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Books: The Betrayal (1), The Secret (2), The Burning (3)
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Page Count: 161, 147, 179
Fiction Genre: YA, Romance, Horror, Paranormal, Supernatural
Dates Read: December 18-19, 2015
Reading Challenge: 2016 Topic Discard Challenge
Topic: Reread the first and last book of your favorite sereies & reread a book from a series you did not want to end
Series: Fear Street Saga
Good Reads Summary
The Betrayal: The Secret is Out!
Why do so many horrifying things happen on Fear Street? Nora knows.
She knows how the terror began. She knows about the young girl who burned at the stake--and the bloody feud between two families that caused the unspeakable horror that has lasted 300 years!
She knows, and she wants to tell.
Are you sure you want to hear it?
The Secret: In this terrifying new trilogy, R.L. Stine takes readers back in time, telling them finally the awful truth of what happened to the cursed Fear family . . . and why their evil lives on. Simon Fier meets an old gypsy who tells him his family will all die in a terrible fire. Terrified, he changes the family name to Fear, but he can't escape the curse.
The Burning: The end…and the beginning
Simon Fear thought changing his name would stop the evil. He was wrong—dead wrong.
After generations of unspeakable horror, it is up to Daniel and Nora, brought together by their fateful love, to unite the feuding families. But is their forbidden love strong enough to withstand such awesome evil?
Poor Nora—desperate to tell the truth and bury the family curse…before it buries her.
I loved this series as a teenager. I probably read the trilogy a hundred times in my teens. I don't know what it was about these books, but I was hooked. Reading them 10 years later as an adult I gave myself a migraine from all the eye rolling I did. I couldn't believe all the cheesy romance lines and easy swooning these ladies did. I mean good lord, a man said hi to these ladies and they wet their knickers with the excitement of wedding planning. It's laughable, but I can see how teen Manda was swept up in this, because what teenage girl doesn't want to believe in love at first sight. While grown up Manda is bitter and critical of love and laughs in its face. Stine has always been one of my favorite authors, and while I don't read much of his works these days, I've kind of aged out of them, I still appreciate everything he's written and all the joy he brought me as a child, starting with my very first Goosebumps book.
These books aren't something I will probably ever pick up again, but they will always have a special place in my library, and I would encourage every young girl to read this series. While the ladies in this book fall foolhardy in love like it's going out of style, Stine also manages to write some very strong and fierce women in this book that will help bring courage to the young woman reading it.
Ratings (based on a 10 point scale)
Quality of Writing - 6
Pace - 6
Plot Development - 5
Characters - 6
Enjoyability - 5
Insightfulness - 5
Ease of Reading - 8
Photos/Illustrations - N/A
Overall Rating - 3 out of 5 stars