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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 Dilemma by B. A. Paris

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Have you heard of the website Goodreads.com? It's a free website community where you can track the books you want to read, books you're currently reading, and books that you've read. The other AMAZING thing about this site is that they have Goodreads Giveaways where you can enter to win free books, including Advanced Readers Copies (ARC).

I was fortunate enough to win one of those giveaways on Goodreads.com for The Dilemma by B. A. Paris. There were 5,986 people who entered the giveaway, and 100 people where chosen to receive an ARC. When I received the email stating that I was one of the winners, I let out a happy squeal. In my wildest dreams, I never thought I'd be lucky enough to win. I received The Dilemma by B. A. Paris for free in exchange for my honest review. What made it even better is that B. A. Paris is fast becoming one of my favorite authors, and she did not disappoint with her latest installment.

The Dilemma by B. A. Paris is about Livia's fortieth birthday party that she has been planning for quite some time. The only person that will be missing is her daughter Marnie. Livia is relieved about that though because she has a secret about Marnie and is dreading telling her husband Adam about it. Then, Adam receives some horrific news and isn't sure what to do.

Have you ever been on pins and needles waiting on some news? Well, this is how I was for the entirety of The Dilemma. I came so close to flipping to the end of the book just to see what happened, but I am glad that I restrained myself from doing that. I don't know how B. A. Paris keeps churning out novels that are so engaging that you want to stay up all night long to finish the book.

The chapters alternated between Livia and Adam, and I loved that about this book. B. A. Paris did a phenomenal job with the alternating story lines. Sometimes I think this takes away from the story, but that wasn't the case with this novel. Another great thing about The Dilemma was the family dynamics. It definitely shows how different Livia's and Adam's parents are when it comes to their situation . . . I won't go into too detail because it's a great backstory to read about. It definitely makes me glad that I have supportive parents and makes you think how not everyone has that in their life.

After all the secrets were revealed, I wasn't sure how the author would wrap up the book, but she did a phenomenal job in doing so. It was just the right amount of tying up the loose ends. I definitely recommend giving this book a read and gave it five out of five stars.

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