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IT'S BAAACK...Evan Ross can't stop thinking about Monster Blood and what happened last summer. It was so horrible. So terrifying. Too bad Evan's science teacher doesn't believe him. Now he's stuck cleaning out the hamster's cage as punishment for making up stories.Then Evan's friend Andy comes to town, and things go from bad to worse. Because Andy's got a present for Evan.IT'S BAAACK...Evan Ross can't stop thinking about Monster Blood and what happened last summer. It was so horrible. So terrifying. Too bad Evan's science teacher doesn't believe him. Now he's stuck cleaning out the hamster's cage as punishment for making up stories.Then Evan's friend Andy comes to town, and things go from bad to worse. Because Andy's got a present for Evan. It's green and slimy and it's starting to grow.......

Title : Monster Blood II
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ISBN : 9780590477406
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Number of Pages : 121 Pages
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Monster Blood II Reviews

  • Darth J
    2019-02-20 01:41

  • Carmen
    2019-03-13 19:30

    This book was just silly. Even for a Goosebumps book - and that's saying a lot.Evan, the main character, is a FLIPPIN' MORON. Really, really, deeply stupid. I mean, I couldn't even believe how stupid the character was.He tells everyone in his school about Monster Blood. What it did (turned his dog gigantic when he ate some) and insisting that it's real. Yeah, that's going to make you a lot of new friends at your new school, bub. What an idiot.And there's a bully that always picks on Evan. One of his favorite tricks is offering Evan his hand to shake while apologizing, and then crushing Evan's hand into pulp. Evan NEVER learns. He ALWAYS takes the proffered hand. The bully uses this trick on Evan three times in the course of the book. THREE TIMES.In another scene, the bully uncharacteristically apologizes for punching Evan and offers Evan a free punch. "Go on. Hit me as hard as I can. I won't hit back." Even a 4-year-old could tell you that this is a trap and a stupid idea. But Evan does it. Of course, a teacher is watching and Evan's the one who gets in trouble. He's an idiot.Luckily, Evan's non-girlfriend (I mean, come on, they're 12) Andrea aka Andy shows up. She is about 50x smarter, stronger, braver, and more able to kick ass than Evan. And Evan never fails to act like a total jackass with her. I have no idea what she sees in this kid. But at least she offers the reader some relief from the onslaught of stupidity.But the plot is stupid also. A hamster eating Monster Blood and turning giant? A hamster. Seriously??!!? And the ending (view spoiler)[ of the Monster Blood suddenly reversing it's effects because "today is it's expiration date"(hide spoiler)] was beyond lame.Tons of fat-shaming in the book. I mean, the teacher (who's a jerk) is obese. We get it. You can stop the endless references to waddling, multiple chins, and calling him fat. We got it the first 30 times. Jeez. It was relentless and unending.Just a very dumb book with almost no redeeming qualities. Avoid at all costs.

  • Γιώτα Παπαδημακοπούλου
    2019-02-19 23:53

    "Το πράσινο αίμα" ήταν ένα από τα βιβλία της σειράς που έτσι κι αλλιώς δεν με είχαν ενθουσιάσει ιδιαίτερα, οπότε ήταν μάλλον αναμενώμενο να μην με πολυενθουσιάσει και η συνέχειά της που αποδείχτηκε μια εμπειρία οικεία μεν, άνευρη δε, που δεν είχε να προσφέρει κάτι το ιδιαίτερο.

