Monday, February 25, 2013

{Book Review} The Dead and Buried by Kim Harrington

The Dead and Buried
by Kim Harrington
Publisher: Scholastic Point
Released: January 1st 2013
Genre: Fiction- YA: Paranormal, Mystery
How I got it: NetGalley

A haunted house, a buried mystery, and a very angry ghost make this one unforgettable thriller. Jade loves the house she's just moved into with her family. She doesn't even mind being the new girl at the high school: It's a fresh start, and there's that one guy with the dreamy blue eyes. . . . But then things begin happening. Strange, otherworldly things. Jade's little brother claims to see a glimmering girl in his room. Jade's jewelry gets moved around, as if by an invisible hand. Kids at school whisper behind her back like they know something she doesn't. Soon, Jade must face an impossible fact: that her perfect house is haunted. Haunted by a ghost who's seeking not just vengeance, but the truth. The ghost of a girl who ruled Jade's school — until her untimely death last year. It's up to Jade to put the pieces together before her own life is at stake. As Jade investigates the mystery, she discovers that her new friends in town have more than a few deep, dark secrets. But is one of them a murderer?

Review: The Dead and Buried is not your average ghost story. It's a combination ghost story, mystery and even has a little bit of romance in the mix.
I could relate to Jade being the new girl at school, been there done that. Trying to fit in, when no one is really sure of you, figuring out who your friends are and who is a fake. Add in a pissed off ghost and things go from frustrating to down right scary. I could also relate to her protectiveness with her little brother. Especially when Kyla, the ghost, starts getting demanding.
Now I know teenage girl can be catty, but if Kyla was as bad in life as she was as a ghost.. holy moly I feel bad for any one who got in her way. She was down right mean.
As the plot progressed I cringed at Jade's antics, but applauded her dogged attempts at trying to get Kyla what she wanted. I admit I had several suspects lined up yet as the clues came out and pieces of  Kyla's journal were revealed they were narrowed down. The mystery aspect of the story was really well done, for the age bracket this book is for. I feel Ms Harrington, did a very good job pushing the plot, and dropping clues in a way that let the reader feel they were part of the story. So while Kyla's killer wasn't a surprise, the level of vindictiveness Kayla's spirit was capable of was.
This was a very good entertaining read, if your a fan of mystery and the paranormal then I recommend it.

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