Beth and Chrissi’s Points Of View on Point Horror

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Welcome back to Beth and I’s Point Horror feature, the feature where we get nostalgic about our favourite Point Horror books! This time, my blog will host our reviews of Freeze Tag by Caroline B.Cooney. Over on Beth’s blog, you can check out our review of The Snowman by R.L Stine. Click HERE to read it!

Freeze Tag

Synopsis:

Meghan and West, girl and boy next door, play an innocent game of freeze tag with their neighbor Lannie. But freeze tag is no ordinary game…when Lannie is playing. For when she tags someone, they really do freeze – like an ice blue statue – like death.

On that same day, ice-hearted Lannie extracts a horrible promise from handsome West: “You must always like me best…”

Now they’re older and Meghan and West are in love. That one terrifying game has been forgotten…until Lannie reminds West of the promise he was forced to make all those years ago.

And if he refuses, she will freeze Meghan…to death.

Our thoughts?:

Beth:

  • This has one of the most memorable Point Horror covers of all time. Just saying the words Freeze Tag automatically conjures up the picture of bloody hands pushing through broken glass for me – crazy!
  • Caroline B. Cooney creates such a fascinating character in Lannie where  her eerie obsession with West and hatred of Meghan will give you goosebumps.
  • I did want to shake West at more than one point in this story. I really wished he wouldn’t give into Lannie as easily as he does!
  •  Apart from being incredibly creepy the author captures the intensity of first love and the first serious relationship in your life. perfectly. (Obviously the majority of people don’t have to deal with what Meghan and West do but it’s definitely an emotional experience like no other).

Chrissi:

  • I thought the atmosphere was very eerie. It built beautifully throughout the book.
  • I love the character of Lannie. She’s so well written. I could picture her so vividly.
  • It made me feel really nostalgic. This was one of my favourites.
  • Freeze Tag has an interesting ending. It’s not a happily ever after.

Our Spring Point Horror reads will be April Fools by Richie Tankersley Cusick and Spring Break by Barbara Steiner.

Beth and Chrissi’s Points of View on Point Horror: The Babysitter

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Welcome back to Beth and I’s Point Horror feature, the feature where we get nostalgic about our favourite Point Horror books! This time, my blog will host our reviews of The Babysitter by R.L Stine. Over on Beth’s blog, you can check out our review of The Boyfriend also by R.L Stine.

How did I get it?:
Borrowed from Beth!

Synopsis:

An innocent baby-sitting job turns into a nightmare when Jenny discovers she’s the next victim of a crazed attacker.

Our thoughts?

Beth:

  • The Babysitter was one of my favourite ever Point Horrors, R.L. Stine being one of my Point Horror heroes and I’m delighted to announce I enjoyed it as much as I did when I was a teenager.
  • Jenny is a lovely character that I think a lot of young girls could relate to. It was the first time I had read a book which told me it was okay to be shy (and still be a main character)!
  • The phone calls that Jenny received were terrifying – “Company’s coming,” makes for some very effective shiver down your spine, creep-you-out moments.
  • The baddie is not your typical cliche character from teenage horror – which makes him all the more scary!

Chrissi:

  • I remember being really freaked out by this book when I was younger. It still gave me the shudders as I read through it.
  • I’m always surprised at how short these books are. They’re so engrossing, I’m surprised I didn’t fly through them when I was younger.
  • There are some bloomin’ marvellous characters in this book. I loved Jenny and the attacker is an incredibly intriguing character.
  • The ending is SO good! I had completely forgot what had happened, so I was pleasantly surprised/freaked out by it all!

To see our reviews of The Boyfriend please check out Beth’s blog HERE

Beth and Chrissi’s Points of View on Point Horror #1 The Perfume

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Happy Halloween everyone! Every so often Beth and I will be revisiting Point Horror, a series that we loved as young adults. On each of our blogs, we will post our Points of View on the story. We are starting with The Perfume on my blog and Thirteen Tales of Horror, a short story collection on Beth’s blog! We hope you enjoy our trip down memory lane…

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Synopsis:

Venom.