  • Atharva Shah
    2019-03-07 00:43

    This book is totally different from its first part "Monster Blood". The story follows the same characters Evan and Andy who do keep their humble, playful and worried habits. But the background has been completely changed. New school, new town, new enemies and new teachers. I really miss Evans deaf grandmother. Even his dog is not a very big part of the book. This book was written very well but still wasn't enough to give me goosebumps at all. It may be too childish. The monster blood starts acting after finishing 85℅ of the book which is not good at all. Stine should have indulged the characters into messing with the monster blood a lot earlier. I really like Andy's character as she is always joking and playful. I think Stine overdid the hamster and the bully thing. That was not so necessary, but still its okay. I like the parts when they break into the bully's house, the clean of hamster, Evans worries and his problems(Does Stine not find some happy children for his stories?), the monster blood discovery (Yet again), the growing hamster. I didn't pike the part when Evan grows and smashes the hamster and the idea that the monster blood could have an export date is just hilarious but seems very odd and different all of a sudden. There were a lot of unanswered questions in the book such as where did Andy come from?? Where did she discover monster blood? His didn't the bully come to know that the monster blood he stole was stolen from him again?? And why didn't people just blamed Evan for feeding the monster blood instead of cheering him to grow up and fight the hamster. And I bet that a school teacher would not just appreciate someone when they just eat something and grow 10ft. Tall "You should join wrestling'. That's so Unrealistic. What an unsuitable dialogue. Anyways, it was not as nice as its previous version but it was definitely a good and a somewhat memorable read.PlotEvan Ross is playing with Trigger, when he notices his dog has gotten larger. He picks up on this, while inside his giant dog's mouth. Evan frantically pleads with Trigger not to bury him in the backyard. Suddenly Evan wakes up screaming in his science class. Mr. Murphy, his science teacher, mocks Evan for having fallen asleep in his class. Evan calls his teacher dumb. Mr. Murphy punishes Evan by forcing him to stay after class to clean out the cage of the class hamster, Cuddles. Evan defiantly walks up to the hamster cage, plucks Cuddles from the wire structure, and hurtles him out the open window. Then that is revealed to also be a dream.In the hallway after class, Evan is tripped by a bully with the name of Conan Barber. Evan informs the reader that everyone refers to him as Conan the Barbarian. When Evan first arrived to Atlanta, he tried to tell Conan the story of his adventure with Monster Blood. However, Conan declared that he "doesn't tolerate wise guys."After helping Evan up off the floor, Conan offers him a free punch in retaliation for the tripping. Evan lightly taps Conan with his fist as Mr. Murphy wanders by. Mr. Murphy scolds Evan for taking out his aggressions on innocent classmates and sends him back into the classroom to begin the hamster cage cleaning.Evan manages to lose the hamster. Eventually he tracks down the little guy and then proceeds on a chase. Cuddles escapes out the window. Eventually Conan catches the hamster and demands that Evan sing a song to get Cuddles back. Mr. Murphy shows up again and repossesses the hamster.Walking home from his miserable day, Evan runs into Andy. Andy's parents are living overseas for a year. She tells Evan she just arrived at her aunt's and will be starting at his school on Monday. Andy reveals that she has also brought something else with her from home that might help Evan out, it is the old tin of Monster Blood. The two friends examine the empty can in the middle of a forest, only to discover that the can has now magically filled with Monster Blood. Andy and Evan bury the tin in the forest.Back at home, Evan visits his father, who has been crafting giant abstract sculptures out of sheet metal in the garage. Evan pauses in front of a giant aluminum cylinder that his father calls "the Wheel," which has been accepted into an art competition held at Evan's school. The next day at school, he bumps into Andy in the hall, but can't chat because he is on his way to try out for the basketball team. As soon as he enters the gym, Evan is felled by Conan, who throws a basketball into his face. Biggie Malick, Conan’s friend, tells Mr. Murphy (who is also the basketball coach) that Conan was just tossing Evan's face the ball in a friendly manner.After practice, Evan shows Andy his hand, which had been crushed by Conan in condolence after he failed to make the team. Andy comes up with a plan to get back at Mr. Murphy: They will dig out the Monster Blood and feed a small bit of it to Cuddles, just enough to turn the hamster into the size of a dog. However, when the two go to retrieve the Monster Blood, they discover it has been swiped, presumably by Conan. Evan accuses Conan of stealing the Monster Blood and Conan retorts by stuffing Evan into a locker.Andy and Evan decide to break into Conan's house to steal back the Monster Blood. Evan complains that it is too dark to see anything and Andy snaps back that "It usually gets dark at night."After Conan and his parents leave, the two prepare to sneak inside when Trigger shows up. Leaving the dog outside, the two children sneak in and make their way upstairs to Conan's bedroom. Andy spots the tin of Monster Blood next to Conan's tennis trophies and Evan decides to open the lid and stick his fingers inside. Conan and his parents arrive home while the two children are still inside, forcing Andy and Evan to sneak out the window and cling perilously to the concrete ledge outside. Conan turns on some rap music and begins singing and dancing. Conan's parents then call him downstairs to enjoy some cake and ice cream. Evan and Andy sneak back inside and make their way out of the house.Andy manages to pull the tin of Monster Blood off Evan's hands and Evan makes Andy promise to bury the Monster Blood. She reluctantly agrees. The next day, Evan stays home sick, so he is quite shocked upon his return to school to see that Cuddles has grown to the size of a rabbit. Evan knows the Monster Blood is responsible, but Mr. Murphy blames Evan for overfeeding him. Evan feels betrayed by Andy, whom he is sure is behind the hamster's growth.The next morning, Evan sneaks out early to check on Cuddles. As soon as he enters the science room, Cuddles breaks out of the wire cage. Evan thinks quickly and grabs a dog leash, tethering the dog-sized hamster to Mr. Murphy's desk. Evan skips class and meets Andy after school. She admits to having fed Cuddles the Monster Blood and insists she did it as a goof.Evan meets Andy outside her aunt's early the next morning so the two can check in on Cuddles before class starts, but Andy has to change clothes and they end up arriving at school on time-- just in time to hear Cuddles, who is now ten feet tall, break free of Mr. Murphy's leash. Mr. Murphy tries to hold off the giant hamster like a lion tamer. He brandishes a chair and uses the leash as a whip. Cuddles simply takes the chair from the teacher and chews it to bits. Evan remembers that his father's sculpture is in the gym and it resembles a giant hamster wheel.Andy and Evan wheel the giant sculpture up to Cuddles, who rather than run on the wheel, tears it apart. Then the giant hamster picks up Conan and prepares to eat him. Evan comes up with a new plan: He will eat some Monster Blood, grow bigger than Cuddles, and then lock him in the supply closet.Evan and Andy run to her locker, which explodes open with a wave of ever-growing Monster Blood. Evan scoops a big handful of the goop and shoves it into his mouth. He starts to grow and makes his way towards the classroom. He confronts Cuddles, who is now roughly the same size as Evan, and the two start to wrestle. Unfortunately, Evan stops growing and the hamster easily overpowers the 10ft Evan. All hope seems lost when suddenly a loud popping noise is heard and both Evan and Cuddles shrink back to normal size. Evan walks over and easily captures the small hamster. Andy picks up the can and sees that the current date is also the Monster Blood's expiration date.Evan is hailed as a hero for the way he ate some stuff and Mr. Murphy even rewards him by giving him Cuddles as a present. Andy has also received a present from her parents, a can of Monster Blood they found in Germany. Andy promises she will not use it, but she did already open the tin to sneak a peek. The book ends with Cuddles eating more Monster Blood.

