Lindsay, Nick, Chris, Amy, and Paul are just a few of the kids in the neighborhood that enjoy each other’s company, hanging out together. From the usual antics that preteens enjoy, like playing in the graveyard, trick or treating, and celebrating birthdays, the kids find themselves in some unique situations that lead to unexpected ending twists.
Spooky Twisties I offers 13 tales of terror that will grab you from the start, and leave you with chilling surprise endings.
Adventures are speckled with humorous dialogue to frightening calls for help in working through their series of unusual encounters. Even though the chapters have individual story lines, many are intertwined with characters that are not so likable. For instance, Creepy Guy and Dan the Security Guard seem to have a ‘fixation’ for Lindsay and Amy who are best friends. Then there is old Mrs. Miller who appears to have lived on the street forever, but has found a secret to anti-aging. ‘Easter eggs’ or ‘hidden references’ mesh, and just when you think you’re headed towards a ‘fairy-tale’ ending, a strange unforeseen chilling conclusion occurs leaving the reader saying, “I didn’t see that happening!”
No happily ever after endings here.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I enjoyed reading “Spooky Twisties” by Terri Bertha the author of the Spooky Twisties Series. The author is very creative and knows the young adult mind. Each story had a surprise ending which makes the reader want to read the next story, but the next story is a new adventure in reading. This intelligent author interconnects the stories to add to the spookiness and the stories were very well written with a creepy (but friendly and relaxing as you first get into each spooky story. I am going to read “Spooky Twisties II.” By the way, I loved the hide and seek game in Chapter One and the truth or dare game in Chapter Nine. Clever, a bit humorous, and written for a young adult world, yet I as an adult love and admire the imagination and humor of the author.
I flew through this collection. I’m a fan of short stories and children’s scary books. Some of these were quite short. Some were longer. They go from creepy to kind of dark. Nothing so dark I wouldn’t recommend to young readers. The author had a great idea when she had the characters enter into each others stories. The cast seems normal enough. A group of neighborhood kids hang out together. Do what kids do. Then there’s those ones that make you pause. Something isn’t quite right about them. I grew up on a dead end street. All of us kids hung out together. Got into trouble together. But never did we have anything happen like what happens to these kids. Good thing too, or I’d need some professional help. LOL Seriously though, you might think there’s no way these kids could handle what goes down, but kids can surprise you. I believe they accept the strange and scary much better than us adults. On a lighter note, the author dribbles in some fun dialogue and humorous scenes. The character’s feel genuine as kids say and do the funniest things. Spooky Twisties is the perfect title for this book full of unexpected and surprising endings. Several of them had me sitting back thinking I never saw that coming. I’d recommend this to young readers and adults. Fans who enjoy tales similar to R. L. Stine’s Goosebump books will get a kick out of these.
Reviewed by Robin Goodfellow for Readers' Favorite Spooky Twisties 1: 13 Tales of Terror by Terri Bertha is a collection of thirteen short stories, all of whom center on a group of young children that are only beginning to understand the horrors lurking within their sleepy town. Each tale illustrates the nightmares that hide beneath every tombstone, every Halloween night, and even at every garage sale. From being replaced by a zombie, to being saved by a ghost, to even fighting off a succubus, read how these friends manage to survive each day without dying, all the while going about their daily lives that remind readers of just how blissful ignorance can be. I loved how the stories tied into one another. While the fact that the group never seemed to notice the supernatural occurrences did bother me quite a bit, the way Bertha tied each adventure together made the book worth it. I particularly liked how Bertha incorporated Ms. Miller’s character as the overarching antagonist. The fact that she, aside from Lindsay and her friends, were responsible for at least half of the horrors that this poor town has to go through was amusing, to say the least. It was as if I was watching these two sides walking beside each other, as day and night do, albeit cautiously. I felt the fear of the unknown rise within me, while memories of my own childhood prevented me from investigating any further. I loved how the story wraps around the characters, making me reminisce of my own days when I first began this journey down the horror rabbit hole. Thus, I would recommend this book to those who enjoy R.L. Stine.