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review 2017-07-22 23:57
Phantom of the Auditorium - R.L. Stine
Growing up, I didn't read much of R. L. Stine, because I was an easily frightened child. I found this in the Lending Library and wanted to see what my adult self thought of it.

I'll start by saying it's not scary. It's a bit suspenseful, but for the most part the chapters end with a cliffhanger that then turns out to be nothing at the start of the next chapter.

The plot was a bit predictable and horribly corny.

I did really like that Zeke and Brooke were just friends and there was no weird secret love thing going on. I'm a sucker for friendships that don't turn into creepy love triangles. 

Overall, it was a good read, but was more sad than scary.
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review 2017-04-17 15:40
Bad (Not Michael Jackson Bad)
The New Girl - R.L. Stine

I at one point owned about every Fear Street book by R.L. Stine when I was a teen. I even had those special edition ones too. I don't even remember this first book and the title kept throwing me off (it's bad, no?) and at least this was short though (180 pages) so there's a reason the plot and character development was so bad.

 

Everyone in the town of Shadyside knows about Fear Street. A mad millionaire named Simon Fear once lived there and his burned out mansion is all that is left of him and his legacy (or is it???) there are always strange happenings on Fear Street which you would think have people avoiding it more.

 

"The New Girl" follows Cory Brooks. He's a high school gymnast who falls in love at first sight when he sees a new girl at his school named Anna Corwin. Cory tries to find out all he can about Anna, but when he finally gets her number and calls her home, someone tells him that Anna is dead. But if Anna is dead, who is the girl at the school who Cory finds himself thinking about all the time.


Well this book is honestly a mess. Cory is oblivious to everything around him. At least though when he starts to realize that things with Anna look hinky he tries to get the heck out of there as quickly as he can. I also applaud Stine for having more than three people in his books too. Cory has other friends he talks to as well as his friends and a mysterious stranger he keeps meeting on Fear Street.

 

My big issue though is 180 pages is way too short to develop a really good story. The whole book makes no sense when you get to the ending. And heck with the prologue, Stine already clues you into the so-called big reveal so I was not surprised when we get to it.

 

Stine does a good job though with description of people and places. He made Fear Street delightfully creepy. 

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url 2017-04-04 17:13
95 New books in series released today (per Fictfact)
Convergence - C.J. Cherryh
Saga TP VOL 07 (Mr) - Various Artists
Give Me a K-I-L-L: A Fear Street Novel - R.L. Stine
The Chosen: A Novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood - J.R. Ward
My One True Highlander (No Ordinary Hero) - Suzanne Enoch
Night Sniper (BookShots) - James Patters... Night Sniper (BookShots) - James Patterson,Christopher Charles
Long Dark Dusk - J.P. Smythe
Rebels Rising - Shanna Swendson
Shadowcaster - Cinda Williams Chima
The Drowning King (A Fall of Egypt Novel) - Emily Holleman

See complete list at their new release calendar, https://www.fictfact.com/BookReleaseCalendar 

Source: www.fictfact.com/BookReleaseCalendar
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review 2017-04-04 03:07
Night of the Living Dummy
Night of the Living Dummy - R.L. Stine

Another book by the amazing author R. L. Stine. This books is about a dummy two girls find in a dumpster while walking home from school. One girl names the dummy Slappy. She starts becoming popular with her ventriloquism and starts getting paid to do parties. Her sister goes out to get a dummy of her own and names him Mr. Wood. Mr. Wood appeared to be alive by being found by the girls while doing things like choking Slappy and moving things around. He starts making rude comments to people to get the girls in trouble because people think it is the girls talking. Eventually, the dummy tells the girls that they are now his slaves. This frightens the girls and they throw him under a steam roller to finally get rid of him. Upon returning to their home, Slappy talks to the girls, making sure the other dummy is gone. I would use this around Halloween to read to the students near the end of the day or for the students to use during quiet reading time.

 

Lexile Measure: 590L 

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review 2017-04-04 02:34
Phantom of the Auditorium
Phantom of the Auditorium - R.L. Stine

This is one of the many crazy book of the amazing author R. L. Stine. In this book, the two main characters named Brooke and Zeke audition for a play in their school known as "The Phantom". They both get the two leading roles. Rumors start going around that a boy who was supposed to play the phantom many years prior had disappeared and was never found. The legend says that whenever their school does this play, the Phantom appears to ruin the play. As the story progresses and they get ready for the play, things on the set start to mess up and become ruined. A trap door is found in the middle of the stage that appears to be broken but is said the be fixed by the time the production is said to start. Brooke and Zeke sneak down the trapdoor and find hidden rooms underneath the school. A night janitor, who does not actually work for the school, runs them off. The next day a new boy named Brian shows up in their class and wants to be in the play. All the roles are taken so he helps on the stage. The production starts and Brooke is shocked to find the phantom is not Zeke but the actual Phantom, who disappears when Brooke is blinded by a stage light. After the performance, Brooke and Zeke find a year book from 72 years ago that shows who played the original Phantom, only to discover it was their new classmate Brian. I would use this book around Halloween to read to the class and for quiet reading in the classroom. This is also a great chapter book for higher grades.

 

Lexile Measure: 460L

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