  • Desiree Wills Velazco
    2019-03-14 20:35

    Good ole RL Stine. Seriously a good read for practicing Spanish.

  • Ryan
    2019-02-17 01:23

    It was pretty good book i liked it i also think rl stine makes good books

  • Saskia
    2019-03-13 18:39

    Ready Player One hat mich ein wenig nostalgisch gemacht und die Tatsache, dass die Bücher verfilmt worden sind. Denn diese Reihe war quasi mein Harry Potter, auch, wenn ich sie damals nicht wirklich als gruselig empfunden habe. Mir ging es vielmehr darum das Geheimnis zu entdecken und das “Rätsel” zu lösen (ich habe wirklich zu oft Indiana Jones geguckt).So kurz die Geschichte auch ist, sie ist um einiges komplexer als erwartet. Ich hatte das so gar nicht in Erinnerung und war überrascht mit wie viel Liebe RL Stine die Helden erschafft. Manch ein 800 Seiten Klopper schafft das nicht. Evan ist ein vernünftiger und naiver Junge, der schnell zu emotionalen Handlungen neigt, die es ihm nicht leichter machen. Hinzu kommt Mr Murphy, ein Lehrer, der nur das sieht, was er sehen möchte (ich glaube, er macht das nur wegen seiner geliebten Basketball-Mannschaft). Außerdem wird auch deutlich was Mobbing anrichten kann und sich für den Betroffenen anfühlt. Es geht zwar nicht besonders in die Tiefe und das wäre glaube ich auch ein wenig zu viel verlangt, dafür wird es immerhin angemessen dargestellt.Die Dialoge sind stets amüsant und an Spannung fehlt es auch nicht. Das Ende ist ebenfalls sehr gelungen, wirklich. Mir gefällt vor allem, dass jeder sozusagen das bekommt was er verdient, ohne, dass unnötig darauf herum geritten und es extra jedem unter die Nase gerieben wird. Ich selber stehe jetzt nicht so auf Riesenhamster und Monsterblut, jedoch weiß ich es sehr zu schätzen und denke, dass noch viele weitere damit ihren Spaß haben werden. Außerdem hat es für mich doch ein wenig zu lang gedauert, bis der Stein ins Rollen kam, dies liegt zum Teil auch an Evans Charakter.P.S. Wer Goldie gegen Ende nicht hasst, der ist kein Mensch.P.P.S Mr Murphy konnte Goldie bestimmt selber nie leiden.

  • Andrew
    2019-02-22 22:39

    Much better than the first one. Evan has moved to Atlanta, GA with his parents and is not the most popular kid in school, and on top of also being the new kid, he's an easy target. He decided to tell them about the Monster Blood and naturally they didn't believe him.The fiasco with the said blood has been giving Evan nightmares. His dog growing outrageously large as well as his father. The way the teachers are to daft to decipher which are the bullies and which are the victims reminds me of how I know that the teacher's and American education in this country (for the most part) is truly effed up. Much like in real life when teacher's punish the victims of bullies because they don't wanna deal it with it, so they take the easy way out. They are not interested in justice. His one thankful moment is when his friend Andy comes to Atlanta to live with her aunt while her parents go off somewhere. She brought the monster blood with her and decides to feet it to the hamster you see on the cover. Which naturally causes havoc. Another cliffhanger ending. Not exactly tantamount but not entirely predictable either. 4 out of 5 stars. Much better than the first one.

