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Daughters of Silence

1 rating: 3.0
A book by R. L. Stine

When Angelica and Simon Fear lost their two daughters, it nearly destroyed them. Now the Fears have only one mission--to summon every ounce of dark power within them, and bring their daughters back from the dead!

Author: R. L. Stine
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Date Published: April 01, 1997
1 review about Daughters of Silence

Fear Street Sagas: Daughters of Silence

  • May 28, 2007
Rating:
+3
Pros: Who Rob was; people totally unrelated to the Fears

Cons: Incorrect cover; what was up with the blood and pin?

The Bottom Line: I wonder if I needed to read #4 and 5 first...

Jenna and Hallie are best friends – almost like sisters. Simon and Angelica Fear lost their daughters and went a little loopy. But they still have plenty of dark magic to work with, and we all know dark magic can be used to raise the dead. So when Jenna and Hallie get too close to the grave of the Julia and Hannah Fear, Simon and Angelica decide they are the perfect girls to use in order to bring their daughters back to life.

We get the story through Jenna, and it’s actually a pretty good story. I liked the inclusion of Rob, whom I was trying to figure out and failed to do so. For once we have someone rather intelligent in a Stine book; Jenna is surprisingly smart in that she says “Screw that noise” when it comes to wearing a dead girl’s bracelet. I also liked the bleeding trees as the book neared the end. Sure, Stine puts a lot of unnecessary blood into his books, sometimes to the point that it gets lame, and while it was a little lame here, I’ve always been partial to the concept of bleeding trees.

Angelica Fear is decidedly creepy, and it helps to have a character that’s been in several books because it adds to the character instead of these fast track characters in each book. And I am so glad Jenna and Rob didn’t hook up (not because of who he is as the end, but just because girls and guys are always hooking up in these books like Romeo and Juliet and it gets old).

Not many negative aspects to this book, actually. The cover is wrong; one girl is blond, but do we really care that much? And the angel definitely does not fit the description of the freakish thing apparently lingering over the Fear girls’ crypt. We don’t have Bill Schmidt doing the art so maybe that’s why. I guess reading the book isn’t a requirement to doing the cover, but oh well.

Before Jenna bumps into Rob, she stumbles into a really bloody spot in the woods and finds a certain pin/needle. We know the relation of the needle to the Fears, but um, what’s it doing out there and what was the blood from? What was the purpose of all that? Hannah’s killing field? Why is the blood still there? I don’t get it. It’s a random piece meant to get Jenna freaked out but never gets answered later on. Okay, whatever man.

We do have a few Stine-isms (So cold, so cold; No. Please, no! etc.), but not too many and I only felt the slightest amount of irritation when reading over them. It’s not an awesome five-star book, but it’s still pretty good. I was wondering how things would turn out – it’s almost like another “Holy crap I can’t believe that ending actually happened!” except don’t worry – it’s a good thing. Heh.

NT

My Book’s Info:
Price: The spine says $3.99
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Inc.
ISBN: 0671002937
Format: Paperback
Pages: 150
Date Published: 1997
Cover Art: Lisa Falkenstern

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