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This is Slappy's world -- you only scream in it! Sascha Nelson and her best friend Nicole Miller love to cook! After school, they spend their time concocting new dishes in the kitchen. So when their favorite TV show Kids Big Chef Food Fights comes to their school for a special competition, they're ecstatic! But with school cheaters Ashli and Diggs also in the show, things d This is Slappy's world -- you only scream in it! Sascha Nelson and her best friend Nicole Miller love to cook! After school, they spend their time concocting new dishes in the kitchen. So when their favorite TV show Kids Big Chef Food Fights comes to their school for a special competition, they're ecstatic! But with school cheaters Ashli and Diggs also in the show, things don't seem as fun anymore. When Sascha and Nicole buy a mysterious can called Monster Blood is Back, they use it to get back at Ashli and Diggs. But as the Monster Blood grows and grows, can the two get the slime under control or will it swallow up the competition?


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This is Slappy's world -- you only scream in it! Sascha Nelson and her best friend Nicole Miller love to cook! After school, they spend their time concocting new dishes in the kitchen. So when their favorite TV show Kids Big Chef Food Fights comes to their school for a special competition, they're ecstatic! But with school cheaters Ashli and Diggs also in the show, things d This is Slappy's world -- you only scream in it! Sascha Nelson and her best friend Nicole Miller love to cook! After school, they spend their time concocting new dishes in the kitchen. So when their favorite TV show Kids Big Chef Food Fights comes to their school for a special competition, they're ecstatic! But with school cheaters Ashli and Diggs also in the show, things don't seem as fun anymore. When Sascha and Nicole buy a mysterious can called Monster Blood is Back, they use it to get back at Ashli and Diggs. But as the Monster Blood grows and grows, can the two get the slime under control or will it swallow up the competition?

49 review for Monster Blood Is Back

  1. 4 out of 5

    Justin Tate

    Monster Blood is a reoccurring Goosebumps menace, with an astounding four books appearing in the original series. More even than Slappy and The Haunted Mask. Its iconic—though inconsistent—ability to cause rapid growth always results in memorable disaster. Symbolically, Monster Blood seems to represent both the anxieties over adolescent growth and the desire to expedite maturity. The strange slime serves as a kind of test run for children to experience adulthood, or at least foresee the (monstro Monster Blood is a reoccurring Goosebumps menace, with an astounding four books appearing in the original series. More even than Slappy and The Haunted Mask. Its iconic—though inconsistent—ability to cause rapid growth always results in memorable disaster. Symbolically, Monster Blood seems to represent both the anxieties over adolescent growth and the desire to expedite maturity. The strange slime serves as a kind of test run for children to experience adulthood, or at least foresee the (monstrous?) bodily changes of puberty. They quickly realize that height isn't everything and, by the end, are significantly relieved to have returned to normal. After a decade since its last appearance, Monster Blood is Back gives us another 'taste' of the villainous green slime. Like many Goosebumps titles, the structure relies heavily on build-up to an inevitable finale where the beast goes berserk. This method is not always effective, especially when the build-up is overstuffed with fake scares. In this case, however, the story is consistently entertaining as we're dealing with a televised cooking show and interpersonal battle with nasty kids from school. These brats are constantly cheating to win competitions, and the cooking show is no exception. After acquiring a mysterious can of Monster Blood, Sasha and Nicole decide they've been bullied enough and play a prank of their own. You can guess how that turns out! Unable to simply write a straightforward story, Stine adds a few twists and fake-out twists. Ordinarily this is the stuff that turns a so-so book into a marvel, but here the twists actually transform a pretty great book into a disappointment. Still, if you block out the last few pages from your mind, you can remember all the spooky fun and consider this yet another excellent entry in the Monster Blood saga.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Thomas

    Just when I thought I was out, Monster Blood pulls me back in. Yep, we've got another one but since Monster Blood for Breakfast was decent, I had hope for this since Evan isn't involved. And honestly, it's about as good as Breakfast, if not a bit better. That still had some annoying dumb stuff in it, while this, for any flaws, doesn't quite have that. The main thing going for it is the whole thing with the protagonist being on a kids' cooking show. That offers a decent setting and for some unique Just when I thought I was out, Monster Blood pulls me back in. Yep, we've got another one but since Monster Blood for Breakfast was decent, I had hope for this since Evan isn't involved. And honestly, it's about as good as Breakfast, if not a bit better. That still had some annoying dumb stuff in it, while this, for any flaws, doesn't quite have that. The main thing going for it is the whole thing with the protagonist being on a kids' cooking show. That offers a decent setting and for some unique type of scenes we don't usually see in the series. Outside of that, it's pretty standard for a Monster Blood book. Once they introduce these rivals, I knew exactly what was gonna happen with that. But that's generally the only real issue here, everything else is at least fine. Monster Blood is just kind of a limiting idea so there's not much reason to even do another one. But for it is, it works fine. It does spend time on other stuff before we get to the Monster Blood like the others but at least it's not as annoying as in those. But then came the twist ending. Without spoiling it, I can say it's pretty bad and annoying. But the story reaches a conclusion of sorts right before then, so it's not quite as bad as others that do the same kind of twist. Still an annoying cop out though. But before then, it's fine. Monster Blood is a real threat again and there's not much focus on people growing big, finally. It's more noteworthy for what it doesn't do wrong like the others than anything else but what we have here is still good, just nothing super memorable. If you ignore that last chapter, it's perfectly acceptable and still one of the better Monster Blood books. But honestly, the More Monster Blood TV episode will always be the best thing with the Monster Blood name, This was a fine effort though. (Also, the can they find is called "Monster Blood is back" but this isn't addressed, so I assume Stine kept autofill on and didn't fix it)