  • Billie Pritchett
    2019-03-04 19:35

    This is pretty bad. The protagonist Evan Ross from the previous book is back in this sequel, Monster Blood II. Because of all the horrible things that happened last time, Evan and his family have relocated to Atlanta, Georgia. For some reason, his female friend Andy moves there too. Whammy one.Evan tries to tell everybody at his new school his experience with Monster Blood, the way it grew and tried to eat everyone, but nobody believes him, least of all his science teacher. Evan is tasked with taking care of the school hamster in his science teacher's class. He daydreams about doing harm to the hamster and speculates that the hamster is out to get him. Weird. Whammy two.Turns out Andy still has some Monster Blood left over for last time and, you know, just as a prank Evan is going to feed some of the Monster Blood to the school hamster. Why? you ask. No good answer. Whammy three.The book ending is ridiculous in so many ways, and sad because this book could have been good, maybe. Ugh.

  • David Santos
    2019-03-07 20:32

    From now on I will read these (part) books at the same time, because reading other books while you wait or the next part kills the thrills and excitement. Anyways. I just love the Andy character and was so glad to see her back for this book. She's just so....wait I better not say anymore shes only 13 I think! The book starts off in a way I absolutely hate books having at the beginning...or in any part. This book does it twice at the start! Very annoying. Other than that the Monster Blood isn't used til much later in the book, but they have some fun with it which keeps your attention. I also didn't like the ending. We just had that scenario midway through the book, now we're repeating it. If this is where Monsters Blood III starts off I'll probably just skip the first 3 chapters. I didn't like the whole hamster story so I don't really want to relive it again. Overall I did enjoy the book.

  • Danny
    2019-02-27 23:43

    Ahhh, the Goosebump days. I would borrow so many of these from the library they seriously considered extending my limit of books checked out at one time. R.L. Stine you were a reprieve from a harsh and dreary childhood in which my mind wandered far away from the troubles of the day. I stole books into my bed and read far into the night by the faintest of lights. I might have better eyesight were it not for you; however, I regret not one page or line.

  • Ica Surjo
    2019-03-11 20:46

    Coba bayangkan hamster yang imut dan mungil itu berubah besar jadi tiga kali tubuh manusia dewasa gara-gara makan 'darah monster' (mainan anak-anak yang sudah kadaluarsa, kenyal seperti jel berwarna hijau tapi bisa membal). Efek hanya sementara, setelah itu hamster berubah kecil lagi. Hahaha, aneh memang, tapi yang lebih aneh lagi saya dulu beli sambungan darah moster dari 1-3 -_-'

  • Cara
    2019-03-12 19:32

    Evan is a pretty stupid kid. He had an unbelievable experience with Monster Blood the first time around, and he's surprised that nobody believes him. And then he keeps trying to get people to believe him, which results in everyone making fun of him and him having an overall bad time. I feel kind of bad to root against a middle schooler, but I couldn't even bring myself to pity him.

  • Joey the J in R.J. Spindle
    2019-02-24 18:41

    Yay! I have eagerly been awaiting this read. It's the first of the Monster Blood sequels, and I am THRILLED to learn we're still following Evan! I love continuing storylines, and I'm glad to be back with a character I previously connected well with. Read more chapter-by-chapter commentary at R. J. Spindle

  • JJ
    2019-03-03 21:24

    a good sequel to the first one.

  • Sihe
    2019-03-14 17:48

    ok

  • Freshy
    2019-03-04 23:43

    lame...i enjoyed the first monster blood more.

