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Beth and Chrissi’s Points Of View On Point Horror – The Snowman by R.L. Stine

Published February 27, 2016 by bibliobeth

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Welcome to Round Three of our Points of View on the classic Point Horror series of books that Chrissi Reads and I loved when we were teenagers. For this year, we thought we’d have a bit of a theme and as it’s still quite cold round here we thought we’d choose something wintry to chill your bones. The book that I am hosting is The Snowman by R.L. Stine and over on Chrissi’s blog will be Freeze Tag by Caroline B. Cooney. Hope you enjoy our trip down memory lane…

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What’s it all about?:

Heather feels cold all the time. Alone. Her guardian hates her. He’d like to see her dead. He’d like all her money. But for now he settles for controlling it, and making Heather’s life miserable.

Poor little rich girl, just like Cinderella…

Then the gorgeous, ice-blond guy shows up at the crummy restaurant where Heather works after school. He understands about Heather. He’s her Prince Charming. No one can get to Heather now.

Heather feels so safe. So loved. So warm…

Beth’s Points of View

  • The Snowman was one of the Point Horrors I remember enjoying but I could never remember exactly what the story was about. It all came flooding back as soon as I began reading though!
  • Heather’s Uncle James is such a horrible character and I can understand why Heather had such strong feelings towards him. However I wasn’t expecting what happened to him..
  • I was fully prepared for there to be something of the paranormal about Snowman in the way it was written. However, he is just a ordinary teenager. (If extremely warped is ordinary that is!)
  • I was slightly more cynical of the relationship between Heather and her boyfriend Ben. Perhaps it was the way she treated him but I really didn’t think she deserved him when he turned out to be the ultimate hero.

Chrissi’s Points of View

  • ​Reading this as an adult, I couldn’t believe that I was okay with the main character cheating on her boyfriend. No, just no!
  • Heather is SO gullible. I just wanted to reach into the book and tell her she was being a fool.
  • The Snowman is an engrossing story. I read it in one sitting.
  • It’s quite a bit darker than the previous Point Horror we’ve read!

Would WE recommend it?:

BETH: But of course!

CHRISSI: Of course!

BETH’s Star rating (out of 5):

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CHRISSI’s Star rating (out of 5):

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Why not hop over to Chrissi’s blog right now and check out what we thought of Freeze Tag by Caroline B. Cooney?

Next time on Beth And Chrissi Do Point Horror, we look at some Spring themed Point Horrors:

April Fools by Richie Tankersley Cusick AND Spring Break by Barbara Steiner.

Join us then!

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Beth and Chrissi’s Points of View on Point Horror – The Boyfriend by R.L. Stine

Published April 2, 2015 by bibliobeth

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Welcome to our second offering of our Points of View on the classic Point Horror series of books that Chrissi Reads and I loved when we were teenagers. The book that I will be hosting is The Boyfriend by R.L. Stine and over on Chrissi’s blog will be The Babysitter, also by R.L. Stine. Hope you enjoy our trip down memory lane…

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What’s it all about?:

Sometimes, love is murder.

Too bad about Dex. He was in love with Joanna. She broke up with him. And then he died.

Joanna’s sorry, of course. But it’s not her fault he’s dead, is it? Besides, she never loved him. Boys are just toys, to be used and thrown away.

But this time, Joanna’s gone too far. Because Dex is back. From the dead. For one last date with her….

Beth’s Points of View

  • I still remember when I first got this book – being in the bookshop and physically shivering with excitement at the last line of the synopsis (see above). I just had to have it.
  • It made my emotions slide all over the place – can I really feel sorry for such a hideous character?
  • The cover art is beautiful, I still love it to this day. It’s probably one of my favourite Point Horror covers.
  • I think it throws a few teenage dilemmas at the reader – friendship, how to treat people, the difference between a joke/lesson and one taken potentially too far and of course boys.

Chrissi’s Points of View

  • The beginning of the book really sets the scene. I immediately disliked the main protagonist, but that didn’t affect my enjoyment of the story! I loved to hate her!
  • The other characters in this book are fantastic.
  • It’s an incredibly atmospheric piece of writing. I was gripped throughout.
  • The Boyfriend is a lot creepier than I remember!

For our Points of View on The Babysitter by R.L. Stine, please see Chrissi’s blog HERE.

Would WE recommend it?:

BETH: But of course!

CHRISSI: Of course!

BETH’s Star Rating (out of 5):

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CHRISSI’s Star Rating (out of 5):

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Beth and Chrissi’s Points of View on Point Horror: #1 Thirteen Tales of Horror – T.Pines (Editor)

Published October 31, 2014 by bibliobeth

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Happy Halloween everyone! Every so often Chrissi and I will be revisiting Point Horror, a series that we loved as young adults. On each of our blogs, we will post our Points of View on the story. We are starting with Thirteen Tales of Horror, a short story collection on my blog and The Perfume by Caroline B. Cooney on Chrissi’s blog. We hope you enjoy our trip down memory lane…

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What’s it all about?:

You don’t really want to read this …do you? The masters of horror are waiting to take you on a terrifying ride, and there are 13 stops.

