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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: One for the Money (Stephanie Plum, #1) by Janet Evanovich

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After recommending the book The Stranger You Seek (Keye Street, #1) by Amanda Kyle Williams and it being picked for the book discussion, I was dismayed that almost everyone hated the book. They kept comparing it to Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum book series, which I had heard of but never read. Determined to see what it was all about, I bought the first book in the series, One for the Money (Stephanie Plum, #1).

Stephanie Plum Book Series by Janet Evanovich
Was I ever in for a surprise . . . part suspense, part thriller, and part cozy mystery, One for the Money (Stephanie Plum, #1) was not what I was expecting . . . at all. It was definitely fun and entertaining with a few hokey parts interwoven throughout the book. Some of the character descriptions definitely made me think of the people on the reality show Jersey Shore, which I've never watched, but I do know who some of the stars of the show are (i.e. Snooki). I really liked the main character, Stephanie Plum. And, I definitely found myself liking the character Joe Morelli. There's just something that I find endearing about both of them.

One of the things that annoyed me the most about this book was that the word "boinked" was used. I can't remember exactly the last time I used the word "boinked" in reference to having sex, but it definitely was when I was in high school or my late teens. I would've preferred a different word to have been used.

With that being said, I did enjoy the book well enough, and there were enough twists and turns to keep me reading to the end. And, it was intriguing enough that I read the second book in the series relatively quick after finishing One for the Money. There really isn't anything negative I can say about this book. This is a perfect book if you want something that isn't too intense and will give you a chuckle here and there. If you don't like this book, please give the rest of the series a chance because the books do get better! I gave it three out of five stars.

Synopsis of One for the Money (Stephanie Plum, #1):  Trenton, New Jersey is where Stephanie Plum calls home. When she loses her job as a lingerie buyer at a department store, Stephanie needs money fast so she goes to work for her cousin Vinnie as a bounty hunter. Chaos ensues as she attempts to apprehend local vice cop Joe Morelli.

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