Blood Beast (Demonata Series #5)

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Grubbs Grady has so far escaped the family curse, but when he begins to experience alarming symptoms at the onset of the full moon, he is scared that the jaws of fate are opening and about to swallow him whole.

He has cheated death, defeated demons, moved on with his life. But Grubbs is torn between the world of magic and his wolfen genes. Can he fight the beast inside or will he fall victim to his tainted blood?

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Overview

Grubbs Grady has so far escaped the family curse, but when he begins to experience alarming symptoms at the onset of the full moon, he is scared that the jaws of fate are opening and about to swallow him whole.

He has cheated death, defeated demons, moved on with his life. But Grubbs is torn between the world of magic and his wolfen genes. Can he fight the beast inside or will he fall victim to his tainted blood?

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
AGERANGE: 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. Clich├ęd 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

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"The Grubbster" grows up and out with his newly muscled physique and a clique of friends to go with it, but puberty equals the family were-curse, and although he is cool by day, Grubbs is sweating blood bullets by night. Rather than playing the innocent, Grubbs is a realistically flawed character with a huge relate-ability factor. Teens will see themselves when Grubbs fails to include his half-brother Bill-E Spleen in his new social circle that includes the school bully, Loch. Loch makes verbally bashing Bill-E an art form, and Grubbs's half-hearted attempts to defend Bill-E fall flat. The theme, while weak-kneed, comes through-be nice to those at the bottom of the food chain. In his defense, Grubbs suffers from intense night terrors that clearly indicate the presence of the were-curse. He thinks he is changing, and he suspects the Lambs are waiting to take him out at any moment with Uncle Dervish's blessing. When Uncle Dervish convinces Grubbs to lie about a mysterious death, Grubbs is clearly a teenager in angst going through tremendous changes with nowhere to turn. Readers will love the tantalizing hint of a possible connection to the character Bec from installment four of the Demonata series, but they will curse the cliffhanger ending that does more to create new questions than answer old ones in this fifth book. Loyal fans will be stoked for the next episode, but without the traditional sneak peek chapter, the wait will be a painful one. Reviewer: Erin Kilby
School Library Journal

Gr 7-10- Here's another horrific, edge-of-the-seat gore fest that will be in big demand from anyone who has ever whipped through Shan's previous volumes. Grubbs Grady, the protagonist of the first and third novels in this series, returns to learn that he may not have escaped the family curse-the one that turns some of its teenagers into murderous lycanthropes-after all. At first, his life seems to have returned to normal following the horrible deaths of his parents and his sister. He has good friends in school, there's a girl he likes, and he's living comfortably with his magical uncle, Dervish. But he's plagued with nightmares of demons and blood, and when the moon is full, he feels as though there's a beast inside him ready to burst out. Grubbs, his friend Loch, and his half brother Bill-E dig up a spot near Dervish's house where a fabled treasure supposedly lies buried, and the boys soon unearth a cave that seems filled with a frightening power. Once they do, little by little, things get worse. And worse. There are no happy endings here-and that's just what Demonata fans want.-Walter Minkel, New York Public Library

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316003780
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 10/1/2008
  • Series: Demonata Series , #5
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 141,191
  • Age range: 15 - 18 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.48 (w) x 10.86 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Meet the Author

Darren Shan

Darren Shan is the New York Times bestselling author of Cirque Du Freak and The Demonata, whose novels have sold over 15 million copies worldwide. Darren lives in Ireland, where he writes and collects art, comics, and film.

