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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: Sizzling Sixteen (Stephanie Plum, #16) by Janet Evanovich

sizzling sixteen janet evanovich stephanie plumIn the latest installment of the Stephanie Plum book series, Sizzling Sixteen (Stephanie Plum, #16) by Janet Evanovich, Vinnie Plum has run out of luck. His gambling debts caused him to be kidnapped and put his business, Vincent Plum Bonds, in jeopardy. Vinnie's employee and cousin Stephanie ropes coworkers Lula and Connie into helping her find Vinnie.

Although, I thoroughly enjoyed Sizzling Sixteen, the one thing that I was confused about throughout the entire book was that Lula kept mentioning her car (a Firebird), and I thought it was destroyed in Finger Lickin' Fifteen (Stephanie Plum, #15). I kept telling myself that maybe she purchased a new Firebird, but she sure didn't act like it. I go back and forth between liking Lula and disliking her. There are some books where she just gets on my nerves, and this is one of them.

With that being said, I did enjoy that Connie was featured more than normal and that we learned a little bit more of her. I hope we get to see Connie featured more as the series goes on. And, I enjoyed getting to know Stephanie's cousin Vinny more as a full fledged character instead of being just a minor player in the series. I'm glad that his character description of being a weasel was expanded to show us how he was a weasel instead of just being told he was one. I think my favorite part was when he was locked out wearing only Stephanie's underwear and her utter horror of the situation. What I loved even more was when Morelli showed up with a replacement pair for Stephanie.

Have I mentioned that I really want Stephanie and Morelli to end up being married? If they got married, I feel like the story line could be advanced a bit without ruining anything.  I've seen it done in other book series, and it really worked out well. Furthermore, as much as I enjoy the character of Ranger, I'm growing bored of him being a distraction for Stephanie and getting in between furthering her relationship with Morelli. And, Ranger's character hasn't grown much since he quit working for Vinny.

All in all, I enjoyed Sizzling Sixteen (Stephanie Plum, #16) by Janet Evanovich and gave it four out of five stars. I can't wait to see what happens in Smokin' Seventeen (Stephanie Plum, #17).

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