  • Darcy McLaughlin
    2019-02-21 18:40

    Here we are, our first GB sequel. We get to revisit the toolbox from the original Monster Blood, Evan Ross who still has "carrot colored" hair and no friends. He and his family have successfully moved to Atlanta, and Evan is having PTSD dreams of Monster Blood in his science class to start the book. He wakes up from one of the most obvious "it was all a dream" chapters only to have a second daydream where he throws the class hamster out the window after calling his teacher Mr. Murphy dumb. Two dream sequences in two chapters, you know this is going to be a good book.Turns out that Evan thought everyone in his new school would think his Monster Blood adventures from book one were totally cool. Unfortunately for him people think he's a weirdo making shit up to look cool. The local bully Conan even beats him up because of how stupid his story is. Evan gets detention for sleeping in class and has to clean Cuddles the hamster's cage after school. Evan gets further into my bad books by hating on a cute little hamster. He manages to spazz out and let him loose, causing a far too elaborate chase sequence where Cuddles manages to jump out the window and run across the school yard. Of course Mr. Murphy catches Evan in the worst possible situation and gets him in more trouble. On the way home Evan is attacked by a stranger!Actually it's his friend Andy, who is living with her aunt in Atlanta for a year since her parents got sent to Europe for work. They get Europe, she gets Atlanta. What a great tradeoff. Evan tells Andy about his shit life and Andy says she has something that will help him out (I wonder if it rhymes with Gonster Glood). The next day at school Conan ties Evan's shoes together in class, pours water on his seat and just generally torments him like a classic GB bully. What a dick. After school he meets Andy who presents him with the can of Monster Blood, but she claims it is empty. Of course when they open it it's half full! What magical shit.This is when Conan appears, threatens them and tries to steal the Monster Blood. They manage to trick him and send him packing, and the two bury the can by a tree in hopes they'll never need it again. Back home Evan's dad is building some weird ass metal sculptures in the garage. He claims that his wheel shaped one will be on display at Evan's school which seems oddly coincidental unless maybe it somehow becomes a convenient plot device hmmm.The next day at school Evan tries out for the basketball team. He gets smoked in the face by Conan's "pass" and just generally dominated throughout the tryout. Then we are treated to probably one of the most bizarre sequences in GB history. Here it is unedited.Evan raised both hands to block Conan's shot. But to Evan's surprise, Conan let the ball bounce away. In one swift motion, he grabbed Evan by the waist, leaped high in the air, and stuffed Evan into the basket. What. The. Fuck. What kind of freaky ass Space Jam 12 year old can slam dunk a kid? The teacher even gets a step ladder to get Evan down. Needless to say Evan doesn't make the team. Andy has an idea of revenge against the teacher, and suggests feeding Monster Blood to Cuddles to make it grow big and freak him out. Great plan, but when they go to the tree it's buried under the can is gone. They naturally deduce that Conan saw them bury it and dug it up.The next night Andy and Evan commit a break and enter on Conan's house, sneaking into his room while he's not home to steal back the can. Naturally he returns before they escape and we get some real close calls of them getting caught. They manage to rush home, and Evan makes Andy promise to just get rid of the Monster Blood for good. Evan gets sick that night and misses school the next day. When he returns he finds the class hamster has turned into a rabbit sized monster. Cute. He knows Andy gave it the Monster Blood, and is none to happy about it.When he arrives early at school the next day, Cuddles is the size of a small dog. Evan finds him a leash and ties him to the teacher's desk. He then bails on school for the day because he's afraid of the teacher. Andy tells him that Mr. Murphy is actually stoked his hamster has turned into a monster, and wants to get on TV. When the two get to school the next day, Cuddles has transformed into a giant monster. It runs wild attacking the staff and students, crushing furniture and eating chairs. Evan has a brilliant idea, and runs to the auditorium where his Dad's WHEEL sculpture is. Hamsters love running on wheels, so naturally Cuddles will run on the giant wheel and problem solved somehow, right? Well Cuddles just rips the sculpture apart and smashes a window with it. Then it decides to eat Conan, which in most circumstances would be awesome but Evan is such a humanitarian he has to save him. Bright idea number 2 is Evan eating a bunch of Monster Blood so he can grow and beat up Cuddles. We've officially entered a Power Rangers episode. Evan chugs the MB and grows large but not as large as he thinks. He engages in a deadly battle with the monster hamster, until suddenly both him and the rodent become normal sized again. What gives? Andy delightfully tells Evan that the Monster Blood JUST HAPPENED TO EXPIRE ON THAT VERY DAY. Fucking seriously. Wow. In reward for saving him, Mr. Murphy gives Evan the hamster to keep as a pet. Andy's super cool and irresponsible parents mail her a can of Monster Blood from Germany, and we get ready for two more books of this BS.Thoughts: I remembered reading this one but totally forgot about the expiration date ending. Holy shit was that a hacky ending. I would've been more satisfied with a 4th dream sequence. Conan is introduced here and will reappear in later books. he's a massive dickhead and like all GB bullies is relentless in his dickery. The problem is Evan is so unlikable that I don't know who to hate more. Andy is way cooler than all of them, and when she threatens Evan with physical violence I get all warm and fuzzy inside.

  • Irham Nurrahman
    2019-02-26 22:29

    Mungkin Buku kedua tema "Darah Monster" ini malah jadi agak lebih lucu dibanding teror dibuku pertama,tp memang inilah ciri khas goosebumps,yg bukan hanya ntuk membuat merinding,tp juga untuk menyenangkan untuk dibaca semua umur

  • Rileyandersson
    2019-02-24 18:45

    this is a great book if you like horror/excitement, like it that the story add new information that wasn't there before. like new characters that come to life in the readers mind, the story used image words and good settings. plus many things lead up to the climax.

  • SundanceAnn
    2019-03-03 23:41

    The story flowed well. I liked seeing the two characters again.

  • Ant
    2019-02-20 18:51

    Elementary school nostalgia.I only vaguely remember this one as a kid. Giant hamsters, bullies, and failed sports team tryouts. My childhood.

  • Kei Smith
    2019-03-04 19:24

    Monster Blood II brings back Evan from the original Monster Blood, now experiencing PTSD-fueled flashbacks and maladaptive daydreaming as a result of the events of the first book. On top of that he has to deal with an emotionally abusive teacher and a physically abusive bully. He copes with fantasies about animal abuse and later escalates to criminal activity (breaking and entering, petty theft).Instead of dealing with any of this, Monster Blood II is an Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever story with a deus ex machina ending.Wow.

