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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 Overnight (Fear Street, #3) by R.L. Stine

Nothing bad will happen, right? That's what the members of Shadyside High School's Outdoors Club thought when they decided to go on their overnight camping trip anyways when their club advisor cancelled it. It's all fun and games until Della gets lost in the woods and stumbles across a stranger on Fear Island. When the stranger starts threatening her, Della does the unthinkable, and everyone in the Outdoors Club swears secrecy of what happened. But someone else saw what happened and is sending the members mysterious notes.

The Overnight (Fear Street, #3) by R.L. Stine did not disappoint me in my attempt to reread my way through my childhood. I vaguely remembered the storyline as I was reading this book but not enough to remember exactly what happened, so it was like reading it for the first time. When I was a tween and teen, I read the Fear Street books out of order and loved this horror series. As an adult, I'm reading them in order, and I'm seeing connections with each book that I didn't see when I first read them.

As I was reading this book, it vaguely reminded me of the movie I Know What You Did Last Summer. I won't go into details as to why as it will ruin the storyline if you decide to read it, but I think those who have read it and will be reading it will see what I mean. It made me feel like I was visiting with an old friend.

I loved most of the characters and felt like most of them had some character development, which you don't always see in a young adult book that is fewer than 200 pages. The only two featured characters that I didn't care for were Ricky, the class clown, and Della's best friend Maia. Ricky was just annoying, and Maia was a whiny little baby.

This is a perfect read for kids between the ages of eleven and eighteen, especially those who love spooky books. Like all his other books, R.L. Stine ties up all the loose ends, which I personally enjoy in a book. I had a blast rereading The Overnight (Fear Street, #3) by R.L. Stine and gave it five out of five stars. So far, it's my favorite in the series, and I can't wait to read the next book, Missing (Fear Street, #4).

If you liked The Overnight (Fear Street, #3) by R.L. Stine, you may like Trick or Treat by Richie Tankersly Cusick.

 

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