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Children's LiteratureAGERANGE: Ages 12 up.
In the fifth book of "The Demonata" series, gruesome nightmares plague teen Grubbs Grady. These dreams feature distorted scenes of demons murdering his family and massacring an entire movie set, both of which he witnessed. As he processes these past events, Grubbs also struggles with the possibility that, like his sister, he may be a werewolf. The development of strange magical abilities, the discovery of a secret tunnel into the demonic world, and the death of his best friend force Grubbs to seek out the help of both his uncle and Juni Swan, a strange friend from the past who suddenly reappears in his life. Overwhelmed and stressed, Grubbs does not know who to trust in his battle to stay human and away from the demonic world he previously encountered. While the plot is entertaining for fans of the series, Grubbs' voice seems too adult and old-fashioned at times. Clichéd phrases make the writing weak and predictable. Additionally, the choice to end the text in the middle of the climax prevents this book from standing on its own and leaves the reader unsatisfied. Reviewer: Melissa Joy Adams