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The Twisted Ones (Five Nights at Freddy's) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-04-23 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings
ISBN:1338139304
LANGUAGE:English

"Oh boy was I happy to get my hands on this book.
So for those who don't know, Five Night's at Freddy's started as a video game series which then led to novel spin-offs. You can find my review for book one in the series here.

So where do we begin?

Well the novel takes place exactly a year after the first- with the same main character, Charlie, now in College. We also have Jessica, John and Clay from the previous novel.

There were a lot less characters to keep up with this time round- and boy did that improve my read. If you've read my review of the first book you'll know I found it annoying how many characters there were to keep up with. Thankfully, it wasn't a case with this novel.

Now let's talk about Charlie. She's a pretty fascinating main character. She's strong, determined and brave. With who her Father is it should be no surprise to fans of the series that she goes to College to study computer science. It should also be no surprise that she begins building her own type of animatronic.

I did find it a little strange that she doesn't remember much about her childhood... However, I do have a few theories as to why this may be. I want to keep this review spoiler free but if anyone is interested you can find me on my Instagram account @krimsuunpages where I would be happy to share some.

I particularly loved Clay and his character development. He was a police officer who helped Charlie and her friends escape from horrors in book one. In this novel he has become obsessed with the previous animatronics. This all plays a big part within this novel.

One thing I do find strange is that he's quick to involve Charlie within a police investigation. Now in a lot of ways it makes perfect sense her Father and her past plays a huge part with the investigation.... but.... she is still young.

The overall storyline was fantastic. I'm a huge fan of the games so I may be a little biased. But these books certainly do begin to help tie up a lot of loose ends as well as linking the five games together.

If you are a fan of the games, I highly recommend these books. Even if you aren't a fan of the games maybe the books will draw you in. I certainly didn't put them down until I'd finished them.
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"The book The Twisted Ones, by Scott Cawthon and Kira Breed-Wrisley is based off a girl named Charlie who was just about to return to her old town after the tragic year before at Freddy’s Fazbears Pizzeria. So, Charlie ends up not going to Hurricane (her home town) yet and attends a collage nearby and soon finds out that there have been these “new” animatronics going around killing people almost every night since a storm that hit Hurricane and slowly get closer and closer to its target.
The main characters in the story are Charlie the daughter of one of the co-owners of Freddy Fazbears Pizzeria and has short brown hair with fair skin and brown eyes. She also shares a passion like her father for mechanical engineering like making robots and animatronics herself. Some other main characters are Jessica and John, her best friends. Charlie, Jessica, and John have been friends since very young saying they grew up in the same town together. Jessica is always there for Charlie and is extremely enthusiastic when it comes to when Charlie needs help. John is also always there for Charlie but is one who cares about her not just only as a friend but as a girlfriend (since they go dating) but John worries about Charlie when he knows something is wrong. There is also Clay or one of Charlies non-mentioned childhood friends father who is in Silver Eyes along with his son. Clay is the police chief and knows the dirty secret about the Freddy Fazbears Pizzeria and its animatronics and know what had happened.
The plot is such an amazing plot because with a plot that is built off such a background the authors could have used this book and taken the book in any direction at any time making it hard for you to predict what was going to happen next in the story. Not only that but with a plot like this it adds up lots of suspense because you don’t know what is going to happen. I also really enjoyed the characters because with all the information you are given from the first book as well as the second you can see how much the characters have grown from something tragic after a year and how it affected they physically and mentally. You could also see how their childhood had a big role with who and how they grew up from the tragic accident and just from a very young age and being around such animatronics.
I really loved this book and can’t wait to get the next one when it comes out. I would also like to say that I would recommend this book to anyone that loves horror books and loves mysteries or murder mysteries. If your do ever want to read this book please read the first one first because without that this book would make no sense, just to let you know.
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"It’s been a year since they went back to Freddy Fazbear’s Pizzeria. It’s been a year since a serial killer in a rabbit suit nearly killed them all. Time has passed and Charlie’s friends have moved on with their lives. Her friends have, but recently a body has been found with disturbingly familiar injuries. Sometimes the past doesn’t want to stay buried. The restaurant has been closed for years but evil is open for business.

