The Silver Ryes (Five Nights at Freddy’s #1) Horror Published December 16th 2015 Kindle 330 pages Goodreads
Based on the bestselling horror video game series, Five Nights at Freddy’s follows a young woman named Charlotte, who reunites with her childhood friends on the anniversary of the tragedy that ripped their town apart. It’s been exactly ten years since the murders at Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza, and Charlotte, who goes by the name Charlie, has spent the last ten years trying to forget. Her father had owned Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza and had built its four adult-sized animatronic animals. After meeting up with her friends, curiosity leads them back to the old pizza place, and they find it hidden, but still standing. They discover a way inside, but things are not as they used to be: the four mascots that delighted and entertained them as children have changed. The animatronic animals have a dark secret and a murderous agenda.
Why am I doing this myself? Why do I pick up a YA horror? Why YA? Do I honestly think that I’m gonna love it? Do I intentionally wanna put myself in a reading slump?
This was a bad book. I honestly don’t understand why it has 4.20 out of almost 8.000 ratings, that’s such a freaking high rating.
I’m trying to think what I actually enjoyed in this book.
The characters were all so bland, zero personalities, the main characters, Charlie, was literally so boring and dull, so was John, which leads me perfectly to my next point: the love between these amazing characters.
Of course a YA book can’t exist without romance, which is fine, I’m all for romance, I love romance books, but I don’t love it when it’s not done well, when it’s between the dullest, most boring people on earth.
There were so many cringy scenes between Charlie and John that I found myself rolling my eyes so much and so hard that I thought they’d fall out.
John is that amazing, not at all cliche love interest who, when saying something, everyone shuts up because he just has that energy, you know? His commanding voice can be heard everywhere in the world. You guys don’t even know how annoying it is.
There’s this other character, Marla, who’s literally the worst human ever created.
She has a little brother, and there’s this scene, where Marla asks ”does anyone know my grandma?” and Jason (he’s like 11 or something) goes: I do, she was my grandma, too.” and Marla’s like ”She was my dad’s mom, not yours.”
Like…what is wrong with you? She’s that one character, where the older sibling teases the younger, but it’s so stupid. First of all, she’s like 17 and he’s 11 and he’s so sweet and she’s constantly picking on him for no reason.
Plus (if you’re worried for a tiny spoiler, don’t read this) her brother’s parents are getting divorced, so she took him with her because his parents are constantly fighting…why did you even bother taking him? So you can pick on him the whole freaking time? It’s so stupid, why put that in a book?
Nothing actually happened in the first half.
Actually nothing. It got so so repetitive, I was bored out of mind, I was like ”DO SOMETHING FINALLY! GO SOMEWHERE!” But naaah, the cringy romance is so much more important in a horror book.
I actually can’t even give it two stars, because there isn’t one aspect of the story that I liked. The characters were bland, the writing/dialogues weren’t anything special, if I rated it based on how scared I was, I’d give it one star still. There were so many opportunities where the author could’ve gotten me scared, build tension, set the stakes high, but that wasn’t the case.
You guys know I’m scared of actually anything, but not this, I wasn’t spooked once, so I actually can’t give it two stars, which is so sad, but whatever.
That’s it from me, I’m super disappointed, but I won’t be continuing with the series, obviously, I don’t wanna find myself in a reading slump, I don’t feel like both torturing myself and the books, aka rating it super slow.
But thank you for reading me, I’m not telling you to not pick it up, we all have different tastes, maybe you’ll like it.
That’s it, byyye!