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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.

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I'm a huge fan of ghost tales and was excited to be able to read THE DEAD AND BURIED. This intriguing tale is so much more than the usual ghost story. It's also a mystery with a hint of romance.

Jade's family ends up moving to the house of her dreams. If being the new kid at school wasn't bad enough, Jade finds people whispering whenever she's around. Only later does she find out why. The former owner's daughter Kayla died in their house after falling down the stairs. It was ruled an accidental death though the rest of the kids at school think otherwise. It seems others at Jade's new school are hiding secrets, one of which involves what really happened to Kayla. Then there is the ghost of Kayla who refuses to let her killer get away with her death. She ends up possessing Jade's five year old half-brother, threatening to destroy him unless Jade finds the killer. Even in death Kayla is the mean girl.

I really enjoyed this paranormal tale with one wicked, vengeful ghost. Jade sets out to find out the truth of what happened with the help of Kayla's former boyfriend Donovan. She feels a powerful pull toward Donovan and worries whether or not the only reason he seems equally interested might be because of her connection to Kayla.

What worked for me had to be the voice of this story. A subtle creepy factor resonates throughout the pages without going way over the top. I also liked Kayla. She's a vindictive ghost who has her own secrets. She's not the usual misunderstood dead girl rather she brings new meaning to Mean Girl. The mystery behind what really happened wasn't obvious. Each of the supporting characters had valid reasons to kill Kayla. Kane, the popular jock who wanted to be much more than a friend; Donovan, the boyfriend, who was last seen with her; Alexa, the nerdy unfeeling girl, who was bullied by Kayla; Faye, the so-called BFF, who might have her own secret; and even the next door peeping Tom.

I did get confused at first with the diary entries. Only later did I figure out how the diary figured into the revelation. Even then though I loved how the author didn't make it too obvious on what happened. Also the author does a good job showing the first haunting without going way over the top. Just enough creep factor to work.

A page turning tale with a subtle creepiness factor that adds to it's charm. Totally enjoyed this paranormal!



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Kim Baccellia, Editor Reviewed by Kim Baccellia, Editor December 30, 2012
Last updated: December 31, 2012
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Ghost Tale with a Modern Twist

I'm a huge fan of ghost tales and was excited to be able to read THE DEAD AND BURIED. This intriguing tale is so much more than the usual ghost story. It's also a mystery with a hint of romance.

Jade's family ends up moving to the house of her dreams. If being the new kid at school wasn't bad enough, Jade finds people whispering whenever she's around. Only later does she find out why. The former owner's daughter Kayla died in their house after falling down the stairs. It was ruled an accidental death though the rest of the kids at school think otherwise. It seems others at Jade's new school are hiding secrets, one of which involves what really happened to Kayla. Then there is the ghost of Kayla who refuses to let her killer get away with her death. She ends up possessing Jade's five year old half-brother, threatening to destroy him unless Jade finds the killer. Even in death Kayla is the mean girl.

I really enjoyed this paranormal tale with one wicked, vengeful ghost. Jade sets out to find out the truth of what happened with the help of Kayla's former boyfriend Donovan. She feels a powerful pull toward Donovan and worries whether or not the only reason he seems equally interested might be because of her connection to Kayla.

What worked for me had to be the voice of this story. A subtle creepy factor resonates throughout the pages without going way over the top. I also liked Kayla. She's a vindictive ghost who has her own secrets. She's not the usual misunderstood dead girl rather she brings new meaning to Mean Girl. The mystery behind what really happened wasn't obvious. Each of the supporting characters had valid reasons to kill Kayla. Kane, the popular jock who wanted to be much more than a friend; Donovan, the boyfriend, who was last seen with her; Alexa, the nerdy unfeeling girl, who was bullied by Kayla; Faye, the so-called BFF, who might have her own secret; and even the next door peeping Tom.

I did get confused at first with the diary entries. Only later did I figure out how the diary figured into the revelation. Even then though I loved how the author didn't make it too obvious on what happened. Also the author does a good job showing the first haunting without going way over the top. Just enough creep factor to work.

A page turning tale with a subtle creepiness factor that adds to it's charm. Totally enjoyed this paranormal!



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Naomi Davis Reviewed by Naomi Davis February 28, 2013
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This book is quick and very entertaining;a defentite page turner

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Background: Jade has just moved into a new home, however her parents did not tell her everything about it. Apparently a teenage girl died here, and some of her friends think it was more than an accident. Jade learns that the ghost of the girl still lingers and she wants revenge on her killer.

