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Blood Beast by Darren Shan
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Aug 30, 09

bookshelves: horror, ya-guy
Read in August, 2008

This is part one of two, dangit, and it's probably the best-written of all of the Demonata series. There's a lot more characterization in this one, and the return of Grubbs Grady, a tried and true character. He develops both as a person and as an adult in this episode, and it's a welcome change from the reliance on blood and guts in the other books. Of course, there's a lot of blood and guts, but there's much more reliance on suspense, and there's a lot of that. Grubbs is caught in a metaphysical version of the physical changes that all teenagers go through: the magic inherent in his system is preventing him from changing into a werewolf (the change that killed his sister and nearly killed his half-brother). Like all good YA heroes - and all young people - Grubbs is tougher and smarter than he thinks, and has infinite potential.
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