S way to assert that Shelly s iteration is not entirely accurate and that the Monster has enough horrors in his past to scream in the night but we never find out any than this That dangling plotline is particularly frustrating like a story only half finished And can we talk about the fact that Monsterland is not a magically concealed world but simply an unmapped plot of land that no one s *ever bothered to explore before Seriously Only
a few stragglers have discovered a whole country of monsters and few stragglers have discovered a whole country of monsters and and *bothered to explore before Seriously Only a few stragglers have discovered a whole country of monsters and vampires and one has bothered to tell anyone about it Overall potential in the premise but not nearly spooky or exciting enough The whole package This book gave me the spookiness that I wanted but also told a fantastic story filled with complex characters Good book for people who want to get in the spirit of HalloweenThings that go bump in the night without the gore and guts It was just okay A mild fantasy uest through a mildly monstrous world that ever so slightly dragged along The description makes you feel like there will definitely be some Halloween mixed into this book but the story may as well have started on any other day of the year I had hoped for a spookier read in the run up to Halloween but the main character sleeps through Halloween entirely before the adventure even begins so I was a bit disappointedThere are all the us Monsterland by James Crowley is a fantastic young adult novel and will be enjoyed at any age The author has taken characters and beings that have existed in our collective imagination for generations and given them new life The story is engrossing entertaining and uniue The world created here and the uest the young protagonist undertakes reminded me how I felt when I first read the Narnia Chronicles myself a young boy around Charlie s age I hope that like that series we have many books to enjoy these characters and chances to explore Monsterland This book Chronicles the story of Charlie a id suffering in grief after the death of his cousin Billy Charlie thinks he sees his cousin Billy in the woods by his grandpa s pumpkin patch and ends up in Monsterland I Zu schnell know this book is about coming to terms with the loss of loved one but that s not what I got out of it I enjoyed the coping concept of the book but felt like it was of an adventure novel with all the traveling and the fighting I had a really hard time slogging through this book despite its adventure y feel I liked the characters especially Franklin and Faust and I liked the situations the group had to navigate through but I didn t feel like the book really had a well defined purpose the main story didn t match the theme of the book Which is likely why I didn t much care for itThe plot also felt a little empty because the whole point was for Charlie to find Billy but you have all this extra Mcguffin plot that just dead ends into nothing What about the Rangers What about all the monsters Charlie met on his adventures It seems like these storylines were toeep the story moving along then actually contributing to the plot like the author thought Hhmm Charlie has to get from A to B so what happens along the way There was a lot of wasted character development because nothing tied together The characters facilitated the journey but not the story and were inda tossed out at the end The book had no climaxI wasn t a big fan of this book but I wouldn t rule it out as a potential read because despite the
Disjointed Plot It Still Had A Good plot it still had a good I think the author could have dropped the Billy uest and written a better story if he had just dropped Charlie in the middle of Monsterland and made the journey one of self discovery on the trek home So much potential to weave a web with the ranger plotlines that just wasn t usedThe story itself was anti climactic It just ind of ended and there was no real resolution or purpose into the Renegade monster battleMeh. Woods he finds himself entering Monsterland a mysterious place where werewolves live amongst trolls and goblins Here he meets the Prime Minister a vampire who tells Charlie he may be able to see his cousin again in this strange new land Accompanied by a hulking monster chaperone Charlie’s determined to find out just what happened to his cousin and sets off to explore the secrets hiding in this uncharted territory.
James Crowley à 9 DownloadWhat a pleasure it was to accompany Charlie on his journey into Monsterland The ability of Crowley to describe in vivid detail Charlie s struggle allows the reader to build sympathy for him uickly and continue to cheer for him throughout his uest Throughout his journey we get to see this young man tackle physicalemotional challenges meet new friends and foes and discovery he is a lot stronger than he believes I really enjoyed the new characters that came to life throughout
And The Updated Ofthe updated incorporation of characters that were portrayed with a side while assisting Charlie but still possessed their true nature Many allusions to works of literature music and culture also eep the novel exciting and entertaining 355 starsThis is a pleasant book and I think a great example of middle grade reading It felt cozy and I felt emotionally connected to the characters My issue came with the main motivation and trajectory of the plot I ept forgetting that Billy factored into the story at all and so it ultimately felt very tacked on to me in the midst of all of the other adventuring The end felt similar though I will say this seems to be common in middle grade books and only a few pages were spent on the denouement and conclusion versus the 320 pages spent toward the climax It felt a bit hurried to me and the goodbyes a bit flat And while this was an enjoyable read it did not grip me or stick with my like some other middle grade books that I have read All in all it made me feel warm and made me smile and that is definitely nothing to sneeze at My name is Charlie I should have done when Billy disappeared underwater and he s been gone for over a year However I could have sworn I saw him on Halloween and I followed the vampire costume into the graveyard I was surprised to discover it was actually the Prime Minister of Vampyreishtat or Mon This was a good book Not one that you can rave about because it doesn t inspire that sort of passion but a good solid book Monsterland is a curl up with a cup of cocoa and sink into the pages book The fact that it s meant for middle graders doesn t make a