Arcadia 4: The Attic by T. S. Rue
Title: The Attic by T.S. Rue (Part 4 of the Nightmare Inn/Arcadia series)
Summary: Tessa and her three best friends are planning a weekend of total fun. They even get a special deal at the New Arcadia Inn. But taking it is their first mistake, for this is the Nightmare Inn. And checking out the screams coming from the attic may be their last mistake.
Tagline: Afraid of the dark?
Note: I will use “Bad Guy” throughout my reviews to refer to the anonymous killer/prankster/whatever. Doesn’t mean it’s a guy.
Counters: Dove and I have started counters for the tropes we run into over and over again. You can read all the definitions in this sticky post. I’m going to try to define them the first time they are used in each post, too, if I can remember.
WHY IS IT ALWAYS SPIDERS?!
I know I read this when I was younger, but basically all I remember is that THERE’S A GIANT FUCKING SPIDER IN THE ATTIC. Which you can tell from the cover. So basically, I remember nothing.
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Arcadia 3: The Pool by T. S. Rue
Title: The Pool by T. S. Rue (Part 3 of the Nightmare Inn/Arcadia series)
Summary: Kelly is elated when she lands her dream job as a lifeguard at the New Arcadia Inn pool, but a string of bizarre poolside accidents soon convinces her that someone, or something, is after the lifeguards.
Tagline: Don’t go in the water…
Note: I will use “Bad Guy” throughout my reviews to refer to the anonymous killer/prankster/whatever. Doesn’t mean it’s a guy. Also doesn’t mean it’s ever successful at killing/pranking/whatevering.
I remember all of these books being generally awful, but 1 and 3 being less awful than the others. It worked out well for me that Wing had to review 2 and 4. Also, it helps that I don’t really like the water. It doubly helps that I’ve just had to skim-read Room 13, and that’s probably the worst book we’ve had to recap for this site. So far. The Attic (Part 4) could be worse. I can’t remember.
Edit – 3 March 2015: I finally bought a copy of the book from eBay so I could have a nice high quality scan of the front cover, which is just as pretty as I remember. (I originally owned the book, then lost it, then replaced it with a 3-in-1 and now I have the lovely cover again. *blissful sigh*)
Arcadia 2: Room 13 by T. S. Rue
Title: Room 13 by T. S. Rue (Part 2 of the Nightmare Inn/Arcadia series)
Summary: Erin Naughton wants to stay home with her boyfriend. Her father wants to take her on a family vacation. Dad wins: vacation time. Then Erin meets Sam, the mysterious boy in Room 13 at the Arcadia Inn, and her vacation takes a terrifying turn. Whenever she’s with Sam, Erin’s darkest wishes come true, and soon accidents begin happening to her parents.
Tagline: Don’t open the door to…
I never read the first or second books of this series until Dove and I started recapping, yet I read the third and fourth. Once again, I read later books in the series but never tracked down the first. What in the world was wrong with me?
After having read it: Well. That was a thing.
Pretty much every scene in this book should get a point, but I am not counting each one, so I am winging (heh) it:
World of fail: 1 billion
(World of fail = It’s meant to be scary or threatening or disturbing, and, in all honesty, it’s kinda lame.)
I am also not counting each time I hate Erin.
Cheer on the killer: infinity
(Cheer on the killer = Because the protagonist is such an insufferable wretch that you can’t help but side with anyone who wants him or her dead.)
Arcadia 1: Nightmare Inn by T. S. Rue
Title: Nightmare Inn by T. S. Rue (Part 1 of the Nightmare Inn/Arcadia series)
Summary: When their car breaks down on the way to a weekend camping trip, Sarah, Matt, Adam, and Jodie are forced to stay overnight in the spooky, old Arcadia Inn. When Sarah has a vivid nightmare about a gruesome murder, she tries to convince the others that it’s a warning to leave Arcadia – or else.
Tagline: You may never leave…
I borrowed this from a friend, and, despite not enjoying it, I bought the following three books and read them on a long and boring drive from Kent to Cheshire. I do not have any happy memories, other than the covers were really nice. Unfortunately, I have since lost them, and ended up buying a 3-in-1, which has a crap front cover. *sigh*
Edit 28 February 2015: I bought a copy of eBay, and scanned in the cover. It’s beautiful.
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