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Killer's Kiss

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A book by R. L. Stine

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Author: R. L. Stine
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
Publisher: Bt Bound
Date Published: June 01, 2005
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Fear Street Reviews: Killer's Kiss

  • Dec 5, 2006
Pros: Good plot

Cons: Semi-expected twist; bad delivery of said twist

The Bottom Line: Could have been better, could have been worse.

Welcome to Fear Street, a series and place where evil abounds and mad people thrive. It’s all R.L. Stine’s fault. Maybe if he hadn’t felt the urge to create young adult horror/thrillers, some characters would still be alive today.

Oh well.

For years Delia and Karina have competed against each other. Always trying to top the other in some way. The two can get pretty extreme sometimes. This year, they’re vying for the Conklin Award and hot, studly Vincent. But this time it seems someone is going overboard. Nasty little things keep happening to Delia and it looks like Karina is behind it all. She can’t be that messed up – can she?

Hmm. Conklin Award – does that have anything to do with Amanda Conklin from One Evil Summer? ...Is it sad that I remember that?

This book was five stars – until it got to the ending and the so-called “twist.” First off, I was able to guess the twist early on because of the way Stine wrote a certain section. Later on my guess solidified because there were just too many pages left for the book to be over and left at that. There was going to be a revelation from the real bad guy somewhere. But it’s not even a good revelation. No clues lead up to it, no slipups of the real killer. No, instead the person just blabs it all to someone else, chitchatting away all the secrets for no reason at all. I don’t chalk it up to psychosis, I just can’t. Everything was done so calmly and precisely, I just don’t see the person (even if they are sick in the head) suddenly having a Scooby Doo moment and explaining every little thing. It just made no sense. No sense whatsoever. Bad form Stine.

And a glutton for punishment annoys me as well. I grasp it was all done on purpose, but Delia is a smart girl. If she realized what Vincent was doing, she should have just said, “Ok, fine, you can go ahead and have his cheating, lying butt. That’s a real winner there. Have fun.” I mean, when you find out who this guy has been sneaking out with...ew. That’s just gross man. But instead she still thinks he’s worth having. Fine, you’re dumb. Go away.

The book was good – until the end. It’s bad enough that I have to take away a star and a half to leave it with 3.5. It could have wound up a lot better, I’m sure. I even have an idea that would spruce it up. It’s too bad though. Stine did a good job here and had a lot of great ideas and nice detailing, plenty of red herrings, etc. And it would have worked if it hadn’t been for those darn kids! Er, I mean...yeah. Heheh.


My Book’s Info:
Price: The spine says $3.99
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Inc.
ISBN: 0671529609
Format: Paperback
Pages: 149
Date Published: 1997
Cover Art: Bill Schmidt

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