Dove doesn’t want to buy the perfume. She doesn’t like its scent. And its name frightens her.

But somehow she can’t help herself. It’s almost as if something–or someone–inside her is forcing her to try it.

Dove was always a nice person, a sweet and gentle girl on whom friends could rely.

Until now.

Because when Dove puts on the perfume, she unleashes a part of herself that has been locked away all her life.

It is a second self she never knew existed.

And it is Evil.

Our thoughts?

Chrissi:

  • This book is dark! I read it with a completely different understanding being older.
  • It’s addictive and almost reads like a psychological thriller.
  • It surprised me how short this book was, but how much impact the story had on me. I vividly remember it from childhood.
  • Although this book was published in 1991, I still think it is relevant to present day young adults. It’s also incredibly nostalgic for those that grew up with the series!

Beth:

  • This story will always be a bit special to me as it inspired me to write a short story of my own whilst at school.
  • It holds the first suggestion of schizophrenia that I’ve seen in a young adult read.
  • Wing is evil. Evil! She’s a brilliant villain to dislike.
  • Some people have criticised Dove as a character for being too weak but I think she grows stronger and comes into her own as the story continues.

For our points of view on 13 Tales of Horror, please check out Beth’s blog HERE

WWW Wednesday #93

WWW Wednesdays is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Click on the image to get to her blog!

Welcome to another WWW Wednesday! To participate in WWW Wednesday, you need to answer three questions.

•What are you currently reading?
•What did you recently finish reading?
•What do you think you’ll read next?

Click on the book cover to get to the Goodreads page for the book.

What are you currently reading?

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It says I’ve been reading this book for days on Goodreads, but I haven’t. I had to read two books for collaboration posts before I could start this book. I’m starting it today though. Very much looking forward to it!

What did you recently finish reading?

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I revisited Point Horror for a feature coming on Halloween with my sister Beth. We will be revisiting Point Horror and reviewing them together! We thought we’d kick the feature off on Halloween. I’m always looking for new things to do on my blog so it doesn’t get samey.

What do you think you’ll read next?

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Next up for me is Hunting Lila by Sarah Alderson. I have only read one book by Sarah Alderson and I’m intrigued to see what this series is like.

What are you reading this week? Feel free to leave a link to your WWW Wednesday post or leave your answers in the comments below! Happy Reading! 😀

Stacking The Shelves #60

Click on the image to take you to Tynga's blog to learn more!

Click on the image to take you to Tynga’s blog to learn more!

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves, be it buying or borrowing. From ‘real’ books you’ve purchased, a book you’ve borrowed, a book you’ve been given or an e-book they can all be shared!

As ever, click on the book image to get to the Goodread’s page!

NetGalley:

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The Geography Of You And MeJennifer E.Smith- I was surprised to be approved for this book! But a happy surprise. Looking forward to reading it! I’m excited to read The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski. The cover is beautiful and I’ve heard great things!

Bought:

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These two Point Horror books are the start of a new feature with Beth. We’re still thinking about how to present the feature, but it’ll be so nostalgic for us to revisit these books.

Gift:

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I received my present from the Valentine’s Ninja Book Swap, an idea similar to Secret Santa. I’m so grateful for these presents. Carey was my Valentine’s Ninja! Carey said she bought Me Before You by Jojo Moyes, as she had seen on my blog that it was one of my favourite books. I’m so happy to have a hard copy. I also got Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher. Another book that has been on my radar for quite some time now!

Won:

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I was happy to win Danielle’s blogoversary giveaway. I won an Amazon gift certificate. I immediately knew what I wanted! I’ve been wanting to read Thirteen by Tom Hoyle for a while now. It just looks so intriguing. I’ve seen Smart Girls Get What They Want by Sarah Strohmeyer for a while now too, so I thought I’d give that a try! Thanks Danielle!