Friday, September 3, 2010

The Ghost and the Goth by Stacey Kade

*ARC Review*

Synopsis: After a close encounter with the front end of a school bus, Alona Dare goes from being homecoming queen to Queen of the Dead. Now she's stuck as a spirit (DON'T call her a ghost) in the land of the living, with no sign of the big, bright light to take her away. To make matters worse, the only person who might be able to help her is Will Killian, a total loser outcast who despises the social elite. He alone can see and hear her (turns out he's been "blessed" with the ability to communicate with the dead), but he wants nothing to do with the former mean girl of Groundsboro High.
    Alona has never needed anyone for anything, and now she's supposed to expose her deepest, darkest secrets to this pseudo-goth boy? Right. She's not telling anyone what really happened the day she died, not even to save her eternal soul. And Will's not filling out any volunteer forms to help her cross to the other side. He has only a few more weeks until his graduation, when he can strike out his own and find a place with less spiritual interference. But he has to survive and stay out of the psych ward until then.
    Can they get over their mutual distrust--and weird attraction between them--to work together before Alona vanishes for good and Will is locked up for seeing things that don't exist?

    I love ARC tour sites and my favorite is definitely We Love Ya! It was finally my turn to receive this book and I was so excited. This was actually my very first time participating in a book your site, and I have to say, I love it! I love the idea and everything.
    Anyway, in my previous post, I said I would be posting a review soon, and when I meant soon, I meant like the next day. Hehe... I got delayed.
    This book was really cute yet was lacking. I'm really not sure what it was lacking of, but it's something vital in a good YA book. I thought that the writing style was rather childish, almost a little too carefree or breezy. I wanted the book to be fun and light but not to the point where it's almost obnoxious. By the way, I'm not saying Stacey Kade writes obnoxiously. No, not at all! It just wasn't the best.
    I know everyone has said this, but I imagined Alona and Will to be like those two people on the cover. I love the cover, by the way. I think it fits the story perfectly.
    The ending was really surprising and kind of confusing, but I heard that Kade was making this into a series, so maybe everything will be explained later?
    Overall, I thought this book was only okay. I give it 3 keys.



  1. Thanks for the review. I haven't read this book but I'm sad to hear the writing wasn't what you were hoping.

  2. I was interested in reading your review because I have it on my wish list.

    I'll have to check it out for what you mean by the loose style.

    Thanks for the post!

  3. I definitely agree that this book seemed to be lacking. It was cute and had a nice premise, but I felt like some necessary ingredient was missing.


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