Books

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Goosebumps: Beware, the Snowman

Beware the SnowmanHey, look, a seasonally-appropriate Goosebumps book. Look at me being fancy. A couple of you have e-mailed me and asked if I was still doing these, and wanted to know when my next one would be, and I really appreciate you guys’ enthusiasm and support. These recaps naturally slow down during the months I’m in school, but this past semester they halted altogether because school really kicked my butt. College Chemistry is scarier than any Goosebumps or Fear Street book could ever hope to be. Still, I’m persistent, I’m resilient, and I make an effort to finish everything I start, so here I am.

I only wish I was bringing you guys a recap of a better Goosebumps book. Sadly, when I was snowed in a couple days ago and was searching for my next Goosebumps book to cover, this one, with a snowman on the cover, naturally jumped out at me. This is an entry in the series I had never read as a kid, so I didn’t know what to expect. I’m so sorry, guys.

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Enter Zombie Todd

Although I feel like a zombie at this moment, I’m not dead, I promise. I do want to apologize for the lack of updates, though, and catch you guys up with some things going on.

In short, Fall Semester has kicked my butt. I’m not just talking about school. I’m talking about the past four months in general. Here are some things that went on:

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Fear Street: Fear Hall: The Beginning

The BeginningA few weeks ago, I found a bunch of Fear Street ebooks on Amazon for 99 cents each.  I snagged a bunch for Summer reading. Of all the books, this is the one I was probably least excited about reading because the cover didn’t jump out at me and make me want to pick it up, but the price was good. Out of curiosity, I flipped through some of the first few pages to get a feel of the book and see what it was about, and I got hooked. I literally could not put it down.

This book was, bar none, the best R. L. Stine book I’ve ever read. Its twist is awesome and ridiculous, and you have to experience it for yourself, so if you have not read this book, please skip this entry, go buy or rent the book, read it, and then come back and geek out with me. Spoilers will ruin the experience of this book.

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Fear Street Super Chiller: Broken Hearts

Broken HeartsHeeeeeeey, look, a Fear Street recap. Broken Hearts is a Super Chiller, which is apparently a longer, scarier Fear Street novel. After reading some Goosebumps books, I wanted to read something a little more mature, so I reached in my Fear Street folder and pulled out this book. It’s a Valentine’s Day thriller, so it’s not exactly relevant in August, but let’s go on this ride anyway.

I’ve kind of been inconsistent in posting spoiler notices on these recaps, thinking if you’re reading an article on a 20-plus-year-old book, you either have read the book already, or you don’t mind spoilers. This book’s “finale” is actually pretty awesome, though, so I feel like a spoiler warning is appropriate. I will tell you who gets killed in this entry, and more importantly, I will reveal who the killer is, so if there is any chance at all you will read this book and you do not want to be spoiled, skip this entry.

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Goosebumps: Let’s Get Invisible!

Let's Get Invisible!Hello from Charleston, SC! Josh and I came down for a four-day vacation. We’ve been visiting Civil War sites, seeing some beautiful views, and spending some time relaxing on the beach. I’ll make a post about our vacation when I get back! In the midst of all the excitement, I somehow found time to finish another Goosebumps book, and here I am with some surprising downtime to put together this recap, so here we go!

I have been pretty pumped to get to Let’s Get Invisible! I have vivid memories of watching the episode of the television series based on this book as a kid, and although I didn’t remember much from the book–I’m not even sure if I ever got around to finishing this book as a kid–, I thoroughly enjoyed reading it this weekend. I can see why I probably put the book down as a kid; this book is slow. Having said that, its atmosphere is thrilling and engaging. It’s a lot like Night of the Living Dummy in that way. It deals subtle scares, and leaves you wanting more. Like Night of the Living Dummy, the book doesn’t outright hit you with the book’s evil until the end. Up until that point you’re left wondering, is Max imagining these things? Is the mirror evil? What is it doing? Much like the mirror pulled Max into it, this book pulled me into Max’s world. Not many Goosebumps books are able to do that, so these good books are worth calling out.

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