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A Midsummer Night's Scream

2.83  ·  Rating details ·  1,695 ratings  ·  394 reviews
Oh, what fools these actors be!

it was a horror movie that turned into real horror: Three young actors lost their lives while the cameras rolled. Production stopped, and people proclaimed the movie was cursed.

Now, sixty years later, new actors are venturing onto the haunted set. In a desperate attempt to revive their failing studio, Claire's dad has green-lit a remake of Ma
Hardcover, 250 pages
Published July 2nd 2013 by Feiwel & Friends (first published 2013)
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Karlyflower *The Vampire Ninja, Luminescent Monster & Wendigo Nerd Goddess of Canada (according to The Hulk)*

“I’m a scary kitty…….” NAWT!!

Growing up as an adolescent in the 90’s I had a few choices for teen (or pre-teen) directed literature. You could be a BSC lover or a Goosebumps lover? A SVH lover or a Fear Street lover? I was a little bit of all four, I dabbled in all of them…. Because I was, and am, a bookaholic! My personal favourite was Christopher Pike – which, incidentally, is why you will NEVER catch me reading his new stuff. Some things need to remain nostalgia!!

Where do I even begin???

Paige  Bookdragon
Jul 01, 2015 rated it did not like it

Shallow characters I wanna push down the stairs (almost all of them), not-really-scary scenes and WTF moments are in this book. I'm not going to waste much time telling you not to read this book. Just look at the ratings. They speak the truth.
Jul 12, 2013 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: No one
Shelves: arc, dnf
Originally Reviewed At: Mother/Gamer/Writer
Rating: DNF
Review Source: ARC From Publisher
Reviewer: Me

Well, I am completely at a loss for words…

Growing up as an avid horror fanatic, I fell in love with the genuine writing of R.L. Stine and how he seemed to scare me senseless with his Goosebumps and Fear Street novels. I loved diving into those books in the middle of the night and living in the crazy worlds he created. My all time favorite being Night of the Living Dummy. If Chucky had an evil br
This book would have been given three stars if it didn't have a stupid romantic subplot. I'm not expecting something super intellectual and amazing when I read YA books especially if it's horror and by RL Stine - his work is fun and among some of my favorite - but please for the love of god, why do authors have to include a gross romance between a really awful man and a judgy, whiney, "i'm not like the other girls" woman? come onnnnn. Jake had absolutely no redeemable qualities and NO interest i ...more
Gemma ♕ Books_McCoy
Oct 15, 2018 rated it did not like it
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Jul 24, 2013 rated it did not like it
Cover Blurb: Yes or No? I love the cover! It's spooky and intriguing and it incorporates one of my favorite things: a mask! Seriously; how can you pass up a pale bloody hand and a creepy silver mask speckled with blood? Unfortunately, the cover art is the only good thing about this book. And quite honestly - I have no idea what the cover even has to do with the book.

Characters: What characters? If Claire and Jake and Delia and the others were supposed to be "characters," I'm going to laugh. Seri
The Drowsy Bookworm
I wanted some audio fluff and LOVED Fear Street growing up, but this was not good and lacked the charm I remember of my favorite childhood author. Also the characters were despicable. One example? (I'm paraphrasing) the main character criticizes her Cheesecake Factory waitress by telling the reader she's ugly and "thick around the middle". "Guess someone's trying too many cheesecakes!"
Ohhh I get it. Because she's fat! Good one.
Taylor Knight
Jul 15, 2013 rated it did not like it
I bought this book because I love horror. I didn't read that this book was about and I didn't look at any reviews. That was a mistake.

From page one this book just hits you right in the face with how bad it is.
At first, it was kind of funny how stupid everything was and then by page 15 the funny had worn away and I was left with mild rage and desperate sadness because I spent money on a book that was so horrible.

