Dead and Buried
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Author – Kim Harrington
Pages – 304
Publisher – Scholastic Point
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?
My Rating – 3 ¾ Stars
*I received a digital copy of this novel from Netgalley on behalf of Scholastic Point*
Jade always wanted to live in a town like you see in high school movies. She was from a small country town, where her entire class consisted of only thirty people. Her father and step-mom always insisted they couldn’t afford it but the summer before senior year, she finally gets her wish. Jade’s family moved to the affluent town of Woodbridge, where kids generally don’t drive 10+ year old cars but Jade doesn’t mind. She’s happy she finally got her wish.
Her first week of school she gets the attention of two cute boys and befriends the super smart but socially inept weird girl. Jade is not out to be the coolest girl in school though; which I liked. She’s normal. She’s not gorgeous but thinks she’s ugly. She’s not “plain” she’s just a typical teenage girl. Things get strange though after people at school start whispering about her.
Jade soon finds out that she lives in a murder house (Which explains why her parents can suddenly afford it). The previous occupants had a daughter, Kayla and she was the Queen Bee of the school (and by Queen Bee I mean Regina George/Mean Girls type). Kayla died in the house, by falling down the stairs. Most people believe it was murder since Kayla was an extremely athletic, coordinated girl but the police couldn’t prove anything.
Jade’s little brother mentions he sees a girl that glimmers and that she tries to speak but he can’t hear her. Sometimes there will be a different energy in the house, or a cold feeling prickling down Jade’s neck. Basic haunting, right?
It all changes when one of Kayla’s old friends talks Jade into throwing a party in the famous murder house and a little game with an Ouija board gets creepy. A door gets opened and Kayla starts making threats, “Find out who killed me or else.” Now Jade has to find out the truth.
So, I liked this book. It was a cute, quick read that kept me pretty entertained. If I had the time, I probably could have read it all in one sitting. It’s a good rainy day or beach read. There are two guys interested in Jade though it’s pretty clear from the start that she only wants one and it’s not really a love triangle. Kayla’s mean girlness was a tad over the top, you pretty much don’t feel any pity about her being murdered. I wish the author wouldn’t have dismissed Jade’s love of gemstones as just a hobby, as they helped tell the story and seemed kind of important.
I knocked a few points off because for some reason, this book formatted terribly on my kindle (it was an ARC through Netgalley). Definitely not the author’s fault but there were weird typos, and sometimes new paragraphs would start in the middle of a word and there would be missing letters. I don’t know but it did distract me from properly enjoying the book, so take my rating with a tiny grain of salt.