I decided to post one review for this series because every time I tried to write a longer review per book it just never happened. I just don’t have much to say about each book.
The Ghost and the Goth
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?
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Hmm what can I say about The Ghost and the Goth? It’s fun, light hearted with a paranormal twist.
I had fun reading this, it was a short, fun read that kept me entertained. It wasn’t a fast paced page turner but rather more mellow and interesting read that had me interested from page one. I enjoyed this book and although I found the beginning to be cheesy I quite liked the way everything turned out.
Queen of the Dead
After being sent back from the light, Alona Dare – former homecoming queen, current Queen of the Dead – finds herself doing something she never expected: working. Instead of spending days perfecting her tan by the pool (her typical summer routine when she was, you know, alive), Alona must now cater to the needs of other lost spirits. By her side for all of this – ugh – “helping of others” is Will Killian: social outcast, seer of the dead, and someone Alona cares about more than she’d like.
Before Alona can make a final ruling on Will’s “friend” or “more” status, though, she discovers trouble at home. Her mom is tossing out Alona’s most valuable possessions, and her dad is expecting a new daughter with his wicked wife. Is it possible her family is already moving on? Hello! She’s only been dead for two months! Thankfully, Alona knows just the guy who can put a stop to this mess.
Unfortunately for Alona, Will has other stuff on his mind, and Mina, a young (and beautiful) seer, is at the top of the list. She’s the first ghost-talker Will’s ever met—aside from his father—and she may hold answers to Will’s troubled past. But can she be trusted? Alona immediately puts a check mark in the “clearly not” column. But Will is – ahem – willing to find out, even if it means leaving a hurt and angry Alona to her own devices, which is never a good idea.
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Queen of the Dead wasn’t anything that I expected. In fact it felt different to book one, the flow of the story felt wrong and to me it just felt forced. I was able to enjoy as much of it as I could but it just wasn’t as good as the first book. I kept asking questions like: Why did this character feel so important at the beginning but now she doesn’t matter to the story at all? The Council kind of just disappeared from the story after Will tried so hard to discover them, and then this book just wasn’t as light or as funny as the first. It lost a lot of the charming, light humour book one had.
Queen of the Dead felt like it was lacking when compared to book one in this series. It was underwhelming for me.
Body & Soul
I’ve been trapped in the body of Lily “Ally” Turner for a month now. Talk about a fashion crisis on an epic scale. What worries me more, though, is sometimes I catch Will looking at me like he thinks I’m Lily…or that he wishes I were. Without the good looks of my former self, I don’t know who I am, or if who that is is good enough. I need out of this mess. Now.
Will and I have been looking for a solution, one that would separate me from Lily without killing her. But it’s not going well. Then, when it seems like things couldn’t get any worse, we run into Misty, my former best friend and boyfriend-stealer extraordinaire, who claims she’s being haunted…by me. Seriously?
I’m determined to get to the bottom of who’s pretending to be the spirit of Alona Dare (while I’m pretending to be someone else) and then get the heck out of this body. Or die trying…
I’ll admit it. It’s really weird to look at Alona but see Lily. I do know the difference, though, contrary to what Alona might be saying. And Alona is more than a pretty face to me, not that she would believe that.
Our one lead for some help in this messed up situation might be a page torn from the yellow pages-—the “Psychics” section-—I found in my dad’s stuff. One of the “fakes” seems a bit more real-—and odd-—than the others. Before I can investigate further, though, Alona is off and chasing a ghost that’s probably nothing more than a figment of Misty’s guilty imagination. Now Lily’s family is freaking out because she didn’t come home, my mom is ordering me to stay out of it, and something is definitely wrong with the person formerly known as Lily “Ally” Turner…
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Body & Soul was better that book two for me. It had a stronger and clearer storyline, it felt like it was overall written better and it was interesting. But it still felt out of place from book two, it didn’t feel like it flowed too well. I mean the council completely disappeared in this book when you would think it would have had more of a role considering, and then the one new character introduced in book two was no where to be seen and felt completely obsolete to the story.
I liked this but I also had weird feelings about it.
– This series as a whole just felt like it was all over the place. It didn’t feel like it flowed well together. To me it felt like book one was meant to be a stand alone but then book two and three were decided to be written and in doing so the story lines just didn’t quite feel like they bleonged together. I felt like I was reading three completely different stories instead of a series that melded together smoothly.
– I still had fun reading all of these books but book one was by far the best and I could have read that by its self and been happy.
– The characters slowly developed from book one to three, most namely Alona, which was nice
– This series was light and fun but did not leave a lasting impression on me. Hence the short reviews.