Saturday, October 15, 2011

Book Review of #7 Children of Fear by RL Stine

Name of book: Children of Fear

Author Name: R.L Stine

ISBN: 0-671-00294-5

Publisher: Archway Paperback

Part of a Series: Fear Street Sagas: prequels: A New Fear, House of Whispers, Forbidden Secrets, The Sign of Fear, sequels: Daughters of Silence, Children of Fear, Dance of Death...all the way to The Hand of Power

Type of book: Young adult,1876 , horror, Fier Saga

Year it was published: June 1997

Summary:

Luke Fier hates hearing the townspeople talk about his younger sister, Leah. They call her evil. They say she has unnatural powers.

Leah does have a strange talent-she can communicate with animals. But Luke is sure she would never use this gift for evil. At least he was sure before their parents' horrible accident.

Now Leah seems so different. So angry. Luke is almost frightened of her. Could his sister's gift destroy them both?

Characters:

As I mentioned previously, the characters seem to be wearing masks but there is little depth beyond that. Still, in someways, this is a bit more compelling story than the others the author penned. I kind of do wish that the powers would be explained more in depth.

Theme:

I am not sure what the author is trying to tell us. If there is something, then that has been mentioned in previous novels.

Plot:

This is written in third person narrative from Luke's point of view, although I think that the twist doesn't match up to the beginning.

Author Information:

R.L Stine was born on October 8th 1943 and is most famous for other Fear Street series along with Goosebumps series and Nightmare Room. Goosebumps and Nightmare Room were made into TV series ages ago.

Opinion:

For one reason or another, this has been one of my favorite Fear Street Sagas. I think maybe because it's unique due to the setting of orphan train. I do wish to know the true ending of Luke and Leah, how they fared in the future.

3 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)

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