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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 Wrong Number (Fear Street, #5) by R.L. Stine

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The Wrong Number (Fear Street, #5) by R.L. Stine is about best friends Deena Martinson and Jade Smith being typical teenagers and playing pranks on their classmates. When Deena's half brother Chuck catches them in the act, he gets involved, and things go horribly wrong when they call the wrong number and overhear a crime taking place.

In rereading this book for the first time since I was a teenager, I only vaguely remembered the plot of The Wrong Number, so it was like reading it for the first time again. Although I thoroughly enjoyed the story and had moments where I felt uneasy, I was disappointed in the fact that there weren't really that many twists and turns.

Additionally, it didn't age quite as well as some of the other books just because not many people have landlines anymore. Those who do still have them, have caller id now, so it's quite difficult to prank call someone now. In this day and age, people typically don't answer the phone if they don't know the number or if it's blocked. It's crazy that there used to be a time when we'd answer the phone without knowing who was on the other line!

All in all, The Wrong Number (Fear Street, #5) by R.L. Stine is an enjoyable young adult book, and my reread of this book was a great blast from the past. I give it four out of five stars.


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