Matt: I had high hopes for this novel, given the fact that it came out around the same time as the Eric Morse 'Friday The 13th' young adult novels. However, my hopes were dashed. Freddy Krueger was barely in this novel at all, and when he does appear and things appear to be picking up, Bruce Richards abruptly ends the novel, effectively killing any hope of salvation. This book reads like a cheap imitation of a pre-teen R.L. Stine novel with Freddy Krueger tossed in (briefly!). It was a good plot and had lots of potential, but the author should have done his homework before attempting it. What really got me was Richards botching several attempts at a tribute to the films, missing badly on lines that would have normally made me smile (No Gain Without Pain???) Come on. This would have been a good novel for the Disney Channel demographic, but calling it a young adult novel certainly is a stretch. It just does not connect with the 'Elm Street' universe. 1.5 out of 10.


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