for her and her family's safety and another girl that moves to the town and likes her nerdy neighbor that has a "dark" side she doesn't know how to deal with. The story flowed pretty well, the plot wasn't as intense as I like. I think this book will appeal to readers of the younger YA genre. The book was easy to read and the characters enjoyable but not real deep. Thumbs up to the author for originality tho.The Ending...Was not surprising and about how I expected it to end.

  • Yelania Nightwalker
    2019-03-16 07:15

    Primero quiero decir que la edición del libro es muy bonita. Cada capítulo nos muestra un figurita que representa a Frankie o a Melody, de ese modo podemos saber sobre quién tratará el capítulo en cuestión.La historia está enfocada en Frankie, bisnieta de Frankenstein ni más ni menos (esta chica sí que tiene buen linaje), y en Melody, la “normi”. Es decir, todos los humanos somos normis y Mel lo es también. Ella viene desde Beverly Hills!! Una chica un tanto insegura por su aspecto anterior que la hacía “X” y el magnífico nuevo aspecto que su padre, un excelente cirujano plástico, le hizo. No crean que Mel está súper-mega-ultra-feliz por ello, pero el por qué accedió a ese makeover, tendrán que averiguarlo ustedes.Ahora, mi queridísima Frankie, muy segura de sí misma; es verde, pero para ella es genial por que “lo verde está de moda”. Ella quiere cambiar el mundo, y hacer que los RAD -“Regular attribute Dodgers” o lo mismo que “fugitivos de los atributos normales”-, se integren al mundo de los normis sin que éstos les teman. Que puedan salir al mundo real con sus verdaderas vestimentas sin causar miedo y resultar heridos ¿Lo logrará?A simple vista parece una reinvención de las viejas historias, un rescate de los “monstruos” que han poblado muchas de nuestras lecturas –si es que alguien ha leído Frankestein o Dr Jeckyll y Mr Hyde-, pero, si algo me gustó del libro fue el mensaje que encierra la búsqueda de Frankie por la aceptación de los que son diferentes a los “individuos con atributos físicos comunes y corrientes.” Y al final, los problemas que atraviesan estos personajes no son tan distintos de los adolescentes.Me encantó MONSTER HIGH por que es divertidísima. Tiene un ritmo genial, empiezas a leer y no quieres detenerte por ningún motivo. ¿Y ahora qué? Te preguntas, por que todos los personajes son impredecibles, sí, sí, sí pero son adolescentes!!La historia tiene su dosis justa de amor, de humor, una montaña rusa de emociones y hormonas desequilibradas (jejeje) tal como en la vida real en esa etapa de la adolescencia o no? Hay amistades buenas, amistades que son como el lobo en piel de oveja, un poco de presión social y… los dejaré con la duda :PFrankie me gustó, es muy soñadora y muy cool –hasta sus fashionratas me gustaron-, sin duda sería mi amiga si yo viviera en ese mundo, lo verde me va bien, además. Pero Melody es MI personaje favorito y espero que en el siguiente libro haya más de ella, es decir, sé que habrá más de ella, pero quiero “algo” que no les puedo decir por que entonces se arruina todo, así que vayan y léanlo J y después me dicen si no esperan lo mismo ustedes.Ahora, el final es un cliffhanger así que no le pidan peras al olmo, no se tiren de los pelos (Ok. Yo lo hice) por que NO van a descubrir nada. Peroooo, no pueden dejar de leerlo, no pasen de él, se los aseguro no se arrepentirán. Monster High es en pocas palabras ELECTRIZANTE!!!

  • Yamini Johnson
    2019-03-21 02:17

    In the book Monster high by Lisa Harrison, this story is about all the descendants of famous monsters such as Frankenstein, Dracula, The werewolf, etc. Mainly its about a monster named Frankie stein and she's only 15 days old since her parents brought her to life 15 days ago. Her parents dont like the fact that she's into things that the normies like a.k.a humans. Her parents reassure to her that not very many people treat monsters like them very kindly because of their skin and the way they look.There's also a family that has to move to the same community as frankie because of their youngest daughter melody who has really bad asthma.Hoping the air will be better for her,her parents decide to move there since nose surgeries dont really work. Before going to highschool Frankie is being homeschooled. She doesn't really like it since she wants to go out into the world.But her parents dont allow it ever since the incident that happend in the 20th century when horror movies became famous. The movie was about Frnakie's parents showing that they may be vile and dangerous when really they just want to be in a place that will accept them. Frankies parents have a talk to her about the normies and how they treat them, frankie is forced to dress like her parents in a body suit wearing fierce and flawless stage make up. Well unfortunetly frankie dislikes the idea of not being able to be herself and tells her parents that she isnt going to wear it. While frankies parents are gone , frankie looks through her magazines and searches through her closet for fashionable clothes to wear.Once Frankies parents are told that they have to go back to their school and teach this causes them to make frankie go to highschool.The highschool frankie ends up going to is of course called Monster high , a school filled with all kinds of monsters like frankie who are free to be proud of who they are. Which comes to the conclusion of her meeting Clawd and clawdeen wolf (son and daughter of the werewolf), Draculaura fangs(daughter of dracula), Lagoona blue (daughter of the sea monster), Cleo de nile (daughter of the mummy), Deuce Gordon(son of medusa), Ghoulia yelps (daughter of the zombies), and plenty more throughout the story. I think the author did handle the situations well in this book. My thoughts on the moral to the story were to be yourself no matter what you look like , and that people shouldn't judge a book by it's cover.When I first read the book I thought it was pretty good , its a very interesting and entertaining book loved it. I do recommend this book for middle school, and high school levels.

