The Ghost and the Goth by Stacey Kade: Book Review

ghost and the gothTitle: The Ghost and the Goth

Author: Stacey Kade

Started Date:  July 10, 2013

Finished Date:  July 13, 2013

Rating: 5/5 stars

 

Summary from Goodreads:

“Alona Dare–Senior in high school, co-captain of the cheerleading squad, Homecoming Queen three years in a row, voted most likely to marry a movie star… and newly dead.

I’m the girl you hated in high school. Is it my fault I was born with it all-good looks, silky blond hair, a hot bod, and a keen sense of what everyone else should not be wearing? But my life isn’t perfect, especially since I died. Run over by a bus of band geeks—is there anything more humiliating? As it turns out, yes—watching your boyfriend and friends move on with life, only days after your funeral. And you wouldn’t believe what they’re saying about me now that they think I can’t hear them. To top it off, I’m starting to disappear, flickering in and out of existence. I don’t know where I go when I’m gone, but it’s not good. Where is that freaking white light already?

Will Killian–Senior in high school, outcast, dubbed “Will Kill” by the popular crowd for the unearthly aura around him, voted most likely to rob a bank…and a ghost-talker.

I can see, hear, and touch the dead. Unfortunately, they can also see, hear and touch me. Yeah, because surviving high school isn’t hard enough already. I’ve done my best to hide my “gift.” After all, my dad, who shared my ability, killed himself because of it when I was fifteen. But lately, pretending to be normal has gotten a lot harder. A new ghost—an anonymous, seething cloud of negative energy with the capacity to throw me around—is pursuing me with a vengeance. My mom, who knows nothing about what I can do, is worrying about the increase in odd incidents, my shrink is tossing around terms like “temporary confinement for psychiatric evaluation,” and my principal, who thinks I’m a disruption and a faker, is searching for every way possible to get rid of me. How many weeks until graduation?”

 

MY THOUGHTS.

Funny. Enjoyable. Simply amazing! 

I really enjoyed reading this one which is a huge surprise to me. I totally did not expect anything from it, I just knew that it’s interesting especially with those covers. It seems that the cover with a beautiful blonde girl and a gothic looking hot guy tells us the whole story. I thought it’ll be as predictable as the covers. But I was wrong! This book doesn’t have any predictable parts or scenes. I like how it started, the accident of Alona, and details from it were hidden and answered in the end.

I love all the characters, they grew on me instantly, even though I’ve read it in a very short time. Alona is a witty and funny character. She died in an accident and woke up as a ghost. In spite of her reputation and bitchy attitude, she kindness underneath. I like how blunt she is, she’s honest to tell anyone if she wears an awful outfit. Lol! She’s also brave, especially if she wants to win or achieve her goal. Will, on the other hand, seems like a hottie and he definitely made it on my book boyfriend list. Well, he seems my type, especially with his mysterious side and white teeth. Lol! He said he’s not a goth and of course I believe him even though he likes black and he wears hoodie most of the time. There’s more from him that most people don’t see. One thing I like the most is the alternate POVs, the author really did a good job on creating the characters. She made them lovable and you can identify the two. I think it’s rare that I can find a believable guy’s POV from a female author. Sometimes female authors tend to write girly guy’s POV which is a huge turn off.

I will definitely read the other books from the series and I already have them now. I want more from Alona and Will! 😉

 

xoxo,

 

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Chasing Brooklyn by Lisa Schroeder: Book Review

chasing brooklynTitle: Chasing Brooklyn

Author: Lisa Schroeder

Started Date:  May 4, 2013

Finished Date:  May 4, 2013

Rating: 5/5 stars

 

Summary from Goodreads:

“Restless souls and empty hearts.

Brooklyn can’t sleep. Her boyfriend, Lucca, died only a year ago, and now her friend Gabe has just died of an overdose. Every time she closes her eyes, Gabe’s ghost is there waiting for her. She has no idea what he wants or why it isn’t Lucca visiting her dreams.

Nico can’t stop. He’s always running, trying to escape the pain of losing his brother, Lucca. But when Lucca’s ghost begins leaving messages, telling Nico to help Brooklyn, emotions come crashing to the surface.

As the nightmares escalate and the messages become relentless, Nico reaches out to Brooklyn. But neither of them can admit that they’re being haunted. Until they learn to let each other in, not one soul will be able to rest.”

 

MY THOUGHTS.

 

Is it possible to love every chapter, every line, and every words of a book?

Because it did happened to me…with this one.

I love everything about this book! This is my first time to read a novel written in verse. I bought this just a few days ago because of the good reviews and recommendations. Also, I was intrigued by how it was written in verse. Then, I opened it and began reading the first chapter. And I just realized that I couldn’t stop reading. Wow, it actually took me only the first page. And I got hooked.

I knew this is a tear jerker, so I expected myself to cry. And I indeed literally cry. I love how it was written, how it was able to capture my heart.
It MOVED me. It was heart breaking, but it made me fall in love too. I felt everything, every word. I was amazed by how a certain book can teach a lot of things, a lot of lessons in life.
I love the characters – Brooklyn and Nico. They are both sad, lonely, and broken. They both lose someone they love the most – Lucca. He’s the boyfriend of Brooklyn and brother of Nico. Somehow, Lucca’s ghost helped them, to finally move on and be happy again.

Here’s my favorite line from it:
“My reflection tells one story.
My heart, a different one.

The difference is,
hearts don’t lie.
Mirrors do.” 

*sigh*
I can’t stop thinking about this book. I feel everything.
I really love it. Can you believe it, it only took me one book from the author and I’m now a fan?!
So you know I’ll be reading more books from her. 😉

 

xoxo,

Liesl and Po by Lauren Oliver: A book review

I’d like to give a good review about this book, but you know, I’m lost of words. I really loved it, and just like the author, I guess this book also mean something to me.

It started a bit quite fast, Liesl seeing the ghost Po in his room. I thought it will start with her family background or anything in particular. And while reading it, books of Cornelia Funke came into my mind. It is somehow familiar with her book, The Thief Lord. Its just that Funke is way better than her, well I think it’s because of her long experience in writing children’s book. Despite the comparison, I believe Liesl and Po is very special, its like bringing us back into childhood, from our innocent wishes and mistakes.

What affected me most is the part where she really wants to see her father again..to talk to him and say goodbye. My dad also died when I was almost seven years, but I don’t remember any emotions I felt on those days. My mom said that I did not cry. I guess she’s right since I don’t remember anything.

I’d like to go back discussing the book, since I’m getting a little mushy here.  So going back, the most amazing about the book are the characters and their perfect illustrations. They are exactly how I imagined them.

Liesl

Liesl

Po

Po