Sunday, August 13, 2017

Party Games by R.L. Stine

Her friends warn her not to go to Brendan Fear's birthday party at his family's estate on mysterious Fear Island. But Rachel Martin has a crush on Brendan and is excited to be invited. Brendan has a lot of party games planned. But one game no one planned intrudes on his party—the game of murder. As the guests start dying one by one, Rachel realizes to her horror that she and the other teenagers are trapped on the tiny island with someone who may want to kill them all. How to escape this deadly game? Rachel doesn't know whom she can trust. She should have realized that nothing is as it seems… on Fear Island.

R.L. Stine makes his triumphant return to Shadyside, a town of nightmares, shadows, and genuine terror, and to the bestselling series that began his career writing horror for the juvenile market, in the new Fear Street book Party Games.

(Synopsis from Goodreads). 

My Thoughts:
R.L. Stine was one of my favorite authors when I was a kid. I used to love his Fear Street series, especially the books about the cheerleaders. I was excited to learn that he was re-booting the Fear Street series for a new generation. Party Games, the first book in the re-booted Fear Street series, was excellent. It brought back all of those nostalgic feelings that I remember while reading the original series as a child. 

Even as an adult, I found Party Games to be suspenseful. It kept me on the edge of my seat wondering how Rachel and her friends were going to get out of the various terrifying situations they found themselves in. Some of the situations, such as what happened on the dock, were predictable. I knew that what happened couldn't be true. However, other situations, I had no idea what was going on, or how the characters were going to solve the problem. It brought me back to when I used to read R.L. Stine's books when I was younger, and they always scared the hell out of me. As an adult, the book wasn't terrifying, but it was suspenseful in it's own way. It was more of a mystery than a horror.

I loved the way R.L. Stine ended Party Games. It was an open ending in such a way that there could possibly be a sequel in the future. I really hope that he chooses to write one. I would definitely read it. I can't wait to read more books in the Fear Street Relaunch. I hope that they are just as good as this one. I recommend Party Games to kids and adults alike. I also recommend it to anyone that loves to get creeped out.

I give Party Games: 4/5.

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I received this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. I was in no way compensated for this review.

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