BOOK REVIEW: Give Me A K-I-L-L by R. L. Stine

Title: Give Me a K-I-L-L
Author: R.L. Stine
Publication: April 4, 2017
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Genre: Teen, YA Fiction
Pages: 288



SYNOPSIS: (From Goodreads)

At Shadyside High, cheerleading can be a scream!

For the first time since the original series, R.L. Stine brings back his most beloved characters—the cheerleaders of Shadyside High.

The cheerleading squad at Shadyside has always been strong, but now there are rumors that lack of funds may mean the end of cheerleading at Shadyside. That would be a shame for Heather Wyatt, who has just transferred from her old school, where she was a star, and is eager to join the squad. There’s only one other girl who stands in her way—rich, spoiled Devra Dalby, who is also trying out for the one open slot. The competition to join the squad is anything but friendly—and it ends in murder. Will Heather make the squad—if there’s even a squad anymore—or will she end up dead?

Packed with screams and guaranteed to send a shiver up your spine, this is a terrifying installment in Stine’s bestselling Fear Street series.


**A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**

I grew up reading R.L. Stine books. These were my murder mystery and suspense books before I discovered Lisa Gardner and so many more authors in the suspense, thriller categories. So when I saw R.L. Stine was releasing another new book I jumped. It was like taking a leap back to middle school and high school. Trying to figure out who was the guilty party was some of my favorite past times. So Give Me A K-I-L-L was a must read.

The story centers around Heather Wyatt as she tries to find her fit on her new schools cheerleading squat even as weird things keep happening to her, one of the cheerleaders clearly despises her, and people start dying around her. While the writing is a bit more juvenile-based for the young reader, I still found myself wanting to know who did it and trying to piece together the information. I did guess the guilty party about half way through, and I like to be surprised, but I will still happy about how the story played out. Stine kept us guessing each and every step of the way.

One of the things Give Me A K-I-L-L made me love is all the backup characters. Heather may have been the focal point, but all these other characters definitely made the story more interesting and added personality differences so every reader had someone to relate to. Authors, like Stine, who can bring in the reader and make them feel more integrated with the story are definitely my favorites.

If you’ve ever read and R.L. Stine book and feel a bit nostalgic or you just want an easy, yet entertaining read, definitely pick up Give Me A K-I-L-L out now everywhere. I recommend it and all the previous books Stine had released as well. There is something for everyone.


Give Me A K-I-L-L by R.L. Stine is available from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or your local bookstore. Also make sure to add it to your To Reads list on Goodreads and leave feedback for the author when you are finished. You can also check out more R.L. Stine books at There are a ton to choose from!

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