  • Lisa
    2019-03-02 04:19

    Cover:Monster High, just proves that not all books with monsters or creatures, you would "think" don't really exist, have to be scary, or horror books. From the cute diamond skull with the big pink bow, to the leather background, with pink stitching, this cover just screams cute. I've seen the other two Monster High books, that are so far out, and I think this cover would have to be my favorite...I think it's because of all of the pink(:Story Line:I've recently joined together with Belinda over at burnbright.com.au, to create a book club. Every month, we decide on a book we want to read, and discuss it at the end of that month. We let the readers know what books we plan on reading, months prior; giving everyone, enough time to go out, get a copy, and still have time to finish it. We decided on a few books including Monster High #3, Angel Arias, Matched, and Elixir. I've never read any of the Monster High books, so to review the third book, I would have to scramble to even get my hands on and finish reading the first two! Have you ever gotten that feeling, where you think someone is watching you? Have you ever gotten that feeling with books? I do, ALL the time. I feel like they follow me everywhere I go, Barnes and Nobles, grocery shopping, at school, and sometimes even at home, if my mom or brother might already be reading them!This is how I felt about Monster High, everywhere I turned I would see it! Until it finally cornered me in Burn Bright Book Club(:Frankie Stein and Melody Carver are the two main characters, two total opposites, and each with their own personnel problem. While Frankie Stein is a monster, and isn't allowed to do some of the things normal teenagers do, Melody has serious asthma, and worries about her looks, after her surgery.It was amazing how much Frankie grew, from being home schooled and only knowing her parents (who created her) to going to high school, making tons of friends, and embracing who she really is, and that its okay to be what she is.But on the other hand Melody, grew and became more comfortable with herself too. From claiming she's the ugly duckling in the family, and being shy of her new look after her surgery, she learns to relax a little and even starts liking a special boy. I had a great time reading Monster High, Lisi Harrison has a great writing style, that leaves you wanting more, and really keeps you interested! I can't wait to start reading the rest of the series, and see how Frankie and Melody continue to grow(:

  • Jacqueline Glz
    2019-03-10 05:28

    Pues...bien. Si no mal recuerdo este libro estaba basado en una caricatura, o la caricatura en los libros. Sea como sea leí el libro primero, y después vi el primer capitulo de la caricatura. NADA QUE VER. La caricatura y todas esas muñecas que giran en torno al libro son meras superficialidades, el libro es completamente diferente. Vemos a una Frankie que no termina de adaptarse al mundo de los "Normis" (Y de verdad odio ese nombrecito que nos dieron a las personas comunes ¬¬) Y bueno, te sientes muy identificada con ella, porque ¿Quien alguna vez no se ha sentido fuera de lugar? Y Melody tambien es una chica adorable, a pesar de sale muy poco en el libro. Y luego esta Jackson, ¡Vaya sorpresa que te llevas con este chico! Si la trama no es muy de su agrado, lo que les encantara es la forma de escribir de Lisi. Dejando a un lado la tonta y superficial caricatura, y toda la mercancía, definitivamente Monster High vale la pena, al menos para mi.

  • Rumpelstiltskin
    2019-03-15 05:06

    ODIO, odio este libro.No se que le vi cuando lo compre.. me arrepiento de haberlo hecho y de haberlo leído. Creo que lo deje por las primeras paginas y después se lo regale a mi hermanastra de 10 años.

  • Carter
    2019-03-17 02:27

    Love this book.

  • Amber
    2019-03-15 05:21

    This book was a "I have remotely enjoyed watching the movies based on this and am in need of a cleanse" kind of book. I enjoyed the character Melody, who isn't in the movies at all, but she also was my least favorite character which is strange.