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  • Posted May 22, 2009

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    Travis's book review for Demonata

    I really enjoy this series! It is a thrilling and awesome book. I could write a review on all of the books in this series but i will talk about all of them on this review.
    It is mostly about the Grubbs family curse, and Lord Loss (a demon master). The mages and diciples have to cross over to the demon universe and keep the demons from crossing to our world. Grubbs is finding that he has alot of magical powers in his world where he should have powers if he was just a mage. But he hides his powers from Derivish and the diciples. In this book there is many twists and thrilling turns!
    If you like the Cirque du Freak series you need to read this book!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2007

    Kinda slow

    Ive read almost all of Darren Shans work and Ive loved most of it. Reading Lord Loss and Demon Thief in the matter of a day, then moving to Cirque de Freak. But I gotta say...When Blood Beast came out, I was dissapointed. Usually Darren's books are fast, rivoting, and full of twists. Blood Beast was slow to begin with. Yes, it picked up towards the end, but in the middle I found I had to take breaks and read something else for entertainment. I give it a 4 because it's gory, the characters are real, and it's plenty suspenseful. Good job, but better luck next time.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2007

    very cool

    i just finished bec and whoa that was an unexpected ending and just heard about blood beast and can't wait. so very cool darren shan's book, they're easy read and a favorite (cirque du freak)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 27, 2013

    Wow is this one crazy, it seems like that with every book thus f

    Wow is this one crazy, it seems like that with every book thus far. No wonder the characters have issues. But you like them all the more for it, flawed and not perfect you know? Anyway, this one has Grubbs and friends going to look for treasure in a cave. And let's just say that might not been a good idea. A series of unfortunate events indeed.

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  • Posted March 13, 2011

    Good enough

    It dosent have the same gore and page turning action as the first four but it was still a great book

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  • Posted January 21, 2011

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    it was ok....

    in this book it seemed to draggg on and on in the beginning and then in the middle it in the middle it just got plain weird and it was weird all the way to the last 10 pages then it got back to the action packed gory detail that the audiance likes. IT ENDS IN A BIG CLIFF HANGER well enjoy!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2010

    Blood Beast

    I have just read the fifth book in The Demonata series named Blood Beast. The main character would be Grubitsch Grady. This book is about a boy who has been through a whole lot but is pushed to his limits when he finds out that it is possible that he has the curse of becoming a werewolf! Then on top of that he and his friends discover a hidden cave and in a tragic accident one of his friends dies. Or so he thinks it's an accident. After an urgent discussion he finds out that it isn't a normal cave, it is a portal to the demonic dimension, and the only way to open it is to have a sacrifice.
    I think it would, and is, very hard to relate to Grubbs Grady because how many people do you know have turned into a werewolf? But I think that in his personality he is like everyone else, when there's trouble coming he gets scared and even sometimes would even back down.
    I recommend this book to everyone and anyone that wants to try it. It isn't to gory but has a lot of action and surprise in it.

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  • Posted May 24, 2009

    AWESOME

    The book is great just like the books before it an after.

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  • Posted October 26, 2008

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    Reviewed by Randstostipher "tallnlankyrn" Nguyen for TeensReadToo.com

    After four thrilling novels featuring Grubbs Grady and his adventures with his crazy but caring uncle, his half-brother, Bill-E, and all the demons and monsters he's had to face (especially the one who took his parents away from him), Grubbs is back. <BR/><BR/>And this time he discovers that the only monster he has to face is himself. <BR/><BR/>Grubbs begins to have nightmares, ones with him covered in blood and being attacked by his late sister. But whenever he wakes up, he shrugs them aside, not thinking twice about them, most likely because he just doesn't want to know what they mean. <BR/><BR/>Aside from his sudden attraction to the moon and the need to howl, Grubbs has other problems on his mind. Like the differences between his new best friend, Loch, and his old good friend, now turned brother, Bill-E. Once Loch entered the picture, Grubbs just doesn't seem to have time for his first true friend and it's killing him inside, ironically. And the horrifying issues that attending school brings just don't make it any better. <BR/><BR/>Grubbs needs to get his priorities straight, especially the one dealing with him turning into a vicious monster, before it takes over and makes everything much worse. <BR/><BR/>With this fifth installment of THE DEMONATA series, fans will not be disappointed in this very thrilling, freaky, and funny novel about everyone's favorite character, Grubbs. With an ending that will drive you crazy, we can all say that Darren Shan has done it again!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2008

