Tuesday, June 29, 2010

The Ghost and the Goth by Stacey Kade

Summary from Amazon:

After a close encounter with a bus, Alona Dare goes from homecoming queen to Queen of the Dead. She’s stuck as a ghost in the land of the living with no sign of a “big, bright light” to take her to a better place. To make matters worse, the only person who might be able to help her is Will Killian, a total loser. More than anything, Will wishes he didn’t have the rare ability to communicate with the dead, especially the former mean girl of Groundsboro High. He’s not filling out any volunteer forms to help her cross to the other side, though it would bring him some welcome peace and quiet. Can they get over their mutual distrust—and quasi attraction—to work together? Readers of this spirited paranormal comedy won’t want this odd couple ever to part.

First off I have to say that I love, love, love the cover of this one! Since for one, it reminds me of summer, a season that I wish would just get here already (I'm writing this review in early days of spring); and for two, the two people on the front definitely look like what I imagined Alona and Will to look like, which is cool.

Anyway, getting to the review aspect of this, I'm not really sure to what to say about this one. Since on one side I really enjoyed it, but on the other I've seen stories done before like this and done better. So pretty much I'll say that The Ghost and the Goth was a solid good read, but far from being a rock-your-socks excellent book that you simply can't get enough of. Though, with saying that, The Ghost and the Goth was overall a fun filled and hilarious look at what happens when you mix a ghost and a Goth together!

The characters were ones that took a while to like, but once you got past the first half of the book they kept becoming more and more likable and finally characters that I ended up loving even with the bad sides to them. Alona at first was someone who while was intriguing because of the past she would only tell slight clues about, she was stuck up and full off herself, but as mentioned above, once I got past the negative parts of her character, she become someone that I admired for her snark and her willingness to help Will. Will I pretty much I always liked, but their were still aspects of him that got on my nerves.

At first look the premise of The Ghost and the Goth sounds fabulous and while it was, the execution wasn't nearly up to par as I would've liked it to have been. Since tied together with a slightly awkward beginning that I felt was trying to hard to be cool and a slow pace for the first half, I have to admit I was a wee bit disappointed. Luckily, as I got further in, everything feel into place and made The Ghost and The Goth a pretty decent read, and showed that Stacy Kade has promise!

And the ending! Oh, how I'm dying to read the sequel now!

Overall, The Ghost and the Goth was overall a fun filled and hilarious look at what happens when you mix a ghost and a Goth together! And while The Ghost and the Goth does have some negative points, it's still a read I highly suggest you pick up just because of the mild half, which was great, and the promise that it showed that this series will turn into something brilliant!
Grade: B-

The Ghost and the Goth will be released July 6, 2010.

Source: Publicist at Hyperion. Thanks Hallie, you never cease to send me great books!


  1. sounds like a really cute read! the premise is interesting, and the cover is adorable!

  2. Glad it improved! The cover is really cool, I like it.

  3. This sounds pretty fun! I didn't realise it was the start of a series. I think I'll probably like it. I also love that cover - those summer brights never fail to grab my attention.

  4. The premise sounds really fun and i had no idea that it's part of a series. I always thought it was a stand alone book.


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