I received a review copy of, The Lost Girl, by R.L. Stine from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
From the publisher about this book: Generations of children and teens have grown up on R.L. Stine's bestselling and hugely popular horror series, Fear Street and Goosebumps. Now, the Fear Street series is back with a chilling new installment, packed with pure nightmare fodder that will scare Stine's avid fan base of teen readers and adults. New student Lizzy Palmer is the talk of Shadyside High. Michael and his girlfriend Pepper befriend her, but the closer they get to her, the stranger she seems… and the more attractive she is to Michael. He invites her to join him on a snowmobile race that ends in a tragic accident. Soon, Michael's friends start being murdered, and Pepper becomes convinced that Lizzy is behind the killings. But to her total shock, she and Michael are drawn into a tragic story of an unthinkable betrayal committed over 60 years ago. Frightening and tense in the way that only this master of horror can deliver, The Lost Girl is another terrifying Fear Street novel by the king of juvenile horror.
So here's my breakdown for the book:
4 out of 5 stars
The sweet tea: There are definitely some strange things about Lizzy Palmer that strikes me as weird and it doesn't take long for Michael's girlfriend, Pepper, to pick up on it. I definitely felt for the girl as the story progressed and Michael seem to become more interested in Lizzy. This is a story that I can see catering to its target audience. Beware: There is a section in the book that details a death scene with horses being starved and eating a body, is downright adult audience worthy! I thought it might have been a tad to gory for a 12 year old...maybe a 16 year old wouldn't care too much.
The bitter tea: As stated above, the death scene and some blood being exchanged between characters were a bit sadistic. It has the makings of a great Halloween special on Teen Nickelodeon. In order to avoid spoilers, I won't complain about the cop out, I felt the author did at the end of the story to wrap this book up, but I get it. It's a short story for a younger audience.
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