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Book Review: Music From The Dead by Bebe Faas Rice

Music From The Dead by Bebe Faas Rice is a young adult horror novel originally published in April 1997.  Marnie and her cousin Peter drive up to the mansion that Marnie's father rented for the summer ahead of her father.  When the cousins arrive at the mansion called Stonycraig and settle in, Marnie is nervous because she thought she saw a shadow in one of the windows.  Then, she starts hearing a woman crying late at night.  Are the stories about Stonycraig being haunted true? This is a book I originally read as a teenager, and I remember being impressed by the storyline and writing.  I recently decided to reread it as an adult to see if it was as good as I remembered.  I have to say it was phenomenal.  Well-written and unputdownable.   Even though there were parts that came back to me as I made my way through Music From The Dead , I still found it to be perfectly eerie and creepy.  There was even a little bit of romance but nothing inappropriate for a tween or teen.  The only com

Book Review: Lean Mean Thirteen (Stephanie Plum, #13) by Janet Evanovich

lean mean thirteen stephanie plum janet evanovichIn Lean Mean Thirteen, written by Janet Evanovich, Stephanie Plum does a favor for Ranger by planting a bug in her ex-husband Dickie Orr's office. In the process of doing this, Stephanie sees one of their wedding presents, a clock, on his desk and tells him it is now hers. She then sees a picture of her arch nemesis, Joyce Barnhardt, on Dickie's desk and goes ballistic . . . punching and hitting him (and more). Unfortunately for Stephanie, the whole office sees her do this, so when Dickie goes missing, she's the number one suspect in his case.

Overall, I enjoyed this book because it featured Ranger quite heavily, but I am growing tired of him always saying how he is barely keeping control of himself from having sex with Stephanie. I'd really like to see Stephanie's character finally get over her commitment phobia and settle down with Joe Morelli, her on again off again boyfriend. Morelli isn't in it too much and that was quite disappointing to me because I love the interactions between the two. What was nice is that is seems that Ranger and Morelli seem to come to a tentative agreement to like each other as people and that both of their focus is to keep Stephanie alive. Something else that I was glad to see was that it did have continuity from her between the numbers book Plum Lovin' (Stephanie Plum, # 12.5).

All in all, it was still funny and enjoyable, and it let me forget about the real world while I read Lean Mean Thirteen. There were even a couple of laugh out loud moments, and it takes a lot to make me laugh. What is even nicer is that it kept my attention the entire time unlike other books I've read. I gave it 4 out of 5 stars. Now, on to another book!

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