26835271“Monsterland” by Michael Phillip Cash

Synopsis: 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?


3 out of 5 stars

Most of the time when I read, I have an image of what I am reading playing in my head – like a movie. Some of the books I read fall into this imaginary movie nicely and I can see the characters and action quite clearly – those are the books I enjoy the most. I’ve even thought about how any given book would translate into an actual cinema movie; could it be done with the characters and scenes in the time allotted and make sense to a viewer. Some of my imaginary movies don’t work quite as well and the action in my head doesn’t run quite as smoothly.

“Monsterland” is a good book, and an OK imaginary movie. I couldn’t find if it was originally listed as a YA read but it most definitely is, geared toward a teen aged reader. The premise is original – the big three scary monsters (zombies, vampires and werewolves) all gathered in one theme park for an audience to view. Very Jurassic Park.

The werewolves are in a glass enclosure that allows the visitors to the park to travel through by boat. They are forced to change on a regular basis with an LED moon. The zombies are actually plague victims and are housed in a walled off part of the park that is made up to look like any suburban neighborhood. The vampires are forced to perform and Victorian entertainers alongside a hunchback in some bizarre play. None of them are happy to be there, having been tricked or captured.

Wyatt is our main character and he and his friends win “back stage passes” to Monsterland’s opening night through a chance meeting with the park’s owner Dr. Vincent Conrad.

In a park full of monsters, what could go wrong? Surprise, everything of course! In Jurassic proportions, every single thing that could go wrong in a grand opening with a park full of monsters does. And, apparently that is just the beginning of the disasters.

This book had the potential to be truly campy, but it missed the mark. It’s a fast and easy read and it doesn’t take itself too seriously which is the main reason I enjoyed it as much as I did.

The cover is great!

ARC provided by NetGalley.



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