  3. 4 out of 5

    Eric

    I haven't read a Goosebumps book since 1997, when the last in the original series was published. That was an entry in the Monster Blood saga as well, so Monster Blood Is Back feels like a homecoming in more than one way. To be honest, I only picked this up as my ticket to live-stream an author's chat between R.L. Stine and Victoria Schwab (whose latest book I also bought). The chat was fun. (Stine admitted that most of the autobiographical details he relates in interviews are lies.) The book, sur I haven't read a Goosebumps book since 1997, when the last in the original series was published. That was an entry in the Monster Blood saga as well, so Monster Blood Is Back feels like a homecoming in more than one way. To be honest, I only picked this up as my ticket to live-stream an author's chat between R.L. Stine and Victoria Schwab (whose latest book I also bought). The chat was fun. (Stine admitted that most of the autobiographical details he relates in interviews are lies.) The book, surprisingly, is also fun. I say "surprisingly" because my memory of the series is all cheese and facepalming. I remember feeling like I was outgrowing the books even as I continued to read them. But maybe that's an unfair assessment, informed more by the TV show of low production values and stale child acting. The harmless fun of a Goosebumps story in print came back to me as I read Monster Blood Is Back over the course of an hour and change. '90s kids like myself, returning to the vaguely bland yet menacing suburbia that encompassed our childhood imaginations, will find the world very much as they left it. The updates are more or less cosmetic--the characters have iPhones, the pop culture allusions are contemporary (and perhaps unintentional: the main characters attend Adam Driver Middle School, though whether that's a conscious reference to indie-darling-Kylo-Ren is unclear), and much of the action is motivated by a reality competition show that's more or less a proxy for Master Chef Junior. From reading the teaser on the back I thought the reality-television angle might be obnoxious and pandering, but it's actually integrated into the plot pretty well, a fun modern milieu for familiar antics. It reminded me a bit of the X-Files meta-episode in which Mulder and Scully find themselves in the cross-hairs of the camera crew from Cops. Psychologically, though, it's still 1992 GB as far as the characters are concerned. Twelve-year-olds still scream out loud at things as non-threatening as a plastic skull mask; bullies and siblings still exist only to torment the protagonists; adults still refuse to believe children even in the face of hard evidence. Ah, it's good to be home. Respectably, however, there are few if any fake-out cliffhangers, and the narrative flows smoothly and energetically with no major cheats or aggravating cop-outs. Despite a few lapses in reason, narrator Sascha and best friend Nicole are likeable, if nondescript. I also enjoyed the framing device of Slappy's commentary. Any time he's given half a chance, Stine talks about the influence of EC Comics on his work, so it makes sense that he would find a Cryptkeeper analogue of his own (a role he himself fulfilled occasionally in the television adaptations). I think this may be the best use of Slappy to date, since I remember getting tired of the "dummy comes to life but nobody believes it" formula inherent in the Night of the Living Dummy entries. My only major complaint is the out-and-out ridiculousness of the pre-teen antagonists, Nathan and Ashli, described by Sascha as "the two biggest cheaters on earth". The gruesome twosome manage to repeatedly sabotage Sascha and Nicole's culinary attempts in ways that would be incredibly transparent on a small shooting set such as you see on actual cooking competition shows. I really don't think anyone would be able to spike a dish with a full bottle of hot sauce without a single person among the contestants, the host, the judges, the camera crew, the producers, or the assistants noticing. Fortunately, by the time the Monster Blood takes control of the story as we all know it must, those two are relegated to irrelevancy. My other, minor, only-half-serious demerit comes from the lack of cameos by original Monster Blood survivors Evan and Andy. It would have been neat to see them show up as adults and issue warnings that our plucky protagonists would, in due course, ignore. Then the nostalgia trip would have been complete.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Wolverinefactor

    One of the weakest endings in Goosebumps history.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Charles Davis

    Not to be overreacting but you're book is totally awesome. You're innate writing skill is what the world should witness. Try joining NovelStar's writing competition because why not? Not to be overreacting but you're book is totally awesome. You're innate writing skill is what the world should witness. Try joining NovelStar's writing competition because why not?

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jonathan Askenazi

    Really?

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