Party Games

Finished Party Games by RL Stine.  This is a Fear Street novel.  (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)

Summary (from Goodreads):

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.”

I can’t even explain how excited I’ve been ever since they announced that R.L. Stine was going to write more Fear Street books.  He’s been writing Goosebumps pretty much this whole time, but I was always too old for those.  But I read the Fear Street books in elementary school, as part of my gateway to Stephen King, and I have a lot of nostalgia for them.

So I’m going to be honest, this book was almost guaranteed to get a good rating from me just because FEAR STREET.  And while it was more of an action thriller than a scary read, it was still an incredible bit of fun.  I liked the premise (birthday party at the world’s most haunted house) but I wish they had gone with the supernatural setup instead of the game-changing plot twist.  (I know, vague.)

Even though this wasn’t a perfect read, I enjoyed it a great deal.  I’m very happy to point out that there will be a new Fear Street book next year AND it comes out right after my birthday.  Perfect planning and timing.  I’m hoping it will be more supernatural and less human-based evil.

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