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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: Haunted (Fear Street, #7) by R.L. Stine

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The Fear Street Prowler has every one on edge in Shadyside, especially Melissa, who wakes up screaming due to a tapping on her window. Strange things start happening to her like her new car veering into oncoming traffic, her presents being ripped open by an unknown entity, and something or someone trying to push Melissa out her bedroom window. Is it Melissa's imagination or the Fear Street Prowler. Find out in R.L. Stine's Haunted (Fear Street, #7).

The Fear Street book series by R.L. Stine was one of my favorite Young Adult Horror series when I was a tween and teen. I still had most of the books from them, so I decided to reread them, in the order they were published, as an adult to see if they still were as scary to me as they were back then. I didn't have a copy of Haunted, so I ordered a used copy through ThriftBooks.com.

As an adult, this was a super easy read and only took a couple hours for me to finish. It was a creepy read that was perfect for a rainy night. When I began the reread of this book, none of it seemed very familiar except in one or two scenes. As I got to the last few pages, I remembered how Haunted (Fear Street, #7) ended, but that didn't take away from the story for me. This particular story is a bit different than most of the other stories in the Fear Street series and is a nice change.

I don't have any complaints about this book and think it is a perfect story for the targeted audience. If you have a child that is too young to read books by authors like Stephen King but want to read a horror story, this book and author would be a good starting place for them. I give Haunted (Fear Street, #7) by R.L. Stine four out of five stars. If you enjoyed this book, I recommend Wait Till Helen Comes by Mary Downing Hahn.

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