  • Traci
    2019-03-15 07:25

    This is a cute book and it made me laugh quite a few times, and despite the few flaws that I found (more on that in a minute) it definitely warrants more than a 3-star rating. It's getting a 3-star rating because I listened to an audiobook version where large chunks of the book are just... gone. There were definite sync issues throughout, where I'd magically skip back several chapters mid-sentence, but two instances where the chapters were missing altogether. This was during the important parts (the end included). For that reason I'm a little frustrated, and even though I know logically that this isn't the poor book's fault, I don't like not knowing 1) the moment the fearsome five (I think there are five) decide to solve the problem and 2) the actual RESOLUTION of the problem.Anyway, on to the review.So Monster High is of course based on the dolls released by Mattel, a web-series that can be found on YouTube, a couple of movies and apparently a short book series. If you have prior knowledge of the other aspects of this...fandom? then the shock of who the monsters are is kind of lost on you, but it's still a cute book regardless. It's also pretty much a loose adaptation, which stands well on its own and you don't have to watch the webisodes or anything to enjoy this. (In fact, you probably shouldn't.) Frankie Stein, at fifteen days old, learns a rather harsh lesson about being different and then is sent to school, where she has to cover up her neck seams and her green skin and pretend to be normal. Apparently normies (non-monsters) are deathly afraid of monsters to the point where they have drills on how to scare them off. All the monsters call themselves RADs. And then there's a parallel story of a normie who goes to school with all the monsters, too. I wish I could go into further detail but, you know, missing key elements of the story and all.Unfortunately this book is going to be totally irrelevant in a few years. The pop culture references were cute and they fit... now... but there was also a huge huge huge amount of name dropping and subtle brand advertisements and nobody is going to have a clue about half the references in a few years.I liked Frankie as a narrator, but was less enthusiastic about Melody. I'm pretty sure it's set up that she'll be a RAD too in the later books, but for now I just found her less interesting. I also liked the message that the book seemed to be presenting about being the change and all that, but (I have to say it) it would have been a lot nicer to actually get to hear the execution of that plan and the results of that plan, too.

  • Fiendishly Bookish
    2019-03-08 07:22

    3.5 StarsIn a perfect world…in Frankie Stein’s world, it’s little more than wishful thinking that monsters and normies get along. Barely fifteen days old, and birthed in her father’s lab (aka Fab) with the Glitterati (her pet white mice) looking out for her wardrobe selections, Frankie could be just like any teen. With the exception of the bolts in her neck, her minty green complexion, and the seams that are holding her appendages together that could rival Sally’s in Nightmare Before Christmas. See..the thing about Frankie is that she’s totally fine with the way that she looks. She doesn’t want to go in hiding like her parents…and the other RAD’s that are terrified of a witch-hunt against their kind. Even at Merston High, Frankie believes in who she is, likes who she is, and hiding her green skin under mounds of makeup is simply not in her bag of tricks. But she’s forced to do so. The most liberating thing for her is to meet other monster kids in hiding like: Claudine (Clawdeen), Draculaura, Lagoona Blue, Deuce, D.J./Jackson Hyde, and Cleo. And when the opportunity presents itself to conduct their own “unveiling” at the September Semi whose theme is aptly entitled “Monster Mash’, the poop really hits the fan. Are they willing to jeopardize the entire monster community in Salem, Oregon simply because they believe in outing themselves? Lisi Harrison has two stories intersecting in Monster High…that of normie, Melody Carver who is fresh off the boat from Beverly Hills, rhinoplasty intact, and the story of Frankie Stein, a monster who is just trying to adjust….well to being a monster in hiding. I would have been just fine with the story about Frankie’s adventures alone, and have Melody end up on the chopping room floor. I’m not quite sure how Melody serves a purpose other than a mirror for Frankie in some ways. Her role has little if no heft to the plot, and Frankie is clearly the superstar of Harrison’s tale. Monster High is adorabalicious in many ways, pom-pom cute if in fact a bit disjointed, as well as hip and crafty and was fun to read. Frankie Stein is a genuine character that sings out. The entire time I was devouring it, I kept thinking of what would happen if Living Dead Dolls ever became subjected to going to high school. If so, then Merston High would be their school of choice!A Fiendishly Bookish Review (and one grumpy cat)

  • Team.Dixon.364
    2019-03-17 05:02

    El chico levantó la cabeza y se retiró de la cara un mechón de pelo castaño. A Melody se le encogió el estómago. De cerca, era todavía más mono"

  • Tori
    2019-03-01 03:22

    Lisi Harrison's Monster High is a great fiction read. I would recommend it to teenage readers. However, if you are into teenage fiction, by all means, read it! This book is about a young woman named Melody who moved from her fancy life in California. You can say she was living the "90210" lifestyle. However, despite her rich living, she wasn't the most popular person in her school...nor the prettiest. But, once she moves to Salem, Oregon she meets a few girls who hide a secret bigger than ever. Frankie is one of the girls who holds a very prominent part in the book. Throughout the book, you explore Melody and Frankie's life. Both of their lives share similar occurrences which causes their lives to intertwine. Overall, this book is strongly recommended! It's a must read! All in all, this book deserves five stars in my opinion!

  • Dorian de Jandreau
    2019-03-11 23:21

    I gave 4 stars because of common teens' love story.First I got interested in these dolls. Now I cannot stop buying new ones. Next, I watched all cartoons, and now decided to read books. So, I noticed that people who read these books wrote that they are full of sexual content. Well, yes, but not that much. Actually this serie is marked as YOUNG ADULTS FICTION, so I don't understand why moms read these books to little girls... It is obviously for teens and young adults, about boys, dating, love and school life. Well, since I just wanted to read some easy book, I was contented. I liked the idea of book, romance and just easy reading.

