ARC Review: The Lost Girl-R.L. Stine


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synGenerations of children and teens have grown up on R.L. Stine’s bestselling 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.

review3/5 Stars

***I received this eARC as a gift in exchange for an honest review via NetGalley & St. Martin’s Press

+++Triggers: Graphic violence and assault

READ THIS BOOK IF:

  • You grew up on R.L. Stine and are feeling nostalgic
  • You’re looking for a spooky Halloween read
  • You’re NOT terrified of horses
  • Gore and violence don’t make you squeamish

Stepping into The Lost Girl world was a trip to the past in more ways than one. For the people like me, who grew up on R.L. Stine, who lived for Goosebumps and shows like Are You Afraid of the Dark? you’ll feel transported back to childhood, I was flooded with memories. That, and the story jumps from 1950 to present day 🙂 As someone who is just a little terrified of horses this was HORRIFYING. 

PROS:

  • The sickening, disturbing bit of horror and shock that R.L. Stine is known for is back with a vengeance (though, I don’t think there was enough of it). Some scenes are extremely graphic and disgusting. The first horror scene was so intense and terrifying I don’t think I’ll EVER get it out of my head. It’s so real, you can picture every little detail. Prepare for nightmares.
  • The cat and mouse game that follows a surprising accident is unexpected and edge-of-you-seat thrilling. You won’t know who is next until it’s too late. 
  • Michael’s infatuation with Lizzy is irresistible and disquieting. There’s something dark beneath the soft, clumsiness she exudes. Michael is confused and dazzled by Lizzy, so much so that even her bad behavior is temptation in human form, a mere curiosity that intrigues him even more. 

CONS:

  • There wasn’t enough interaction with characters or back story to make me care about their fate. They were typical and forgettable. Gabe, Kathryn, and Pepper, apart from her fiery redhead stereotype, seemed to be there for the purpose of eventual torment and not much else. A firmer establishment of their friendship, maybe some memories that connected them to Michael would have made their ordeal more emotional instead of sheer spectacle. 
  • Points could have been strengthened to get at the terrible power Beth possessed. Instead, it felt like a random fact. Lizzy’s super sketchy stalker attitude was played up as whimsical and sort of quirky and everyone was oblivious to her weirdness. 
  • Characters are far too easy going and dismiss incidents that should have had them running to the police. The hysteria missed its mark entirely as did the suspense.
  • There was a massive amount of telling. Description was strong only to showcase the gore. 

If you like any of the following, you’ll enjoy this:

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Pleasant reading, 

Jordan

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