Friday, February 16, 2018

ARC Review: You May Now Kill the Bride by R.L. Stine

Two sisters, divided by time. Each with a terrible resentment she can barely contain.

Two Fear family weddings, decades apart... Each bride will find that the ancient curse that haunts the Fears LIVES ON. It feeds off the evil that courses through their blood. It takes its toll in unexpected ways, and allows dark history to repeat itself.

In this all-new Fear Street story, family ties bind sisters together—till DEATH do they part.

(Synopsis from Goodreads). 

My Thoughts:
When I was a kid, R.L. Stine was one of my favorite authors. Like most kids, I got addicted to his Goosebumps series at an early age. When I was in third grade, I picked up his Fear Street: Cheerleaders series and devoured them. He is one of the reasons why the horror genre is one of my favorite genres to this day. Therefore, when I saw that he was coming out with a new Fear Street series, I was so excited to read it. I just recently finished the first book, You May Now Kill the Bride, and thought it was an enjoyable read. 

For the first couple chapters of You May Now Kill the Bride, I was a little confused. There was some old school slang that I didn't recognize, and I had no idea why the characters were talking like that. Well it turns out that the first part of the book is set in the 1920s, but the reader doesn't learn that until about halfway through the first part. Once I learned that, the book became less confusing, and I really started to enjoy it.

There were times where I couldn't put the book down. I typically read at night before I go to sleep, and there were many lost hours of sleep while I was reading this because I wanted to know what was going to happen next. It kept me on the edge of my seat, wondering where Marissa had gone, and what was happening at the lodge. Granted, the book did have the usual R.L. Stine cheesiness and predictability, but it didn't take away my enjoyment of the book. If anything, it just made me love the book more because it brought back those feelings of nostalgia. 

I am so excited that R.L. Stine chose to reboot his Fear Street series. I loved the first book in the new series, You May Now Kill the Bride. Even though it was confusing at first, I quickly found myself being swept up into the storyline. I loved learning the history and lore of the Fear family. I hope R.L. Stine continues that in the rest of the series. I find it fascinating. Due to some adult themes in this book that I don't remember the original series having, I do recommend it to older teen readers.

I give You May Now Kill the Bride: 4/5.

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

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