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Review: The First Evil by R.L. Stine

The First EvilGive Me a D-I-E!”

Newcomers Corky and Bobbi Corcoran want more than anything to make the cheerleading squad at Shadyside High. But as soon as the Corcoran sisters are named to the team, terrible things happen to the cheerleaders.

The horror starts with a mysterious accident near the Fear Street cemetery. Soon after, piercing screams echo through the empty school halls. And then the ghastly murders begin…

Can Corky and Bobbi stop the killer before the entire cheerleading squad is destroyed?

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When it comes to the Fear Street novels, I have to say I was quite fond of the Cheerleader ones. I think the primary reason for this fascination comes from this being guaranteed to be caused by something mystical and evil. Unlike a lot of the books where other teens were responsible because they were bat shit crazy, the cheerleaders of Shadyside were tormented by the evil spirit that killed “Sarah Fear” in the early 1900’s. There’s a reason behind my quotation marks around Sarah’s name, but just in case you aren’t familiar with that particular tale, I don’t want to spoil it.

Corky and Bobbi find themselves struggling to fit in with the kids of Shadyside High. Though they are renowned cheerleaders, the other cheerleaders are less than excited about accepting the new girls. A lot of it is because the girls are resentful. Of course, this creates the perfect environment for the evil to take over one of the girl’s body and create havoc.

I felt it was fairly obvious which girl was infected, but only because I knew about the evil spirit and it’s backstory. I don’t believe it would have been quite as obvious if I didn’t know so much about the plot to begin with. As for the characters, I didn’t actually mind the drama between the girls. After all, I felt it was appropriately done and it helped move the story line along. Especially in terms of providing misleading clues and hints as to who might be responsible for all of the terrible accidents that are occurring.




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About Kristine

As an aspiring author, avid bookworm, fitness fanatic and dedicated mother, there just aren't enough hours in the day. I write or post about things I'm passionate about and spend my time trying to make the most of every day. Life may be a tough journey, but I have my ruby red slippers and am content on skipping along this yellow brick road until the end of the line.

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