Meet the new guy in town, very handsome, very sexy, and very deadly.

Dine on sweet and wonderfully inviting confections – they’re good to the last breath.

Learn that some spells can never be broken…

Inside you’ll find the works of 13 masters of horror. Let Christopher Pike, R.L. Stine and the rest of our macabre crew show you the beauty in your worst nightmares – and the terror in your most exquisite dreams….

Beth’s Points of View:

  • My favourite story in this collection has to be Collect Call: The Black Walker Parts I and II which I read over and over again as a teenager.
  • Creepiest read? Probably The House of Horrors. You’ll never look at mannequins the same way again…
  • The authors this book showcases were among the top names writing in the Point Horror genre at that time including one of my favourites R.L. Stine.
  • The strangest story in the collection for me is probably Where The Deer Are by Caroline B. Cooney. I’m still trying to figure that one out!

Chrissi’s Points of View:

  • I like how it’s a collection of Point Horror short stories. You can easily dip in and out of it.
  • Wide range of topics
  • Incredibly dark stories, perfect for Halloween!
  • There’s a story about a doll by Carol Ellis that sticks so vividly in my mind. If you’re scared of dolls DON’T READ IT!

If you’d like to know our Points of View about The Perfume by Caroline B. Cooney, visit Chrissi’s blog HERE.

Would WE recommend it?:

BETH: Probably!

CHRISSI: Yes!

BETH’s Star Rating (out of 5):

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CHRISSI’s Star Rating (out of 5):

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Books Are My Bag – My Bookish Life So Far…

Published September 14, 2013 by bibliobeth

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Books Are My Bag is a nationwide celebration of bookshops, calling on all bookworms to purchase a book from their local bookshop on Saturday 14th September,especially as so many of our beloved shops are under threat. So now I am the proud owner of a Books Are My Bag tote bag courtesy of Waterstones Wimbledon branch, I thought it would be a good opportunity to reflect on My Bookish Life So Far in order to shout out about all things book-related.

Early childhood – Teddy, Timmy the dog, School stories and A Big, Friendly Giant

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This was my very first book! And as dear to me as when I first read it. My mum taught me to read at a very early age (Thanks Mum!) and she always tells the story of when I was at kindergarten and my teacher pulled my mum into a corner for a quiet word. Apparently, I had got a bunch of kids around me and was reading them a story. The teacher thought I was making the story up for the children as I was so young, yet she was shocked that I was reading the actual words. So she spoke to my mum saying: “Do you know your daughter can read?!” My mum replied: “Er…yes, I taught her!”

The books I loved as a child were mainly Enid Blyton and Roald Dahl based – I adored The Famous Five, The Secret Seven and The Malory Towers series from Blyton and The BFG and Charlie and The Chocolate Factory by Dahl. My all-time favourite book from this time though has to be House at The Corner by Enid Blyton. I read it so many times as a child that it was literally falling apart, but I would refuse to be parted from it.

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The Teenage Years – Horror, and some saucy stuff from Blume

As a teenager, I remember being absolutely obsessed with the Point Horror and Christopher Pike books, which were probably easing me in to my current obsession with my favourite author Stephen King. I had to have them all, and would devour them in a matter of hours.

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Another fond memory from my adolescent reading are novels from Judy Blume, whom I idolised. Other girls of my age must remember passing around “Forever” at school, and being delighted, horrified and curious at the same time?

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The Twenties – Thrills, chills, the King and Historical Fiction

Ah, I discover Stephen KIng! I have a whole shelf devoted to him, and he remains one of my favourite authors today.

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For anyone who has never read him, I highly recommend The Green Mile, The Shining, and It as fantastic reads and a great introduction to his works. During this time I was also reading a lot of thrillers, namely Dean Koontz and James Patterson, and discovered a love of historical fiction a la Philippa Gregory. Her Tudor novels are wonderfully written, and hey… you might even learn a little something?

The Early Thirties – I become a blogger, my reading tastes diversify and my books multiply!

My love for books has only got stronger through the years, and I now read a wide range of material, including non-fiction. I started a blog in January of this year, and I have loved submitting reviews, attending events like The Hay Festival, and “meeting” other bookworms like myself. I listen to a variety of podcasts to keep updated on all literary events, including Books On The Nightstand, A Good Read (Radio 4), Open Book (Radio 4) and Guardian Books. I also love my Kindle, which can store hundreds of books (without the added weight) and find it essential for any sort of commute.

Warning – book buying can turn obsessive and compulsive and you may end up with shelves like these:

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So, how do I see my bookish future? I hope to be still reading a range of material, and enjoying the printed word as much as I do at the moment. Even with the advances in technology, I strongly feel that there is nothing like going into a bookshop, enjoying the sight and smells, purchasing something that catches your eye, and enjoying the journey that it takes you on.

Support your local bookshop! Make books YOUR bag!