July 2, 2010

The Ghost and the Goth - Stacey Kade

Middle Grade
Pages: 288
Publisher: Hyperion Book CH
Release Date: June 29, 2010

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?

What a fun book! Such a cute and adorable read. Gorgeous head cheerleader and tip of the popular pyramid, Alona Dare, finds herself as ghost and only freakish semi-goth (and yummy) boy Will Killian, can see her. It becomes quite an adventure and a necessary journey for both of them.

I was attracted to this book since I first saw the absolutely stunning cover, even though I immediately thought it would be a predictable read and I'm glad to say I was very wrong. The plot kept me interested and surprised throughout the whole story. Of course it is sort of a no-brainer, but very fun-summery read nonetheless.

Again it is told from the alternating points of view of the two protagonists. This was a very smart move because I believe one point of view would've made the book pointless and boring. Kade does it really well too because you can feel the difference in voices of each which translate efficiently with their personalities because they are total opposites. The only complain I seem to have is the fact that their relationship didn't move forward faster. I was expecting a little more romance and a lot sooner. But either way, their relationship with their constant bickering was to fun to miss.

The ending was sudden and a little vague thus I'm hoping there will probably be a next book? It would be great. The cover is probably one of my favorite covers this year. It really adds up the book in a single picture. I kept closing the book to see their faces, which is awfully strange for me because I normally hate faces in covers (takes away the possibility to picture the character as you please). But in this one... there's just no other way to imagine them.

I highly recommend this title for a fresh summer read that will please all romance and supernatural book lovers.


  1. Nice review! I really enjoyed this one too. The ending was a bit vague, though. Hopefully there's a sequel! :)

  2. This book sounds really fun to read. I like your review because it is very detailed.

  3. Hey, thanks for the awesome review! Glad you enjoyed G&G. I feel the same way about the cover, by the way! :) I LOVE it and couldn't be happier. Alona and Will are exactly how I pictured them in my head.

    Just wanted to pop in to say there is definitely a sequel in the works. It's planned as a trilogy. The next book, tentatively titled Princess Poltergeist, should be out next summer. :)

    Thanks again for your review!

    All my best,
    Stacey Kade

  4. Sounds like a cute summer read. Thanks for the review! And I agree on liking the cover.

  5. This is the second time today I've seen this book online and I must say, it sounds cute! Will have to add it to my Wish List soon...thanks for the heads up and the review!


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