Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Review: The Dead and Buried

Author: Kim Harrington
Format: Hardback
Print Length: 304 pages
Publisher: Scholastic Point
Published: Jan. 1, 2013 

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 Thoughts

Jade’s family (her dad, stepmom and half-brother Colby) just moved to a two vastly different from that in which she grew up. She grew up in a very rural environment. Her new school is vastly different. Her only friend is Alexa, aka Robot girl. When others find out where she lives their eyes get big and well the whispers start. What no one bothers to tell her is why. 

Eventually she finds out that last year a girl from her high school died in the house that she lives in. She tries to tell her parents that the house is haunted but no one listens. Speaking of haunting- Jade is right, Kayla is haunting the house alright. If she doesn’t find out who the killer is Colby could die. This is a threat Jade cannot put to test. Her only solution- to find out who killed Kayla until it is too late. 

Jade is an interesting character. I like how she takes charge and is protective of her little brother. Going from a class of 30 to a class of hundreds she adjusted surprisingly well. A little too well but that is to be expected. Her relationship with her step-mom is strained but she does not seem too upset about that. Two guys like her, but she repeatedly tells on that they are only friends. 

Dovovan is the love interest in the book. I felt completely sorry for him. His last girlfriend dies the night they break up and everyone thinks he murdered her. By everyone, I mean everyone. He has no friends and keeps to himself. But he keeps trying to look out of Jade. He even helps her investigate his ex-girlfriends murder, which you know has to be hard. 

Overall, a fast read that went great with a rainy day. The ghost story aspect had a few spooky points. I did not figure out who the killer was so that is a plus. 

My Rating 3 stars out of 5 stars

Other Characters

Alexa- Nicknamed Robot Girl, she is the nerdy friend 
Kane- jock boy who likes Jade 
Faye- mean girl that actually has a heart

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