Blood Beast takes place about a year after the events of Slawter. Grubbs, Dervish and Bill-E survived Slawter and Davida Haym with her accomplices are dead but the gang are now traumatized by the demons's slaughtering in Slawter. Everyone is having a hard time but Grubbs slowly forgets it by being involved with friends - cool friends - at his school. But his actions are increasingly throwing Bill-E out of his life and to make sure that doesn't happen, Grubbs invited Bill-E over to a wild party at his house. But when Grubbs starts getting symptoms of the family lycanthropy curse at that party, the only thing he worries about now is staying human. But things gets worse when one of Grubbs new friends, Loch, dies in an underground cave that Dervish says is a magical tunnel that can be opened to let in thousands and thousands of demons. The rule of opening the tunnel? There must be a human sacrifice in that caves. Just what the hell is happening? is what Grubbs thinks.
After the first five or six chapters, I really got the impression that Darren Shan was turning his writing genre from horror to slice-of-life but as he said in his website, he is not. That proved right by the end of this novel. The novel has a really interesting plot. From slice-of-life to tragedy to horror and terror. This is unlike any other Darren Shan novel. This is way more... moving?
And the cliff-hanger at the end. What the hell? I've never read a Shan book that has this suspense of a cliff-hanger. It was really out of the ordinary. I mean, Grubbs was still battling when the cliff-hanger happened. At least let him finish, But I'm actually fine with it because I already have a copy of Demon Apocalypse so I could just read the continuation but imagine people who bought it the day it was released. Wouldn't it suck to have to wait 6 months for Demon Apocalypse? But I guess that what readers say "Hungry for more", don't you agree?
Rating: 7.5 / 10