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Blood Beast the Demonata, Book 5

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Blood Beast the Demonata, Book 5

“So here I am. I want to be an average teenager whose
only worries are puberty, acne, scoring with girls, impressing my
friends, and getting through school in one piece. But I’m
forced to spend the better part of every day brooding about turning
into a werewolf or becoming a whiz kid wizard who has to fight
evil, heartless demons.”


Physically Grubbs Grady is like any boy his age with changes taking
place in his body everyday. Emotionally he has been through more
than anyone ever would want. Grubbs has seen his family slaughtered
by demons, has been in a mental hospital, has fought unspeakable
forces of darkness, has been haunted and stalked, and has helped
his Uncle Dervish back from the brink of insanity. Through it all,
he has continued to try to live a “normal” life.


At school his best friend is Loch Gossel --- a towering, athletic
boy, much like himself --- and they hang out with a small group of
weird kids. Loch happens to have a lovely sister named Reni (with
whom Grubbs finds romance), so this makes their friendship even
more meaningful. Grubbs feels constant twinges of guilt because he
has, more or less, abandoned his half-brother Bill-E, who
doesn’t realize their familial connection. But in
Loch’s circle, Bill-E is an outcast --- the butt of jokes and
teasing. Though he tries to stay in touch, Grubbs simply
doesn’t know how to handle their distance. Painful as this
is, it is only a small part of what is on his busy mind. He has
nightmares. But are they only nightmares?


“I see my face in the mirrorlike water before I drink. Blood
everywhere, caked into my flesh and hair. My eyes widen and fill
with fear. Not because of the blood, but because I can see the
shadow of somebody behind me.”


Everything seems to point in the direction of Grubbs becoming a
werewolf; it is part of his heritage. The nightmares are relentless
and, at times, physically debilitating. How much should he tell his
Uncle Dervish? Should he wait, or will it be too late? Then
there’s the matter of his increasing abilities with magic. He
doesn’t want any part of that and is not ready to face those
demons again.


The house Grubbs shares with his uncle has a colorful and dark
history. “It was once the property of a tyrant named Lord
Sheftree, a charming guy who enjoyed chopping up babies into little
pieces and feeding them to his pet piranha.”


While this legend may not be completely true, stories say that the
riches of Lord Sheftree still might be buried on the property.
Sometimes Grubbs enjoys exploring and digging around the grounds.
At a party with Bill-E and Loch, he invites them to join him in the
digging, but what they uncover and the horrible tragedy that ensues
is totally unexpected. Grubbs knows there is a powerful force
pulling him back to the cave they unearthed. Is there something
coming from another world? How can he live with the horror that
happened to Loch in the cave and cope with his sense of impending
doom? There seems no way to escape all the dark forces closing
around him.


Darren Shan keeps the energy and mystery flowing strong in this
fifth book of the Demonata series. Fans will enjoy every
exciting, demon-filled moment!


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Reviewed by Sally M. Tibbetts on October 18, 2011

Blood Beast the Demonata, Book 5
by Darren Shan

  • Publication Date: November 1, 2007
  • Genres: Horror, Supernatural
  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • ISBN-10: 0316003778
  • ISBN-13: 9780316003773