Review: Dead and Buried was way more than I expected it to be, it was a creepy mystery with paranormal elements and a good amount of attitude. Jade the main character is quarky and fits in with many crowds which I appreciated. She wasn't just he hot new girl but she had issues and fears like a normal person.

The storyline was nicely done. Creepy house, the site of a teenage death, I wouldn't want to live there, and Jade is on a mission to help the teen haunting her home. There were elements of mystery, romance, and a lot of conflict all around and it made for a good read.

The author cuts the chapters with pages to the dead girls diary, I thought that was fun and very revealing.

Why not 5 stars you ask? Well there were a few dislikes. I did not like that I guessed correctly about half way through the book who had done it. I also did not like the sense of possessiveness some of the male characters had over Jade...it was weird and icky feeling.

Overall this was a great book, I had a few moments reading before bed that I realized I shouldn't read it before bed...a little too spooky. I had ups and downs with it, but it was a good book regardless of how fast I figured it out, hopefully it will surprise you!
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Stephanie Reviewed by Stephanie February 25, 2013
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Actually Kind of Spooky

Background: Jade has just moved into a new home, however her parents did not tell her everything about it. Apparently a teenage girl died here, and some of her friends think it was more than an accident. Jade learns that the ghost of the girl still lingers and she wants revenge on her killer.

Review: Dead and Buried was way more than I expected it to be, it was a creepy mystery with paranormal elements and a good amount of attitude. Jade the main character is quarky and fits in with many crowds which I appreciated. She wasn't just he hot new girl but she had issues and fears like a normal person.

The storyline was nicely done. Creepy house, the site of a teenage death, I wouldn't want to live there, and Jade is on a mission to help the teen haunting her home. There were elements of mystery, romance, and a lot of conflict all around and it made for a good read.

The author cuts the chapters with pages to the dead girls diary, I thought that was fun and very revealing.

Why not 5 stars you ask? Well there were a few dislikes. I did not like that I guessed correctly about half way through the book who had done it. I also did not like the sense of possessiveness some of the male characters had over Jade...it was weird and icky feeling.

Overall this was a great book, I had a few moments reading before bed that I realized I shouldn't read it before bed...a little too spooky. I had ups and downs with it, but it was a good book regardless of how fast I figured it out, hopefully it will surprise you!

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When I first started this, I wasn't sure what to expect. I had read so many mixed reviews about it that I kept it on the back burner for so long. Finally I decided to give it a try. And it may sound cliche, but I'm so glad I did.
This book was filled with suspense, drama, spooky moments, and all that you need for a good paranormal story. There were a few small things I wish had been different, but overall I felt that it was a good story. Jade and her "new" family move to a new town and into a new house. Soon afterwards, weird things start going on in the house that causes Jade and the other kids at her school to investigate a mystery that happened way before Jade even got there.
The main thing that bothered me about the book was the writing style. Although it was marketed as a YA novel, it had the feel of a MG novel to me. Knowing that Harrington is a MG writer as well, I wasn't surprised, but I was hoping for a little more distinction in her writing style.
The next disappointment I had was with the main character Jade. She just seemed to be without a backbone. It was obvious she was that way because of plot movement, but there came a time when I began thinking "Enough is enough."
This brings me to what I DID like. The plot and its movement is STELLAR. We don't find out "whodunit" until the last few pages, after going on a wild and ride of guessing who it might be. Just like in most mysteries though, I was able to figure out who it was, but not without having to put the actual book aside and think about it. Harrington did a GREAT job with the mystery aspect and making all the characters amazing suspects.
This turns right to my love for the characters. Without their "real-ness" the book, the mystery none of it would have worked. Jade seemed like a weird closed off teen with a new family, her stepmom seemed like a real woman trying to win over her family, and all Jade's friends/enemies seemed real in their own ways as well. I especially loved Colby (but I think it may have been because he was 5 lol) but what happened to him CREEPED ME OUT. I kept picturing the way his face might have looked and.... Ughhh *shivers* Then there was Donovan, I don't want to say too much for fear of spoilers, but I will say this,
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Nikki H Reviewed by Nikki H February 18, 2013
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The Dead and Buried by Kim Harrington