Starting out a year after The Silver Eyes, Five Nights at Freddy’s: The Twisted Ones gives us a lot of possibilities but has a tendency towards not following through on them. There’s some really cool set up for character study with Charlie taking robotics courses and working towards building what seems like a learning artificial intelligence. There were threads that could have easily taken that to showing our heroine as a mirror to both her father and also William Afton, the villain. Or more could have been done with the connection she felt with her long lost, most likely long dead, twin Sammy. The murder plot could have done with more focus as long as the authors focused in on one thread for any length of time.

The Twisted Ones did a number of things that I had wanted from the first book. It maintains the cheesy horror movie feel of the first book while also feeling much less anchored to the games, both good things. The cast not knowing just what is causing these new animatronics to hunt people and needing to figure that out was a cool concept. The cast is a lot smaller, so everyone gets more screen time. It’s a lot of possibilities that were improvements but could have been more.

More page time doesn’t necessarily mean more development. That might have actually taken a slide. We still focus mostly on Charlie and what’s going on with her now that she’s been back to Freddy’s and remembered her twin. She’s into robotics, which worries her friend and roommate Jessica, because she doesn’t want Charlie to fall down the same rabbit hole her father or Afton did. She might be into returning love interest John, but there’s also a missing twin and killer robots, so maybe not. John is definitely into her, but also there’s killer robots and she might be more interested in what’s going on with them than dating. Or class. Or really anything else at the moment. What I’m saying is that Charlie wound up a bit flat and, as a consequence, so did a lot of The Twisted Ones’ run time. I did appreciate the other characters’ reactions to Charlie’s actions throughout, those rang a lot more true.

The thing is, I didn’t dislike The Twisted Ones. It wasn’t the best book I’ve read recently and it was really easy to get tired of due to feeling really padded and monotonous. But the cheese was so real, it was like a B-movie when it’s all over. I’m left more interested in the third book in the series due to having ideas about how Scott Cawthon and Kira Breed-Wrisley are going to make it work. Plus, it had a really excellent final line.

So, all told, this isn’t a good book, but it was also entertaining enough that I’m interested in the next one. The characters are a little flat, particularly our heroine, but I’m invested enough to want to see what happens to them. So I’m giving Five Nights at Freddy’s: The Twisted Ones a three out of five.
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"4.8 of 5 stars.

Yeah! Scott's got two more books on the way! Let's celebrate!

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It makes me SO happy to see Scott Cawthon and Kira Breed-Wrisley moving up in the publishing world. But although The Twisted Ones has moments I found easy to accept, it ventures into strange, almost fan-inspired, territory that left me in a stupor of hesitation.

Likes

While the first book introduced the series with the traditional setting that placed the readers in the ambiance of the first game, The Twisted Ones takes the role as part crime mystery novel and doesn't get into the traditional atmosphere until the third act. This actually felt more like Scooby and the gang on the case with all the avoidance of getting more authoritative help--other than Chief Burke.

Although I found myself frustrated at the restraint of key plot points continued to the next stage of the series, I was more than happy that The Twisted Ones continued Charlie’s story only one year later. I've come to like Charlie and was happy to see her pursuing a career in college despite her torment--way to go, girl! Charlie is tortured with nightmares and visions of losing her twin brother as a child and I thought the inner conflict carried through the mystery and the angst of romantic relationships made her a more complex character.

Not as many scares in this installment, but the few that were there gave me the creeps! Thumbs up for introducing people to a new animatronic too. That was a pleasant surprise. Also, the take on the Nightmare animatronics was an interesting and enjoyable change compared to the fourth game.

Issues

Loose ends SUCK!! From the beginning of the book to the climax alot of attention is focused on Charlie's mental and emotional torment of losing her brother. So, you would think they would tie that in with the climax and, you know, give us some answers! I'll save you some grief and say “Don't expect an answer to that mystery element that is vital to our protagonist,” because you don't get one.

What was more frustrating than the audience not getting answers was how Charlie will never get the answers she's looking for. (view spoiler)" said.

"3.5 stars for this one.

I will say this book was better than the first and since there's now a publisher attached the formatting issues I had with the first one are not an issue.

This book also reads like a teen horror movie like the first one because sweet Jesus does Charlie make terrible decisions in this book. She's selectively telling people about things, and putting herself in danger for no reason. She also has this fixation with the fact that "she's been doing push ups"

I will say there were some wording issues in this book. A few times something would happen and I would need to read the paragraph more than once to understand what or who had done something. I think the worst was with an event near the end with the balloon boys. The way it's worded I had no idea that they were suddenly looking like actual children and not just child animatronics until after the incident was over and the book said they suddenly looked like the animatronic children again.

