The Dead and Buried

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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 ...

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Overview


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.

But is one of them a murderer?

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Having moved from rural western Massachusetts to an upscale Boston suburb, 17-year-old Jade Kelley thinks her biggest problems will be making new friends and putting up with her stepmother. She didn’t count on being haunted by the ghost of Kayla, the popular mean girl who died in Jade’s new house under suspicious circumstances earlier in the year (that’s why the house was a steal). Jade ends up in the middle of a romantic triangle with two boys tied to the dead teen, but the real race is to figure out what really happened to Kayla before the impatient and vengeful ghost takes out her anger on Jade’s family. As she did in Clarity and Perception, Harrington continues to demonstrate her gift for threading paranormal elements into thrilling mysteries—haunted old estates are a dime a dozen, but there’s something especially creepy about ghosts lingering in suburban cul-de-sacs and McMansions. Harrington’s crisp prose, humor, and fluid storytelling serve the mystery well, and coded diary entries from the deceased Kayla let readers play detective along with Jade. Ages 12–up. Agent: Scott Miller, Trident Media Group. (Jan.)
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Praise for Kim Harrington's CLARITY

*"Harrington's well-developed characters and tight plot are simultaneously charming, realistically complex, and intriguing. . . . Clare is a teen detective for the 21st century." - Publishers Weekly, starred review

Advance praise for THE DEAD AND BURIED

"A perfect blend of mystery, horror, and romance . . . I loved it!" -- Sophie Jordan, New York Times bestselling author of FIRELIGHT

"Delicously spooky and ridiculously fun... Reminded me why Kim Harrington is one of my favorite authors." -- Rachel Hawkins, New York Times bestselling author of HEX HALL.

"A perfect, classical ghost story with a decidedly modern feel. I adored it." -- Myra McEntire, author of HOURGLASS

"A deliciously eerie mystery that kept me guessing from the first line to the last." -- Leigh Fallon, author of CARRIER OF THE MARK

"A clever, fast-paced thriller . . . impossible to put down." -- Sonia Gensler, author of THE REVENANT

Children's Literature - Greta Holt
"Not Colby" stands beside his sister Jade's bed, smiles an evil smile and demands that Jade find her killer. "Not Colby" is Jade's innocent little brother who has been possessed by the ghost of high school mean girl Kayla. Jade and Colby were thrilled to move to the city and a lovely new house. Unbeknownst to the kids, their parents could afford the house only because Kayla was pushed down the stairs to her death the year before. To save her brother, Jade must find the murderer. The plot includes Kayla's former boyfriends or wannabe's, her BFF's who worshipped her, and her other world diary. In the diary she tells all but substitutes numbers for the names of people. Readers quickly fill in the names. Kayla is entitled and devious, wielding her power like a baseball bat. Someone with motive has certainly pushed her down the stairs. The writer Harrington has set out on a difficult journey. Pitting an unwilling detective against the powers of the supernatural demands a strong main character. Because Kayla's story and ghostly personality are so arresting, readers may find Jade's high school loves, hates, and insecurities a bit bland. Similarly, Jade and the broken Donovan are somewhat plain; whereas, popular-but-poor Kane and bad girl Faye engage readers by behaving in unexpected ways. Although the murderer may become apparent too early in the story, the book is a good, fast read that delivers some captivating, late night shudders. Reviewer: Greta Holt
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—Jade Kelley, 17, and her family have just moved into the home of her dreams, but their timing couldn't be worse. She is starting her senior year in a new school with no friends. When her five-year-old half brother, Colby, starts talking about seeing a glimmering girl in his room, she gets her first hint that her new house is not as perfect as it seems. She discovers that a popular girl, Kayla, died there just months ago, and everyone believes that she was murdered, but the police have no suspects. Kayla's best friend, Faye, asks Jade to throw a party, and, thinking it would be a good way to make friends, she agrees, not knowing that Faye wants to contact Kayla's ghost. They make a connection, but Kayla's angry spirit explodes light bulbs and possesses Colby's body, demanding that Jade find out who the killer is. With the help of Kayla's old boyfriend, Donovan, Jade starts to investigate, discovering along the way that almost everyone in school had a motive to murder the cruel, status-conscious girl. In this well-paced book, readers slowly learn about the characters and the events that led up to the crime. A little romance and tumultuous family relationships add depth to the story. Mystery fans will definitely enjoy this title.—Erik Carlson, White Plains Public Library, NY
Kirkus Reviews
Harrington returns to the genre of Lois Duncan with spine-chilling results. Jade Kelley, 17 named for one of the gemstones her deceased jewelry-setter mother collected, is thrilled that her family (father, stepmother and younger stepbrother, Colby) is finally moving from its rural surroundings to the bustle of the Boston suburbs. Their new home definitely offers more activity--paranormal activity that is. An instant source of gossip at school, Jade discovers that the most popular girl, Kayla Sloane, died from unnatural causes--a push down the stairs--the previous year in the same home her family purchased. Although never charged, the prime suspect has always been emo artist Donovan, Kayla's last boyfriend and the same guy Jade finds attractive. When Kayla takes possession of Colby's body and demands to know her killer, Jade must solve the mystery. In this first-person page turner, it's soon clear that underneath Kayla's beauty and intelligence was a coldhearted manipulator whom many would have liked to have seen out of the way. Plenty of red herrings keep the story lively and fast-paced. Although excerpts from Kayla's secret diary offer clues along the way, readers will keep trying to guess the real murderer until the final pages. Jade's inherited interest in gems adds another layer of appeal and a way to deal with her unresolved grief. Downright, satisfyingly creepy. (Supernatural mystery. 13 & up)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545333023
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/1/2013
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 173,897
  • Age range: 11 - 13 Years
  • Lexile: HL580L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Kim Harrington

