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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: Runaway (A Changes Romance #4) by Marilyn Kaye


As a teenager, I discovered the "Changes Romance" books series that targeted teens and always had a life lesson. None of the books in this series have nothing to do with the others, and each book in the series has a different author. Unfortunately, I never could find all the books in the series when I was a teen, so now as an adult, I've been tracking down the books I never read. Thank goodness for ThriftBooks.com! Runaway (A Changes Romance, #4) by Marilyn Kaye was one of those books.

I loved the life lessons taught in Runaway, and my favorite life lesson was that you can always go home again. It also teaches teens that being an adult isn't as glamorous as it seems. I've read many of Marilyn Kaye's books, but this was one of my least favorites that she wrote. I just didn't quite connect with it like some of her other works. By all means, it isn't poorly written. It's actually very well written.

One of the major themes throughout the book was family and how some people have a much better family life than others. Kind of a "the grass isn't always greener" lesson. I don't know how I would have handled having an alcoholic mother and being forced to take care of a little sister at the young age of nineteen like Joe had too.

All in all, I enjoyed reading Runaway (A Changes Romance, #4) by Marilyn Kaye and give it three out of five stars.

Synopsis: The last straw for Leeza is when her mother tells her that she can't take the part time job at a trendy clothing store. The seventeen year old has had enough of having to give up her dreams and life to babysit her twin siblings and decides to miss her high school graduation by running away to New York to become an actress. However, the best laid plans don't always work out like you think they will.

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