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ReReading Goosebumps: Monster Blood

“While staying with his weird great-aunt Kathryn, Evan visits a funky old toy store and buys a dusty can of monster blood, It’s fun to play with at first. And Evan’s dog, Trigger, likes it so much, he eats some! But then Evan notices something weird about the green slimy stuff it seems to be growing. And growing. And growing. And all that growing has given the monster blood a monstrous appetite…”

It has been a while since I last reviewed a Goosebumps book. Don’t worry, I still have a large stack of them to read my way through.

I had no memory of this book when I started it. When it came to Monster Blood I remembered more of Monster Blood 2 because of the killer hamster. That thing was plastered all over the merchandise in the 90s and as I child I loved hamsters. Monster Blood 1 I had no memory of.

I had low expectations when it came to this book. Lets face it, it is about two kids who buy a questionable tub of that slimy goo you always wasted your pocket money on as a kid and horror ensues. What could you possibly do with that? It sounds like a rather dull idea, and a giant ad for that pocket money eating goo.

I can say that I got what I expected from this book. It was probably one of the most uneventful Goosebumps book I have read so far. It didn’t have the scare factor of Welcome to Dead House and wasn’t as eventful as Say Cheese and Die. But it did have something those books didn’t: A twist ending.

Yes, Monster Blood actually had a pretty decent twist at the end that I didn’t see coming at all. Well done RL Stine. I am glad that I kept reading until the end. Goosebumps has been out for years but I am still not going to spoil the ending, just in case. This is still a spoiler free blog even when it comes to books that have been out for 20 years.

This was a very tame book horror wise so I would say that this book is suitable for any child who wants to brave a Goosebumps book. I doubt they will have nightmares, unless they have an extreme fear of green slime. With hardly any threat, no death and a relatable premise, Monster Blood is a safe read for all young ages.

Did you read the Goosebumps series when you were a child? Tell me about it. Which book gave you sleepless nights?

2 thoughts on “ReReading Goosebumps: Monster Blood”

  1. I never found the Goosebumps books particularly scary, but they were all fun reads anyway. I was a little more freaked out by Stine’s “Fear Street” series. I think I had every single one of those.

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