Wednesday, 31 October 2012

8+: Monster High: Ghoulfriends Forever - Gitty Daneshavari

Release Date: 05/09/12

Book Blurb: 
As new students, the trio must navigate the bewildering array of cute monster boys, established cliques, and monster-rific subjects like Mad Science, G-ogre-phy, and Physical Deaducation. As if that weren't hard enough, something strange and sinister seems to be happening at the school. Popular girls like Frankie Stein and Cleo de Nile are acting weird-and all signs point to everyone's new favorite teacher, Miss Sylphia Flapper. Can the new GFFs expose the fave as a fraud, or will they succumb to peer pressure?

OK, I’m a Monster High fan and whilst I’ve loved the series that’s gone before I’m always a little apprehensive when a new author takes a turn to play in the world of another. What unfurls within is sadly a book that for me didn’t work on a number of levels, it felt like the author was talking down to the reader rather than on the same level, some of the jokes within felt like they were overly repeated and some of the prose was sadly lacking as it felt like the author really hadn’t thought it through relying on the popular franchise to partly sell the story over making sure that the tale stood on its own two legs. Add to this an overall tale that was not only predictable but didn’t help some of the new “classmates” stand out in same way as their wonderful dolls (Rochelle) and all in I’m not sure I’ll be embarking on Gitty’s next story set in this world. A great shame.


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