Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Review: Give Me a K-I-L-L (Fear Street Relaunch #6) by R.L. Stine

Give Me a K-I-L-L (Fear Street Relaunch, #6)
Title: Give Me a K-I-L-L

Series: Fear Street Relaunch #6

Previous books in the relaunch: Party Games (#1) | Don't Stay Up Late (#2) | The Lost Girl (#3) | Can You Keep a Secret? (#4) | The Dead Boyfriend (#5) (can be read as standalones)

Author: R.L. Stine

Publication date: April 4th, 2017

Published by: St. Martin's Griffin

Source: For review from publishers via Netgalley

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At Shadyside High, cheerleading can be a scream!

For the first time since the original series, R.L. Stine brings back his most beloved characters—the cheerleaders of Shadyside High.

The cheerleading squad at Shadyside has always been strong, but now there are rumors that lack of funds may mean the end of cheerleading at Shadyside. That would be a shame for Heather Wyatt, who has just transferred from her old school, where she was a star, and is eager to join the squad. There’s only one other girl who stands in her way—rich, spoiled Devra Dalby, who is also trying out for the one open slot. The competition to join the squad is anything but friendly—and it ends in murder. Will Heather make the squad—if there's even a squad anymore—or will she end up dead?

Packed with screams and guaranteed to send a shiver up your spine, this is a terrifying installment in Stine's bestselling Fear Street series.

My rating: ★★★★☆

Gretchen just moved onto Fear Street... poor, poor Gretchen. Lol. At Shadyside High, Gretchen wants to try out for the cheerleading squad where there is only one spot open. She is up against the mean, rich girl Devra Dalby. But someone is out to get Gretchen. Could Devra actually be trying to stop her from stealing her spot on the team? But Gretchen won’t give up, even if she gets herself killed.

First of all, about this quote:

“For the first time since the original series, R.L. Stine brings back his most beloved characters—the cheerleaders of Shadyside High.”

This is not related to the Fear Street Cheerleaders series or the evil spirit surrounding them. So if that’s what you were expecting, sorry. That is not what you’re gonna get here. I actually have not read the Fear Street Cheerleaders series (yet), so I didn’t have a problem with this. In fact, I thought this book was probably the best book in the Fear Street relaunch so far! Seriously, it was pretty great! The plot twists were insane, it was suspenseful, thrilling, action-packed, and full of mysteries.

I also loved the inclusion of Devra Dalby, who is somehow related to Reva Dalby from the Silent Night series. I only wish we were told how they were related though. So, I know Reva’s dad is Devra’s grandfather (Robert) and she mentioned her own dad (Daniel Dalby) having two brothers who help him run the stores. But I recall Reva only having one brother (Michael) so that is confusing. Unless Reva’s father remarried after the conclusion of the Silent Night trilogy. And then Reva has an uncle (Pam’s dad) whose name is Bill. And if you have not read the Silent Night series you are completely confused right now, lol.


But look, Silent Night is actually one of my favorite Fear Street series, so I wish it was clarified. I even drew out a family tree from the information we had! It didn’t go too well, but from what I gathered, Reva is Devra’s aunt... somehow.

My first impression of Gretchen was that she was extremely mean to her mother. I was a little worried that she was going to be unlikable, but not in the way that Reva was unlikable. However, the plot twist at the end totally made me understand why Gretchen was the way she was! It was insane! Speaking of plot twists, while I loved this book, one of the things that bugged me was that author reused some old plot twists from the Silent Night series! And if you have actually read that series, I’m sorry. The plot twists weren’t surprising because they had already happened once before!

One thing I am really enjoying about this relaunch is all the little Easter eggs we get. Like in this one, we see a little bit of Rachel Martin who was the main character in the first book in the relaunch, Party Games! I love that!

The last line of the book felt a little cliffhanger-ish to me, making it seem like maybe there’s more to Gretchen’s story? Or maybe she just unstable and it’s just her... I don’t know, lol. But I wouldn’t mind if there was more to this because it was actually interesting!

Overall, I loved Give Me a K-I-L-L! It had a great, mysterious story, and had it not been for the fact that I had already read the Silent Night series, those plot twists would’ve been great!

The Fear Street connection: Our main character Gretchen has just recently moved to Fear Street... Girl, get out while you can!

Have you read this book? If so, what did you think about it? If not, what do you think? Does it sound like something you might want to read? Leave me a link to your review or comment below! :)

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