The Dead And Buried

Genre: YA Mystery, Paranormal element
Expected publication: January 1st 2013 by Scholastic Point
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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?(

 Ah! Kim Harrington, how I love her writing and her books! I was madly in love with “Clarity” and so I was eager to pick up this new book from her! Refreshing, as it is a Standalone Ghost Mystery….

A haunted House and a New Life

Jade moves with her family into a new house, this new life of course also comes with new interesting friends and a new town. But, Jade is excited and always wanted to live in a bigger town. Needless to say that this excitement fast vanishes when she figures out why this house was so cheap… it comes with the murdered ghost of a girl exactly of Jade’s Age.. And… this ghost is so NOT a friendly one and needs Jade to find her murder….

Jade – wonderful strong, loyal and genuine

I so so so loved Jade! She was a wonderful protagonist and I feel in love so fast with her voice and characters. The way she loves her family, and especially her Dad and little brother warmed my heart! As we followed Jade on her path getting new friends she easily connected with everyone because she’s just an honest and truly and perfectly nice girl who doesn’t care about appearances. She befriends  people because of their character and not their social status! Even when Jade made a few choices I didn’t truly like, Jade never lost me as she was perfectly genuine in her character.

Donovan – arty boy of cuteness and incredible supporting characters…

I absolutely adored Donovan! He’s also connected to the murder – somehow – but Jade feels drawn to this vulnerable and sensitive boy right from the beginning. And oh boy, I did too!!!  I loved this broken boy and wanted to fix him just like Jade. Hug and make it all right again…

Also, nearly all supporting characters were incredibly flashed out and beautifully developed. Kim Harrington took very good care of each and every character which is always something I especially love…

Murder, Mystery, Twists and Turns

The murder mystery combined with the ghost story was thrilling, creepy and very suspenseful! I was hooked to the pages desperately wanting to know who was the murder. In between chapters were short excerpts of the ghost/girls diary with perfectly added to the suspense! There was some twist and turns I was not expecting and some I did .. a little :)

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Bottom Line

The Dead And Buried by Kim Harrington was a suspenseful and thrilling story about a ghost, a murder and a strong spunky heroine who will easily find a way into your heart! All the secondary characters were developed with a lot of love and care and add a whole new layer of awesome!

 

    

Additional Info

Kim Harrington is a wonderful and amazing author and I can only recommend reading her other books Clarity and Perception. But, you can easily start with The Dead And Buried as it is a Standalone and will you perfectly convince of Kim Harrington’s storytelling!
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Addie R. 12/12/2012

Yaay I’m so glad yo loved this one! :D LOVE suspenseful and thrilling reads so I’m definitely excited to read this. x]

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Lori 12/12/2012

I’ve been really interested in this one, but I haven’t heard much about it yet. Now I’m really excited to read it! I love the sound of Jade!
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Mary @ BookSwarm 12/12/2012

I really enjoyed Kim’s other series and am looking forward to this book. She can tell a great story with a super-intriguing mystery! High on the TBR, for me.
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Jenny 12/12/2012

YAY!!! I loved this one too Danny! Donvoan was just so adorable, I wanted to reach in and hug him. And then punch everyone else in the school for shunning him:( I had the murderer figured out really early one, but it didn’t stop me from enjoying this book at all, I was super involved with the characters from Jade’s relationship with her stepmom and little brother to the romance with Donovan. SO GOOD!

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I cannot wait to read this book! I loved the Clarity series, and I am such a sucker for ghost stories. I hope I get approved for it on Netgalley!

I’m so glad that you really liked it. It makes me even more excited.
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Annette 12/12/2012

I have this one, and I’m about ready to start it. I’m so excited now! Can’t wait. Great review. Thanks.
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Jade sounds like a really likeable main character! I’m really looking forward to this, especially after how much I enjoyed Clarity. Great review! :)

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elena 12/12/2012

aw, Jade seems like a nice character! this sounds like a solid book and I’m glad it was the right amount of creepy.
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Kristin 12/12/2012

I was so annoyed, I went to buy this book for someone as an X-Mas present and didn’t realize it doesn’t come out until January.

Glad you liked it so much, I enjoy both her YA adult books and can’t wait to read this one!

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hrose2931 12/13/2012

Whew! For a minute I thought I’d missed one of the books in the Clarity series! I think it’s great that authors take some time out to write a standalone. I love Kim Harrington’s writing style as well. I’ll have to look for this one. I love the way you described Jade and I like that she helps the ghost (sounds like she doesn’t have a choice). Again your enthusiasm is contagious!

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So excited for this! I loved Kim’s Clarity series so can’t wait to read The Dead and Buried! :)
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