Kim Harrington is the acclaimed author of CLARITY, an ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant readers, and PERCEPTION, which Kirkus Reviews called "a smart, paranormal mystery ride." She is also the author of the middle-grade series Sleuth or Dare. Kim lives in Massachusetts with her husband and son. When not writing, she's most likely reading, watching one of her favorite TV shows, or fantasizing about her next vacation. Visit her online at www.kimharringtonbooks.com.
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted January 26, 2013

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    I love a good mystery book. Kim Harrington is fantastic when it

    I love a good mystery book. Kim Harrington is fantastic when it comes to producing a thrilling story that keeps me at the edge of my seat.




    The best part about this book is the great plot. You have a new girl moving into a new house where there has been a murder. No knows how the person died and it's up to Jade to figure out why. I love that the plot move well taking the reader by the hand, pulling deep into the mystery. Right away, Jade jumps into detective mode, asking questions, making assumptions and of course communicating with the dead. Each chapter is a page turner that takes your mind for a spin.




    There is a love interest is quite interesting. Being that he too had a past, it's interesting to see how she figured it all out. They had a instant friendship that kept her happy and I liked that. Jade has had much happened in her life. I liked that there are moments where Jade is able to not think about anything and just be herself. 




    The Dead and Buried is an great thrill ride that no one can resist. The unexpected journey into a mystery death pulls the reader into a amazing story. A stunning quest that you want to read, The Dead and Buried is wonderful!

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 9, 2013

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    The Dead and Buried has the potential to be an epic haunting tal

    The Dead and Buried has the potential to be an epic haunting tale. Jade moves with her family, finally landing in a bigger house in a more populated town. What she doesn't know is the big beautiful house they just moved into still has one of its previous residents, lurking...waiting...haunting.

    Ghosts scare the crap out of me and the ghost in this story was no exception. Cold bursts of air, dark shadows, electrically charged air...no thank you. These were the aspects that worked really well in The Dead and Buried.

    Jade is a fairly well rounded girl. She is friendly and caring, especially where her younger brother is concerned. She's non-confrontational but still brave enough to face the impending doom loitering in her house.

