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Monster High (Monster High #1)

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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.

They prefer to call themselves RAD (Regular Attribute Dodgers), but some call them monsters. So far, the "monster" community has kept a low profile in Salem, but this year two new girls enrol

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Hardcover, 255 pages
Published September 1st 2010 by Poppy (first published October 4th 2005)
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Caitlin Beck Even though they didn't have the same name, I kind of thought Claire in the Ghouls Rule special sort of resembled her, especially when she kissed…moreEven though they didn't have the same name, I kind of thought Claire in the Ghouls Rule special sort of resembled her, especially when she kissed Jackson at the end.(less)
Jen I actually liked it MORE that it's not connected to the series. In that way, it gives it a kind of broader audience and it was easy for me not to…moreI actually liked it MORE that it's not connected to the series. In that way, it gives it a kind of broader audience and it was easy for me not to think about the Monster High thing Mattel is doing, which is definitely for younger audiences. I found it to be a surprisingly good read, however, I did read it when I was around 10-13. Maybe now if I reread my opinion would change. I remember being impressed with it, because I wasn't a huge fan of monster high to begin with. As for why they made it separate to the series, I have no idea.(less)

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Drucilla
Dec 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: h
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 w ...more
Jaye Ashryver
Oct 10, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal
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 Fra
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Saviourofmusic
Feb 17, 2013 rated it did not like it
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 l ...more
Stacy
Apr 21, 2010 rated it liked it
The Quick and the Dirty...a new and cutsie take on monsters

Why I was tempted to read this...I thought it sounded good and you gotta love the name Frankie Stein

Cover thoughts...Somewhat plain, but I like it simple like that, eye catching

Romance 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
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Yelania Nightwalker
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
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Yamini Johnson
Dec 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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 lo ...more
Lisa
Jul 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
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Jacqueline Glz
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 sient ...more
Rumpelstiltskin
Aug 21, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: unfinished
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
Jan 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Love this book.
Amber
Mar 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
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
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 ...more
Fiendishly Bookish
3.5 Stars

In 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.
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Team.Dixon.364
Sep 14, 2016 rated it liked it
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
Mar 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
Dorian de Jandreau
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 an
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Erin the Avid Reader ⚜BFF's with the Cheshire Cat⚜
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
Feb 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: finished
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
Jul 31, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: own
BAD BAD SHIT
Vendea
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, ...more
Jillyn
Apr 20, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: junior high girls
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 fa ...more
Wolf Girl
Nov 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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
hkc
Nov 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
kickback to when i read this around 10 years old and had the time of my life ~
Courtney
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-optimi
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Yolanda Sfetsos
Jan 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-paranormal
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Gecky Boz
Sep 29, 2010 rated it liked it
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Jessica
Feb 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Rylee
Dec 19, 2011 added it
i think monster high is the best thing in the whole world!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ...more
Nicholas Kane
Aug 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: no-longer-own
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 mea ...more
Nely
Jul 22, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-review, blog-tour
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 t ...more
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Lisi Harrison is the author of the #1 New York Times best-selling series "The Clique", "Alphas", "Monster High," Pretenders," and her first adult novel: "The Dirty Book Club" out 10.10.17. Lisi was born in Toronto, Canada, and lived in NYC for 15 years while she worked at MTV. She now lives in Laguna Beach, CA and is a member or her own Dirty Book Club.



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