A Midsummer Night’s Scream by R.L. Stine

16075935Title: A Midsummer Night’s Scream

Author: R. L. Stine

Publisher: Feiwel & Friends

Publication Date: July 2013

Pages: 250

Genre: Young Adult Horror

Book Summary (from Goodreads)

Oh, what fools these actors be!

it was a horror movie that turned into real horror: Three young actors lost their lives while the cameras rolled. Production stopped, and people proclaimed the movie was cursed.

Now, sixty years later, new actors are venturing onto the haunted set. In a desperate attempt to revive their failing studio, Claire’s dad has green-lit a remake of Mayhem Manor, and Claire and her friends are dying to be involved.

At first, Claire laughs at Jake’s talk of ghosts and curses. He’s been too busy crushing on her best friend, Delia, or making out with that slut, Annalee, to notice that she’s practically been throwing herself at him. What does he know anyway? This is her big chance to be a star!

But then, Claire runs into a creepy little man named Benny Puckerman, and gets her hands on a real love potion! Unfortunately, the course of true love never did run smooth…

Get ready for laughter to turn into screams as the Grandmaster of Horror, R.L. Stine, takes on the Master of Theater in this modern reimagining of Shakespeare’s classic romantic comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream.(

Review

Oh, R.L. Stine….

I bought this because it had a reference to Shakespeare and because it was Stine. I saw him speak a few years ago at a conference and he was AMAZING. I knew what to expect. We all read Goosebumps in our youth. (even if we don’t want to admit it) I was expecting a YA version of his campy horror. Entertaining, if not great literature. (Like those stupid Syfy movies that suck you in on late nights….)

I didn’t even get that. It is very rare that I can’t finish a book. Even rarer –  I can’t remember ever doing this – that I don’t make it past the first five chapters.

The book is awful. Not even in a fun way. I read through the beginning and kept waiting for the “Gotcha!” moment so we could all laugh and move on with the story. But there wasn’t one.

If I could give less than a star, I would. I wouldn’t recommend this to anyone. I’ve held onto it for three months, hoping I could give it another try, but I just can’t.

Rating: starcolorunlabeled

Where to Find the Book

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16075935-a-midsummer-night-s-scream?ac=1

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/125002434X?ie=UTF8&tag=httpwwwgoodco-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=125002434X&SubscriptionId=1MGPYB6YW3HWK55XCGG2

Book was purchased by reviewer.

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