Saturday, October 16, 2010

Mini-review: The Ghost & The Goth by Stacey Kade

Publisher: Hyperion Book CH
Release Date: June 29th 2010
Source: Around The World Tours

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?
Stacey Kade's The Ghost & The Goth really charmed me. Alona Dare is not the nicest girl in the world but once she meets Will (who I love times three! ♥) and gets to know him, she starts softening up a bit and the same happens with Will once he realizes Miss Alona Dare is not just a pretty airhead. Kade did really well with the dual narrations: the reader is given great insight into both Will and Alona's characters and reading about their initial (and soon changing) impressions of one another was a treat. While mostly light, the book does delve into some serious issues but nothing too traumatizing... it's very entertaining, especially with a snarky dead girl and a much-too-serious yet adorable boy :)

Final verdict: The Ghost & The Goth=win for me! Even though I already knew what was going to happen halfway through the book, I still thoroughly enjoyed Kade's debut and I am so ready for the sequel. The Ghost & The Goth promises some fun times for those who pick it up and a squabbling couple that I'm rooting for! Alona+Will FTW! Rating: 4 stars

Cover comment: I completely spazzed out when I saw this cover. It's just so perfect for the story and I love seeing it whenever I walk into a bookstore.

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  1. I have a copy of this book, and I'm very intrigued! Especially over the ending, consider Alona's dead and everything...

  2. Oooo I want this more now. Thanks for the great enthusiastic and honest review !

  3. I can't wait to read this one. It's on my wishlist and sounds really good! Snarky dead girl with a much-too-serious yet adorable boy sounds like the perfect combo! Great mini review, girl! :D


  4. i love the cover too. it looks completely awesome. this sounds like such a fun and different read. i love how succinctly you reviewed it :)

  5. I love reading the reactions to this book. And I really want to read it now! Great review. =)

  6. I wasn't sure I would like Alona being the "popular girl" type but it sounds like I'm missing out on a really cute story so I'm looking forward to reading now. I'm a big fan of the snark, so this seems perfect for me:)

  7. Great review! It sounds so unique and so much fun to read. I cannot wait to read this book. The cover is awesome!

  8. Aww, sounds cute!
    I actually like the "not so nice girl" gets to be the protagonist, I think it adds something interesting

    Lovely review!