When I first started this, I wasn't sure what to expect. I had read so many mixed reviews about it that I kept it on the back burner for so long. Finally I decided to give it a try. And it may sound cliche, but I'm so glad I did.
This book was filled with suspense, drama, spooky moments, and all that you need for a good paranormal story. There were a few small things I wish had been different, but overall I felt that it was a good story. Jade and her "new" family move to a new town and into a new house. Soon afterwards, weird things start going on in the house that causes Jade and the other kids at her school to investigate a mystery that happened way before Jade even got there.
The main thing that bothered me about the book was the writing style. Although it was marketed as a YA novel, it had the feel of a MG novel to me. Knowing that Harrington is a MG writer as well, I wasn't surprised, but I was hoping for a little more distinction in her writing style.
The next disappointment I had was with the main character Jade. She just seemed to be without a backbone. It was obvious she was that way because of plot movement, but there came a time when I began thinking "Enough is enough."
This brings me to what I DID like. The plot and its movement is STELLAR. We don't find out "whodunit" until the last few pages, after going on a wild and ride of guessing who it might be. Just like in most mysteries though, I was able to figure out who it was, but not without having to put the actual book aside and think about it. Harrington did a GREAT job with the mystery aspect and making all the characters amazing suspects.
This turns right to my love for the characters. Without their "real-ness" the book, the mystery none of it would have worked. Jade seemed like a weird closed off teen with a new family, her stepmom seemed like a real woman trying to win over her family, and all Jade's friends/enemies seemed real in their own ways as well. I especially loved Colby (but I think it may have been because he was 5 lol) but what happened to him CREEPED ME OUT. I kept picturing the way his face might have looked and.... Ughhh *shivers* Then there was Donovan, I don't want to say too much for fear of spoilers, but I will say this,

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This is a quick, enticing read that I really enjoyed!

I'll be honest - reading and I haven't gone great lately. I've only read 2 YA novels lately. Other than that, manuscripts and bits of manuscripts and one novella and...a lot of romance novels. YA just hasn't called to me. But I knew I needed to read The Dead and the Buried and I crossed my fingers and dived in, hoping it could hold me. I didn't expect that I'd be so held that I read almost all of it in one sitting. The part I didn't read in that one sitting, I read on the subway before I was able to sit down and read without interruption. It was really gripping and intense so even when I was exhausted and telling myself to just go to bed, it's 5 in the morning, you can read tomorrow! - I couldn't do it. I was up until like almost 6. It's insanely intense. It also goes really quick. I read like 2 chapters on the subway, but then I read the rest between like 4:30 and 6 while super exhausted.

I found myself really worrying about Jade and her brother, Colby. I felt for her pain in some ways and I was able to sympathize with her. I've never been in her situation, but I definitely understood her and cared about her. She just wanted to live a normal life and protect her brother, no matter what it took. I think a lot of people who care about their siblings can get that.

I was also definitely intrigued by the mystery. As always, I spent a long time skipping around, trying to figure out what was really going on, but never able to nail it down. I got it for a little while once or twice, but then I'd move on along with Jade to another suspect. You might be able to figure it out faster than I do (I think part of me has stopped trying though. I like having to consider everything and find out with the main characters), but it's still interesting to consider everyone. There were a lot of people with good motives.

I also really liked the glimpses of Kayla we got through her diary pages that were scattered throughout the book. We were clearly seeing more of Kayla than most people did, but definitely not all of it. And it was fun to figure out exactly who and what she would be writing about. I wouldn't have minded more, deeper looks at Kayla though.

I will say that it's not scary. Creepy at times, but I never got really scared. I also think I would've liked more character development. I felt like there might've been too many characters with so much potential that was never fully reached. Also, it would've made the book longer, so I would've gotten to read it longer and my addiction might've been better sated. (I rarely say no to longer books, but we've noticed this already, right?)
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Julie Reviewed by Julie January 16, 2013
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Fast-paced, Engrossing Read!

This is a quick, enticing read that I really enjoyed!

I'll be honest - reading and I haven't gone great lately. I've only read 2 YA novels lately. Other than that, manuscripts and bits of manuscripts and one novella and...a lot of romance novels. YA just hasn't called to me. But I knew I needed to read The Dead and the Buried and I crossed my fingers and dived in, hoping it could hold me. I didn't expect that I'd be so held that I read almost all of it in one sitting. The part I didn't read in that one sitting, I read on the subway before I was able to sit down and read without interruption. It was really gripping and intense so even when I was exhausted and telling myself to just go to bed, it's 5 in the morning, you can read tomorrow! - I couldn't do it. I was up until like almost 6. It's insanely intense. It also goes really quick. I read like 2 chapters on the subway, but then I read the rest between like 4:30 and 6 while super exhausted.

