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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: That Night by Chevy Stevens

Not knowing a thing about Chevy Stevens' book That Night, I decided to purchase it from ThriftBooks.com. Within a couple of days of receiving it, I began reading it, and it immediately sucked me in.

There were several things I loved about That Night. One of those things was that the chapters alternated from the present day to past years. This kept the book interesting and me engaged. I think that if Chevy Stevens had started from the beginning of the story, it wouldn't have kept my attention quite as well and wouldn't have had the impact it had.

Additionally, the relationships in the book were right on target, especially the way teenagers act in high school. The gossip and mean girl syndrome were right on par, and the way adults tended to believe Shauna over Toni was very believable as well. Who hasn't encountered a Shauna at some point in their life? The relationship between Toni and her sister Nicole seemed very believable to me, but being an only child, I don't really have anything to base this on except seeing how my friends interacted with their siblings.

Words can't really express how much I enjoyed That Night by Chevy Stevens. My heart pounded at points, not knowing what was going to happen. I even cried at one section because it was such a bittersweet moment . . . I won't say more than that as to not give away anything. Chevy Stevens is a talented writer who really showed a lot of depth in her characters in a way that many other authors don't quite capture. There is nothing bad I can say about this book because it is written that well, and I was totally shocked by the ending of the novel and loved how believable it was. I gave That Night five out of five stars.

Synopsis of That Night by Chevy Stevens:  Toni Murphy is the typical teen who is sullen and doesn't get along with her parents. On top of that, she drinks and smokes pot. Toni resents the fact that her parents think her boyfriend, Ryan, is a bad influence on her. One fateful night, Toni's sister Nicole is found murdered, and Toni and Ryan are convicted of the crime and spend years in prison for the deed. When Toni finally is out on parole, she is determined to find evidence that proves her and Ryan's innocence and chaos ensues.

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