The characters are morons and the plot is like the worst horror movie from the 80s
Aug 18, 2016 rated it did not like it
Did not finish. This might be the worst book I have ever read. No wonder is had such a low average rating.
usagi ☆ミ
Oh boy. Where to start with this one? When I heard that RL Stine was returning to YA, I was really excited. I loved "Goosebumps" as a kid growing up in the 90s (which 90s kid didn't?) so I was hoping for the same quality with this horror/retelling of "Midsummer's Night Dream". Alas, it was not to be had. Where did everything go so hideously wrong? I just...I can't even really see where it's a retelling with the horror element so heavy within it. Maybe if it'd been written differently, or had Sti ...more
Apr 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horrible
Oh, where to begin? This book is without a doubt the worst book I've read all year. Just thinking about it makes me groan inwardly. You know a book is bad when twenty pages in you're considering dnf-ing. But let's talk details:

All of the characters were one-dimensional cliches. I wanted every last one of them to die.
Claire was a pretentious, annoying, whiny, immature bitch who was too busy drooling over what's-his-name to pay attention to the death around her. We are told she is smart
Sep 13, 2013 rated it did not like it
Typically when I read a book that is awful in every way, I'm not inclined to read another book by that author. But in this case, I immediately want to read a slew of older R.L. Stine books, simply so that I can possibly begin to comprehend how a beloved author of my preteen years managed to plunge so hard and violently from his nostalgic pedastal of my youth to the disastrous depths clumsily explored in this waste of ink and pages.

I ADORED the Fear Street series back then, and would look forwar
I grew up reading R. L. Stine's books. My brothers read the Goosebumps series while I read all of his others. I know R. L. Stine writes for the younger crowd but a little character development could've happened. All of the characters were one-dimensional. And I hate books where the main character talks to you, the reader. I don't want to be IN the story so don't ask me questions! It was pretty cheesy and very predictable. But I do have a soft spot for R. L. Stine books.
Jun 20, 2013 rated it did not like it
There's only one other book I've been required to read that is as surprisingly bad as this one: William Sleator's The Phantom Limb. If you have an hour or two to kill, play Jewel Mania or Candy Crush Saga or some other mindless game -- you'll get more out of it.
Kimberly Antill
I remember when I was younger I use to check out stacks of Fear Street books from the library. I couldn't get enough of them. I've reread a few of them and still enjoyed them so when I saw A Midsummer's Night's Scream I thought I would give it a chance. I guess for me the book did what I was expecting from an R.L. Stine story. It was entertaining with out taxing my brain too much. However, there was so much that didn't seem to work and the characters were vain, spoiled and one dimensional. I'm f ...more
Jan 24, 2018 rated it did not like it
This book was maaaaaybe a 1.5. I don't typically read the horror genre, but I don't think R.L. Stine is a master of the horror genre. Maybe for elementary readers, but definitely not grownups. The plot was a little cliche and the characters were shallow. I didn't care about any of them, and so when they inevitably died, I just sort of rolled my eyes. It referenced the play "A Midsummer Night's Dream," and that made me wonder if I could have gotten a bit more out of it if I knew more about that p ...more
Mar 07, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2019
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Jul 19, 2013 rated it did not like it
(My summary is not included in this version of the review.) That was the worst summary I've ever written. And that was also one of the worst books I've ever read. I've never read a R.L Stine book before. I know he wrote the Goosbumps series and the Fear Street series. I've heard that his books are sometimes truly scary, but this book was a joke. I'm still waiting for a gotcha. It's nothing like Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. There's a few commonalities like the love square thing, and t ...more
Michelle Wrona

Aw. Now come on, Boo from Monsters Inc. is even more scary than this book. If you're looking for a scary horror read that will chase your happiness away from you, then stay away from this book. It was probably meant to be scary, but it wasn't at all! So don't judge a book by its cover or summary because I was wrong the whole time.

I get scared in books, I'm not going to lie. I'm the type who screams if you say a word to me while I'm reading a horror/thriller read. I get so into the world and
Jenni Arndt
Mar 20, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: arc-ebook
Whenever I write a review I try to think of one word that I want to use to describe the book and then I extrapolate from there. Rubbish is the only word that comes to mind when I think about A Midsummer Night’s Scream. This book was terrible. I usually try to be just and fair in my reviews but really there is just nothing good that I have to say about this novel.