    Blood Beast book 5

    Darren Shan is quite the writer and loved his Cirque du Freak series about the vampiric adventures of Darren Shan. This continues in the Grubbs Grady storyline from Lord Loss and Slawter but Demon Thief is a prequel involving a young Dervish. After the events of Slawter, Grubbs is fighting the wolf in him with help from his uncle Dervish and Bill E. One day Grubbs, Bill E and Loch go treasure hunting and find a cave. There starts yet another series of unfortunate events. Not one but two familiar faces appear and the ending was crazy with one hell of a cliffhanger. Can't wait for the next book Demon Apocalypse, even the title and cover of the book looks totally awesome. The book was pretty good and love werewolfs. My favorite in the series is this, Lord Loss, Slawter, Demon Thief and Blood Beast. Bec wasn't that good but its important when its mentioned in Blood Beast.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2008

    A reviewer

    this book was as good as the others, up to the ending, dont get me wrong the twist was awsome, i just hated the decisions grubbs makes, seemed out of character. overall as good as the others

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2008

    My Review to Blood Beast

    Blood Beast by Darren Shan is a terrifying, non-stop, suspensful book about a young Grubbs Grady who is going through his family curse lycanthropy, just like his sister Gretchen Grady and his younger brother Billy. Grubbs and his friends Billy Spleen and Loch Grissel are going on an adventure to find Lord Sheftree's gold. On their adventure they find a mysterious, magical cave, it is a place of extremely powerful magic. Loch and Billy are climbing up one of the walls to see who can get to the top the fastest, when something goes terribly wrong and Loch falls to his horrible death. While the two boys are doing this, Grubbs is changing into a werewolf right there. He fights it off with the use of his magical powers, but it's a close call. After his good friends death Grubbs internal fight with the beast with in still rages on. Dervish Grady, Grubbs' uncle, feels that he can't help Grubbs anymore so he calls in the lambs, the family's exterminators. Grubbs finds out and he runs away with Juni Swan, because she feels that all is not lost with young Grubbs. After running away they got on a plane, and something Grubbs never thought in his wildest dreams happend. Lord Loss and his accomplisses, Vein and other demons, are also on the plane. Grubbs does not believe it, who could have summoned them, right as he asks himself this question Juni Swan steps out from behind her master. Grubbs can't believe what is happening to him.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2008

    spine chilling thrill for a darren shan fan

    I read all the Cirque Du Freak and loved all of them, But the series of Demonta is Huge and the best books to get some one off their Playstation. The thrill of this exciting book can make u love every last page, iam a big darren fan and want to read the sixth novel. I praise darrens books all of them and he has a great gift of the vampire novels. If anyone is intrested in vampires and demons well go and look up Darren shan's Cirque Du Freak and the other series Demonta.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2008

    BLOOD BEAST KEEPS GOIN AND GOIN.....

    Ive read the book Blood Beast...it truly was an awesome book!!!!Darren Shan is more than a professional author when writing his books!!! KEEP WRITING MORE BOOKS DARREN!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2008

    A reviewer

    This book drew me in and didn't let me out until the final page. The book was outstanding and it is a compliment to the other books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2008

    The perfect horror story...

    This story is so far probably one of the best of the Demonata series. Darren Shan is an excellent author, and he is great at horror and all the other scary stuff. This book really hit the spot and sent shivers down my spine. I cannot wait for the sixth book, Demon Apocalypse, to come out. Rock on Darren!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2008

    I LOVED THIS BOOK

    if you want to read this youll love it but it has alot to dowith other books in the series so i suggest reading them all

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2007

    A reviewer

    ive waited so long(6 months)for it to come out!hopefully it does not disapoint

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2007

    A reviewer

    I love this book.Darren Shan is a really great author,and to me this is his best book yet.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2007

    A reviewer

    Ive read all Darren Shans books and loved them all. Demonata is the best series i read.

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