  • Erin the Avid Reader ⚜BFF's with the Cheshire Cat⚜
    2019-03-07 03:07

    I CAN'T BELIEVE THIS IS ACTUALLY A BOOK, NONETHELESS A BOOK BY THE WOMAN WHO HAS WRITTEN PROBABLY ONE OF THE WORST SERIES OF BOOKS I HAVE EVER WRITTEN! UGGHHH! A big no-no for me!

  • Charlene
    2019-02-18 06:03

    This book is thrilling and awesome book and I love I just got it Yesterday and I love and have not put it down yet

  • Elvedina k
    2019-02-28 06:06

    BAD BAD SHIT

  • Vendea
    2019-03-18 04:01

    Ani jsem nečekala, že to bude tak zábavné. Takové Mean Girls pro slečny 10+. Sice nejsem úplně cílovka, ale MH miluju, a tak jsem byla zvědavá, jak se s tím autorka popere. Úplně se mi nepáčila Melody coby necannon postava, ale ok, přežila bych. Horší už to bylo s cannon holkama jako je Draculaura a spol., které se až na Cleo a Clawdeen jmenovali pro normíky jinak (Lala? Jako vážně?). A nepochopila jsem, proč Lagooně pořád říkaj Blue, i když ji pozdějc odhalili. Nicméně... žiju pro Deuce a Cleo, takže... dám dalším dílům šanci! 3.5/5*I totally love Monster High webpisodes and movies, so I was curious about this series for a while. I was not ready to start though because of interesting reviews. I was mainly afraid I won't like the way author describes MH and changes characters for her own series. And I was right about this one. Monster High by Lisi Harrison is enjoyable and if you are hardcore fan of series, you might overlook some things. I am not a main target audience so I know it might be a little bit harsh but... why all the drama? We get two PoVs - Melody Carver, who used to be a monster and now is just trying to fit in. She moves into Salem and goes to the new school. But obviously she just has a crush on this guy called Jackson (yeah, our normie Jackson from MH). Melody is not cannon character for main series so I didn't care for her enough. Sure, she is quite cute with Jackson, tbh, but it's not my dream ship. And I hated that she was messing with Deuce (Deuce & Cleo 4life). The other MC is Frankie Stein. She was more like her original self and I quite enjoyed her part, particularly because her story had quite a nice meaning - not to be afraid to show your true self. I am glad Miss Harrison decided to add more original characters to the story as well - Cleo, Deuce, Clawdeen, Draculaura, Lagoona, DJ Hyde, even Invisi Billy, who is totes one of my most fave characters at all. I was sad about change of the names for their normie selves - why Lala? WHY? But okay, I can overlook it. So yeah, if you overlook drama and stuff, it's pretty nice read. A lot of teeny drama, fights about boys... All you want! 3.5/5*

  • Jillyn
    2019-02-19 04:16

    Melody needs to get away from Beverly Hills and start over. An ex-dork, she's looking forward to being in the fresh air of Salem, Oregon (to help her asthma) and where people don't know her nerdy past. This is Frankie Stein's first year attending school in Salem too, only for way different reasons. She was only just created in a lab by her parents a few weeks ago, and they now deem her ready for the world. All is well until monster sightings start popping up around town, making the paranormal families who live there uncomfortable, and leaving their youth- like Frankie- torn between staying safe and being proud of who they really are.------Ughhhhhhhhhh. First, let me just say that despite my age, I love Monster High dolls. I'm in college, and I have Draculaura in a stand on my desk. As one who identifies as goth, I love that this series tries to incorporate classic horror with the girliness of Bratz or Barbies. But these books? Oy. -This book is essentially a commercial. Now, if the commercials were only for Mattel products, I would be forgiving. It makes sense that a company would plug its own products. But it got to the point that I actually started taking a tally of how many times product brands or designers were dropped into the story. McDonald's, UGGs, Sephora, Tropicana, Bose, the list is endless.-Along a similar line, celebrities, tv shows, and movies are constantly mentioned. Now when it comes to horror movies and the like, there's a free pass. I think it's cool that these are brought into the story. My main problem with doing this in a book is the fact that it dates the author and the book both. This book was obviously written when Lady Gaga was crazing the US, since she's mentioned a million times. Justin Beiber, The Black Eyed Peas, and countless others make their appearance too. But what happens when they never make another album? It will make the book seem ancient and passe instead of hip. -Along with that, who exactly is this book series written for? The drama is way more junior high than high school, and yet every one is making out with everyone, making it seem like high school is one big slutty free for all. Ludacris' album "Word of Mouf" is referenced as though it's topical. Hello, that album released over a decade ago. So not voltage. It's as if Lisi Harrison just shoved as many references from as many decades as possible in the hopes that someone somewhere would understand it. From Fred Astaire and Woody Allen to Alicia Keys and Taylor Swift, the pop culture references came off far more desperate and forced than cool and "in the know." -The aforementioned flaws make the novel come off as extremely fake, especially when mixed with petty characters. The "normies" aren't even believable- yes, in a book filled with monsters, the humans are the unbelievable part of this story. This one girl takes notes on every damn conversation and makes other girls sign documents. No wonder they have no friends, who does that? Once my friend starts being an obsessive freak like that, I say goodbye. Maybe I just went to a relaxed high school, but the girls' cattiness in this book is so melodramatic and over the top. Plus, half of the book is dedicated to their outfits, so you don't even get to learn about most of their personalities, which might have explained why they reacted that way, had the reader been enlightened with that information.-Why is everyone rich and bougie in Salem? Melody said she left Beverly Hills, but everyone here drives flashy cars and own designer clothes. It makes sense for the old-money monster families, but what about everyone else? If this is such a charming, small town, then why the hell do these kids get credit cards and iPhones and Lexuses? (Maybe I'm a bitter old lady, but REALLY?)-+ Neither positive or negative, I felt that this book had way too many characters. It was hard to keep track of them. I'm giving the writer the benefit of the doubt, though, since this is the introduction book. The others seem to narrow down a bit from here.+I LOVED the parts when the author was describing the different monsters. I liked reading about their meetings, their ancestries, their legends. These characters were my favorites, and no doubt that was on purpose. I think that this is a cool twist to horror. No matter who your favorite classic monster is, from Dracula to Jekyll and Hyde, there's a character (or doll) for your enjoyment. It is for these characters only that I wish to read the rest of this series. And though I know this is a kids' series, I can't help but to hope that they'll eat all the human children that made this book half awful.If you're older than junior high, I wouldn't give this a chance, unless like myself you are a fan of the dolls. If you're a die hard horror fan, enjoy gore, characters with depth, or reading books without watching/reading commercials, then give this book a pass. However, I think young girls will gobble this up, getting the references (at the time of this review, anyway) and feeling as cool as the dolls they play with.Thanks to my girlfriend for getting this book for me after listening to me complain about wanting to read it <3This review, complete with pictures of how many brands were named, can also be found on my blog, Bitches n Prose.

