December 26, 2012

"Sometimes evil is sealed with a kiss."
The vampires of Sandy Hollow crave the summer months. Summer means plenty of beach tourists ... and plenty of fresh blood after months of deprivation. But this year the Eternal Ones have decided to spice things up with a little bet: The first to seduce a hot date of the human variety, and then turn them into a fellow creature of the night, wins. The catch? In order to successfully turn their prey, they must take only three small sips of blood on three different nights. If they take too much blood on any night, the human will die and the bet will be lost. The setup sounds simple enough, but things quickly get complicated -especially when these vampires are just dying to quench their thrist ...

I'm not a big fan of R.L. Stine though I must admit that younger me loved his Goosebumps' series. Many people agree that Stine is the "Stephen King For Children's Literature". Indeed, he delivers goosebumps and creeps for those whose ages are between eleven to thirteen, but above that, his world is nothing but a big sack of laughter.

So, why did I dare to buy the newest release of his work? I must say that I fell for the cover (it looks so Twilight-ish) and the synopsis (as written above) is simply captivating. It sound cliché, I know, but I had my interest on the story (as I expected for twists, surprises and heartpounding events in every pages). I didn't put a high expectation on this book, but I did hope that Stine could be my guide all over again to a whole new dark scary world, with fast-paced horror followed by freaky creatures encounters, as I experienced before when I was younger, when I was reading his Goosebumps' series. But what did I get? 3 hours of full dissapointment.

First, this book is simply inappropiate for a child under 16, I must say. I don't know if Stine was trying to deliver fierceness, sexy and misterious performances, but it doesn't seem right. Whole things in this book seem to be 'pushy', exaggerated. The fact that the stories were written by Stine in the 90's and haven't been edited before released to the 20's audiences feel really stupid (though I don't really feel a big gap, but they should have really changed walkman into an ipod). And, I have no idea why Stine has just published it now, why not years ago? 

Second, I see holes everywhere. The dialogues seem to be longer than a valedictorian's speech, the conversations often turn into huge stupidity that don't even relate to the events, a lot of uninspiring characters, made-up romances, boring and simply too-long plot, lack of chemistry, flat shockness, cheesy descriptions, and of course, the very uninspiring, unrelated, non sense and too pushy twists. And oh Mr. Stine, next time, don't spoil the surprises by writing them on every chapters' titles. It hurts.

Is it just me or every characters presented in this book feel to be in quite rush? Everything seems to be like, "Come on, the clock is ticking. OH MY GOD! THE VAMPIRE IS HERE! Omg omg!" And the plot is quite blurry. I often question myself, "What? Then what? What's now? Oh right. Why's this?" The story is messing with your head surely, but in a complete wrong way.

Stine probably drunk when he was writing the "Goodnight Kiss" and "Goodnight Kiss 2". Everything seems to be like a broken cable that was rejointed and failed to channel the electricty and tension to the readers. FYI, I'm a thoughtful reader and I enjoy 'heavy thinking' book. Sometimes, I do read lighter books but this book is an exception of what we called a 'light book; it's just uninspiring in many different ways. What's better than the most of them probably "The Vampire Club" as it successfully brings a bitter laugh. It may be brilliant twist in the 90's, but for this era, it's too predictable. All of them are all too predictable. Not interesting at all.

"Don't judge a book by its cover"; that's what I learned after reading this book. I swear to myself that I'll never ever buy a book based on its cover and synopsis anymore, before checking its rate on Goodreads. Temptation by R.L. Stine may be tempting on the outside, but on the inside? Bad, just bad on every level. Your choice, whether you want to read it or not. But, I suggest you to read it, if you're eleven.

Title : Temptation
Author : R.L. Stine
Series : None
First Published : July 2012
Publisher : Simon & Schuster
Pages : 407
Chapters : Goodnight Kiss, Goodnight Kiss 2, The Vampire Club
Genre : horror, mistery, fantasy, fiction, romance
Extras : none
Price : $10.99 (IDR 120k)
Rate : 3/10


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