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Heidi speaking.  Since we’re on this Halloween kick, I decided to review a ghost story for today’s Fiction Friday.  🙂

I originally picked up “The Ghost and the Goth” by Stacey Kade last year, after I’d finished “Nevermore” by Kelly Creagh and I was waiting for the sequel.  First of all, it’s nothing at all like “Nevermore,” but still very good.  The main character, Alona Dare, is kind of, well, honestly, not very nice.  Still, there’s something likable about her, and I began to really enjoy her excess attitude.

She dies at the beginning of the book, and is stuck as a ghost.  And that’s when we meet Will – the only one who can see her.  And not only see her – Will has this power with ghosts, so when they’re near him, they become solid.  Consequently, ghosts can really hurt him, and he goes through life trying very hard not to let them know he can see or interact with them, until Alona comes along.  Madness ensues.

There were a few things I loved about this book, aside from Alona’s confident attitude.  One was the simmering romance between her and Will, which the author did a nice job of creating.  Another was the unusual take on people who can see ghosts.  And finally, I liked watching Alona slowly becoming a better person, even after her death.

I’d recommend the other two books in the series as well.  Book 2, “Queen of the Dead,” takes a completely different turn, introducing other people similar to Will in ability, but not intent.  While Will wants to (mostly) help the dead, these people just want to get rid of them, all of them, including Alona.

And book 3, “Body & Soul,” answers the question: how can Will and Alona have a future together if she’s a ghost? True, she’s solid around him, but still…a ghost.  The way this little problem is solved is very…interesting.

So, if you’re looking for a fun, fast Halloween read, I definitely recommend these books.  A hearty two thumbs up!

How about you? Any good Halloween reads you’d recommend?

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