  • Wolf Girl
    2019-03-09 00:20

    I love this book it is fun to dad and I love monster high so much so you should read it plz and thx for read my note lol

  • Kayla
    2019-03-15 07:23

    kickback to when i read this around 10 years old and had the time of my life ~

  • Courtney
    2019-03-10 06:00

    Monster High is about a 10th grade girl named Melody who moves with her family to Oregon in the hopes that it will alleviate the asthma that has plagued much of her life.A few houses down the street, newly-born Frankie Stein is learning about the world she was so recently born into... And how to hide herself from it.The two girls' lives parallel the first day of high school, as they make friends, crushes, and enemies, with only minor intersections.Trouble is brewing, however, as an overly-optimistic indiscretion on Frankie's part sets the ball rolling to put their small town on the alert for so-called 'monsters' (a.k.a. RADs), putting Frankie, her family and the entire RAD community at risk.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Not bad, but the constant name/brand dropping gets old REAL fast. Luckily about 1/2 way through, Harrison seems to get distracted by actually writing plot and forgets to mention shoes every second page.It's a really light, quick read. I started listening to the audio book at one point, but didn't get too far into listening to it before it was due. If I remember correctly, it wasn't that bad - it's a decent option if you would rather listen to the book than read it.It's shallow, but fun. And I really think I need to find out what happens next. Will the normies and the RADs ever be able to find peace together? Will the girls' love lives ever get straightened out? (Points to Harrison for a change on the usual love triangle). Is Melody as normie as she appears to be? (Former 'unattractive' appearance but an incredible singing voice that I'm predicting will quickly make a return? I'm thinking some kind of Harpie/Siren thing...). And the question that's been bugging me for almost a year... Is the series those butt-ugly dolls are based off of? (There's another Monster High series that's come through at work, witch a similar design, so I'm not sure which is connected to the dolls.) Or rather dolls, tv show... who knows what else.A couple of pet-peeve mentions: (These aren't my pet peeves, merely comments on those mentioned from other peoples reviews as they relate to this book.)Insta-love: A little? I wouldn't really say the characters are in love. They're definitely crushing, but the haven't gotten a chance to know each other that well yet to truly be in love. They definitely need to get to know each other more. Melody and Mr. Cute-Nerdy don't interact more than a handful of times, and she's angry and upset by him more than getting along. Frankie and D.J. only meet a handful of times, most of which she likes someone else. That someone else has an extremely jealous girlfriend (view spoiler)[ and I mean extremely. Obsessively. Psychotically. Cleo, for all her cattiness is far more like-able after you realise the lengths this psychotic little twit is capable of. (hide spoiler)]. Then there's the Melody-Cleo-Deuce mess. Drama: see above. Teenage love lives in this book are FAR more convoluted that I remember any being from high school. They probably rival some soap operas.Love Triangles: One possible (two girls fighting over a guy - will have to see if it's going to go anywhere, though); one quite likely, but with interesting connotations (how would it work if it's something like Multiple Personality Disorder? You're in love with different people, but they share a body. It's a kid's book, so it's a safe bet that it won't turn into some kind of polygamous-time-share thing, but unless you come to some kind of agreement, no one can be happy). Absentee Parent-ism: Not really here, to be honest. Melody's family is sweet, if a bit shallow. They do care for each other, even her manipulative, mischievous, queen-bee sister. Her parents are willing to sacrifice their careers for Melody's health. They're not shown as the strictest, but in as small a town as they live in now (compared to their former 90210 zipcode), they probably feel Melody's fairly safe - especially since most of her running off is done on the same block.Frankie's parents are somewhat more present, and far more protective than Melody's, which entirely makes sense despite how unfair Frankie might find their hovering. She may believe herself to be independent and capable, but she's barely a year old. They have a lot more experience with the world and it's dangers and prejudices. They might seem constrictive but you can tell they only mean it for the best. Other than that, we haven't seen much of the other families yet (or through the other characters' eyes). Jackson's mother is (understandably) protective, but a stable presence watching over the RADs at school. It's a somewhat shallow, cliché book, but Harrison seems to make it work with a good message against prejudice and an interesting cast.

