Oh how I used to love Fear Street as a teen. I remember curling up with a blanket and reading a book a night just to reread them all the next month. TOh how I used to love Fear Street as a teen. I remember curling up with a blanket and reading a book a night just to reread them all the next month. This was my first jump into thrillers and I will forever love R.L. Stine for introducing me to this genre. Okay all that being said this installment did leave me wondering if I have finally grown up.
For those who don't know Fear Street has always had strange things happen to the people who live or visit there. The street is pretty much cursed and Don't Stay Up Late brings us right back to Fear Street. Lisa having just lost her Dad to a car accident is having trouble coping. She was in critical condition and the doctors think she started having hallucinations due to her extreme concussion. After her therapist suggests she take on a new job to help get back to normal everyday life Lisa starts her new babysitting job on you guessed it Fear Street.
I remember Fear Street being super creepy and I know I had nightmares from a few of the books because I still remember them. So I don't know if Stine has just gotten a little softer with his horror or if the thriller stories today have pushed that genre envelope and things are way scarier now. I can't say its because this is middle grade either because I don't think they are supposed to be. The characters are sixteen so I am assuming this is still considered young adult.
I know I was supposed to be creeped out, but the overall storyline just didn't do much for me. I thought Lisa wasn't a great main character because she snapped way too easy and yes I know no one believed her, but even before certain things happened she just seemed kinda rude and selfish, especially with her parents. The secondary characters I really didn't feel anything for either because they just didn't have enough page time.
I will say that there was a pretty interesting storyline after the reveal that I would have loved to of known more about. I felt like things got cut extremely short at the end and I was really bummed about it. I wanted an explanation and we don't get one really at all. I can't help but wonder why things were left that way. I thought I remembered some sort of an explanation being presented at the end in previous installments, but maybe I am remembering wrong.
That last page was pretty creepy though. After reading that I did get chills, but it was a little too late in my opinion. I wanted way more thrills and chills from Don't Stay Up Late so I am guessing I am just growing as a reader and my tastes are just evolving. I am going with 2 stars..1 for that last page and 1 for Harry who made this book bearable....more
I discovered this hidden gem at TXLA and I was beyond excited to start it. After finishing it I am left with a strange feeling and honestly it's takenI discovered this hidden gem at TXLA and I was beyond excited to start it. After finishing it I am left with a strange feeling and honestly it's taken me a few days to sit down and right this review. I've found it's hard to separate myself from the story because of my family and this really shoves the dangers that lurk in schools right in your face and I am terrified. Yes I know these dangers have been there for awhile, but I guess going day to day you just don't think about them. Now though I found I just hold on a little tighter to certain people in the morning and the day after I finished this I even cried after driving away. This is a tough issue that I don't think anyone is prepared for so if you pick this up just hold your heart because it's going to break in two.
Violent Ends is the story if a high school shooting. What makes this book incredible is that every chapter is told from a different point of view and was written by a different author. This amazing author line up includes Neal Schusterman, Kendare Blake, Trish Doller, Courtney Summers and so many more. Seventeen to be exact. What each chapter has in common though is Kirby, the shooter.
I'm not lying when I tell you that I had chills while I read this. It was very tough to get through at certain points. Some chapter did feel a little disconnected and honestly those gave me a chance to breathe a little. A few chapters really stood out and one was the point of view from the gun. I won't spoil who wrote it because for some reason I just think it's important to experience that on your own, but OMG it was chilling! I had to put the book down after that one and just get some distance. The others weren't as intense, but they all carried something within them that felt sad and broken. They really made me wonder about the aftermath in real life.
The only thing I wish I would have gotten was Kirby's story. We get to see him through seventeen pairs of eyes, but I wanted to see through his. We sort of get a glimpse into the whys of his actions, but I don't understand. I don't think we are supposed to though so I guess this will just have to be okay. Kirby was so many things and I can't help but feel conflicted towards him. Was he a monster yes most definitely, but did he have problems from multiple sides and I just don't know what to feel. I'm angry and a big ole mixed bag of emotions.
This book destroyed me and I can guarantee that the next 10 I read will be HEA's and complete fluff because I need that in my life right now. This was too real and yes I think it needs to be out there, but I can still grab all my fluff and mean it.
Fell of Dark is a book that I will never forget. I will say right off the bat that it is not for everybody. The chapters at first feel like a lot of mFell of Dark is a book that I will never forget. I will say right off the bat that it is not for everybody. The chapters at first feel like a lot of mindless rambling, but if you read deeper into the story and let the words pull you in magic happens.
This is story is told from two point of views, Eriks' and Thorns'. Their voices couldn't be more different, but they have something huge in common. I am not sure what type of mental issue they both have, but they both seemed to share a common mental illness that completely broke my heart.
We get to hear from Erik first and his back story and if I read correctly was horrible. We the reader get to see into his mind a little and we get to see certain scenes that he remembers only we don't get any explanation as to what really happened. It's not hard though to figure out what he went through and again my heart completely broke for him. He was such an interesting character that just knowing what might have happened in that garage made me want to help him.
Thorns' part in this was very chaotic and I wasn't sure exactly what was real and what wasn't. The author did an amazing job at showing what goes on in the mind of somebody who has a mental illness. I don't want to say what I think because A I could be completely wrong and B I think everyone will have a different opinion and I don't want to ruin it for others. I just will say that from reading his point of view I really want to delve more into this type of mind.
I think some will find this book strange, but I really hope most will find it amazing like I did. I appreciated the way the author chose to tell this story and I had goosebumps by the end. This isn't rambling, this is a story about struggles and how hard it is to live with certain things that you can't help. At first it was a little hard to dive in, but it didn't take me long at all to see where the author wanted to take me.
One other thing I have to mention is the writing. This author is completely new to me so I wasn't sure what to expect, but his prose is one of the best I have read. It is deep, beautiful, and haunting. I am not sure if this story would have worked without his prose and writing style. Erik and Thorn came alive with his words and it was beautiful even with the disaster that occurred. ...more