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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: Midnight Sun (Twilight, #5) by Stephenie Meyer

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Midnight Sun (Twilight, #5) by Stephenie Meyer tells Edward Cullen's side of the story of when he and Isabella "Bella" Swan meet. The tale is so much darker when told from Edward's perspective and gives the reader more insight into the original story of Twilight (Twilight, #1). Hang on to your seats Twihards because you're in for the ride of your life!

Who else was ecstatic when they heard that Stephenie Meyer had actually completed writing Midnight Sun and was actually publishing it last year? The news made my 2020 a little bit brighter among the pandemic. And, how apropos was it that Edward's version of the story was released at this time when his backstory directly correlates to what is going on in the world today. If you haven't read the first or second installment of the series Twilight (Twilight, #1) and New Moon (Twilight, #2), or seen the movies, then I want to forewarn you that there are a couple of spoilers below.

As excited as I was about this book being published and released, I had a hard time getting into the storyline. It took me several chapters before I became invested into Edward's version of events. By the time I got to where Edward takes Bella to meet his family the first time, I couldn't read fast enough. And, when I got to the meeting of the Cullens, James, Laurent, and Victoria, I was just beside myself because I kept getting interrupted. I kept telling my family to stop bothering me until I finished Midnight Sun. I just couldn't get enough of this book and the story.

I would love to see Edward's perspective of New Moon (Twilight, #2) since Edward is missing for a good chunk of the book. And, I desperately want to know what he and the rest of the Cullens were doing when they left Forks. One can only hope that Stephenie Meyer writes this story.

All in all, I gave Midnight Sun (Twilight, #5) four out of five stars because I did struggle with the story in the beginning. If you liked Midnight Sun, I recommend A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1) by Deborah Harkness.

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