    Kayla, the girl who died in the house is pure evil. In life and death. She epitomizes the term 'mean girl' and I hated her. She's rude, ruthless, manipulative and vindictive.

    Many of the other characters seemed one dimensional, they lacked much substance. Donovan, the romantic interest, had a bit of mystery to him and Alexa, the nerdy friend, had some quirkiness. It just wasn't enough to deliver me a real connection.

    When Kayla makes her presence and her reason for not 'moving on' known, Jade is forced to investigate her mysterious death or risk the life of her little brother. Here is where the story started to fall apart for me. Kayla possesses Jade's little brother in order to convey her messages and threatens his life if Jade does not help her. This could have worked if the story was a much darker and horrific one. It's not though, it is creepy but not terrifying. The reactions to the haunting are not as ghastly and alarming as they should be, especially with a possession.


    It was also fairly predictable. I had the perp fingered way too early for my liking. Many of the twists were anticipated. The first quarter of the book had me pretty excited and I wish that the rest of the book would have held that same feel for me.


    Perhaps my expectations were too high going into this one. I was hoping for a pure frightening tale, maybe I should have looked for that in a YA book. Perhaps if I was much younger The Dead and Buried would have fit this bill perfectly. I would recommend it for a younger crowd looking for a creepy ghost story that will scare you enough to get a nice adrenaline rush but not cause any nightmares.

    5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 4, 2013

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    I love a good mystery so of course I was drawn to this book. Me

    I love a good mystery so of course I was drawn to this book. Me being perceptive like I am I fully expected to figure out who killed Kayla, but that still didn't take away from my enjoyment of the book at all. I loved getting to know the characters and trying to figure out not who did it, but why they did it. There was a few good chilling scenes in the book to keep my creepy book loving self satisfied, and a few swoon worthy moments to make my romantic side happy. This was a great and somewhat creepy mystery book that will appeal to people who love this type of book. What made this book even better for me is that it is set in Massachusetts and I love when I can find some familiarity in a book I am reading. (I asked the author if the small town Jade came from was a specific one, and it wasn't, but it made me think of a town I grew up in.)

    Jade is a great character. She is originally from a small town in western Ma (woohoo shout out to my area!) and has now moved to Woodbridge, a more populated town with rich kids and a fancy school. She has always wanted a big house in a bigger city, but she doesn't understand how they could afford a huge house like that. It's not until she starts school and finds out that a girl not only died in the house just months ago, but it's suspected it was murder. Now she has to figure out what really happened to Kayla because Kayla's ghost is going to destroy her family if she doesn't. Her little brothers life is at risk and there is no way Jade will let that happen. She does everything she can to discover the mystery of who killed Kayla. She also collects gemstones which is cool because I do too. I loved hearing the meanings of each one since I didn't know a lot about that.

    There is a bit of romance in the story, but it isn't enough to take over. It's there and it's a big part of it, but it's not overwhelming, and it seems genuine and realistic. There does seem to be a bit of a love triangle, but I never really saw it that way. It was always obvious to me who Jade was interested in and she made it clear for the most part too. I really enjoyed the romance in this since it was believable and it fit in with the story well.

    I will touch on Kayla briefly since she is a main part of the story. She is not a pleasant character. We get to know her through diary entries which is really cool. We get little snippets of her life and hints at what really happened. She labels people in her diary as numbers so you get to figure out what number correlates to each person. She is the queen bee of the school, but people don't really like her. They all fear her because she can destroy anyone's reputation without even trying. Everything she does is calculated. She is manipulative and evil. She does have issues, but still. She's just not a character you can like. As a ghost she is even more evil than she was when she was alive. She doesn't care who she hurts or has to take down in order to discover who killed her so she can move on.