  • Yolanda Sfetsos
    2019-02-22 00:29

    This book has a really funky cover. It also has some very interesting subject matter that I knew I would totally be into. And I wasn't wrong. This is one hip, happening, and unique story told in the POV of two teenage girls who in their own way are new to both the town of Salem, Oregon, and to Merston High School.Melody is a normie. She's fifteen and is moving into this smaller and smog-free town with her parents and sister, Candace, in hopes that the air will help her asthma. She's a girl who hasn't always been beautiful, but with the help of a little work from her plastic surgeon father, managed to enter the world of the beautiful. Except, she struggles with that. After so many years of being invisible, standing out for her looks makes her uncomfortable, and suspicious of people. After all, do they only like her because of the way she looks?All of that is challenged when she meets a hottie her sister refers to as a 'curdy', which of course means cute-nerdy. Jackson's really nice, and has that whole geek-chic look going for him. But he's a little strange, and keeps giving Melody hot-and-cold signals. One minute he's into her, the next it's almost like he's someone else and doesn't even remember who she is. And there's a reason for that...Frankie is just fifteen days old, but her father Viktor (a mad scientist) has equipped her with fifteen years worth of knowledge. And attitude. Her room, which used to be the lab but she now labels 'Fab', is the only place she knows. She shares it with the Glitterati rats and is decked out with the latest fashion, accessories, and chic. She's a real fashionata with a lot of confidence. She's also full of electrifying life. Literally. The day her parents decide it's time for her to start high school, her whole life changes. Frankie is determined to be who she really is. After all, the important magazines claim that green is in, and she's green, right? Green and proud, but things aren't that easy. She needs to cover her green skin, hide her stitches and bolts, and totally shun the stylings she loves so much. Luckily for her, she meets a nice bunch of friends in Lala and Blue. Girls, who along with the seemingly bitchy Cleo and Claudeen, turn out to have a lot more in common with her than she first expected.Melody and Frankie's lives become affected by what it means to be both a RAD (Regular Attribute Dodger) and a normie. Frankie, especially, struggles with hiding her real self to the point of disregarding the rules, and risking the existence of the 'monsters' who hide among the humans.Monster High is a fantastic, clever, and fun book. It's seriously fabulous and packs quite a punch in the LOL department. I read it in one day because it both sucked me in and kept me reading until the very end. I loved every minute of it and couldn't wait to get stuck into Melody and Frankie's stories. They're both excellent, interesting characters that come from different sides of the spectrum but are really a lot alike. The cast of characters is colourful and freaky. I loved every single one of them and can't wait to see where the next installment takes us, because it definitely ended on a cliffhangerish note. ;)I also wanted to mention that it's a pretty book. Bring on the monsters, because they are RAD. ;)

