The Lost Girl by R.L. Stine

Title - The Lost Girl
Author - R.L. Stine
Publication Date - September 29th 2015
Publisher - St. Martin's Griffin
Format - Kindle Edition (Provided via NetGalley)
Pages - 270

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.

It has been such a long time since I had the opportunity to delve into anything by R.L. Stine. I've always been a complete Goosebumps obsessive, born from the shelves stacked with the Goosebumps' books back in secondary school, as well as the Point Horror collection that I absolutely devoured! I used to love strolling into our school library and choosing which book I'd read next, it was so exciting and even to this day, that excitement hasn't lessened. 

I spotted The Lost Girl by R.L. Stine on NetGalley as I was scrolling through the 'recently added' section and couldn't click 'send request' quick enough. The cover, the blurb, and of course the fact that it was by Mr Stine all worked completely in this book's favour. I remember how I used to feel reading Stine's books years ago, and yes, I may have been much younger, but I guess I wanted to see whether he could still conjure up that feeling in me at twenty-two-years old. The answer, my dear readers, is YES, this author most definitely can. I can't even begin to describe how reading these books used to make me feel, perhaps a bizarre fascination? The fact that Stine could conjure up a world full of strange and quite frankly unrealistic happenings used to excite me to no end. But this is fiction, and in my mind, when writing fiction, absolutely anything can happen, whether it's realistic or not. The possibilities are endless, and I adore how Stine uses that to his advantage. He seriously is one of the best horror writers of all time, and there isn't a single doubt in my mind that he'll continue in that way.

In The Lost Girl by R.L. Stine, we're introduced to a brand new creepy story that tips the scales between the present day and the past. Within the telling of these two tales, I was surprised to find that almost as soon as I began reading, that old familiar feeling of being under Stine's spell overwhelmed me immediately. There is something incredibly exciting about Stine's storytelling, and after just a few pages into The Lost Girl, I knew I was in for a bumpy ride (but, then again, when reading any of Stine's books, would it be anything other than bumpy?). There were moments when the gruesomeness reached the limit of 'gross', and also moments where Stine's descriptions sent shivers up and down my spine, but I do believe that that all comes hand in hand when reading an R.L.Stine book.

The characters within The Lost Girl were interesting, but it was the plot that captured my attention more than anything. As it began to develop and turn and twist, I was trying to move forward quicker than I was able to, just so that I could attempt to try and fit the pieces of the puzzle together.  As the novel progressed and the characters began to find themselves in unexpected danger, I couldn't get through the remaining pages quick enough. It was exciting and grizzly, everything that I'd expect from Stine and more. I couldn't wait to see where Stine's characters would eventually end up, and when the questions which I'd accumulated while reading were finally answered, it came to a very satisfying, very 'stine-like' ending!

The Lost Girl by R.L. Stine was a thoroughly enjoyable novel in the brand new Fear Street series, one that I'm so glad I chose to request because it certainly brought back all of those fond memories of reading Stine's books from my younger years. It was deliciously gruesome, exciting in a grim sort of way, and held everything Stine so brilliantly represents! I'm going to ensure I keep up-to-date with previous and forthcoming novels in the Fear Street series, I just love Stine's books SO MUCH! Although it's rather unfitting for me to rate an R.L. Stine book with cupcakes, I'm going to do so anyway, and award The Lost Girl by R.L. Stine with FOUR SCRUMMY CUPCAKES! It felt so good to be back in Stine's world once more!

1 comment :

  1. I love how when I visit your blog I never know if I'm going to get a review for the sweetest book I've ever heard of or the scariest story I could never imagine! This sounds like dire stakes with characters who'll have you biting your nails. Stine drove me crazy when I was little...but I'm a big now and don't get spooked by books...right? XD