Thursday, June 6, 2013

The Invitation (Point Horror #20), by Diane Hoh

Barnes & Noble

At the party of the year, a rich girl’s practical joke turns deadly.

For the high schoolers of Greenhaven, Cass Rockham’s fall party is the social event of the year. Each October, students wait by their mailboxes, praying for the gilt-edged invitation that grants entry into the inner circle of the most popular crowd. 

And now Cass has planned her finest party yet, with a new sauna, a hot band, and no parents for miles. But to make this party really killer, Cass tops it all off with a sinister twist. 

Nerdy Sarah Drew is shocked when she and her friends receive invitations to Cass’s affair. For years she’s steered clear of the popular kids, and now they want her to come to their party? Sarah is wary, but her friends talk her into coming with them. But she regrets it quickly, for at Cass Rockham’s mansion, the only party favor is death.

I loved Christopher Pike and R.L. Stine books when I was in middle school, so I jumped at the chance to read and review this book.  This follows the same format: an event that the "heros" are looking forward to attending; a character who thinks they shouldn't go; and an evil mastermind who verifies the former character's worst fears. 

But the format works!  This is a good entry into scary novels for the 10- to 12-year-old crowd.  Like, softcore gore.  It's not the best writing, the story moves too quickly, and the characters have insights that aren't expected from young teenagers, but that's okay.  It's an enjoyable read for the younger set.

I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

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