Party Games by R.L. Stine

Finally, after so many, upon many years, Stine has adventured again into my childhood. I am 36 years old now but when I was a wee little turd, one of my favorite realities was reading another Fear Street book. Growing up reading was my obsession and when I came across the book series Fear Street I was in total imaginative suspenseful and creepy wonderment. One of my all-time favorite books is a Fear Street book titled The Overnight.

I love the way Stine builds his plot, characters and molds an ordeal of terror and tension around the reality of his stories. I was so happy to hear after almost 20 years he was going to write a new Fear Street novel. I had to adventure once again into my childhood and capture the terror and tension that Stine knows how to lovingly due and creep out the reader. This is a book you adventure back into your teenage years. Your mind must focus itself back into the realm of what it was like in High School. Stine has always had away with capturing the persona of teenage reality in such detail. His characters seem to flow on page and form in your mind as they become real.

This 288-page nightmare has all the classic stamps that the original Fear Street series had. Stine can give the reader the terror that he knows how to build with each cliffhanging end of a chapter. Always a treat to behold a classic Stine book and now for a new generation to be hold that terror that I grew up with. Party Games is not the greatest of the Fear Street books but it is a great new introduction and adventure back into that teenage terrifying reality that I miss so much from my child hood. Stine always entertains with his simple stories yet the tension he builds and creates can grab the young and old alike.

Party Games is a quick, simple read. It flows quickly as the story unfolds in down to earth ways that the reader can understand and become a part of. Your main character Rachel is like all the other non-popular girls and is asked to come to a birthday party by one of the Fear family relatives that the books are based on. Soon like Stine fashion strange and odd things happen that build the ultimate nightmare awaiting the reader as they take a trip once again into the legends and stories and myths, but most of all the reality of the Fear name and its ultimate legacy of the community of Shadyside.

Party Games really started to kick in about the hundred-page mark when Rachel was on Fear Island. The first hundred pages was nothing more than character development. About the hundred-page mark is when the fun, page turning Fear Street reality started to slowly kick in. I feel this finally kicked in as the story began to flesh itself out in the classic reality of perfect Fear Street that I knew so well.

Sadly, this is not the book that I wanted to kick off the new trip into the Fear Street legacy of books. I was let down in it's over all storyline. I felt the story was way too long and jumped around way too much and ended up all over the place.

I felt Stine mixed up his Goosebumps saga with Fear Street for at times Party Games was childish.

I still enjoyed it for what it was. I hope a new generation explores Fear Street and ends up enjoying it in all its simple fear inducing nightmarishly childhood wonderment.