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Cheerleaders: The Evil Lives (Fear Street Super Chillers, No. 13) Paperback – January 6, 1998
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- Publisher : Archway Paperbacks (January 6, 1998)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 176 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0671529722
- ISBN-13 : 978-0671529727
- Grade level : 10 - 12
- Item Weight : 3.04 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.25 x 0.75 x 7 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,134,138 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I considered waiting to read this book until I reread the rest of the cheerleader stories or at the very least, the beginning of Sarah Fear's story. Turns out, I didn't really need to wait. Though I have never read this book until last night, I could still clearly recall a lot of what had happened in the previous books that laid all of the groundwork for this book.
It's a few years since Corky Corcoran drowned The Evil and there is a new group of cheerleaders pumping up the Shadyside High School spirit. When the captain of the squad discovers a mysterious box that proclaims to stay out and that evil lies within, she and the rest of girls fail to take it seriously. They even go as far as to "summon" the Evil in question, which turns out to be a huge mistake.
I almost feel as if this book was making fun of the situation at hand. After so many books that tried to be "serious", it was almost as if this book was meant to provide a little comic relief. Especially in regards to the random deaths. Before, the person possessed actually caused the accidents that happened. But I don't remember someone's arms magically falling off or face exploding. Then again, I'm sure I don't remember all of the details of the deaths caused by the Evil. Anyways, I found this to be a fun way to relive this aspect of the series. I've always been more of a fan of the paranormal side of the Fear Street series, as opposed to the typical teenage killer.
This story has a completely new set of characters than the last four books. In that respect, I didn't feel as invested in the characters as I did in the previous books, but it was also a nice change of pace.
This story is set 4 or 5 years after the first 4 books. Shadyside cheer-leading captain Amanda discovers an old duffel bag in the back of her locker in the girls' locker room. In it is a letter from Corky Corcoran, the main character and heroine of the first four books, along with a mysterious box. Corky explains all about the evil being unleashed before and warns them about all of the terrible things that had happened when she was a cheerleader. Strictly as a plot device since it makes no sense otherwise, there are instructions in this box for calling up the evil. Of course, all of the cheerleaders (except Amanda) think it would be a good idea to call up this evil spirit, as they see it as some sort of big joke. So, you can imagine what happens soon after. People start dying in spectacular R.L. Stine fashion.
There is also a little bit of back story given about Sarah Fear, with a few incidents of time travel in the book. That made it very interesting. I would have rated this three stars if not for the surprise twist in the last paragraph in the book. After I read that, I was grinning from ear to ear. May I just say, Bravo Mr. Stine!
These books are full of cheese and corn, but they are still fun to revisit for us nostalgic 30-somethings. They would also be good reads for middle school age kids. Thoroughly enjoyable for the high camp factor if nothing else!
One day, after practice, Amanda, the cheerleading captain, finds a wooden box in her new locker that belonged to Corky and warns people about the Evil. Inside the box Corcky had left a letter with what happened to her and her friends and of course what caused it. But, there are also instructions on how to call up the Evil. So, of course, Amanda and her friends, not believing it's real call the Evil spirit back and the inevitable happens, people start dying again.
I really enjoyed this book, especially the first half. The Evil was back and people started dying and Amanda was trying to find out who the Evil had possessed. It was fast-paced and creepy. And even though Amanda wasn't the best MC she was better than Corky. Also, this time around, we got to see how the Evil was created, and travelled back to the past!
However, when I read this book I was very disappointed and felt it would have been a lot better if it hadn't been written at all.
In "The Evil Lives" there aren't any of the old characters in it, which is a disappointment but it is to be expected, I guess. I was still hoping that Corky would appear in this book as an adult and help everyone deal with the evil...
The thing that I find most idiotic about this book is how the evil comes back. Apparently Corky left a box with instructions on how to awaken the evil in a gym locker. What I'd like to know is WHY Corky would leave something so dangerous like that inside the school where anyone could find it and bring the evil back. She should have buried the box somewhere, or burned it.