The Dead and Buried by Kim Harrington
Publisher: Scholastic Point
Genre: Fantasy and young adult
Release Date: January 1, 2013
Pages: 295 (Hard Cover)
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?
All my life, I’ve wanted to meet a ghost. Unfortunately, I have yet to meet one unlike Jade who actually gets to meet one in her new house! But, The Dead and Buried is not all fun and games. It’s told to be a mystery young adult novel with horror mixed into the bunch. But this isn’t the case with it. Throughout the whole book, nothing feels intense or creepy or even the slightest bit of horrific happens that are supposed to be there. Even with it lacking, it’s still a fun read (Which it shouldn’t be but oh well.)
Jade is forced to help the ghost finally pass over by piecing together the clues for her. Only, there aren’t very many clues. There’s only about 2 or 3 with the exception of Kayla’s diary which actually tells readers close to nothing (important anyway). The Dead and Buried seems to put everything mainstream about snobby rich kids into the story. There’s the journal with all of its deep, dark secrets, the new girl who is instantly the outcast, who is also attracted to the ‘forbidden’ boy, there’s the love triangle for the new girl, the mean girls who hate her…must I go on? This really let me down because I was looking fr something new and exciting with ghosts. But, this is just the same story only told with ghosts.
With that being said, I do like a few things about this novel. Most of the characters are well written and fun to read about, especially Donovan because he seems to actually be the odd one out. The pacing of the novel is great too, nothing felt rushed or too slow.This is a nice, fun read but I can’t say anything more about it. I recommend this to anyone who likes light reads with a ghost element in it.
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