  • Gecky Boz
    2019-03-14 03:11

    This book was checked out from the library, which I'm glad I did instead of buying it. This book definitely begrudgingly gets a 3 out of 5 gnomes because one character of the two main characters is much more likable then the other. This book went from a 2 up to a 3 just because of the character Frankie Stein.Melody and Frankie alternate chapters. Melody is human, had a nose job and recently moved from Beverly Hills to Oregon. Frankie is a monster, Frankenstein's granddaughter and has mint green skin.I really wish that the book only had Frankie or the other monster's point of view the whole time. Melody makes it extremely hard to care about her. She feels sorry for herself a lot and has zero confidence. Melody's nickname used to be Smellody but then her plastic surgeon dad fixed her nose. The supposed reason for fixing her nose is well, ludicrous. I'm pretty sure that having asthma would not prevent you from singing but that is the reason she says she wants her nose fixed. Also have to wonder how getting a nose job would help you at all if you had asthma. She supposedly doesn't like being pretty because she's not sure people like her for her or just her new nose.Another astonishingly weird choice is Melody's decision to become best friends with Bekka. Bekka has Melody sign a contract saying that she won't go after her boyfriend Brett and will beat up anyone that does. After hearing about and seeing the contract Melody actually signs it which really made me question her mental faculties. Bekka is followed around by Haylee who writes down everything Bekka does to turn it into a cell phone novel.I like all the current entertainment examples that are a part of the book but it will end up dating it pretty fast. The word the monsters use for themselves is great, RAD or Regular Attribute Dodger. Even though the monsters hide who they are they all still seem to have more confidence then Melody.There is a love interest or two. The whole Jackson/DJ Melody Frankie love square or triangle is well kind of icky. The whole thing can't end well unless polygamy is somehow the solution.Melody is either fawning over or thinking about boys practically the whole time. Frankie does think about boys but the clear difference is that it's not all that she thinks about. I like that Frankie is actually proud of who she is and the fact that she's mint green. Frankie's adventures and friends are fun to read about. I like that she uses stage makeup to hide and that she sparks or shocks people accidentally. Frankie feels that RADS should not have to hide who they are but everybody else is used to hiding.The ending is pretty good but does leave one with a lot of questions.Overall I wish the book was more like the web site and that it was just about the monsters because you could take Melody out of the story and really not loose anything important. This is one instance where having two main characters alternate chapters doesn’t work.

  • Jessica
    2019-03-03 06:06

    I really like this book. At some parts I though that the characters were mean. At other times I thought that they were lovely. I think that 3 graders would like this more because they would like the monsters e and see where Monster High came from.

  • Rylee
    2019-03-08 07:19

    i think monster high is the best thing in the whole world!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!goooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooommmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmooooooooooooooooooooooooonnnnnnnnnnnnnssssssssssssstttttttteeerrhhhhhiiiiiiiiiiiiiggggggggggggggggggggggghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhrfooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooc kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkksssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss

  • Nicholas Kane
    2019-02-24 23:15

    For a book whose tagline reads "fitting in is out," the characters sure are shallow. This is actually a reread for me that I wasn't really planning on doing right now. I originally read the Monster High series when it was first released, despite the fact that I never watched any of the shows or owned any of the dolls. Since Goodreads says the last book in the series was released in 2012, that means these books have been sitting on my shelf for five years without being touched. I figured that meant it was tie to reread them, and since my niece loves being helpful I let her pick out my next book series to read. I shouldn't have had any doubt that she would pick Monster High. Moving onto my thoughts on this book- it was okay, but definitely not intended for my age. I realized that I remembered a lot of the details wrong while reading this book for the second time (view spoiler)[ Like for some reason I thought Frankie's head actually detached and floated away while she was kissing Brett. The reality of it rolling across the floor is kind of brutal for the younger audience the Monster High franchise is intended for.(hide spoiler)] I'm not sure if that means the series wasn't memorable to me or if it's just really been that long since I've read it. I also didn't notice when I was younger how completely shallow this book is, despite its main message supposedly being about love, tolerance, and acceptance of everyone no matter how they look. I'll get into more depth of my thoughts, but if you don't want to be spoiled for the book and you haven't read it yet, just know that overall I think this book has its cute and quirky moments, but it doesn't really stick out as a fantastic read in any way. (view spoiler)[ Obviously my biggest complaint about this book is how shallow it is. Melody judges people and gives them nicknames based on their looks multiple times (the meanest one being when she refers to an unknown girl at a booth as "Horse Face"). Melody is supposed to understand how the monsters feel because she once had an ugly nose- but don't worry, she had plastic surgery and is beautiful now. Her "wish" to go back to having her old nose because then people would like her for her personality and not her looks seems so fake. She judges other people on their looks but for some reason she wishes people wouldn't do the same thing to her? Her whole relationship with Jackson was built on attraction, and trust me when I say there isn't much else to it. The awkwardly kiss a time or two, she abandons him in the middle of a dance to turn into DJ when she knows monsters are currently being hunted, and they fight multiple times over stupid things and misunderstandings. I don't think they've had a single normal conversation, or even an actual date. What do they even know about each other, really? Frankie and her friends are the real monsters, but even then it's mentioned multiple times how perfectly proportioned Frankie is, how exoctic and lovely Cleo is, how tanned and handsome Deuce is, etc., etc. No one in this book is flawed in looks at all. They're all gorgeous people, even those who are undead mummies or werewolves. I know that Frankie is green because that's how she's portrayed in Monster High merchandise, but in the book they explain her skin as being green because she lacks blood. I'm not a scientist but as far as I know people drained of blood wouldn't be green? If Viktor supposedly grew the limbs themselves then a more accurate explanation could have been that his formula for growing limbs doesn't include normal flesh colored pigments. I think Melody'S friendship with Bekka was dumb, as was Frankie's attraction to Brett. The reason Melody gives for signing Bekka's contract was that she hasn't had many friends before so as far as she knows that's how it works. That's the most idiotic thing I've ever heard because clearly that was a poorly thought up excuse to illustrate how demanding and controlling Bekka is. How anyone could have ever thought she was a good friend is beyond me because her toxic tendencies are obvious from the start. Frankie is also dumb despite being programmed by a mad scientist to excel in all areas of learning, including social cues. She thinks that Brett must like monsters (in a romantic sort of way) because he likes monster movies, but Viktor told her before that the very reason normies don't like RADs is because of the very same movies and how horribly they portrayed them. But I guess it would make sense that she didn't listen to that because she never listens to her parents, despite it always getting her into trouble. And now suddenly once Brett is out of the picture she's attracted to DJ just because he's the convenient option. She even mentions that she might have had a crush on him all along but didn't realize it. No, honey, you were extremely annoyed by him and didn't even give him a second glance until it was convenient for you. Not to mention that Billy is a much better guy, having saved and supported her twice now, and of course she doesn't notice him either. I forget what happens in the rest of the books but I have a hunch she's going to end up with Billy, and if not then there's just no way to fix her bad decision making. I'd also like to know how DJ and Jackson have lived normal lives so far. It just seems so impossible. Obviously if Cleo, Clawdeen, Blue, and Layla know about DJ then both of Jackson's personalities have made appearances in the school before. That makes me wonder why DJ never questions how he gets from one place to another, especially if Jackson's mother tries to keep DJ suppressed while he's at home. Jackson really can't be that stupid that it took up until now for him to notice that he's never in the same place he was before having his black outs, yet when he first explains them to Melody he thinks he's getting worse because he still moves around and socializes while having a black out. I also want to know why he was DJ for a whole week in school. If this magical, wonderful, totally-not-realistic high school can afford to have four different zones for dietary needs in the cafeteria (not to mention music during lunch hours), then surely they could afford to keep the place air conditioned? Yet DJ is around for a week making out with Cleo before Jackson returns. Maybe I'm supposed to overlook all of these major plot holes because it's a series meant for children, but that's not really an excuse considering how adult the humor can be at times. One more critique- I think I'm supposed to like Candace, but at the same time I'm not sure if that's the author's intentions. And if you were wondering-no, I do not like Candace even if I'm supposed to. She's bratty, manipulative, and mean, even if she does come through for Melody sometimes, that doesn't make up for her crappy attitude and personality most of the time. And saying "Candace out" is the dumbest thing I've ever heard a character say, and if I knew anyone who said that when leaving a room in real life, I would slap them silly. I realize now that I have a lot of complaints about this book, but it still receives three stars from me because it still has charm. It was a fast and easy read, there was some cute and funny moments, and not every character is unbearable. I actually enjoyed reading Frankie's perspective for the majority of the book, and I can understand her actions even if I know they're incredibly idiotic. She is only a few days old, after all. She has programmed memories and experiences, but I guess that can never replicate the real thing, so of course she's going to be reckless and rebellious, especially since she's also been programmed with the attitude and disposition of a teenager. I loved reading from her perspective. Melody's perspective, though... not so much. (hide spoiler)]

