Thursday, October 6, 2011

Book Review of #1 A New Fear by R.L Stine

Name of book: A New Fear

Author Name: R.L Stine

ISBN: 0-671-52952-8

Publisher: Parachute Press

Part of a Series: Fear Street Sagas: House of Whispers, Forbidden Secrets, The Sign of Fear...all the way to The Hand of Power

Type of book: Young adult, 1900-1901, 1919, horror, Fier Saga

Year it was published: March 1996

Summary:

Nora Goode and Daniel Fear hoped to end the curse of hte Fear family. But on their wedding day, a horrible fire swept through the Fear mansion, taking the life of every member of the doomed family.

Except one. A new Fear. The child of Nora and Daniel. Will he be able to live hsi life untouched by the evil of his family? Or will the dark forces claim yet another Fear for their own?

Characters:

In this book, it's obvious, very obvious, who is the bad guy and the good guy. No hidden motives or memorable characters. This book is a masquerade of modern trying to be historical.

Theme:

There are times where you cannot escape your destiny.

Plot:

This was divided into two parts; the beginning is from Nora's point of view of how she ended up in a mental hospital, and the escape from it with Nicholas. The next part is Nicholas' point of view from the time he left his mother to the time he met marries. This is more plot driven than character driven.

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:

When I read this book at the age of fourteen, it was entertaining and pretty good. Reading it twelve years, I couldn't help but be shocked at the gore contained inside of it, and I still have to wonder at the power of the Fiers that are mentioned countless times. This book is supposed to be a direct sequel to The Burning, but it was obvious that time has has passed. For one thing in The Burning, Nora and Daniel were married for only one day before the infamous fire, and Simon's birthday party was described as a tomb so to speak. Simon and Angelica were hated by the whole town in other words.

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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