  • Katy
    2019-03-13 22:24

    Some background—I have fond memories of the Goosebump books, and some memories of the original TV show. I decided to reread these old classics and see if they still held up for a modern-day adult horror enthusiast. Since I don’t expect any kids who might be reading these books for the first time to find this, all reviews will contain spoilers.I remember seeing the cover of this book, but I never read it as a kid—probably because I never read the original Monster Blood. I will say immediately that I’m glad there is a recurring character in this book, and that a good amount of time is spent on the novel tackling recurring, lasting effects of horror/trauma on a character. That is cool, and something you never see in these books. Unfortunately it is partially channeled through “NO ONE BELIEVES ME BLARG583?32940]7B ” which is getting so fucking annoying. I will say I do feel like Monster Blood is a weird pick for a sequel due to the bizarre way the first book ended (which, of course, will (view spoiler)[NEVER COME UP IN THIS BOOK. (hide spoiler)]) And the fakeouts are so damn prevalent in this one, I actually just wrote “ugggh these fakeoutssssss” in my notes. One other thing I noticed with this book is that a lot of the chapter transitions are really weird. Like, typically Stine will have a very tense chapter ending (and typically the next chapter will explain the tension away immediately and get so damn annoying). But in this one, the transitions happen, like . . . mid-conversation. Characters will be talking, then BOOM! Chapter 4. And they keep talking. ?? Then in one chapter, during a very tense scene the action just cuts off and switches to another scene TALKING ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED. How irritating.This book is a mixed bag. There’s a funny music joke in here. Also, somehow this book managed to change Andy, who was my favorite character in the first MB book, to the worst character ever. Her reappearance in this is so contrived, it’s cringe-worthy. And then Evan is a total jerk to her for a bit; meanwhile, omigod, we get it. Andy likes to wear bright colors. Jesus. She is well-intentioned, but genre-blind, and her plan completely backfires (duh). The characters in this book are so awful. Evan’s okay, I guess, even though he is so stupid (like, the idea to (view spoiler)[use his dad’s art exhibit as a hamster wheel. Really, Evan? What the hell were you going to do when the hamster got too big for that? (hide spoiler)]) Andy sucks, and the only other two major characters are the school bully, who is a total asshole (at one point I was rooting for Evan to let the hamster kill him), and the bully-teacher, Mr. Murphy, who is EVEN WORSE. This teacher never lets Evan explain himself, completely ignores when he’s being bullied, and generally treats him like shit. Mr. Murphy you are garbage, sir.Also, either these kids don’t get how the monster blood works, or I don’t get it. They seem to think that eating more of it will make one grow even bigger than one would if one ate a small quantity—but they have no REASON to think that. They’ve only seen one creature eat the monster blood and get bigger from it, so why the hell do they decide that eating more makes one even bigger? I’m just so confused.That. Ending. OMFG. If possible, it is even more contrived and convenient than the ending to the first MB book. The twist at the end made me laugh. It’s a badly written book, but it gets a 3/5 smelly ogre farts for being so goddamned fun, especially compared to the first.

  • Ian Smith
    2019-03-16 23:28

    Monster Blood II is R.L. Stine’s first venture into serialization. There is sound reasoning for this. Monster Blood left many questions for the reader, particularly in the dynamic between Evan and Andy. Evan and Andy’s budding friendship was developed well in MB1, but the underpinnings of an alpha struggle was boiling right below the surface. When Evan’s dog encounters the MB and grows to exponential size, causing devastating havoc to Aunt Kathryn’s neighborhood, it is Evan who takes charge to protect Kathryn’s cat, Sarabeth. However, Andy, his quick wit and street savvy, was cast into the shadows of the story. Here enters MBII. The thought of expanding on Andy’s bravado should give us real Goosebumps!MBII showcases a metamorphosis for Andy. The story takes the chummy sidekick of MBI and leaves us with the classic antihero Andy we all know and love. Of course this growth is over the reappearance of the mysterious green goo. Not to play spoiler, so I will keep it brief, but Andy has somehow retained a small quantity of the novelty slime from another world. The classical careless Andy of MBI starts the saga by mindlessly feeding it to Cuddles, the classroom hamster he has been entrusted to care for. The reader is then treated to a fight to contain Cuddles. You may think Stine is being lazy here, driving on worn tires. Recall, this book coming on the heels of the opus The Werewolf of Fever Swamp, so we know what Stine is capable of. Give him an inch of leeway in the beginning of the story to reintroduce us to the MB World, it’s been a while since we have last seen these characters. The struggle of MBII is not just the literal battle of a rapidly growing classroom hamster but the metaphorical battle (and believe me, it’s metaphor rich) of Andy and his obvious need to accept the responsibility of growing up and being able to let go. Holding onto past pain is what keeps Andy from achieving his ceiling. The ceiling is high, and for our sake as the reader, we need him to reach potential. This book could very well be autobiographical of Stine. He is just coming to grips as one of America’s great literary figures, and with that comes responsibility, and the desire to try new technique while not letting down his core audience. I think he achieves his goal. This is not the best in the series, but it’s a corner stone, required for any true Goosebumps Goonie. It’s not as raw as Say Cheese and Die! Or as shocking as the later work of Ghost Beach. It’s also not a coughed up piece of phlegm like The Scarecrow Walks at Midnight because fuck that book. Fuck you RL Stine for the Scarecrow Walks at Midnight… that’s what your meth addiction looked like, that’s the shit you were producing then.

