The Truth in 60 Reviews – 3 Goosebump Books

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The Truth in 60 is a feature created to spotlight the reviews for books that I never got around to reviewing when I finished them or that I don’t have much to say about. They are designed to be quick reviews that you can read in about a minute (60 seconds) and move on.

Goosebumps Galore!

I just recently got a HUGE stack of Goosebump books in for the store and I immediately sat down and started reading them, because there were a few book series to be truly iconic to the 90’s and this is one of them.

Welcome to Dead House

Welcome to Dead HouseSource: Bookstore Inventory
Publisher: Scholastic
Series: Goosebumps #1
Edition: Paperback, 123 Page
Genre: Children’s Horror
Purchase: Amazon/ Barnes & Noble / Book Depository*
*I receive a small monetary kickback from Amazon purchases
Rating:
 4/5

Look Alive!
Amanda and Josh think the old house they have just moved into is weird. Spooky. Possibly haunted. And the town of Dark Falls is pretty strange, too.
But their parents don’t believe them. You’ll get used to it, they say. Go out and make some new friends.

So Amanda and Josh do. But these friends are not exactly what their parents had in mind.
Because they want to be friends…
forever

Reader beware-you’re in for a scare!

Ah sweet nostalgia! I’ll be honest Goosebumps books have never ‘wowed’ me but there is something comforting about holding a beat up copy with the original covers and smiling because you know it’s going to be incredibly cheesy.

Welcome to Dead House is the first in the series and sets the pace for the rest, though this one has a much better ending that most others. Amanda and Josh move to a new house but something isn’t right about it or the town. As a kids book it does have some super heavy foreshadowing, which can be frustrating for those of us who know ‘creep’ when we see it. But overall it’s a really fun read, though that ending made me lose a bit of respect for the family. Why didn’t you warn the other people?!

4 stars

Stay Out of the Basement by R.L. Stine

Stay Out of the BasementSource: Bookstore Inventory
Publisher: Scholastic
Series: Goosebumps #2
Edition: Paperback, 122 Page
Genre: Children’s Horror
Purchase: Amazon/ Barnes & Noble / Book Depository*
*I receive a small monetary kickback from Amazon purchases
Rating:
 3/5

Dr. Brewer is doing a little plant-testing in his basement. Nothing to worry about. Harmless, really.

But Margaret and Casey Brewer are worried about their father. Especially when they… meet… some of the plants he is growing down there.

Then they notice that their father is developing plantlike tendencies. In fact, he is becoming distinctly weedy- and seedy. Is it just part of their father’s ‘harmless’ experiment? Or has the basement turned into another little shop of horrors?

This one was better and worse than the first one. I’m not sure why but this one grossed me out…probably because I’ve accidentally drank water with plant food in it. Awful memory aside this one had some better character depth in it and the it was better written. What would you do if your father started to turn into a plant? As an adult I’m confused at the amount of understanding his family has, like…family of the year level.

The creepy factor is toned down in it and it reminded me of the old sci-fi horror movies where the mad scientist has all these awful experiments. They’re not really scary so much as they are too fascinating and too fun to look away.

3 star

The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb by R.L. Stine

The Curse of The Mummy's TombSource: Bookstore Inventory
Publisher: Scholastic
Series: Goosebumps #5
Edition: Paperback, 122 Page
Genre: Children’s Horror
Purchase: AmazonBarnes & Noble
*I receive a small monetary kickback from Amazon purchases
Rating:
 3.5/5

Something Dead Has Been Here…

Gabe just got lost – in a pyramid. One minute, his crazy cousin Sari was right ahead of him in the pyramid tunnel. The next minute, she’d disappeared.

But Gabe isn’t alone. Someone else is in the pyramid, too.

Someone. Or some thing.

Gabe doesn’t believe in the curse of the mummy’s tomb. But that doesn’t mean that the curse isn’t real.

Does it?

The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb was less ‘fantasy/sci-fi’ and more thriller…though there are some woo-woo moments. I enjoyed the different setting for this one. There is no typical suburban areas, this takes place in Cairo and I appreciated the difference in pace it brough. However I wanted more fantasy and less aimless wandering. The final plot twist was pretty good though!

3.5 stars

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2 Responses to The Truth in 60 Reviews – 3 Goosebump Books

  1. Angie F. says:

    I miss Goosebumps so bad! I was super addicted as a kid, and would go to the used bookstore nearly every weekend and stalk the R.L. Stine shelf! Aw, memories…

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