Monday, October 22, 2018

13 Days of Halloween: Return To Fear Street: You May Now Kill The Bride

Harper Teen; 346 pages; Amazon

I have always wondered why a movie studio has never attempted to adapt any of the Fear Street books into a horror film series. There's was some talk a year or two ago about a film company making back-to-back Fear Street films, but nothing has ever officially been announced. Until such a day comes about, I will keep rereading the old Fear Street books, as well as the newer entries.

As you can tell by the title of this post, today I'm reviewing Return to Fear Street: You May Now Kill The Bride by R.L. Stine, who is one of my favorite authors. The book was published by Harper Teen during the summer and I kept the book back just so can I review it for near Halloween.

The book takes place during two different timelines - 1923 and 2018. In 1923, the plot centers around sisters Rebecca and Ruth-Ann Fear. Rebecca is the spoiled of the two and always gets what she wants, even if it means betraying her sister. Ruth-Ann isn't someone to mess with. She had stumbled upon a few books of witchcraft that were hidden in their family's home, and she has learned a few tricks, but her powers might not be strong enough to stop the "curse" that has been haunting their family for many generations.

Fast Forward to the present, where we meet two other sisters - Marissa and Harmony Fear. Coincidentally, Marissa is soon to be married at the exact same resort where Rebecca's wedding ending in disaster all those years ago. Just like Ruth-Ann, Harmony has a taste of for witchcraft, which her powers will be put to the test when Marissa is kidnapped. 

Harmony must find a way stop the family's curse forever!

Let me start out by saying the art cover for this book is stunning! It's the best Fear Street cover to date! 

You May Now Kill The Bride is written better than the last few Fear Streets books. While this book is clearly aimed for young adults, there's quite a bit of violence in it; though so does every other Fear Street title. 

The plot centers around the Fear (Fier) family, who were cursed many, many years ago by William Goode. Benjamin and Matthew Fier had burned William's wife and daughter at the stake for practicing witchcraft; thus the Fier family was cursed! 

I liked how Mr. Stine weaved together the 1923 and the present day timelines. Witchcraft is nothing new to the Fear Street saga, but the way it was used in this story works really well. The characters were interesting for the most part; however, a few of them could have been fleshed out a bit more. To my surprise, there wasn't a shocking ending. Actually, the ending was left on a somewhat happy note.

Overall, Return to Fear Street: You May Now Kill The Bride is an intriguing new edition to the ongoing Fear Street franchise. It's not the best in the series, but a major improvement over the last few installments.

Note: I'll be reviewing Return To Fear Street: The Wrong Girl tomorrow!

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