whit of difference Crowley s writing wrapped me up in the story calmed me down and enabled me to just focus on it I read it over the course of a few days because I ve been ill and loved each dip into itI don t think I can adeuately review Monsterland It s a story about a child coming to terms with their grief over a lost loved one It teaches ids that it s okay to be sad It s okay to mourn But that people that they love never really leave them It s gentle lessons and comfort couched in adventures It s not just about grief It s also about judging books by their covers the value of friendship learning that people really do care about you and It s the type of story that teaches you that you are not ever aloneMonsterland is simply written well paced and has enough action in it to eep a little thrill seeker happy There s battles and some death but not a lot of blood It does have a very film feel to it I could easily see this book being made into an absolutely beautiful ids movie I would happily pay to see it on screen I would love to see Franklin s fight scenes the Prime Minister confronted the Mumiyans and well the whole ending really It would be gorgeousIt also has a surprise in store for you at the end It s not something younger readers would pick up on I think but I definitely *was expecting Monsterland to end a bit differently than it did I would have been content with that ending *expecting Monsterland to end a bit differently than it did I would have been content with that ending I was happy with the one that Crowley gave us as wellThis is a wonderful book It definitely wasn t even close to the spooky read I was expecting but it was a completely fulfilling read Sometimes even adults need a beautiful story of hope acceptance and friendship I picked up this book hoping it might be a bit like Neil Gaiman s The Graveyard Book and it. In a middle grade adventure full of humor heart and cinematic storytelling a boy takes off on a once in a lifetime journey through a mysterious land with the help of some monster friendsIt’s Halloween and everyone in Charlie’s small town is excited for this year’s festivities Charlie’s grandfather Old Joe is famous for his holiday haunts and his pumpkin patch is the center of the town’s zealous celebration. ,
Did not disappoint It s the story of Charlie a boy who loves Halloween and lives in a time and place where the holiday can still be celebrated His grandfather Old Joe sets up a haunted barn that has become an annual event for the entire community But Charlie is not in the mood to celebrate since
HIS COUSIN BILLY DISAPPEARED ON HALLOWEEN NIGHT CHARLIE STUMBLEScousin Billy disappeared On Halloween night Charlie stumbles an amazing land hidden behind an abandoned military base a sanctuary for the world s monsters vampires ghouls witches trolls ghosts and werewolves He meets the Prime Minister a vampire
Who Is Trying Tois trying to the warring factions of his domain The Prime Minister believes he might now where Billy is and he offers Charlie the chance to travel to a far region of Monsterland to search for his cousin This involves traveling with Frankenstein s Monster a gruff traveling companion and reluctant diplomat who is not happy about his mission or the added inconvenience of protecting a human boy The two strike up a friendship as they face many dangers on the road This is an adventure reminiscent of the best uest stories James Crowley uses archetypal characters from folklore and literature to spin a yarn that is full of action friendship and bravery I really really really wish that I enjoyed this novel The beginning has so much potential It s bursting with Halloween energy we have pumpkins plastic fangs and werewolves masks haunted barns fights over candy a mysterious graveyard in the wood that leads to a land of monsters How could this not be a rollicking spooky Yummy Supper kid crazy Halloween tale Well for starters the protagonist falls asleep for much of Halloween night In all honesty I forgave this move when I first read the novel as I assumed that the character s travels in the mythic Monsterland would be infused with that It s Halloween Every Day feel In addition the protagonist finds the entrance to this monster world late on Halloween night I thought perhaps we might find out that the whole journey magically mysteriously happened in one night our own Hallows Eve Wrong on both accounts The monster world feels like a Western than spooky Halloweentown environment We have horses and deserts and rangers and guns and making fires and looking for water in the mud While the land is technically populated with witches and vampires we never really feel the threat or creep factor of these creatures most are friendly and they re all concerned with traveling on horseback or mapping out undiscovered terrain Wild Wild West guys than traditional haunting behavior Perhaps I could attempt to overlook the lack of Halloween spookiness if the story had been a successful adventure tale Unfortunately in my opinion the plot dragged much of it consists of the characters meandering on horseback easily and uickly overcoming threats and instead focusing on things like gathering firewood The antagonists feel noisy than threatening having no deeper motivation than greed and being easily overthrown by the protagonist s protector figure The biggest threat in fact comes from a mummy villain who only surfaces once in the novel and gives a few weak words about wanting land Without any danger or personal connection he feels flat an empty roadblock We could also discuss the fact that the two girls on this journey Abigail and Zalika are damsel figures in the most traditional sense They do not do much beyond beingidnapped and expressing gratitude over being saved Rather disheartening in a I believe reasonably modern book Then finally we have the protagonist s protector Franklin the author made a bold move when he asserted that Mary Shelly s Frankenstein novel was not actually fiction and she modeled her story off of a real monster Initially I was intrigued until I discovered that the novel had no intention of exploring the Monster s backstory or how his life diverged from Shelly s version Certainly the novel goes out of it. S But for Charlie Halloween’s just one reminder that his cousin Billy isn’t around any Charlie plans to eep to himself this year hanging out in the haunted barn with his trusty dog RingoBut when Charlie runs into some neighborhood bullies who are after his candy he heads off into the woods to escape He uickly gets lost but spots a id who he thinks is Billy As Charlie chases after him deeper and deeper into the. ,