    I thought this book was fantastic and I really enjoyed getting to know the characters and watching the story unfold. Even thought I knew who did it early on, I had not clue why. And of course it's written so cleverly that the book makes you want to doubt yourself, but I know better. I think I read too many mystery books to really be fooled by them. The way the story was put together was great to read since you get not only Jade trying to figure things out, but you also get to read the entries in Kayla's diary and piece things together. Fantastic job Kim Harrington. This book had just enough creepiness and mystery to keep me engaged from beginning to end.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 30, 2012

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    4.5 Stars! 'The Dead and Buried' is a great old-fashioned ghost

    4.5 Stars!

    'The Dead and Buried' is a great old-fashioned ghost story set in modern times. Jade has always wanted to move to a bigger city with a bigger house, and now she's finally gotten her wish. The only drawback is that Jade has to start at a new high school, which she doesn't even mind. There are whispers behind Jade's back at school and she starts to wonder what everyone is talking about. Then she discovers that her little brother can see a shimmering girl in his room - one that nobody else can see. Strange things begin to happen in the house. Jade finally discovers the secret that no one wants to talk about - a girl her age died in the house only months earlier. Is Jade's new house haunted? It seems that the angry ghost of the girl who died is now haunted Jade's house - and threatening to hurt her little brother - if Jade doesn't help figure out who killed her. Will Jade be able to solve the girl's murder before it's too late? Will she be able to find a murderer among her classmates?

    I absolutely love a good ghost story and this book certainly did not disappoint. There is everything creepy that a good paranormal novel needs - a haunted house, a dead teenage girl, a ghost, murder, and possessions. Aside from being a ghost story, the book is also a fast paced mystery/thriller where Jade must uncover what really happened to the girl who died and who it was that killed her. The writing was incredibly well done and I was completely absorbed in the story from the first page. I literally could not put this down! I started reading it one night when I couldn't sleep and ended up powering through it and finishing around 6 am. It was so worth it though! The characters are realistic and easy to identify with - especially Jade, who I immediately liked. Of course there was a mysterious and gorgeous guy in the book - who just also happens to be heart-broken and suspected of murder. But I still adored him and the relationship between him and Jade was perfectly done. There was tons of action, adventure, twists and turns, and mystery throughout the story - which definitely kept me on my toes and guessing most of the time. The ending was a great twist - one that I didn't see coming until really close to the end. Overall, I totally loved this book. It was a fantastic page turner and a definite must read for fans of creepy ghost stories.

    Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2013

    AMAZING! A MUST READ

    Any reader 6th grade and up will totally love this book! It will get you on the edge of your seat! It is a MUST READ

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 9, 2013

    The archetype of ghost stories goes as followed: A new girl/boy

    The archetype of ghost stories goes as followed: A new girl/boy moves into town and his/her house is haunted, which means that he/she has to solve the mystery at the same time he/she has boy/girl trouble. It's been done a thousand times before, but the secret, I believe, is add a little something to it, which is exactly what happened in The Dead and Buried. Every element of the story fell into place at the end and it kept me interested to find out the truth throughout the whole thing.
    The whole dysfunctional family aspect of it was a good addition to the story and the best part of it all was the fact that even though the novel is a mix of something slightly scary, mystery and romance, the latter wasn't the dominant part of the whole story. It was perfectly blended in, which is good.
    Now, I don't usually like whole high school drama with the mean girls and popular circles, but in this case I made an exception. Or rather, the author made it worth my while. Because, really, if the regular mean girl makes me want to rip out my hair, Kayla Sloan popular-girl-turned-ghost, was outright great. Normally I guess the plot of such books, and even though that was the case here, too, I kept reading just to find out the motives. That's what drove me to keep reading, plus the cute boys, of course. :)
    My problem with the book, though, was the fact that Jade came across a little detached from certain things. Like, she was leading on one of the boys and didn't think much of it. While he was important to solve the mystery, it was kind of too much.
    The romance was sweet and devoid of too much drama, thankfully. That's what I loved the most, I think. But, it came to be very suddenly. Jade and Donovan felt that instant connection that just wasn't realistic. This is a major pet peeve of mine and it's what really made me lose it here.
    The Dead And Buried is a quick, spooky story for those who like mystery and ghosts, but don't want to be scared half to death. To be honest, it was quite predictable but entertaining enough that you won't get bored. At least not with someone like Kayla Sloan's ghost. Point is, nothing scary but interesting.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2013

    I love this book

    This was such an amazing book anf i will never regret reading this book .

