Blood Beast is set about a year after the events recounted in Slawter. Grubbs Grady is back in Carcery Vale. His life seems to have settled down at last. He's getting on well with Dervish. He has lots of new friends at school. He's sweet on a girl and he thinks she might fancy him too. Apart from...
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  • Nyx Book Reviews

    Nyx Book Reviews | 12 January 2012

    This is the first book in the Demonata series that I didn’t particularly like. Darren Shan books are usually characterized by their fast moving plots, their inventive gore and lots of magical...

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  • Musha Books

    Musha Books | 11 June 2010

    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...

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  • Blood Beast (Write Away UK)

    writeaway.org.uk | 22 June 2007
    Synopsis: The fifth book in the Demonata series. A welcome return to the continuing story of Grubbs Grady, Dervish and Billy-E. Grubbs has so far seemed to avoid the family’s werewolf curse but...
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  • Blood Beast (Westmorland Gazette UK)

    thewestmorlandgazette.co.uk | 01 November 2007
    Fans of Darren Shan's books know they are laced with excitement, horror and gore.His phenomenonally successful Demonata series, which began with Lord Loss and continued through Demon Thief,...
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  • Blood Beast (Waterstones Magazine UK)

    Waterstones Magazine (UK) | 29 April 2010
    It's seven years since Darren Shan's novel Cirque du Freak made its debut on the boookshelves. In that time, he's clocked up sales of ten million, built up a loyal and bloodthirsty fan base and...
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  • Blood Beast (VOYA USA)

    Voya (USA) | 29 April 2010
    "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...
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  • Blood Beast (Thrushmetal USA)

    thrushmetal.wordpress.com | 29 April 2010
    Blood Beast puts readers back into modern day, about 1000 years after where Bec left off. It is another Grubbs Grady novel, so the ongoing storyline is the constant awareness that something...
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  • Blood Beast (The Times UK)

    timesonline.co.uk | 30 June 2007
    Darren Shan continues his gruesome Demonata series on top form in Blood Beast. Grubbs Grady discovers more about his family curse on a nightmare ride to Hell. Children of 12+ should lap it up.
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  • Blood Beast (Teens Read Too USA)

    teensreadtoo.com | 29 April 2010
    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...
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  • Blood Beast (Teen Reads USA)

    teenreads.com | 29 April 2010
    “So here I am. I want to be an average teenager whose only worries are puberty, acne, scoring with girls, impressing my friends, and getting through school in one piece. But I’m forced to spend the...
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  • Blood Beast (School Library Journal USA)

    School Library Journal (USA) | 29 April 2010
    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...
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  • Blood Beast (Samuel’s Reading Chair USA)

    samuelsreadingchair.blogspot.com | 21 November 2007
    Following the horrific events of Slawter, Grubbs Grady has managed to settle back into a relatively normal life - hanging out with friends, avoiding the school counsellor, and trying to impress...
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  • Blood Beast (Reader Views USA)

    readerviewskids.com | 01 January 2008
    “The Demonata: Blood Beast” has an excellent plot with something new around every page. Darren Shan has a creative way of combining suspense, humor and fear so that you will want more, but at the...
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  • Blood Beast (Nights and Weekends USA)

    nightsandweekends.com | 29 April 2010
    Grubbs Grady is like any other high school teen. He likes to hang out with friends and party when the grownups are away for the weekend. But every year he gets closer to the family curse. If he...
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  • Blood Beast (Leicester Mercury UK)

    Leicester Mercury (UK) | 29 April 2010
    More horror for kids from the master of the genre in this fifth title of The Demonata. Grubbs Grady has so far escaped the family curse, but begins to experience alarming symptoms at the onset of...
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  • Blood Beast (Just for Kids USA)

    just-for-kids.com | 29 April 2010
    What this book is about:A rather slow but exciting book, i must say! This time Darren decided to carry on with Grubbs story. in this book Grubbs deals with bad dreams and has to cope with going...
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  • Blood Beast (INIS Ireland)

    INIS (Ireland) | 29 April 2010
    This is the fifth instalment in a new series of horror/dark fantasy from prolific Irish author Darren Shan which continues the adventures of Grubitsch 'Grubbs' Grady as he struggles to maintain an...
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  • Blood Beast (Independant on Sunday UK)

    Independant on Sunday (UK) | 29 April 2010
    This is Darren Shan's fifth book in his series of 10, "The Demonata", and, as always, he's a joy to read. Though not as good as the pre­vious four, this still has plenty of action, once it...
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  • Blood Beast (The Independant UK)

    independent.co.uk | 22 July 2007
    This is Darren Shan's fifth book in his series of 10, "The Demonata", and, as always, he's a joy to read. Though not as good as the previous four, this still has plenty of action, once it gets...
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  • Blood Beast (Gateway UK)

    gatewaymonthly.com | 29 April 2010
    The master of horror returns with a new spine-tingling adventure in the fifth title of The Demonata..."Locked inside Dervish's study. Breath coming quickly, raggedly. Trembling wildly. I still...
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  • Blood Beast (Flaming Net USA)

    flamingnet.com | 01 November 2007
    Blood Beast is about Grubbs Grady, a teenager who has battled demons to save his half-brother's life. Now, he is fighting for his own. When his Uncle Dervish goes away for a weekend, Grubbs throws...
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  • Blood Beast (Evening Echo Ireland)

    Evening Echo (Ireland) | 29 April 2010
    TEEN WEREWOLF SAGA IS A MONSTER SMASH“It's the family curse. Lots of us turn into werewolves. It's been in the bloodline for more generations than anyone can remember. It strikes in adolescence....
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  • Blood Beast (Carousel UK)

    Carousel (UK) | 29 April 2010
    Having moved on from vampires to werewolves this section of the Demonata series is the best so far and the most seriously scary. The family of Grubbs Grady are cursed; some change into ferocious...
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  • Blood Beast (CIAO UK)

    ciao.co.uk | 12 June 2007
    Blood beast, the fifth instalment in the series of ten books that are the demonata series. This book was only recently released and I finished reading it last night and you know what, for the first...
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  • Blood Beast (Bookworm UK)

    Bookworm (UK) | 29 April 2010
    THE latest paperback from the number one author of children's horror comes with a warning: seriously scary. And it's not wrong. I don't know about children, it'll frighten the living daylights out...
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  • Blood Beast (The Bookbag UK)

    thebookbag.co.uk | 01 June 2007
    In Blood Beast, the fifth book in Darren Shan's Demonata series, the lycanthropic nightmare continues for teenager Grubbs Grady. He's already lost his parents and his sister to the family werewolf...
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  • Blood Beast (Aldershot Mail UK)

    Aldershot Mail (UK) | 29 April 2010
    The full moon is causing concern in Blood Beast, the latest title in the Demonata Series from Darren Shan. Shan has become the master of children's horror fiction and in this new story,...
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  • Blood Beast (Aberdeen Evening Press UK)

    Aberdeen Evening Press (UK) | 29 April 2010
    KIDS love horror stories which explains why Darren Shan books fly off the shelves as soon as they arrive. There's little reason to doubt this one, the fifth in Shan's Demonata series, will be...
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