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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 New Girl (Fear Street, #1) by R.L. Stine

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The New Girl (Fear Street, #1) by R.L. Stine starts out with Cory Brooks clowning around in the cafeteria and noticing the new girl Anna Corwin. She's ethereal with her blue eyes and blond hair, and her pale skin that seems almost ghostly. Cory can't get her out of his mind and starts losing sleep and ignoring his friends. As quickly as she appeared at Shadyside High School, she disappears just as fast. Feeding his obsession with Anna, Cory goes by Anna's house on Fear Street despite the horror stories of people who live there.
 
For whatever reason, I decided to pick up my copy of R.L. Stine's The New Girl, which is the first book he wrote in the Fear Street series and was originally published in 1989. Even though this was the first book in the series, it was one of the ones I read later on in high school. I don't remember exactly how I first came across his books, but I fell in love with them around the time I was thirteen.

As I was rereading The New Girl, there was so much that I remembered as I worked my way through the book. I even remembered that it wasn't one of my favorites. As I finished the book, I remembered I hated the ending the first time around, and I have to say that I hated it as an adult too. I can't really say much about why I hated it because it really would give away the whole storyline, but I was disappointed by it. That's not to say it's a bad book or poorly written because it's not. I just didn't connect to it like I did with some of his other works.

What the book did deliver on is the total creep factor, and it would be the perfect book to read during a thunderstorm, which is something I relished as teen. As a first book in the series, I think it was done well. This book is great for tweens and teens between the ages of eleven and seventeen. I gave The New Girl (Fear Street, #1) by R.L. Stine four out of five stars.

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