- Grade Level: 7 – 12
- Series: Fear Street
- Hardcover: 288 pages
- Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin (September 30, 2014)
- ISBN: 9781250051615
- Source: Publisher
When Rachel Martin is invited to Brendan Fear’s birthday party at his family’s home on Fear Island, she can’t resist. Despite her friends’ warnings, her crush on Brendan clouds her judgement and she readily accepts the invite. Brendan’s infamous parties are known for their unusual party games. This time, however, the party games turn deadly. One by one, the guests begin dying, their means of death mimicking childish games. As their hopes for escape vanish, Rachel and the other guests quickly realize they are stuck on this remote island with a killer.
Who doesn’t love the Fear Street novels? Like many others my age, many of us grew up reading these terrifying teen horror novels. When a new book in the series was announced I was thrilled beyond measure. Unfortunately, however, Party Games didn’t really live up to my expectations.
Without revealing too much about the plot, there is definitely a supernatural vibe to this book. Isolated, mysterious island, hints of brutal deaths and possible haunting. Unfortunately, Stine decided to take a pass on this and instead opted to go the path of a mysterious masked killer. This was quite unfortunate as I tend to think Stine fans (young and old alike) tend to prefer his novels with a supernatural edge. Additionally, I felt the ending was wrapped up a little too quickly, almost as if Stine ran out of ideas and decided to end it quickly.
My devotion toward the Fear Street novels is so strong that I would still recommend this novel despite my complaints. Perhaps I’m too old to appreciate them? Or perhaps Stine does have a contingent of fans that would read and enjoy anything he’s written. Like with his adult novel last year, Red Rain, perhaps my expectations are just too high? I’ll let you decide. Have you read Party Games? What did you think?