Monday, December 21, 2015

Holiday Gift Guide 2015: Monsterland

by Michael Phillip Cash
Publisher: CreateSpace
Pub. Date: October 2015
Retail: $12.99
ISBN: 978-1517180676
Pages: 284
Buy Link: Amazon

Book Description:

Welcome to Monsterland – the scariest place on Earth. All guests can interact with real vampires in Vampire Village, be chased by an actual werewolf on the River Run, and walk among the dead in Zombieville.

Wyatt Baldwin, a high school student and life-long movie buff is staring bleakly at a future of flipping burgers. Due to a fortuitous circumstance, Wyatt and his friends are invited to the star-studded opening of Monsterland. In a theme park full of real vampires, werewolves and zombies, what could possibly go wrong?

About the Author:

Award winning author Michael Phillip Cash adds Monsterland to his growing list of titles. Within two years, this prolific writer has published eleven novels and four screenplays. When not writing, he loves being with his wife and two children exploring the small villages along the North Shore of Long Island.

Billy's Thoughts:

The "Point Horror" era of young adult books are way behind us, though I do believe there are a few new Fear Street books being published, it's still not the same as the ones released in the late 80s'. If you grew up during that time, then you probably still have one or two "Point Horror" titles on your bookshelves that you've reread over and over again.

Recently, I was sent a copy of the new YA horror novel Monsterland by Michael Phillip Cash. I was originally going to review the book in a "Winter Reads" post, but after reading it, I decided to feature it in this year's Holiday Gift Guide as I thought it would be a great gift idea for those old "Point Horror" fans.

Monsterland centers on Wyatt Baldwin, a Cooper Valley, California teenager who loves anything horror related. Let's just say that he's more than thrilled when he's invited to the opening to the new theme park Monsterland, a place where the guest can be chased by werewolves, zombies and vampires. Of course, Wyatt invites his friends (Melvin and Howard) to go with him.

Real monsters in Monsterland? Yep, it seems there was an outbreak of some sorts and man named Vincent Conrad saved the world from the infected. Then all the infected were used as attractions for the theme park.

Take Jurassic Park and mix in a bit of The Walking Dead, then you have a creepy theme park in Monsterland. At barely over 200 pages, the author works his magic by creating an intriguing plot with likable characters that you actually care about. Typically, I'm not a fan of a book that switches point-of-views from chapter to chapter, but it works really well here. (I'm mean what horror fan doesn't want to see through the eyes of a zombie!) Overall, Monsterland is an entertaining, well-written book that enjoyed from beginning to the very end.

*Disclaimer - I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

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