R. L. Stine
A few weeks ago, I found a bunch of Fear Street ebooks on Amazon for 99 cents each. I snagged a bunch for Summer reading. Of all the books, this is the one I was probably least excited about reading because the cover didn’t jump out at me and make me want to pick it up, but the price was good. Out of curiosity, I flipped through some of the first few pages to get a feel of the book and see what it was about, and I got hooked. I literally could not put it down.
This book was, bar none, the best R. L. Stine book I’ve ever read. Its twist is awesome and ridiculous, and you have to experience it for yourself, so if you have not read this book, please skip this entry, go buy or rent the book, read it, and then come back and geek out with me. Spoilers will ruin the experience of this book.
Heeeeeeey, look, a Fear Street recap. Broken Hearts is a Super Chiller, which is apparently a longer, scarier Fear Street novel. After reading some Goosebumps books, I wanted to read something a little more mature, so I reached in my Fear Street folder and pulled out this book. It’s a Valentine’s Day thriller, so it’s not exactly relevant in August, but let’s go on this ride anyway.
I’ve kind of been inconsistent in posting spoiler notices on these recaps, thinking if you’re reading an article on a 20-plus-year-old book, you either have read the book already, or you don’t mind spoilers. This book’s “finale” is actually pretty awesome, though, so I feel like a spoiler warning is appropriate. I will tell you who gets killed in this entry, and more importantly, I will reveal who the killer is, so if there is any chance at all you will read this book and you do not want to be spoiled, skip this entry.
Hello from Charleston, SC! I came down for a four-day vacation. We’ve been visiting Civil War sites, seeing some beautiful views, and spending some time relaxing on the beach. I’ll make a post about our vacation when I get back! In the midst of all the excitement, I somehow found time to finish another Goosebumps book, and here I am with some surprising downtime to put together this recap, so here we go!
I have been pretty pumped to get to Let’s Get Invisible! I have vivid memories of watching the episode of the television series based on this book as a kid, and although I didn’t remember much from the book–I’m not even sure if I ever got around to finishing this book as a kid–, I thoroughly enjoyed reading it this weekend. I can see why I probably put the book down as a kid; this book is slow. Having said that, its atmosphere is thrilling and engaging. It’s a lot like Night of the Living Dummy in that way. It deals subtle scares, and leaves you wanting more. Like Night of the Living Dummy, the book doesn’t outright hit you with the book’s evil until the end. Up until that point you’re left wondering, is Max imagining these things? Is the mirror evil? What is it doing? Much like the mirror pulled Max into it, this book pulled me into Max’s world. Not many Goosebumps books are able to do that, so these good books are worth calling out.
Gasp. Shock. A Goosebumps recap! I haven’t done one of these babies since January. A couple people have poked me and asked where I’ve been, wanting me to get back on these. (Keep doing that, by the way! Your excitement motivates me to do these, and I love hearing from visitors!) The simple answer is school, although fickleness goes into play. I have other hobbies besides reading, and I don’t just read Goosebumps. I’ve recently read Along Came a Spider by James Patterson, The Haunted Forest Tour by Jeff Strand, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli, and I started rereading (and recapping here) the Animorphs series by K. A. Applegate. I allow myself to read a wide variety of things so that I don’t get bored, and so that I never feel like I’m forcing myself to read. Having said that, I do need to do these recaps more often, not just for you, but for me. Putting these together, I realized how much I missed writing about Goosebumps, haha. Reading this book last night, I realized how much I enjoy reading these often ridiculous stories. They are my guilty pleasure.
I actually had never read How I Got My Shrunken Head when I was into the series as a kid. I wish I had. I think it’s one of the better entries in the series that I’ve covered so far. I’ll tell you why below the cut.
I am sick as a dog. I’ve been sick for about two weeks, actually, but I thought I was getting better. I didn’t show any symptoms Monday through Wednesday at school. Thursday, it’s like I hit a wall. Everything I had that I thought I was over came back at full force, and then some. I had a fever, cold chills, hot spells, a sore and itchy throat, and body aches. I was miserable during my classes Thursday, but since it didn’t hit until I was already at school, I toughed it out. I went to the doctor yesterday and got tested positive for the flu. Now I’m on Tamiflu, Gatorade, and lots of bed rest. At least I have Goosebumps.
I slept a ton yesterday and it really messed with my sleep schedule. While Josh was sleeping last night at midnight, I was reading Monster Blood. While I remember having read it as a kid, I didn’t remember much of it, so I might as well have been experiencing this book for the first time. It is my favorite entry in the series so far by a mile. It was well-written, it was engaging, the characters were multi-dimensional, the plot had substance (and twists!), and the ending was satisfactory. I read it one sitting; I kept saying, “one more chapter,” and before I knew it, I had finished the book.