The Dead and Buried

The Dead and Buried

eBook - 2013
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New student Jade uncovers a murder mystery when she moves into a house haunted by the ghost of a beautiful, mean girl who ruled Jade's high school.
Publisher: New York : Point, 2013.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 0545510058
9780545510059
Characteristics: 1 online resource (297 p.)

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jmli
Aug 05, 2017

This book started out great, moving into the main events almost immediately. It was intriguing and the writing was interesting, but as the story dragged on, it became predictable and kind of over-the-top.
The ghostly part of the story went way too far for me. Basically, Jade's brother, Colby, has the ability to communicate and "summon" Kayla's ghost. The author tries to explain that this is because Colby's grandfather had the same "genes" and "gift". This didn't make much sense to me, especially since Colby's mother couldn't even detect the spirit's presence.
I felt that the book was lacking mystery, and romance/cheating/insta-love took up much more of the story. There's the classic high school food chain of bullies, jocks, nerds, geeks, etc. Pretty cliché, but it wasn't too much of a deal.

I knew who the murderer was way before he/she was actually exposed. It was pretty obvious, in my personal opinion, and all the hints and clues uncovered along the way gave it away a lot earlier. For the rest of the novel, I was simply waiting for the big revelation, that's all.

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yanpingpi
Jun 25, 2017

Its creepy. Not in exciting way. In a I-don't-love-way. But soso. 😑😑😑

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Alirox02
May 15, 2017

Predictable, cliche, and requires a huge suspension of disbelief.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Nov 17, 2016

It has been a while since I have actually read this book, and I thought I had written a review for it but apparently I hadn't yet. So here I am, telling you readers about this book. First, I was expecting more from it. It came by in the scholastic Book Fair and at least three of my friends bought it. I didn't know what to expect, so I borrowed it off of one of them. To be honest, it was interesting but not interesting enough. I guess I may have not liked horror or mystery that much before, and that could have influenced my idea of what I liked and didn't like. The romance in my opinion was kind of choppy. 3/5 stars.
- @Siri of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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callmeprincess
Aug 16, 2014

The dead and buried means something forgotten, something gone forever. But that clearly doesn't seems to be the case in this story. Enter Kayla Sloane the Queen Bee of your average high school who just loved to make your life miserable, so it's no surprise that even in death there's no rest for this young lady...especially if it involved a murder. "The Dead and Buried" is a YA fiction written by Kim Harrington, it mixes the supernatural elements with high school dramas and equipped with gripping fast-pace action. Mean girls are bad enough in real life, but wait until you meet one in death!
Jade is thrilled to be starting school where there’s more than thirty students in her whole grade. Growing up she lived in a rural town, and longed to be in a big city and school. Somehow, her dream has come true. Even the house her family has moved into seems too good to be true: new, big and beautiful. Jade Kelley, unlike so many of our other heroines, is very happy with her family's recent move. She was looking for a fresh start and had nothing to lose. Well, that is right up until her little brother confesses to seeing a girl-ghost in his room. Jade soon discovers a dangerous secret that spirals out of control and endangers everyone she loves. Her family got such a great deal on the house because a girl, Kayla Sloane, had fallen to her death on the stairs a few months earlier. In death Kayla sends Jade a message -a message loud and clear - that Kayla didn't fall, she was pushed. And if Jade doesn't figure out who pushed her, someone Jade cares about will "fall" too. As Jade plays detective in her new school, the killer will do anything to ensure the truth never comes out even if it means another slaughter. Everyone in her school is a potential suspect, they all adored or should I say they all hated or feared the Queen Bee... But the murderer is closer than she thinks. Driven by a desperate ghost and a killer on both ends, Kayla must finds the truth to Kayla's death before she too "falls" to her death.
If you are expecting "American Horror Story" kind of scary than this is not the right place for you, but on the contrast if you are looking for a sweet ghost story that has all the right high school clichés (mean girls, love triangle, new girl) then you are in for a treat. Jade is overall a very enjoyable protagonist, unlike most female characters whom I find cringe-worthy, she is strong, independent and loyal with just the right amount of smart and sassy. She doesn't just swoon when a cute guy starts paying her some attention - she cares more about the person than their reputation. She was never careless or ignorant and she knew how to stand up for herself and her friend. The mystery had me staying up all night trying to figure the killer, and even though the big reveal wasn't mind-twisting or anything like that, it was definitely someone out-of-ordinary, at least in Jade's agenda. The title of this book is "The Dead and Buried" giving off that sinister feeling, it does a good job in drawing in audiences because no horror fans could ever resist that title, I know I tried. There are times when you just want to sit by a fireplace, munch on some delicious cookies, and read a good book and I believe this novel is perfect for the scenario.

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penguindreamer
May 20, 2014

This book was a pretty good ghost story. Finally, a heroine who is realistic- and because of that I connected with her instantly! I'd recommend this book to anyone looking for exactly what the book says it gives: thrill, horror, and romance.

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red_lion_2934
Mar 13, 2014

Awesome book! Horror lovers should totally read this!

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dprodrig
Jul 24, 2013

Holds your interest throughout.

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chentel
Jun 03, 2013

i love this book! It's attention gripping and it sent shivers as I was reading.
Definitely one of my favorite books.

EssieMessie Apr 17, 2013

This book is SO similar to this other book that I read. It is called New Girl and its by Paige smthng (I don't remember her last name). Either way, this book is almost EXACTLY the same thing. New Girl was AMAZING and it was one of my favorite books. I did not think anything can compare. Well this book is almost the same thing, but 5000000 times better! At elast here there is actual romance not the guy leaving her in the end! (Stupid Max) and this book is more interesting due to the whole ghost/murder thing (stupid girl commited suicide in New Girl). Anyways, love love LOVE this book.

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jmli
Aug 05, 2017

jmli thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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red_lion_2934
Mar 13, 2014

red_lion_2934 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

black_hornet_0 Jul 08, 2013

black_hornet_0 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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chentel
Jun 03, 2013

chentel thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 13 and 22

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jmli
Aug 05, 2017

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Ghostly possession

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jmli
Aug 05, 2017

Sexual Content: Minor makeout scenes and kissing.

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jmli
Aug 05, 2017

Jade has just moved into the house of a deceased high school girl. She must uncover the girl's murderer in order to put the spirit to rest.

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jmli
Aug 05, 2017

"The heart's a stubborn organ."

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