By: Melanie | March 13, 2013 | (5) Comments


Title: The Dead and Buried

Author: Kim Harrington
Publisher: Scholastic
Genre: YA, ghosts, paranormal
NOT IN SERIES
Release Date: January 1, 2013
Pages: 304 (hardcover)
How I Got the Book:  Borrowed it
For More Information: Goodreads Link

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?
 

I am a wuss. Lemme just tell you that before you bother to continue reading this review. The Dead and Buried isn’t necessarily a spooky book, it’s just it awakened my fears of everything and I started to hyperventilate. So while this could’ve been a one night read, it turned into two as I couldn’t bare finishing it off without squealing at every creak in the floor. *shudders at the thought*

Me gusta this cover. I mean seriously, that purple and that chick there…it is so damn creepy and beautif…moreI am a wuss. Lemme just tell you that before you bother to continue reading this review. The Dead and Buried isn’t necessarily a spooky book, it’s just it awakened my fears of everything and I started to hyperventilate. So while this could’ve been a one night read, it turned into two as I couldn’t bare finishing it off without squealing at every creak in the floor. *shudders at the thought*

Me gusta this cover. I mean seriously, that purple and that chick there…it is so damn creepy and beautiful at the same time! Even though my favourite colour is blue, I am a big fan of purple covers as they just add a whole new level of attractiveness and tone. Hmm..maybe that’s why I got my blog to have a purple theme…hmm…

The Dead and Buried was a horrific deadly ghost story that kept me clinging to my dear life each time I turned the page. Jade has just moved into a new house– it’s everything she wanted, a large, expensive looking one, a rich neighbourhood and a posh school. However, something’s up, everyone is giving Jade weird glances, whispers erupt whenever she enters a room. Then the secret is out. Her house is haunted. And everyone seems to be hiding a bigger secret too, something that Jade needs to find out.

Immediately, when I started reading this purple galore, I already liked Jade. She’s a little like me, head strong, impulsive and protective of her brother. (In my case sister) A very good choice of personalities for a main character, I’m so glad that Jade wasn’t a shallow, naive teen!

And there, at the bottom, was what she had wanted me to find.
I closed my eyes tightly, the paper trembling in my hand. I didn’t want it to be this. Anything but this.
I reopened my eyes, but the words remained the same.
Death by unnatural causes.
I was living in a murder house.

One thing that irritated me at the beginning was that we got introduced to so many people simultaneously that it began to be hard to remember and unnecessary. While it was nice to get a little bit of everyone’s characteristics, some were just irrelevant. MAY CONTAIN TINY SPOILER***However, this does create more complication when I was trying to figure out who the heck was the killer. It broadened the chances of identifying the murderer and kept me second guessing. SPOILER ENDED*** It was so damn suspenseful!

I liked the plot line, it was rather simple though. I felt like Kim Harrington could’ve had a twist or unexpected addition to the work, only till the last page, I realised that there wasn’t. *sighs* Great attempt though, something simple but nothing too dark and twisted. Also, not too much romance drama, there is a bit, but not too much that it just dominates the novel.

Okay, something I’ve been trying to steer clear of showed up in this book, if you haven’t guessed it already, it is….*drumroll* insta-love! *throws it angrily* I really really really really…HATE INSTA-LOVE! It is unrealistic, shallow and lacks depth! *takes a deep sigh* WHY?!?!

Overall, The Dead and Buried was a entrapping read that I recommend to people who are wusses that want to have a quick taste of spooky stories and ghosts. For the brave, this is a very light read that will keep you second guessing to the end. Deliciously intriguing and otherworldly!

 

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Melanie

Owner (and crazy nut) at YA Midnight Reads
Melanie is one of the totally fabulous bloggers at YA Midnight Reads. She's a 16 year old student from Melbourne, Australia. She is normally found binge watching TV series, reading , blogging, procrastinating or fangirling about how Percabeth is the best ship ever. She's also a lover of caps lock and uses it excessively.
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5 Responses to The Dead and Buried By Kim Harrington

  1. Giselle says:

    Oh wow haha it was a little creepy but I love it when a book really gets under my skin and makes me jump at every creak of my house! It’s true there are a LOT of characters in this one but I did still figure out the culprit pretty easily which made it a lot less exciting. It was still a fun book though.

    Also, insta-love makes me barf! >.<

  2. Ben McMann says:

    I like to aviod these ghost stories… I may try! Insta-love? Blah, hate it. Lovely book review Mel!

  3. Stephanie B says:

    Awesome review! It makes me want to read the book (which sounds amazing).

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