Tuesday, April 14, 2015

ARC Review: DON'T STAY UP LATE by R.L. Stine

Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication: April 7, 2015
Genre: YA Horror
Source: Print ARC
Stars: 3

About the Book:
The second new book in the re-launch of R.L. Stine's Fear Street series, which sold 80 million copies around the world, making it one of the bestselling young adult series of all time.

R.L. Stine's hugely successful young adult horror series Fear Street is back after almost 2 decades. Fear Street is a worldwide phenomenon and helped to kick off the young adult craze which is still going strong today. In the second new book in this series, Don't Stay Up Late, Stine explores the unbridled terror of a damaged young lady sent on a doomed babysitting job.

Ever since a car accident killed her father and put Lisa and her mother into the hospital, Lisa can't think straight. She's plagued by nightmares and hallucinations that force her to relive the accident over and over again in vivid detail. When Lisa finds out that a neighbor is looking for a babysitter for her young son, she takes the job immediately, eager to keep busy and shake these disturbing images 

from her head.

But what promised to be an easy gig turns terrifying when Lisa begins to question exactly who — or what — she is babysitting.

R.L. Stine makes his triumphant return to Shadyside in the new Fear Street book Don't Stay Up Late.

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This was a nice surprise. I grew up reading and watching R.L. Stine. Buts it's been years since I've read or watched anything he has put out into the world. The story was fast-paced read, I finished it in one sitting. True to his signature writing, I couldn't turn the page fast enough because I wanted to see if my predictions about the book were right. And they were! So I guess I could say that it was predictable. The main character got on my nerves at times...especially when she would scream or yell. She did that a lot. Maybe we could chalk it up to teenage angst but that girl needed a good hard spankin' on her behind. 

Lisa is suffering from nightmares and hallucinations after she was in a tragic accident with her family. Her father didn't make it while both her and her mother survived. Since her mother broke her arm, she's out of work due to be a beautician. So Lisa looks for a job and lands a babysitter job on Fear Street. It's there that she meets Henry, the eight year old little boy that Lisa's told can never stay up late. Ever. He needs his sleep because otherwise he'll be a cranky little boy. 

Murders start happening and while Lisa keeps seeing things, no one believes her. And why would they? It's just a girl who "sees" as a result from the crash she was in. Overall, I enjoyed the book. Of course I want to read more in the series because it's R.L. Stone! If you're looking for something fast-paced and fun to read, I would suggest picking this up. Even though it wasn't that scary, it still has a little bit of mystery to it. 

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About the Author:
Robert Lawrence Stine known as R. L. Stine and Jovial Bob Stine, is an American novelist and writer, well known for targeting younger audiences. Stine, who is often called the Stephen King of children's literature, is the author of dozens of popular horror fiction novellas, including the books in the Goosebumps, Rotten School, Mostly Ghostly, The Nightmare Room and Fear Street series.

R. L. Stine began his writing career when he was nine years old, and today he has achieved the position of the bestselling children's author in history. In the early 1990s, Stine was catapulted to fame when he wrote the unprecedented, bestselling Goosebumps® series, which sold more than 250 million copies and became a worldwide multimedia phenomenon. His other major series, Fear Street, has over 80 million copies sold.

Stine has received numerous awards of recognition, including several Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards and Disney Adventures Kids' Choice Awards, and he has been selected by kids as one of their favorite authors in the NEA's Read Across America program. He lives in New York, NY.


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