Sunday, October 12, 2014

Party Flop: Party Games Review

This review is part of my blogtober celebration, my month-long blog party about all things creepy and Halloween-y! If you've got a fall post, make sure to add it to the Linky so I can check it out!

Party Games: A Fear Street Novel by R.L. Stine
Release Date: September 30, 2014
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Pages: 288
Keywords: horror, thriller, high school
Format Read: eARC via NetGalley
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.
I was pretty excited about this because I owned ALL the Goosebumps books as a kid (I even posted a TBT in honor of the legendary series, and there's a picture of Ryan Gosling on the page). And I started reading and got extremely confused, and it made me want to go back and read the other books because WHAT.

The voice was terrible. The sentences were like this. The words were there. They were repetitive. I found myself wanting all the characters to die early so I wouldn't have to read the narration about them. It was "tell, not show" when it's supposed to be the other way around. The narrator gave us every detail of information, including about 83% of things that were not important to the plot, developing a character, or remotely interesting. If it's not one of those three things, it doesn't need to be in the book.

My nostalgia for R. L. Stine won out, and I did finish the book, but it was incredibly predictable and disappointing how moronic the characters behaved. I started to question all my choices as a 3rd-grader, and I want to see if the voice is still the same, and then smack past me for ever liking them if it is.

There's a lot of instalove and weird relationships and confusing plot holes and creepy high school kids. And then, even after all the shitty stuff this person does, people seem to forgive it in about 3 seconds and all is right with the world again.

I was incredibly let down by this book, and I don't want to go back and read my beloved Goosebumps series anymore for fear that I will be as sad as I was when I finished this one.

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