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Trick or Treat - Richie Tankersley Cusick

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Genre: Horror / Author: Richie Tankersley Cusick / Edition: New Ed / Paperback / 224 Pages / Book is published 1998-10-16 by Scholastic

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      05.06.2009 00:07
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      As many of you know I have set myself a task to read all the point horror books I have. I am actually getting quite bored with them, which is shocking, however they are really good, and I am revising as well so maybe I prefer to read books rather than do revision, so I'm trying not to read until exams are over, as if that'll happen. I have just done an English Exam today, so this review might not be perfect. I have 6 more Point Horror books to review; I have read all of the Point Horror books I have.

      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 (see review on Hit & Run), Richie Tankersley Cusick (author of this book), 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 Carmen Adams (read review on "The Claw"). 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.

      The author of this book is Richie Tankersley Cusick. She was one of the first authors for Point horror, and therefore managed to produce a lot of books under the Point Horror publishers. She is most famous for, nowadays, for writing books for series such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Sabrina the teenage witch etc. Therefore she has got a lot to thanks Point Horror For.

      This book is called "Trick or Treat" and I really enjoyed this book as you can tell by my 4 star rating!

      This book is about a girl called Martha. She moves into an old big house in the middle of a town which has very little people living there. Everyone knows each other and their business too, so gossip flies really quickly. Martha doesn't like the old creepy house; her dad forced her to go. Now she has to live with her step mom and her horrible step brother. Only that's the least of her problems. She seems to be getting horrible practical jokes being played on her and she is really scared, especially since this creepy old house has a BAD history and Martha looks like Elizabeth and is easily mistaken for her. Who is Elizabeth? And what is the story behind the practical jokes?

      I really enjoyed this book because it encaptured you in really quickly by putting something scary (a practical joke, we presume) at the start of the story. This makes you mystified and interested in what's going to come next. The story-line is brilliant and you feel that the characters are equal to you, if you compared that to other books such as Harry Potter and Eragon, usually the characters seem more superior because they have a book written about them, however this book just seems like it's about everyday life that becomes a traumatic event. I think there was just something missing, which I think is that Richie didn't really talk about the history of the house very well, so you sort of have to try and work it out, which definitely draws you out a bit, this can be confusing to us.

      I also like the little statements on the front of the book; this one is a little rhyme which makes it seem funny rather than initially making us scared:

      'Trick or Treat,
      Trick or treat,
      Candy is dandy,
      But murder is sweet.'

      It sounds scary at first but it's like a really short limerick and can be understandably funny depending if that makes sense at all.

      Now I know you all are dying to ask me the most important question to every Point Horror book and that is: "Did I guess who the culprit was?" Well I think it is obvious that you know the answer, and the answer is: No, I didn't have a clue. This really made the book even more enjoyable because Richie has been very clever by tricking you into thinking it could be anyone apart from the real culprit. I never even considered this person which made this book soooooooo immense.

      I am really upset that Point Horror deceased in 2004 and feel that it needs to submerge again sometime soon.

      I think you really should read this book because it is such a page-turner! It is probably one of my favourite books in this point horror series. So get it while you can!

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