ARC Review: Don’t Stay Up Late by R.L. Stine

ARC Review: Don’t Stay Up Late by R.L. Stine
Don't Stay Up Late
Fear Street #53
by R.L. Stine

Genres: Horror, Middle Grade
Publication date: April 7th, 2015
by St. Martin's Griffin

Format: eARC


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In the small town of Shadyside, don’t stay up late, because horrible things can happen...


Both day and night, Lisa Brooks is plagued with nightmares and hallucinations. Could they be caused by the horrifying accident that landed her in the hospital for weeks? When Lisa finds out that a neighbor is looking for a babysitter for her little boy, Lisa jumps at the chance to keep busy and take her mind off of her troubling thoughts. But then the murders start -- and her friends begin dying one by one. Are Lisa's nightmares coming true? Find out in the next installment of R.L. Stine's Fear Street series, Don't Stay Up Late.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

This was my first foray into R.L. Stine’s works and unfortunately, it wasn’t a very successful one. I feel like ‘it’s so bad it’s good’ would be applicable here but at the same time, my biggest problem with the book was not the story itself but the writing style.

The writing style just didn’t work for me. It wasn’t even that it was childish, it was just that it never seemed to flow. I never felt like I was reading a story, it was more like something that was just a summary of what actually happened. I never felt like I was ‘in’ the moment. I always felt like I was an observer, merely seeing what happened instead of feeling it or experiencing it.

The story line was also a little awkward but given that I continue to read it instead of DNFing it, I didn’t mind it as much. It was also addictive because even though I didn’t really like the writing style, my eyes were still glued the pages. It kind of reminded me of a cheesy old horror movie (but since I haven’t really watched any, don’t take my word for that). It was entertaining and actually kind of amusing (not sure if it was meant to be amusing).

I will not say that I hated the book, because I didn’t, it just seemed incomplete to me and I wish there was more substance to it, and the writing so I didn’t feel like I was just reading a summary of what was happening.

If you are a fan of the author, I would definitely say to give the book a shot but if you, like me, are a newbie, I’d say it’s probably better if you start somewhere else.


Rating Report
Overall: 2
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Rashika is a mysterious creature who likes to hide in the shadows. It's impossible to get to know her but if you must know, she is a huge bookworm. She also happens to have a huge sweet tooth so you can always lure her over the dark side by offering her something sweet (or bribing her with books).


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  1. Salisa Waheed says

    I was a child when I last read R L Stine’s books. I loved it then probably because I was too young and haven’t read that many GOOD books. I think If i read this now I would agree with you.