Book Review: The Dead and Buried by Kim Harrington

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The Dead and Buried by Kim Harrington

Publisher: Scholastic Point

Genre: Fantasy and young adult

Release Date: January 1, 2013

Pages: 295 (Hard Cover)

The Dead And Buried

 

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?

(My Opinion)

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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2013 Book Challenges: March Edition

Geez! The Sophomore challenge is starting to be a pain in my ass! I have books for every other challenge except for that one! Fingers crossed April is a better book month for me.

2013 Reading Challenge

Goal: 100

Read: 12

Total:31

Insomnia by J. R. Johanson

The Exemeus by Folami and Abeni Morris

The Dead and Buried by Kim Harrington

Crash by Lisa Mcmann

My Ex From Hell by Tallulah Darling

Mind Games by Kiersten White

You Know What You Have To Do by Bonnie Shimnko

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hopkins

Butter by Erin Lange

The Truth about Forever by Sarah Dessen

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

2013 Debut Author Challenge

Goal: 13

Read: 2

Total: 5

Insomnia by J. R. Johanson

The Exemeus by Folami and Abeni Morris

2013 TBR Pile

Goal: 50

Read:5

Total: 9

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hopkins

Butter by Erin Lange

The Truth about Forever by Sarah Dessen

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

2013 YA Contemporary Challenge

Goal: 30

Read: 0

Total: 2

2013 Sophomore Challenge

Goal: 20

Read: 0

Total: 0

How are your challenges going? Send me links so I can check them out!

Favourite Book Quotes Of The Week#19

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A list of my favourite quotes from books I’ve read in the past week. Leave a comment telling me what your favourite quotes are! I’ll be sure to check your post out too!

Crash (Visions#1) by Lisa McMann

13146312Favourite Quote:

I’m not going to follow him around. Much. I mean, I watch him, though. Like, all the time, but I’m not a creep or anything. And I eavesdrop

The Dead and Buried by Kim Harrington

9396154Favourite Quote: “We want who we want, right? No matter what other people say. No matter what reason or reality we’re faced with. No matter what facts our brains process. The heart’s a stubborn organ.”

Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy#1) by Richelle Mead

345627Favourite quotes:

1. “Do you think I’m pretty?”

“I think you’re beautiful”

“Beautiful?”

“You are so beautiful, it hurts sometimes.”

2. And than suddenly he was there, charging down the hallway like death in a cowboy duster.