Tuesday, June 22, 2010

The Ghost and The Goth by Stacey Kade (ARC)

 

ghost-and-the-goth_cover_powerpoint-207x300 After a close encounter with the front end of a school bus, Alona Dare goes from Homecoming Queen to Queen of the Dead. Now she’s stuck here in spirit form with no sign of the big, bright light coming 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 type who hates the social elite. He alone can see and hear her, but he wants nothing to do with the former mean girl of Groundsboro High.

Can they get over their mutual distrust—and this weird attraction between them—to work together before Alona vanishes for good and Will is locked up for seeing things that don’t exist?

The Ghost and The Goth was an amazing read: light, funny and somewhat ironic. This book is a page turner and you don’t want to miss out on this title!

Alona, Queen of the Elites goes from dead to worst when she discovers,  a few days after her death, that her life isn’t what she thought it was. She comes to realize her fellow schoolmates didn’t really like her, and her former BFF is real quick on making sure her former boyfriend doesn’t feel lonely, in a very touchy, feely, public way.  It’s in this exact moment of Alona’s Fall that Will, one of the losers not worth Alona’s time, looks at her straight in the eyes and laugh at her misery. His first mistake.

Will is known as a freak because he is acting so weird all the time, but wouldn’t you if you heard and saw the dead all day? He has always been trying to hide his abilities, but when you face the most stubborn ghost ever, and she knows you can see her, well you gotta deal with it. So that’s how Will and Alona ends up walking a very thin thread, both trying to reach their very different goals, which involves a few awkward situations and a fair share of disputes.

 

I really loved this first YA novel by Stacey Kade, it’s a great story with a good pace, the right amount of humor, everything adding up for success.

The characters are fantastic, you first picture them with those big stereotypes but as the story progress you discover more layers to their personalities, which takes the story to a whole new level. Also, the narration alternates between Alona and Will to give us better access to both characters thoughts and feelings.

I really liked Alona, even thought she’s the kind of girl I avoided in high school I came to love her personality and witty comments. She acts all superficial, ok maybe she is, but she’s also smart and develops an interest in other people eventually. It was nice to see her grow and I can’t wait to see what’s waiting for her in the second book.

Like I mentioned before, the book is written in a “light way”, but it also touches serious subjects like School Clics, sexual orientation, suicide, mental illnesses and alcoholism. It’s all handled perfectly to not weight down the story though, so kudos to Stacey.

 

I read this book in only a few hours and had a hard time putting it down. I liked the end even though I didn’t want it to end lol. I think everything wrapped up nicely and we get hints of what’s to come next. No major cliffhanger here.

I strongly recommend to all of you YA fantasy fans out there to get your hands on that book, you won’t regret it =)

 

In this series:

The Ghost and the Goth

TBD

 

Book stats:

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion (July 13 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 142312197X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423121978

     

    Book Source: Review Copy sent by author/publisher.


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    5 People left their mark' :

    1. Great review! I really, really want to read this! I can tell it's a fun read.

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    2. That would drive me nuts to see dead people but it would be fun if one tormented me in real life, to be able to laugh at them :) Mean true but fun!

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    3. Great review! Sounds like a fun read. I didn't relize that it touched on some senstive subjects. Thanks for pointing that out. I'm excited to read this one now. :)

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    4. Sounds like a good read :) *added to by TBR pile*

      Great review by the way!

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    5. I read a review about this before...can't wait to read it!

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