Author: Kim Harrington
Published by: Scholastic Press
Publication Date: January 1, 2013
home sweet home...
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?
Gimmie more ghosts! I love ghost stories, but it’s a subject in books that seems to always be a gamble for me. Thankfully, The Dead and Buried turned out to be a good gamble. Though it was a bit predictable, it was still a fairly solid story that I enjoyed.
Moving to a new town and starting a new school your senior can be a total bummer, but Jade actually feels good about it. That is until she discovers the house is haunted by a the girl who used to live there. She’s not exactly Casper the Friendly Ghost. And it can be a bit discouraging being the new girl at school who moved into the house where Kayla, the most popular girl, died only a few months before. Turns out her death wasn’t an accident and she is determined to find out who killed her, no matter what it takes. Even if it means causing harm to Jade and her family.
I liked Jade, but didn’t love her. She’s maybe a 6.5 on a 1 through 10 likable scale. There wasn’t anything that annoyed me about her, but there also wasn’t anything that made me love her. I did really like her relationship with her little brother, who is only five. Jade doesn’t have the best relationship with her stepmom, but she loves her bother dearly and will do whatever it takes to protect him. I also liked how she actually had a mind of her own, and wasn’t afraid to be herself.
The other characters didn’t blow me away, but they weren’t bad. I liked how there was always a little suspicion with all of them. Kayla may have been queen of the school, but it doesn’t mean everyone worshiped her. Donovan is the artsy, mysterious gamer who Jade takes an interest in. Kane, the popular jock who takes an interest in Jade, isn’t quite what he seems. Faye, Kayla’s friend, tries taking over Kayla’s role of queen bee. Alexa, is a socially inadequate brainiac, who is obsessed with being number one. Kayla has wronged a lot of people, but the question is: did any of them contribute to her death?
I liked that this wasn’t a happy haunting story. Kayla was a Grade A jerk in life who screwed with people, and she was the same in death. There were some tense and slightly creepy moments, but nothing too scary. I liked the use of the journal to get to know Kayla through her own words, and how it played an important role.
As for the mystery surrounding Kayla’s death, I knew who did what and why as soon as the person was introduced in the book. I don’t feel that it took too much from the story, though, because there was always that doubt that maybe I was wrong. Sometimes it’s not as fun being right all the time (haha).
Overall, The Dead and Buried is on the better side of the ghost infused books I’ve read. And I was happy that it’s a standalone!