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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: Smokin' Seventeen (Stepanie Plum, #17) by Janet Evanovich

Smokin' Seventeen (Stephanie Plum, #17) written by Janet Evanovich has the usual cast of characters. With the bail bonds office in the process of being rebuilt, it has become a dumping ground for a murderer who has Stephanie Plum on his list. On top of that, Stephanie's mom is back to fixing her up with different men due to Stephanie not making a commitment with either of the men in her life . . . Joseph Morelli and Ricardo Carlos Manoso, aka Ranger. Enter Dave Brewer, former football star and classmate from Stephanie and Joe's high school.

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smokin seventeen janet evanovichLet me first begin by saying that I really enjoyed this book . . . well enough that I gave it five out five stars because it was a little different from some of the other books in the series, even though it did follow the same exact formula that all the rest of the books did. However, Evanovich did freshen it up a little with a skip that thought he was a vampire, more curses from Grandma Bella (Joe Morelli's grandmother), and Stephanie's sister and her family are mentioned for the first time in several books.

The one thing that had me laughing throughout the book was the Vordo curse that Grandma Bella put on Stephanie. While in the middle of being intimate with one of the characters, Stephanie kept screaming out "vordo". The whole situation was quite comical in my opinion and one of the reasons why I ranked it so high.

Things I disliked about Smokin' Seventeen was Stephanie's mom fixing her up with Dave Brewer. I wish her mother would just calm the eff down on that front. I also disliked Dave Brewer throughout the entire book, but I think he was written that way purposely. Even though I thought there were a ton of comical moments because of the vordo curse, I didn't like Stephanie's character sleeping around. I desperately want her to choose Morelli or Ranger and finally make a commitment. The last thing I disliked about the book was I figured out who the killer was pretty early on, even with there being a red herring. 

Have you read Smokin' Seventeen? If so, what did you think about it? Let us know in the comments.


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