Series Report: Fear Street Relaunch #1-2 by R.L. Stine

Posted March 24, 2022 by Angie in Book Reviews / 2 Comments

I was completely obsessed with Fear Street in middle school, and after watching those three wild movies, I was craving more. So why not give the Fear Street Relaunch a read?! Well, these definitely satisfied my need for nostalgia, despite being modern and new-to-me. However, I must admit that they’re not really my jam anymore.

I guess I have graduated from YA Fear Street (probably a long time ago) and need more stories like the Netflix movies! Those were still YA, but more mature and felt fresh and exciting.

These felt trapped in the ’90s, but not a good way. The dialogue is truly terrible and outdated, but everyone has a smartphone! I think I would have preferred if they were still set in the ’90s. I know these are suppose to be Fear Street for the next generation, i.e. not me, but they were just missing something that made the originals great.

The one thing that I did always appreciate about Fear Street was how it melds reality and paranormal. Is something supernatural going on, or is it just humans?! You never know! The second book really takes this concept and runs with it. While I wasn’t satisfied with the outcome, I can see where the author was going with it.

I guess it’s just time for me to admit that it’s time for me to move on from my youthful addiction to Fear Street. Or maybe I just need to revisit the original books to get what I was hoping for from these. I doubt I’ll be reading anymore from this relaunch, sadly.

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Series Report: Fear Street Relaunch #1-2 by R.L. StineParty Games (Fear Street Relaunch #1) by R.L. Stine
Published by St. Martin's Griffin on September 30, 2014
Genres: Suspense, Young Adult Fiction
Format: eBook (286 pages)
Source: Library
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Her friends warn her not to go to Brendan Fear's birthday party at his family's estate on mysterious Fear Island. But Rachel Martin has a crush on Brendan and is excited to be invited. Brendan has a lot of party games planned. But one game no one planned intrudes on his party—the game of murder. As the guests start dying one by one, Rachel realizes to her horror that she and the other teenagers are trapped on the tiny island with someone who may want to kill them all. How to escape this deadly game? Rachel doesn't know whom she can trust. She should have realized that nothing is as it seems… on Fear Island.

R.L. Stine makes his triumphant return to Shadyside, a town of nightmares, shadows, and genuine terror, and to the bestselling series that began his career writing horror for the juvenile market, in the new Fear Street book Party Games.

three-stars

Series Report: Fear Street Relaunch #1-2 by R.L. StineDon't Stay Up Late (Fear Street Relaunch #2) by R.L. Stine
Published by St. Martin's Griffin on April 7, 2015
Genres: Paranormal, Suspense, Young Adult Fiction
Format: eBook (305 pages)
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In the small town of Shadyside, don't stay up late, because horrible things can happen...

Both day and night, Lisa Brooks is plagued with nightmares and hallucinations. Could they be caused by the horrifying accident that landed her in the hospital for weeks? When Lisa finds out that a neighbor is looking for a babysitter for her little boy, Lisa jumps at the chance to keep busy and take her mind off of her troubling thoughts. But then the murders start -- and her friends begin dying one by one. Are Lisa's nightmares coming true? Find out in the next installment of R.L. Stine's Fear Street series, Don't Stay Up Late.

two-stars

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2 responses to “Series Report: Fear Street Relaunch #1-2 by R.L. Stine

  1. Ooh yeah, I read these ones a while back. I remember I mostly enjoyed the first one, but the second one not as much. The paranormal aspect you mentioned just didn’t do it for me. Not because it was paranormal, but the book just felt more MG than YA. It threw me off. Besides this relaunch, there are also 3 more, newer Fear Street books, in the Return to Fear Street series! Those are also pretty hit and miss, but I remember the first one, You May Now Kill the Bride, was my favorite!

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