Friday, 20 May 2016

Book Review: The 13th Warning

Hope you guys are having a great Friday. Sorry about no Wednesday post, that one will go up on Monday instead. I'll end my posts this week with a book review of an author you'd have to be living under a rock or the farthest darkest corner of the earth not to know of him.




Summary from Amazon: Joseph has always had such good luck that his nickname is Lucky. Tomorrow, he is going to turn thirteen on the thirteenth of the month. He’s the thirteenth child in a family with thirteen kids…and both of his parents are also thirteenth children. With so many thirteens, his luck is bound to run out! 
An old man and a woman with a black cat visit Lucky to warn him that he has too many thirteens in his life. And if he collects thirteen thirteens by midnight on his birthday, he’ll unleash evil spirits. Almost as soon as the old man and the woman leave, the bad luck begins. And the thirteens just keep coming: the thirteen doughnuts his teacher gives him, the thirteen he scores on his pop math quiz, the thirteen barks from his normally quiet dog. Now Lucky is driving himself crazy adding up everything he comes across. Can he break the curse of thirteen in time? Clever and fun, The 13th Warning is certain to spook young readers.

Source: Purchased for my Kindle

Book Review

R.L. Stine is a story telling genius. There are stories that while still fun I'll look back on and say that was not so scary or not as good as I remember. But not this one. Despite being one of the recent Goosebumps I have read (yes I have restarted getting more of these) it was both a scary and  mesmerizing read. At just 59 pages the book is a quick read. Yet I found myself worrying for the main character Joseph a.k.a. Lucky from early on. R.L. Stine really knew how to take a mundane and silly visit from the Superstition Society and make it seem genuinely frightening. If that pair had shown up at my door as an adult I would be really uncomfortable. As a kid? No way. That door would have stayed closed until my mother answered it. Mundane accidents took on a whole new meaning with a curse you went back and forth wondering if it might be true or just plain superstition. The ending leaves you with both answers and questions about the whole thing. My only criticism is that this book was not longer. Do an adult version R.L. Stine. Hell, a 200 page YA.

Rating: 5 Stars

9 comments:

  1. Stine has made a huge career with his books.

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  2. Glad you still enjoyed this. I read one of his books a year or so ago for nostalgic sake and sadly I didn't care for it at all. This sounds like it was a good one though.

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  3. I remember the kids enjoyed his Goosebump books long ago; good to see he is still out there writing books that capture people's attention!

    betty

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  4. I used to read all of R.L. Stine's books, though I haven't touched them in over a decade. This one sounds good though!

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  5. I haven't read an R.L. Stine book in so long. I'm tempted to start again. :)

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  6. must be living under that rock because for the life of me I've never heard of him :)

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  7. I was an adult when the Stine books came out, so I've never read them. You sure make this one sound exciting and spooky! :)

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  8. I was growing up when his first books came out. This one seems fun. :-D

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  9. I read so many Stine books when I was a kid. The Point Horror books were my favourites.

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