Sunday, January 29, 2012

Review: The Ghost and The Goth by Stacey Kade

Title: The Ghost and The Goth
Author: Stacey Kade
Series: Book One of Three in the Ghost and Goth Series
Published By: Hyperion Books (June 29, 2012)
Genre: YA Paranormal
My Rating: 3.5-4 Stars

Goodreads Description:
 Alona Dare–Senior in high school, co-captain of the cheerleading squad, Homecoming Queen three years in a row, voted most likely to marry a movie star… and newly dead.

I’m the girl you hated in high school. Is it my fault I was born with it all-good looks, silky blond hair, a hot bod, and a keen sense of what everyone else should not be wearing? But my life isn’t perfect, especially since I died. Run over by a bus of band geeks—is there anything more humiliating? As it turns out, yes—watching your boyfriend and friends move on with life, only days after your funeral. And you wouldn’t believe what they’re saying about me now that they think I can’t hear them. To top it off, I’m starting to disappear, flickering in and out of existence. I don’t know where I go when I’m gone, but it’s not good. Where is that freaking white light already?

Will Killian–Senior in high school, outcast, dubbed “Will Kill” by the popular crowd for the unearthly aura around him, voted most likely to rob a bank…and a ghost-talker.

I can see, hear, and touch the dead. Unfortunately, they can also see, hear and touch me. Yeah, because surviving high school isn’t hard enough already. I’ve done my best to hide my “gift.” After all, my dad, who shared my ability, killed himself because of it when I was fifteen. But lately, pretending to be normal has gotten a lot harder. A new ghost—an anonymous, seething cloud of negative energy with the capacity to throw me around—is pursuing me with a vengeance. My mom, who knows nothing about what I can do, is worrying about the increase in odd incidents, my shrink is tossing around terms like “temporary confinement for psychiatric evaluation,” and my principal, who thinks I’m a disruption and a faker, is searching for every way possible to get rid of me. How many weeks until graduation?

My Review:
If I had to describe this book in only one word I think it would be "cute".

This was a fun cute read that alternated between two characters, Alona (who dies) and Will who can see and hear ghosts. 

I am going to admit that at first I wasn't too sure about this book, I didn't love Alona. In fact I am not even sure I really liked her so I was really glad this book wasn't only told through her point of view or I might have actually rated this book lower.

However, I absolutely loved Will's character. There was just something about him that was just..good and made you want to help him. Maybe it was the boy who wanted to hide but couldn't thing. Or maybe it was just that he had had such a hard life up until that point when he saw Alona, I am not sure really what quality is was about him but I found myself really caring about him and wanting only good things for him. 

I will admit that once Alona met Will and started seeing who he really was on the inside instead of who she saw on the outside, I did start to like her a little more. I don't think she completely redeemed herself in my eyes by the end of the story but she does have potential.

I will continue on with this series just because I adore Will and it is a fun light read.


  1. I was curious about this book as well. I'm going to check it out soon. Thanks for the review. :) The female character does seem iffy but I'd want to read it for Will.

  2. Lila has been wanting to buddy read this one we still haven't gotten to it, Sounds like it is a light quick read. Hopefully we can check out.

  3. Vanessa, I have been as well, which is why I finally tried it. It was a cute read and Will definitely makes up for Alona.

    Heidi, let me know how you like it if you do decide to try it!
    It is a super quick read. I think I finished it in a few hours.

  4. I agree with your review! It is such a cute, fun read that's not too depressing or heavy. Ironically, it's kind of a pick-me-up type book in the "things could be worse" kind of way.

  5. I hadn't heard of this book before but it sounds really cute. I don't read many books with ghosts so this would be a nice change :)