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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: The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger

book review of the devil wears pradaAs a recent college graduate, Andrea "Andy" Sachs moves to New York City with her friend Lily and is trying to find a job in publishing. After sending out her resume all over the city, she finally lands a position that "a million girls would die for" as a junior personal assistant to Miranda Priestly, editor in chief of the fashion magazine Runway. As Andy becomes entrenched at Runway, her personal life and relationships suffer.

When the movie The Devil Wears Prada came out in movie theaters, I knew I had to watch the movie, and I wasn't disappointed. I loved it so much that I wanted more and turned to the internet to see if there was a sequel planned. There have been rumors that their would be a sequel, but it seems as though the original cast has no desire to film it as they believe nothing could top the original film. However, much to my surprise, I found out that the movie was based on an actual book, so of course, I bought the book.

Reading the book definitely answered some lingering questions I had from the movie. That was definitely a plus for the book. (I understand that when adapting a book to a movie, they can't include everything, but there shouldn't be any lingering questions about the plot of a movie.) Something that surprised me was that there were a lot more characters in the book than in the movie . . . the movie had combined some of the characters and totally removed others from the book. All in all, I was extremely disappointed in the book The Devil Wears Prada. I had trouble pushing myself to finish reading it. I'd recommend skipping the book altogether because of it being so painfully boring in places. This is one of the few times where I actually think the movie was better than the book. 

Because I found it so boring, I was hesitant to read the sequel, Revenge Wears Prada, when it came out, but I did read it . . . you'll have to tune in soon to find out what I thought about the sequel. With that being said, I don't see myself reading anything else written by Lauren Weisberger. Maybe one day I'll give her another chance. Overall, I gave the book, The Devil Wears Prada two out of five stars.

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