Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Jen's Thoughts: The Dead and Buried by Kim Harrington

Published: January 1, 2013
Scholastic Point, hardcover, 304 pgs
Source: NetGalley
GoodReads Summary: 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?

We ALL read those awesome Fear Street books back in the day. They were my first taste of YA and I couldn't get enough of them. R.L. Stine infiltrated my reading experiences and set a precedent for all other YA romance/horror hybrid books.

Imagine my absolute delight when reading The Dead & Buried and getting that EXACT SAME FEELING.
Ease of reading? Check.
Unputdownable? Check.
A constant rundown in my head of all the suspects and characters and motives and WHODUNNIT? Check.

I knew Kim Harrington was something special when I read Clarity, and she solidifies her place as mystery book gangster with The Dead & Buried. You guys. This book was just SO. MUCH. FUN. It wasn't a "hide under your blankets in fear of the angry ghost" type of book, but it had its moments where it sent a chill down my spine (ANY books with any sort of possession just give me the heebie jeebies.)

Jade was a fun and quirky character, living in a haunted house, practically living the life of the dead girl who died at the bottom of her staircase. Now resident ghost, Kayla, is hellbent on finding out who murdered her and Jade is her pawn. And Kayla has no problem making Jade's life a living hell until she is avenged. Honestly, I had a tough time pegging the murderer in the beginning. The evidence is well-concealed and the fact that Kayla's diary entries are littered amongst the pages definitely add to the fun of The Dead & Buried.

I DID NOT PUT THIS DOWN. And I want more. MORE. Kim Harrington, can you please write a YA series with fun mysteries and enjoyable scares and name it something like Frightened Cul-de-Sac or something? I promise I'll not point out any similarities to that one 1990s series I may or may not have mentioned in the beginning of this review.



  1. I had ALL of the Fear Street books AND I even made Dewey Decimal labels for them on my shelf. I had little taped pieces of paper on the bottom of the spine, just like in a real library. I had a HAND WRITTEN list of all the titles and the dates they were coming out AND I made little check boxes next to them so I could track which ones I owned. And I ONLY read them in the order they came out. I was OBSESSED with these books.

    And I love Kim Harrington and the fact that she has another book coming out and I didn't know about it is freaking me out! And the fact that you said it gave you Fear Street feelings MAKES ME NEED THIS BOOK NOW!

    Jen, you just made my morning.

  2. Oh my gosh, I am so glad that you liked this book! I am hoping to get approved for it from Netgalley. I am such a sucker for ghost stories (you bet I read Fear Street as a kid), and I loved Kim Harrington's Clarity books.

    I hope like crazy I get approved. You know I will read it right away.

    And I have no problem if Kim Harrington started a Frightened Cul-de-Sac series! Awesome! :)

  3. This is going to be my first Kim Harrington, and I'm so excited! I LOVE that it gave you the same feelings as R.L. Stein did back in the day. I wish they hadn't changed the cover though, this one just looks very WHEN EYE MAKEUP ATTACKS to me.

  4. Awesome review! I haven't read ANY Kim Harrington but all of her books look fantastic! I will definitely have to give this one a try. :)

  5. Ahahahaha mystery book gangster. Jen, I think you should write all of the reviews forever. <3


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  7. This YA novel has elements that teenage girls will love -- the supernatural mixed with romance mixed with suspense and mystery. I devoured this book, and I think older teen girls will, too.
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