  • Nely
    2019-03-17 06:22

    Frankie Stein is thrilled when her parents tell her that she is ready to go to school. Frankie has high hopes for high school - she can't wait to make friends and to finally have the chance to wear her amazing wardrobe out in public. She's spent her whole life (all 15 days of it) inside her father's lab (a/k/a the Fab) and her only friends are the Glitterati (her pet mice) and her parents. Aside from her mint green skin, the thick bolts in her neck and the seams that are holding her appendages together, she would fit right in. But Frankie is none to happy when she is told that she and RAD's (other monsters like her) have to blend in with the normie's (random normal folk). Generations of RAD's have found safe haven in Salem, Oregon and cannot risk the chaos and uproar that a monster siting might cause - witch hunt anyone?So off to "normie" school she goes under tons of make-up and conservative clothing to hide her more "original" traits. There she meets other monster teens who quickly befriend her Claudine (Clawdeen), Draculaura, Lagoona Blue, Deuce, D.J./Jackson Hyde, and Cleo.In alternating chapters from Frankie's POV, you also meet new student and town resident, but more importantly, normie, Melody Carver. Melody and her family have just moved to Salem from Beverly Hills. Merston High and the town of Salem, Oregon, are in for a surprise when their September Semi (ironically themed "Monster Mash") - gets a tad bit more ghoulier then anticipated.Oh, but I loved Frankie. She's such a sweet thing. I loved her attitude, her love of who she is and what she looks like really gives a positive vibe to the story. Ms. Harrison truly makes her shine throughout Monster High's pages. Although we do read a lot about Melody, and I did enjoy her chapters, Frankie's story was so much more interesting. I loved the mystery of who was a monster and who was a normie.... I kept trying to guess which monster the kids were... I found myself quite entertained by this.I will forewarn that there is a cliff-hanger ending - so be prepared to be left feeling anxious for the next book. What will happen to Frankie, Melody, and their friends? The writing is witty, fun and definitely appealing for tweens. Super cute story and one that I think will be a sure hit with youngins plus there are some great messages scattered throughout. You guys also have to check out their "RAD" website. This is the start to what seems to be a very promising series. I can't wait to see what happens next.