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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 Summer of Christmas by Juliet Giglio & Keith Giglio

book review the summer of christmas juliet giglio keith giglio

The Summer of Christmas by Juliet Giglio and Keith Giglio opens with up and coming screenwriter Ivy Green about to have her life turned upside down. In the midst of her getting an agent, Ivy's boyfriend breaks up with her. Will they get back together?
 
Thank you, NetGalley and Sourcebooks Casablanca for the Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) of The Summer of Christmas by Juliet Giglio and Keith Giglio. I was happy to read this book in exchange for my honest review.
 
When I saw the title of the book, the cover, and read the synopsis of The Summer of Christmas I was intrigued. After reading the novel, I wasn't disappointed. In the romantic comedy genre, I'd also classify it as a beach read.
 
The beginning of the book was a little rough as it felt a bit rushed and choppy because it jumped forward several years. There are also a few times that the wording in the book was odd, but I think that may be because I received an Advanced Readers Copy. Hopefully, these little oddities and transitions are ironed out before the official publication.

Growing up in the modeling and acting business, I loved the premise of The Summer of Christmas. It felt like home to me, if that makes sense. Although I was familiar with much of the terminology and what goes on behind the scenes of a movie set, the authors did a great job of explaining much of the terms that people outside of the business may not be familiar with.
 
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Even though I don't read romantic comedies on a regular basis, I found it to be a super fun read. Although there were some predictable parts, it didn't detract from the storyline in my opinion. I gave The Summer of Christmas by Juliet Giglio and Keith Giglio three out of five stars.


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