The novel kicks off with a group of teenagers getting stranded in the woods when their car breaks down. We watch them set off into the
Nov 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
It’s not a horrible book! Could use another read thru for grammar and punctuation though. Overall good flow. Not my general cup of tea to read! The cover of it is the beat part! Looking at the cover though gives me a false hope of what the book is about. Good thing I got it at the library and didn’t have to pay for it!
Jul 09, 2013 rated it liked it
I outgrew R.L. Stine's books pretty quick. I still kept reading them regularly, at least through seventh grade, because they were fun. Formulaic, yes, but the Fear Street books especially were chock-full of inventive deaths. For a morbid little kid an inventive death goes a long way.

Nowadays, I have a fond nostalgia for Stine. It helps that I met him once in person and he was incredibly nice. (I was super awkward because my friend dropped out on me and I was the only person over eighteen there a
Jul 11, 2013 rated it it was ok
Claire’s father is a movie producer. He has finally agreed to allow Claire and her friend Delia to be in one of his movies. The movie is really a fresh start on a horror movie that was never finished in the 1960’s. The reason…three of the actors were murdered while filming the movie.

To make things interesting Claire’s love interest, Jake will also be at the movie studio. Too bad he has eyes for Delia, who in turn has eyes for Jake’s friend, Shawn.

I can remember reading R.L. Stine books. I gues
Jun 24, 2013 rated it did not like it
Definitely not Stine's best work. For a YA the book read like MG with 2D characters, most of them you don't really care for. So when they are the target of history repeating I simply don't care that they could be next on the list.

It's like RL Stine had two ideas. One was a slasher and one was a retelling of A Midsummer Night's Dream. Unable to decide which one to work on they somehow ended up merging and spawning a rather cornfuzzled book where the links to AMD felt like thrown in references and
Sep 06, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: horror
Any links to Shakespeare's sprite-filled play are minimal. In my mind, naming a character "Puckerman" does not make the book a "modern reimagining of Shakespeare's classic romantic comedy." And tossing in random potions does not make a story magical.

While the story started off corny and horror-movie cliched, it held promise. Unfortunately, when it moved from retelling of the original filming to modern-day, it also moved off a cliff. Maybe, just maybe if the potions had been put on the cutting
Oh R.L. Stine, your books were the horror novels of my preteen years. You and Christopher Pike, whose spooky covers haunted me whenever I passed the young adult section in my library. I gobbled up your Fear Street books with a spoon, my favorite being The Halloween Party. And don't get me started on how freaked out I was over the gruesome deaths in your Fear Street: Cheerleader series. It's been a long time since I picked up a book of yours, and when I made this discovery at my local library I t ...more
Jan 27, 2013 marked it as to-read-maybe
Red Rain was awful, so I'm not sure about this one..
Christine (KizzieReads)
Awesome book. It started off like a Scooby Doo episode, but very entertaining, and a page turner til the end. I was expecting it to end differently, and was pleasantly surprised.
Mar 10, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: horror, critique
Very predictable, not at all original. Naming a character Puck does not equal to rewriting Shakespeare!
Very disappointed in this book
D.G. Driver
Oct 28, 2017 rated it liked it
R. L. Stine was at the Southern Festival of Books this year selling his newest YA book. The line of fans wrapped around the building. Children were bussed in primarily to meet him. All of us other YA authors were green with envy. I didn't know he wrote YA, and the idea excited me. At last, he would have the freedom to add some gore, some serious character development, some real subplots - all the things missing in his formulaic Goosebumps stories designed for elementary school readers. When I fo ...more
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Robert Lawrence Stine known as R. L. Stine and Jovial Bob Stine, is an American novelist and writer, well known for targeting younger audiences. Stine, who is often called the Stephen King of children's literature, is the author of dozens of popular horror fiction novellas, including the books in the Goosebumps, Rotten School, Mostly Ghostly, The Nightmare Room and Fear Street series.

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