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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: Sunset Kiss (Sunset Island, #2) by Cherie Bennett

Young Adult Book Series


Young Adult Book SeriesThe second book in the Sunset Island book series by Cherie Bennett, Sunset Kiss (Sunset Island, #2), is a great sequel to the first book in the series, Sunset Island (Sunset Island, #1). Unlike the first book, Sunset Kiss features Carrie Alden's point of view of being an au pair and working for a celebrity. When Carrie Alden decides to shed her responsible personality and be like other young adults, she finds out quickly that being a wild child isn't all it's cracked up to be.

What I love about this book in this series is that it actually teaches a lesson . . . being a responsible person and that there could be dire consequences if you aren't responsible. The lessons are that you should never leave the children you're watching alone at the house and to drink responsibly. There is even a secondary lesson . . . be yourself! If you want more details, you'll have to read the book!

The first time I read this book series made me want to be an au pair, and I wished that I had friends like Carrie, Emma, and Sam. Although, Sam is my least favorite character of the three and Emma was my favorite character. I remember not being able to wait to get my hands on these books and read the next installment. I was always surprised at how things turned out. Reading it as an adult, it was a lot more predictable but still very enjoyable. It actually made me nostalgic rereading Sunset Kiss.

I definitely would recommend this book to tweens and teens between the ages of eleven and eighteen. In my opinion, much of the subject matter is still very relevant today. My rating is four out of five stars.


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