Monday, February 18, 2013

Body & Soul (The Ghost & the Goth, #3) by Stacey Kade ~ Review

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Book Description:

The final book in The Ghost and the Goth Trilogy!

The Ghost
I’ve been trapped in the body of Lily “Ally” Turner for a month now. Talk about a fashion crisis on an epic scale. What worries me more, though, is sometimes I catch Will looking at me like he thinks I’m Lily...or that he wishes I were. Without the good looks of my former self, I don’t know who I am, or if who that is is good enough. I need out of this mess. Now.

Will and I have been looking for a solution, one that would separate me from Lily without killing her. But it’s not going well. Then, when it seems like things couldn’t get any worse, we run into Misty, my former best friend and boyfriend-stealer extraordinaire, who claims she’s being me. Seriously?

I’m determined to get to the bottom of who’s pretending to be the spirit of Alona Dare (while I’m pretending to be someone else) and then get the heck out of this body. Or die trying...

The Goth
I’ll admit it. It’s really weird to look at Alona but see Lily. I do know the difference, though, contrary to what Alona might be saying. And Alona is more than a pretty face to me, not that she would believe that.

Our one lead for some help in this messed up situation might be a page torn from the yellow pages-—the “Psychics” section-—I found in my dad’s stuff. One of the “fakes” seems a bit more real-—and odd-—than the others. Before I can investigate further, though, Alona is off and chasing a ghost that’s probably nothing more than a figment of Misty’s guilty imagination. Now Lily’s family is freaking out because she didn’t come home, my mom is ordering me to stay out of it, and something is definitely wrong with the person formerly known as Lily “Ally” Turner...

My Thoughts:

4 stars - Real characters and a rich story that makes the pages fly

I enjoyed the first two books in this series and this one was no different.  I love Alona's snarky ways and the fact that she's grown so much since the first book.  She's funny and I love how she loves Will.  She never would have been caught dead with him when she was alive but while dead, she's lost without him.  I love their relationship.  It's a sweet change from instant love.  They grew to love each other over experiences and mistakes.  Love that.

As for Will, I've always loved him but his growth in this book made me proud.  He always wanted to do the right thing but now he's more willing to stand up for himself.  AND he's real.  Not an overly strong, perfect guy always swooping in to save the day, Will makes mistakes, doesn't know what to do next and can't manage to tell the girl he loves that he does.  Real.

I read this in a day.  Couldn't put it down.  It made me laugh and scream a few times.  I wanted to smack both of them as they finally realized how they felt but wouldn't say things out loud.  But again it was real.  It's hard to say those things out loud when you don't know what the other person will say.  Despite the paranormal aspects of this book, it screamed real teenagers to me.

If you've read the first two in this series, then you definitely want to find time to read this one.  If you haven't started the series, it's what good YA is about so check it out.


  1. I haven't heard of this series. Thanks for the review!

  2. I have been wanting to read this series. I'm glad to see that you really liked it because I haven't really heard too much about it. I will have to try to get to it sometime. Great review!!

  3. I have been dying to read this series for ages now. I don't know why I haven't gotten started. Must do that soon!
    Great review, Val!