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The Claw - Carmen Adams

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Genre: Horror / Author: Carmen Adams / Paperback / 192 Pages / Book is published 1996-11-15 by Scholastic Point

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      29.04.2009 23:31
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      You should have already noticed that I have set myself to read all of the point horror books I have, so luckily for you I have a few and not too many and therefore will not bore you into oblivion with occurring words that appears within my reviews.

      I am officially a massive fan of the Point horror books and I'm dreadfully upset to find out that they've gone and disappeared. I love the way these books are created and I think they are a real inspiration to everyone who would like to go down the author career route, as they are simple but brilliant. And if a publisher did the same as Point Horror has, then tonnes of new authors would find limelight. Famous authors (from the Point Horror series) include R.L. Stine, Richie Tankersley Cusick, Malcolm Rose & Caroline B. Cooney to name a few. Although there has been a few books from this series I've read that I thought the author should have became famous only they didn't, here's a few I think: Samantha Lee (Read Reviews on Demon & Demon II), Sinclair Smith (read review on "The Waitress"), Linda Cargill (read review on "The Dark") and this author: Carmen Adams, she has only ever released 3 books. If Point Horror had lasted for a little longer I reckon these authors would have been famous, and I really feel for these authors, it usually is the ones whose books are quite possibly the better ones of the series.

      Carmen Adams is a really good author... Okay so I'm judging her writing style on this book alone, but I have a right to do just that considering she has only ever released 3 books, therefore I am allowed to make an opinion of her based on this book alone. I shall also get the other 2 books, but when I'm short of books and need to buy more. According to the "All about the author" bit in the book, it says she is a daredevil as she does cliff diving and also has 3 trained wolves. It also states she likes to write, and the may be the case, but it just goes to show that no matter how passionately focused you could possibly be about writing some publishers will not except. I really do feel sorry for her, she's a author, and she may not be well-known but would have been if Point Horror had continued, this just shows how upsetting it could be for all of the authors that was writing under Point Horror, because it isn't their fault that the publishers vanished.

      Many Point Horror books give you a shock at the end. The person you think it isn't usually is the person. I kept this in mind again. Also thinking of the minor characters, and GUESS WHAT? I did prevail and was, yet again, surprised by who the culprit was. For some people this could agitate them and therefore they can lose interest in reading Point Horror books, and I think this could have been a reason why Point Horror disappeared.

      The claw is about Kelly and her best friend Rachel. They decide to take up a job in the zoo. And they've been accepted and they are the only ones from their school who were. But all of a sudden, both Kelly and Rachel have been getting threats recently, telling them something bad will happen at the zoo. And the threats come true. A Black Leopard escapes the zoo, and it's up to Kelly and Rachel to try and find who did it, while also trying not to get side-tracked. But when some horrible person, the culprit, pretends to be both Kelly and Rachel on the phone, everything gets out of control... Especially since there is a black leopard on the run.

      Now I have to admit this book seems like the lengthiest book of the lot of Point Horror, but I assure you it wasn't as enjoyable, it had a tiny little boring factor, I don't know what made me consider parts was boring it's just that there was something missing and that something is ideal in these kind of books. It may have been there was too much going on as there is also a bit of romance flowing through this book. If I thought more about it, I think I'd say that it was too compact. Point Horror books are always the same length and size as the "Pocket Books", therefore Carmen Adams was limited to a certain amount of pages, and the book needed to be lengthier, it should be small and quick and easy, it was meant to be an actual novel and if she ever got the chance to re-do this book then I reckon she'll make it soooooooo much better especially when she wouldn't be limited.

      Well I've gave you my opinions now I want to hear yours, this means I'm trying to encourage you to buy it so I can see if you'll agree or disagree with me. Well I'm intrigued to find out what others think of this book, so I'll wait for a review on this (I hope soon) and I am thanking you all for rating and commenting. I'm really busy with revision for GCSE Exams, but I will try and fit in reviews as well! Thank you all for reading!

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