Friday, October 7, 2011
Book Review of #2 House of Whispers by R.L Stine
Author Name: R.L Stine
Publisher: Parachute Press
Part of a Series: Fear Street Sagas: prequels: A New Fear, Sequels Forbidden Secrets, The Sign of Fear, The Hidden Evil...all the way to The Hand of Power
Type of book: Young adult, 1863, horror, Fier Saga
Year it was published: June 1996
Amy Pierce knows nothing of the terrifying Fear history when she arrives for a visit with Simon and Angelica Fear. Their New Orleans mansion is beautiful-but Amy senses something evil there. Something that watches her. Waits for her.
Will Amy be strong enough to escape the powers controlled by the Fear family?
Again this is one of the better Fear Street novels because the characters are much more evident and are drawn better than in previous books. Despite this though, they are caricatures once more. It's interesting to see Angelica ruling the nest while her husband Simon is away. (I wouldn't have minded an appearance but alas that was not forthcoming.)
There are times when good does triumph over evil. Evil doesn't always win.
This is written from Amy's point of view, in third person narrative. It goes from early October up until Halloween in 1863 in New Orleans. (I honestly don't think they might have celebrated St. Hallow's Eve in the South, especially in 19th century when Civil War was going on...I think St. Hallow's Eve might have gained more popularity later on. And Angelica is not even Irish.)
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.
As I mentioned previously, this is one of the better written books of the series. Still though, some things aren't explained unfortunately and it's up to the reader to figure out if they were right or not.
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.)