  • Britt
    2019-03-07 23:32

    So Monster Blood II was much better than the first one although it was an almost identical story. The book still used the same main characters: Evan, Andy and Trigger. In this story, it is switched around-Andy visits her aunt in Atlanta where Evan is back at his home. She brings the can of Monster Blood with her which is empty at first but magically starts growing again. Evan is unhappy about this so he talks Andy into burying it under a tree.There is a new bully, Conan, that makes Evan look like the bad guy every chance he gets and likes to "pound him" (lol) He always seems to be everywhere that Evan is. Because Conan has perfect timing and makes Evan look bad in front of their teacher, Mr. Murphy, Evan is asked to stay after school just about every day to take care of Cuddles the hampster.Andy tries to talk Evan into teaching Mr. Murphy a lesson by feeding Cuddles a little bit of Monster Blood. Evan is reluctant to at first but then decides that they should dig the can of Monster Blood up and give Cuddles just a tiny bit but when they start digging, they can't find it! They immediately suspect that Conan took it.(view spoiler)[ They end up waiting until it gets dark out (this is my favorite part) and break into Conan's house to find the can. They almost get caught when they're in the house. Trigger is also outside barking at them because he mysteriously followed them to the house. After they find the can and escape the house, Evan tells Andy to forget about the whole thing-it's too dangerous. He makes her promise to bury the can in her aunt's yard. Of course she doesn't. She snuck into the school that night to feed Cuddles. When everyone gets to school the next morning Cuddles is large. The next day after that, he's even larger. He eventually outgrows everyone in the room and backs the students and Mr. Murphy into the walls of the classroom. He then pick Conan up and starts playing with him like he's a toy. Evan feels bad for what he's watching so he decides the only way he can help is if he eats Monster Blood too to become bigger than the hamster. Once Evan goes back into the classroom the same height as the hamster, he hopes to outgrow it but never does. He ends up getting Conan out of the hamster's hands which makes the hamster angry so they start to wrestle. Just as soon as the hamster has Evan pinned down and is about to bite him with his big ugly teeth, they hear a "POP". Both he and the hamster shrink back to normal size and Evan is considered a hero.Andy comes over to visit Evan to tell him about a surprise gift she got from her parents in the mail--Another can of Monster Blood! Uh-oh! (view spoiler)[ (hide spoiler)] (hide spoiler)]

  • Trevor Wells
    2019-02-16 21:48

    I don't have a copy of the first Monster Blood, but R.L. Stine managed to include the perfect amount of exposition in the beginning which gave me enough of the plot to understand, but not so much to where it drags on. As for the plot of the sequel, Monster Blood II was a decent read, but there's nothing particularly memorable about it, either.Plot Synopsis: Evan still can't stop thinking about his frightening encounter with Monster Blood. It was terrifying-too bad nobody at school believes him, including his stern science teacher, Mr. Murphy. Now Evan's the laughingstock of school and is stuck cleaning the hamster cage as punishment from Mr. Murphy. But then, Evan's old friend Andy shows up-and she has a surprise for Evan. It's a blue can filled with an all-too-familiar green substance...Plotwise, the story is pretty original. Despite the first half going relatively scare-free (outside of R.L. Stine's trademark fake-outs), it was interesting enough to keep me engaged. Evan's struggles at his new school were relatable and made you feel for him. But despite that, Evan's character fell flat in other areas. He didn't have much personality. Personally, I feel that Andy (Evan's old friend from the previous book) was a much more intriguing character and it would've been good for her to be the focus.As for the side villains (Evan's uptight science teacher Mr. Murphy and school bully Conan), they were entertaining to read, even if both really ground my gears. Mr. Murphy, in particular, infuriated me in the scene (view spoiler)[he WATCHES Evan get shoved into a basketball net during tryouts by Conan and his friends and just tells him he's too short for the team and shoos him away without a word to Conan and his cohorts. (hide spoiler)] Conan was also pretty bad when he openly bullied Evan and either nobody noticed or he deflected blame to Evan. But thankfully, (view spoiler)[Conan gets karmic retribution in the end when he breaks down in tears in the face of monster-sized Cuddles and Mr. Murphy finally shows Evan some respect after he defeats Mr. Cuddles. (hide spoiler)] As for the ending, it was predictable, but it'll be interesting to see how it's incorporated in Monster Blood III.Overall, Monster Blood II might not be the best Goosebumps book, but it's worth a read for fans of the series and looks to be a part of a very interesting trilogy.Pros: The creative plot, the character of Andy, the villains, and the climatic battle and its' interesting resolution.Cons: The bland character of Evan, the predictable ending, and the overall unmemorability.

