R.L. Stine's first Fear Street sets the bar pretty high for not only all Fear Street books but for all other thriller books to follow it. Ann is the R.L. Stine's first Fear Street sets the bar pretty high for not only all Fear Street books but for all other thriller books to follow it. Ann is the new girl girl at Cory's school. She is unlike any other girl Cory has ever seen. From the moment that Cory sees Anna, he becomes obsessed, unable to think about anything but her. When Anna starts to show interest in Cory, Cory cannot believe it... little does he know he is putting himself and his loved ones in danger... Is Anna real? Is she a ghost? Who, or what, is threatening Cory's life?
One of the things I love about R.L. Stine is that you never know if there is going to be a paranormal aspect to his books. He really keeps you guessing. While reading this book I kept asking myself if Anna is a ghost or is someone playing a really bad joke on Cory. And just when I think I have the answer, he throws a curve and changes everything.
I do not know if R.L. Stine did this on purpose but I really wanted to smack Cory on the head pretty much during the entire book - there were times where I could not believe how oblivious he was and how obsessive he became. I mean really?! He was even completely oblivious to his best friend, Lisa, having the hugest crush on him. Even when he figured it out he was still thinking about Anne. But then again it wouldn't be a Fear Street book without this aspect.
There were bumps in the night, mysterious phone calls, even a bit of gore (not much though)... making this book a very overall enjoyable read. ...more
After the death of their father, the Travers sisters have just moved to a new house on 23 Fear Street with their mother. When the girls check out theiAfter the death of their father, the Travers sisters have just moved to a new house on 23 Fear Street with their mother. When the girls check out their new bedrooms, Maggie sees that the previous owners left a beautiful canopy bed. Despite Maggie's sister's jealousy, Maggie is excited to have such a beautiful bed. While Maggie's first night starts with a wonderful dream, soon she finds herself in a nightmare. From then on her nightmares get more graphic and gruesome of murder. Despite her dreams, Maggie tries to live her everyday life as best as she can, competing for a coveted position in a swimming meet, to keep her new relationship with Justin together, and to not let her younger sister drive her crazy. But people start getting hurt around her, in particular her swim team members. As each one gets hurt her and her sister's rankings on the teams get higher. As Maggie's nightmares get worse, she starts to wonder if her nightmares are becoming reality.
A fantastic psychological thriller! Already you know something is going on, but it is the adventure that you love. Despite bad dreams and possible-ghosts, R.L. Stine gives you reality, best seen in the relationship between Maggie and her sister Andrea. Boy are they always fighting! And it is fantastic!! I love the bickering between these two (lord knows my sister and I bickered just as much, if not more).
I love R.L. Stine's use of words and description. He really knows how to set the tone. Upon first arriving at their new house Maggie can't help but take note of the house... Twenty-three Fear Street seemed even more ramshakle and neglected than it had last time. Two of the green shutters were now hanging by single rusty hinges. The lawn had huge brown patches and looked dead. As did the whole place.
I also loved the suspense. Is it supernatural or natural? You are kept on your toes until the very end, where a few fantastic twists are waiting for you! But what about the downsides... There really was only one downside to this story... There wasn't enough of Maggie's Nightmare. I don't mean quantity but quality. Either way a fantastic Thriller Thursday book!!...more
The premise of The Rich Girl is much better than the actual book. I love R.L. Stine and his Fear Street books, as you know, but this was not his bestThe premise of The Rich Girl is much better than the actual book. I love R.L. Stine and his Fear Street books, as you know, but this was not his best - at least in my opinion. It was over dramatic to the point of annoying actually. The way the plot moved along was completely unrealistic to me. Emma and Sydney find a duffle bag full of money. While Emma wants to keep the money, Sydney is hesitant but finally gives in and agrees to keep it, on one condition: they must bury it and not spend any of the money for two weeks on the chance that someone will come looking for it. After being pressured by her boyfriend to tell him what was wrong, Sydney tells Jason. But things start to happen.... things that seem to have only one explanation. Emma is pushed down the stairs at school, and her car's break lines are cut. For Emma the only explanation is that Jason is trying to kill her for the money. Then weird things start to happen to Sydney as well...
Again, for me, the dramatics of this book were not believable - I'm not saying that any Fear Street book is "believable" (that is why I love them!) but I just could not connect with this one. I figured out what was going on rather early, and I am sure that played a part in my opinion as well. The one thing I will say I liked about this book is what ends up happening to Sydney - now I know this probably sounds mean, but when you read the book this part of the plot gives it a real highlight.
Overall I was a bit disappointed in this installment but I will not be deterred from my love of Fear Street and R.L. Stine. You can't win them all!...more