I found myself really worrying about Jade and her brother, Colby. I felt for her pain in some ways and I was able to sympathize with her. I've never been in her situation, but I definitely understood her and cared about her. She just wanted to live a normal life and protect her brother, no matter what it took. I think a lot of people who care about their siblings can get that.

I was also definitely intrigued by the mystery. As always, I spent a long time skipping around, trying to figure out what was really going on, but never able to nail it down. I got it for a little while once or twice, but then I'd move on along with Jade to another suspect. You might be able to figure it out faster than I do (I think part of me has stopped trying though. I like having to consider everything and find out with the main characters), but it's still interesting to consider everyone. There were a lot of people with good motives.

I also really liked the glimpses of Kayla we got through her diary pages that were scattered throughout the book. We were clearly seeing more of Kayla than most people did, but definitely not all of it. And it was fun to figure out exactly who and what she would be writing about. I wouldn't have minded more, deeper looks at Kayla though.

I will say that it's not scary. Creepy at times, but I never got really scared. I also think I would've liked more character development. I felt like there might've been too many characters with so much potential that was never fully reached. Also, it would've made the book longer, so I would've gotten to read it longer and my addiction might've been better sated. (I rarely say no to longer books, but we've noticed this already, right?)

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**I received an ARC of this book from Scholastic in exchange for an honest review.**

I'm not a big fan of horror stories,or even movies,for the record.So THANK GOD this wasn't that scary since I'm a total wuss and on top of that I started reading this at midnight.But I still kept the lights on while going to sleep,just in case.

Reading The Dead And Buried was quite an experience for me as I haven't read a thriller like this in quite a while.It was so different from the other stories I've read this year,but in a good way of course.I liked how the author portrayed Donovan as a bit of the gamer type instead of a jock.She made me like him on the spot! And did I mention how sweet he was?I know it's supposed to be a thriller but I couldn't help swooning about the guy!But it's a perfect combination of everything,I tell you.And the fact that it is a stand-alone doesn't hurt either.You do not have to wait an entire year miserably with a cliff-hanger ending to know what happens next.In a way I find that oddly refreshing.Also,the book is definitely the re-reading type so you can carry it around with you and read it whenever you want since it's also perfect for a quick-read and wonderfully written.

I would highly recommend this to impatient readers as the story picks up quickly,people who are into mild horror.thriller or mystery,and to those who do not have enough time on their hands to sit down with a large volume to read.Even if you're not any one of the people mentioned before,I'd suggest you should give this a try as it's not everyday you can find a YA ghost story like this,with just the right amount of scariness so that you do not have to worry about staying up all night.

And a side note, I liked the old cover better,but since I liked the book so much,I decided to forgive the publisher for it. :)
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Nobonita Chowdhury Reviewed by Nobonita Chowdhury December 22, 2012
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A perfect stand-alone for a quick read!

**I received an ARC of this book from Scholastic in exchange for an honest review.**

I'm not a big fan of horror stories,or even movies,for the record.So THANK GOD this wasn't that scary since I'm a total wuss and on top of that I started reading this at midnight.But I still kept the lights on while going to sleep,just in case.

Reading The Dead And Buried was quite an experience for me as I haven't read a thriller like this in quite a while.It was so different from the other stories I've read this year,but in a good way of course.I liked how the author portrayed Donovan as a bit of the gamer type instead of a jock.She made me like him on the spot! And did I mention how sweet he was?I know it's supposed to be a thriller but I couldn't help swooning about the guy!But it's a perfect combination of everything,I tell you.And the fact that it is a stand-alone doesn't hurt either.You do not have to wait an entire year miserably with a cliff-hanger ending to know what happens next.In a way I find that oddly refreshing.Also,the book is definitely the re-reading type so you can carry it around with you and read it whenever you want since it's also perfect for a quick-read and wonderfully written.

I would highly recommend this to impatient readers as the story picks up quickly,people who are into mild horror.thriller or mystery,and to those who do not have enough time on their hands to sit down with a large volume to read.Even if you're not any one of the people mentioned before,I'd suggest you should give this a try as it's not everyday you can find a YA ghost story like this,with just the right amount of scariness so that you do not have to worry about staying up all night.

And a side note, I liked the old cover better,but since I liked the book so much,I decided to forgive the publisher for it. :)

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