  • Tiffany Spencer
    2019-03-10 00:50

    Monster Blood 2PLOT: Following the first Monster Blood book, Evan has moved to Georgia and is the laughing stock of his class because trying to impress he tells them about Monster Blood (the sticky, green, slime-like substance, that enlarges anything that digests it). Of course, they don't believe him. And in a stroke of further bad luck, he's ticked off his teacher and gotten the attention of the school bully. And because he's gotten on the teacher's bad side he now has a permanent job of cleaning out the teacher's favorite hamster (Cuddles) cage every day after school. Andy moves to Georgia also and decides to pay them a little lesson (the bully and the teacher). Because she's holding on to a secret. Did you REALLY think that all the Monster Blood from the last book had just vanished? Of course not. There had to be more for a least a couple of more books. And here we are!MY THOUGHTS: WHY CUDDLES THO? All Cuddles wanted was to be feed on time and have a clean cage. Maybe to play on his wheel occasionally. Why not give the TEACHER Monster Blood or CONAN? Leave Cuddles out of it. He's an innocent animal. This is just a life lesson in a fictional, supernatural, light-hearted kid's book about how when you do stupid stuff and you DON’T THINK ABOUT THE CONSEQUENCES you can't act surprised when stuff blows up in your face and it goes left and not the way you'd planned. And then why would you after seeing what this stuff is capable of doing even be remotely tempted to try it again if you don't know what you're dealing with? Didn't they learn that lesson last time with the witch? Apparently not. It's tiring when characters repeat the same mistake in multiple versions of the same story. Cuddles should have eaten Andy in a twist. What a fun story that would have made. If someone would have given me yet another can of this stuff and I'd made it through the last book alive I would have IMMEDIATELY buried it so far under the earth. This one was just a little bit better than the first one but I think the sad part in all this was that Cuddles was a victim of an act that he didn't have anything to do with and didn't deserve! And then at the end, he gets kicked to the curb and passed off to someone whose "favorite" he's supposed to be. I guess we can also learn from not to take people's words (stories) lightly no matter how outlandish they sound sometimes (just sometimes) they might just be telling the truth and come back literally to BLOW UP in our faces. So you never know.RATING: 5

  • Maggie Gordon
    2019-03-14 20:24

    I wasn’t a fan of the first Monster Blood, and this second addition to the plot didn’t change my opinion. Monster Blood II starts by showing how Evan is struggling socially after moving to Atlanta. He’s been labelled that crazy new kid after trying to tell everyone about monster blood, and he’s even caught the attention of the local bully. However, then Andy shows up with the surprising announcement that there is still some monster blood left! Though the two try to responsibly get rid of it, shenanigans occur, and eventually Andy feeds some to the class hamster who grows to an enormous size and causes havoc in the school. Evan eats some monster blood to order to stop the building sized rodent, but the fight only ends when the expiry date on the monster blood passes, and the two return to normal.This story bugs me for a few reasons. First of all, we have the bully who is a bully because our story needs one. These are never interesting characters, and the conflicts they bring are super boring. Secondly, there are several plot holes about monster blood that make me twitch. In the first story, when the witch died, her spells died with her, so why exactly is the monster blood still growing? Readers were told that it was her who put a spell on the gunk, so why is the book assuming that monster blood is magical on its own now? And why is the monster blood that Andy receives in the last few pages from Europe also magical? Plus, why is it that no one seemed all that concerned that the hamster and Evans blew up in size, and then mysteriously shrank again. Shouldn’t someone be questioning that? Strange things happen in Goosebumps all the time, but generally adults don’t really believe that paranormal occurrences are real. This idea that strange and spooky occurrences aren’t normal is what makes these novels scary and suspenseful, so having everyone shrug off a giant hamster seems misplaced. Overall, Monster Blood II was definitely not a favourite of mine, and I’m not looking forward to having to read two more of them!

  • Jay
    2019-03-01 23:29

    I wasn't a big fan of the first Monster Blood. It was okay but it felt a bit flat to me. I reall don't understand why they made a sequel of it. One Day at Horrorland and Welcome to Camp Nightmare are much better ideas for sequels. Unfortunately, they went with Monster Blood II and it is worse than the first.It's a story about bullying. Evan is still an idiot who falls for the same tricks over and over and over agan. Then Andy shows up with Monster Blood and the "fun" begins. But there isn't any fun. They give it to Cuddles the Hamster, he grows really big, and the story prett much ends. No real danger. No scares. Nothing. And of course it ends with a cliffhager, meaning more sequels. Oh joy!1. One Day at Horrorland2. Night of the Living Dummy3. Say Cheese and Die4. Welcome to Dead House5. The Werewolf of Fever Swamp6. The Haunted Mask7. Welcome to Camp Nightmare8. Stay Out of the Basement9. Monster Blood10. The Ghost Next Door11 The Curse of the Mummy's Tomb12. Let's Get Invisible13. The Girl Who Cried Monster14. You Can't Scare Me15. Piano Lessons Can Be Murder16. Be Careful What You Wish For17. Why I'm Afraid of Bees 18. Monster Blood II