Saturday, August 29, 2015

REVIEW: The Lost Girl by R.L. Stine

The Lost Girl

Publication Date: September 29, 2015


Generations of children and teens have grown up on R.L. Stine's best-selling 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.

The Lost girl starts off in the year 1950 with a simple…yet not so simple girl named Beth Palmieri. Her father opening a brand new stable in Shadyside after working his entire life to become his own boss. When a horrible turn of events takes place, the page turns and all of a sudden you’re reading present day. There are a few back and forth into time in this novel, but most of this book takes place modern day. Michael meets Lizzy and she seems strange, but he can’t stop seeming to be around her all the time as she’s always seeming lost whenever he sees her. There are some amazing and terrible twists and turns that make this novel go from curiosity, to full-on suspense rather quickly.
This book takes some pretty hefty turns and literally at times, throws the reader for a loop. This is definitely a book that has a slight cliff hanger ending even though you may think it is over, there is still a trickle at the very end.
**SPOILER**  I did not care for one part in this book, and to me it may be personal, but I feel it needs to be mentioned. The act of drinking(even just a couple) beers and then not only driving cars, but joyriding on snowmobiles and having a tragic happening during this escapade is not something I feel should be in any novel, especially not a novel for teens and young adults. I do understand the reason for the actions, and even the method behind the lessons learned, but I do not suggest reading this book if you have a strong emotional past with or involving driving under the influence.
I received this book as a digital Advanced Readers Copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The opinions expressed within are strictly my own.
I give this book 4 out of 5 shields.

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