Sunday, 29 June 2014

Review - Goosebumps Most Wanted: Special Edition #1: Zombie Halloween

Goosebumps Most Wanted: Special Edition #1: Zombie Halloween
by R. L. Stine
Publisher: Scholastic
Pub. Date: June 24, 2014
ISBN: 978-0545627764
Pages: 192 pages
Buy Link: Amazon


Believe it or not, R. L. Stine has been haunting and thrilling young readers with his Goosebumps books for twenty-two years. There was a popular television series based on the books that aired in the late '90s, as well as the upcoming big-screen adaption starring Jack Black, scheduled to hit theaters next summer. Though the last book was published in 1997, there has been several spinoff series published, including the newest series, Goosebumps: Most Wanted, which debuted in 2012.

The newest addition, Zombie Halloween, is the first Special Edition in the Most Wanted series and centers on twelve-year-old Kenny Manzetti and his twin sister, Tricia, whom, along with their parents, moved into an old house across from a cemetery to take care of Grandpa Mo. While Kenny has already made a new best friend, Alec Schwartzman, Tricia hasn't made any new friends, but she hopes to make a few at their "zombie" themed Halloween party.

Speaking of zombies, a few teenagers appeared on the local news, all claiming that zombies attacked them near the cemetery. Kenny and Alec are both big fans of The Walking Zombies television series and they are eager to investigate the cemetery in the attempt of finding real zombies, but Tricia and Grandpa Mo tag along with them.

Looks like this Halloween is going to be a real treat for Kenny, Tricia and Alec, as if the zombies don't bite them, then maybe the new next door neighbors will.

I've been a fan of R. L. Stine's books since I was in grade school (and I'm nearly 33-years-old), so I was honored to review an uncorrected proof of Zombie Halloween. With this installment being a "Special Edition," it is a little longer than typical Goosebumps book and it is divided into three sections. The first section serves as a prequel set in 1944 and then it jumps to the present time for the latter sections. Considering how popular The Walking Dead is, I'm not surprised that R. L. Stine added some zombies into a Goosebumps tale. Overall, there is plenty of humor and thrills inside the pages of Goosebumps Most Wanted: Special Edition #1: Zombie Halloween that should satisfy any fan, young or old.

*Disclaimer - I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

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