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Series: Fear Street Relaunch
Author: R. L. Stine
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Publication Date: 09/29/2015
Synopsis from Goodreads: Generations of children and teens have grown up on R.L. Stine’s bestselling and hugely popular horror series, Fear Street and Goosebumps. Now, the Fear Street series is back with a chilling new installment, packed with pure nightmare fodder that will scare Stine’s avid fan base of teen readers and adults. New student Lizzy Palmer is the talk of Shadyside High. Michael and his girlfriend Pepper befriend her, but the closer they get to her, the stranger she seems… and the more attractive she is to Michael. He invites her to join him on a snowmobile race that ends in a tragic accident. Soon, Michael’s friends start being murdered, and Pepper becomes convinced that Lizzy is behind the killings. But to her total shock, she and Michael are drawn into a tragic story of an unthinkable betrayal committed over 60 years ago. Frightening and tense in the way that only this master of horror can deliver, The Lost Girl is another terrifying Fear Street novel by the king of juvenile horror.
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R. L. Stine has done it again! The good old days of reading Fear Street novels has returned thanks to the relaunch of the series. While I know I didn’t read all of the Fear Street series, I read a good portion of them and I was very much addicted to them – and I wasn’t even a teenager or kid! No surprise here, The Lost Girl was just as good as I remembered the Fear Street novels being.
It was good to see both a new book in the Fear Street series and that the book had modern touches. An iPad is mentioned as well as Android smartphone devices, meaning that R. L. Stine has brought Fear Street into the current century if not decade.
The book can be a bit on the busy side what with the bouncing back and forth between time periods, but it is easy to follow along with the time period changes because they are clearly marked. As usual, the characters’ backstories aren’t really prevalent except for one or two, but in all honesty, the ones who do have backstories are the only ones who really need them – otherwise the ending would be ruined!
I have to say that I wasn’t overly fond of Pepper – she seemed far too brassy and obnoxious to me – the over protective girlfriend is never a type I’m fond of. But the rest of the characters were well thought out and easy enough to like or hate depending on which character you’re talking about.
Fear Street novels are great for kids, teens, and adults who want a hint of horror without all the gore and really frightening things that novels by Stephen King or Dean Koontz tend to offer.
If you like Fear Street novels, I also suggest checking out R. L. Stine’s Goosebumps series. While Goosebumps was meant for kids, the books can be a great read (and there’s a movie coming out soon as well).
The Lost Girl (Fear Street Relaunch #3) will be released on September 29, 2015. Be sure to pick up your copy before they’re sold out!
I received a copy of this book free from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are 100% my own.