Saturday, January 21, 2012

Book Review of #9 Evil Elizabeth by Francine Pascal

Name of Book: Evil Elizabeth

Author: Francine Pascal

ISBN: 0-553-48283-1

Publisher: Bantam Book

Part of a Series: Sweet Valley Twins and Friends Super Chiller

Type of book: Sweet valley, 1985, Halloween, moon, evil mask, supernatural, evil, mystery

Year it was published: 1995

Summary:

Everyone thinks of Elizabeth Wakefield as the nice twin. That's why she loves her Halloween mask-it's so scary that no one can believe Elizabeth is behind it.

But her appearance isn't the only thing that changes when Elizabeth puts on the mask-little by little it makes Elizabeth act evil...only Elizabeth doesn't know it. It's up to her twin sister, Jessica, to destroy the mask...before Elizabeth does something she'll regret forever.

Characters:

Once more the characters require no explanation and they are explained right at the start and all that. (Hmm, I wonder how many Halloweens in the canon do the twins experience; in Super Chillers I'm reading, if they are twelve, shouldn't they be doing Haunted Burial Ground?)

Theme:

No matter what show the happy ending. (Oops...)

Plot:

Very poorly written and woven. This is third person narrative from Elizabeth and Jessica's points of views, but the end is very poorly written and has a lot of suspension of belief moments as well as lots of plot holes and mysteries that will not be revisited and will ultimately be ignored.

Author Information:

Francine Pascal (born May 13, 1938) is an author best known for creating the Sweet Valley series of young adult novels. Sweet Valley High was the backbone of the collection, and was made into a popular television series.[2] [3] There were also several spin-offs, including The Unicorn Club and Sweet Valley University. Although most of these books were published in the 1980s and 1990s, they have remained popular such that several titles have been re-released in recent years. (From Wiki.)

Opinion:

One of the worst written Sweet Valley Twins and Super Chillers novels I have read. First of all, please don't leave any threads you're not planning on visiting, and come on, very heavy suspension of belief is required. (How come Steven's teacher can't see the moon that Steven is talking about? Shouldn't she be observing the subject she teaches?) Also, please, more information on Corinna the Luna lady instead of the pointless mystical sights that Jessica experiences when she goes to her. And moon? Really? How does Elizabeth snap from the curse and all that? If there are answers to my questions, please point me to them leaving book page numbers.

1 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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