Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Midsummer Night Scream by R L Stine


I I'm really excited to be doing the R. I. P. Challenge again this year. I spent a whole evening looking for horror books that I could check out from the library in audio. When I came across an R. L. Stine book. The kid in me who read Goosebumps got excited. I'm taking a little break from YA but this sounded good and the cover is pretty cool so I thought I'd give it a try. Like OMG this book is so stereotypical teen that I wanted to totally gag. Wow, the dialog in this book is one of the reasons I tend to avoid YA unless it's a really good story. I felt like I was watching a really bad CW drama and no one could act.

This is a modern take on Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. I like when they do modern twists with classic stories and even though I'm not a big fan of Shakespeare I figured this was about a horror movie shoot instead of a bunch of characters falling asleep in a forest. Now, I expected the whole love triangle thing because I've read a Midsummer Night's Dream but this was, at times, little over the top. I did enjoy the little name play for Puckerman. He was the mischievous version of Puck in this book and he has his love potions and a very hairy appearance.

There were some parts of the book that I really enjoyed but to be honest, I really was let down. Maybe it is me and because I'm not really in a YA mood I was to harsh on it. The dialogue was really hard to get past because I hate the way teenagers talk. It seemed like Stine was trying way to hard to write like a teenager that he slipped in to over using stereotypical cliches.This is a short book and I finished it in a half a day listening to this at work. Had I not been listening to this my frustration would have taken over and I wouldn't have finished this book. Not very scary and it was kind of annoying. That is why I am only giving this book 2 out of 5 stars.

This is my fifth entry in the RIP challenge. I have already completed my pledged 4 books, but there is still plenty of time to submit more books. I love Halloween and the more horror novels I can read this time of year I'm a happy reader.


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