I also really disliked the character of Arty. He was barely in the book and right at the end he basically tries to be an asshole to John by lying and saying he and Charlie were dating. Like dude, read the room.

The book also left a lot of things open which makes me think there will be more books but with the amount of threads left open I hope they are able to actually make something cohesive.
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"So, it turns out that The Silver Eyes has a sequel now. I did not see that coming.

Remember back when I said that The Silver Eyes was a strange story? Yeah, this one is weirder. The series still has the feel of a bad horror movie. The writing is coherent but a bit clumsy in places, often focusing on irrelevant details. While the first story was laughably absurd, this one starts out with a slightly better grounding, with Charlie being called in by policeman Clay to help him investigate a series of grizzly murders.

At least, the story starts out more grounded. This book really becomes hard to follow in the final act, and I'm saying that as someone who has played the games. The plot unravels as the characters head into their final showdown with the Twisted Ones. I don't want to spoil it for you here, but I have no idea what Cawthorn was trying to say with the ending twist of this story. So much is left open and unexplained that I can only assume that there is going to be another sequel. I reread the last few chapters a couple of times and still don't get what was going on. For its faults, at least I never felt this lost in The Silver Eyes!

If you're a fan of the games, this story is also a mixed bag. While you do get some interesting new additions to the lore in the shape of a few new animatronics, and a few more cameos from the ones that we know and love from the early games (including Balloon Boy, though personally I don't really care for him), it's become readily apparent that the books and games follow a very different continuity. Don't try to stitch the books and the games together. Trust me, it doesn't work.

The characters are also as shallow as they were in the previous story, yet Charlie's actions this time round are just confusing. She acted erratically throughout this entire story, from her desire to learn robotics to her "plan" to sacrifice herself to Freddy. I'm really at a loss as to what was going through her head in this story. She didn't even really seem to gain much as she didn't seem to be any closer to finding out what happened to Sammy. I wasn't really sold on her relationship with John either. Neither one of them seemed to be wholly invested in being a couple.

Anyhow, in all, this novel did have some fun moments but started to fall apart towards the climax. Although it contains some mindless horror and did at least prove willing to kill off major characters this time around, it was a bit of a mess and lacked the tension of the first book. I am curious to see what will happen next, but this is more as a fan of the game universe than anything else.
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"I freaking hate this book.

Okay, first of all, I love the FNAF games (well I love watching others play them). The lore, the mystery, the constantly developing story, it's fantastic. Phenomenal. I look forward to each new installment hoping for more hints.

I read The Silver Eyes and although it had some problems, I was trying to find answers so I overlooked a lot of the writing style or flat out idiocy of the decisions of characters and clear lack of research. I cannot do the same with this book.

Okay, first of all, it's a book written for young adults. I know it's not as sophisticated as some other novels so I'm trying to cut it some slack, but come on! It frustrates me when authors get something so basic so incredibly wrong. Chief Wiggum would never allow a freaking college student to touch a dead body (left in a field, btw, because screw medical examiners or forensics or basic police procedure). The characters are so underdeveloped that when they're captured or threatened with bodily harm or death I do not care. In fact, I was rooting for it. Let them all die. They deserved it. Every single one of them. Ugh, I just could not become emotionally invested in any of them.

Brief spoiler alert:


The main character is searching for the answers behind her missing twin brother. Right? That was part of the first book as well. She's having dreams and subliminal drawings of events surrounding his disappearance and when the answers are literally LITERALLY right in front of her, she allows herself to be taken away by the other guy I want to die who is supposed to have some sort of romantic connection to her? Seriously?! I felt that was Scott Cawthon just having fun at the readers' expense because his games are full of teasers, but it was set up so clumsily it felt like someone was trying to be all teenage drama or something. Gag me with a freaking spoon. Oh, and then later the characters are missing their friend, but instead of trying to find them, the "romantic" interest is saying just "let it go" because true teenage love spoils faster than milk on a summer sidewalk.


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All in all, this book sucks. Avoid it like the plague. I was fortunate that I checked it out from the library, but don't encourage any more of these books by Cawthon or his co-author. If I have to read any more of this drivel in order to discover more answers to the mystery behind the game, then I'm just going to have to live with unanswered questions and take up a new hobby of reading college textbooks for fun in order to counter the effects this book has left with me. Stupid.
" said.

" loved this book!!! Much better than the first and I hope there's more to come! " said.

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