Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Review: The Dead and the Buried by Kim Harrington (Blog Tour)


The Dead and the Buried
Kim Harrington
Scholastic Point
[January 1, 2013]

A haunted house, a buried mystery, and a very angry ghost make this one unforgettable thriller.

Jade loves the house she's just moved into with her family. She doesn't even mind being the new girl at the high school: It's a fresh start, and there's that one guy with the dreamy blue eyes. . . . But then things begin happening. Strange, otherworldly things. Jade's little brother claims to see a glimmering girl in his room. Jade's jewelry gets moved around, as if by an invisible hand. Kids at school whisper behind her back like they know something she doesn't.

Soon, Jade must face an impossible fact: that her perfect house is haunted. Haunted by a ghost who's seeking not just vengeance, but the truth. The ghost of a girl who ruled Jade's school — until her untimely death last year. It's up to Jade to put the pieces together before her own life is at stake. As Jade investigates the mystery, she discovers that her new friends in town have more than a few deep, dark secrets. But is one of them a murderer?

This is a quick, enticing read that I really enjoyed!

I'll be honest - reading and I haven't gone great lately. I've only read 2 YA novels lately. Other than that, manuscripts and bits of manuscripts and one novella and...a lot of romance novels. YA just hasn't called to me. But I knew I needed to read The Dead and the Buried and I crossed my fingers and dived in, hoping it could hold me. I didn't expect that I'd be so held that I read almost all of it in one sitting. The part I didn't read in that one sitting, I read on the subway before I was able to sit down and read without interruption. It was really gripping and intense so even when I was exhausted and telling myself to just go to bed, it's 5 in the morning, you can read tomorrow! - I couldn't do it. I was up until like almost 6. It's insanely intense. It also goes really quick. I read like 2 chapters on the subway, but then I read the rest between like 4:30 and 6 while super exhausted.

I found myself really worrying about Jade and her brother, Colby. I felt for her pain in some ways and I was able to sympathize with her. I've never been in her situation, but I definitely understood her and cared about her. She just wanted to live a normal life and protect her brother, no matter what it took. I think a lot of people who care about their siblings can get that.

I was also definitely intrigued by the mystery. As always, I spent a long time skipping around, trying to figure out what was really going on, but never able to nail it down. I got it for a little while once or twice, but then I'd move on along with Jade to another suspect. You might be able to figure it out faster than I do (I think part of me has stopped trying though. I like having to consider everything and find out with the main characters), but it's still interesting to consider everyone. There were a lot of people with good motives.

I also really liked the glimpses of Kayla we got through her diary pages that were scattered throughout the book. We were clearly seeing more of Kayla than most people did, but definitely not all of it. And it was fun to figure out exactly who and what she would be writing about. I wouldn't have minded more, deeper looks at Kayla though.

I will say that it's not scary. Creepy at times, but I never got really scared. I also think I would've liked more character development. I felt like there might've been too many characters with so much potential that was never fully reached. Also, it would've made the book longer, so I would've gotten to read it longer and my addiction might've been better sated. (I rarely say no to longer books, but we've noticed this already, right?)

And now, you get a chance to check it out and try to solve the mystery yourself by entering for a copy!



Isn't that awesome?

You can also check out Kim online:   Website / Goodreads / Twitter / Facebook

And you can check out the rest of the tour at the following sites:

January 1st: Mandy @ YA Books Central – Intro & Review
January 2nd: Gabrielle @ Mod Podge Bookshelf – Author Interview
January 3rd: Giselle @ Xpresso Reads - Review
January 4th: Savannah @ Books with Bite – Author Guest Post – Top 5 Ghost Books/Stories
January 7th: Jen @ Hypable - Review
January 8th: Christin @ Portrait of a Book – Fantasy Casting
January 9th: Rachel @ Fiktshun – This or That with Donovan & Kane
January 10th: Amber @ Page Turners Blog – Review
January 11th: Yara @ Once Upon a Twilight – Scenarios & Gemstones
January 14th: Heidi @ YA Bibliophile - Review
January 15th: Andrea @ Reading Lark – Mini Review & Author Interview
January 17th: Katie @ Mundie Moms – Playlist
January 18th: Damaris @ Good Choice Reading – Interview 

--Julie

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