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 11, 2013

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    There's something about creepy stories with supernatural element

    There's something about creepy stories with supernatural elements that draws me to them. While I'd be terrified to the point of heart failure if I really met a ghost, I like reading about them and thinking about how the characters handle their dealings with the supernatural and whether or not what they did was for the best.
    I'm not overly fond of high school dramas, and this book has the clichéd mean girls circle. I picked this up, however, because I was intrigued by how the ghost factor would play in this setting. In a high school where the popular pick on the social outcasts and play off one another, there are many with the motive to take out the mean girl who has it all. If you really think about it, it is easy to figure out who the culprit is in the end; however, it's the getting there that's the fun part, and I enjoyed unraveling the mystery behind the crime through entries from Kayla's diary and Jade's investigation.
    I love the eccentric cast of characters. While the characters are pretty stereotypical, they have their individual appeal that make them real and likable for all their faults. Faye is Kayla's closest friend and continues to keep strong faith in Kayla after Kayla's death. Kane is that popular jock who also has a strong emotions (and takes AP classes). His sister Ellie is quiet and deeply cares for her brother. Donovan is the brooding artist who once dated the most popular girl in the school; there are some sweet moments between him and Jade. Most eccentric of all are Mr. Tucker and Alexa, the former being the creepy old man across the street and the latter being the smartest girl in school with a love for numbers. Alexa is a delight with her stoicism, and I wish that we got to see more of her, especially since she's the one that Jade initially confides in. It seems as though she disappears when Jade becomes closer to Donovan.
    One could say that if there are going to be stereotypes, go for it all the way. Even Jade's family can't escape, being a dysfunctional family with a stepmom who refuses to listen to Jade, always assuming the worst of her, and her blood-related dad taking the stepmom's side. Jade's narrative is also littered with clichéd phrases and does more telling than showing us the scenes and her thoughts, which lends to the feeling of narrative distance, making it hard to relate to her on an emotinoal level. For example, although I know that Jade is terrified of Kayla, I didn't feel scared along with her. At first, the abundance of stereotypes seems overdone, and I feel though I never got to really know the characters. Nevertheless, everything comes together in the end and, while there are some rough patches where things wrap up too nicely or something could have been elaborated on a little more, the conclusion is solid and gives a feeling of completion.
    In a way, this book reminds me of New Girl by Paige Harrison with the new girl being compared to the old girl and finding herself caught between two guys who'd also been interested in the old girl. The classic novel Rebecca also plays a role in both books. However, whereas New Girl definitely targeted upper YA readers, this book feels as though it is meant for tween readers, both for reading level and content. (New Girl had sexual scenes and went more into the party life while this one keeps it clean.) I recommend this for younger readers and for those looking for a lighter supernatural read.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2014

    Idk

    I love this book sooo mush am already on chapter 10 In one week that how mush i love it i think you hould read it if you like mistery or crime i will tell you what i think when im done with the book bye

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2014

    Omg almost done with the book. I LOVE IT I never want to put it down

    You should read this book. Its so good and I highly recomend it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2013

    AMAZING

    I love the book you just have to read it its the best book ever : D

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 12, 2013

    So, I have this quirk of mine where I like to cozy up in my bed

    So, I have this quirk of mine where I like to cozy up in my bed late at night, turn out the lights, and listen to scary books on my Kindle (while the computerized voice isn’t all that scary, the fact that I am listening to potentially deadly situations unfold in the pitch dark always heightens the fear factor for me as opposed to reading in the daylight). I ended up listening to all of Harrington’s The Dead and Buried this way, and let me tell you, there were definitely some instances in which my blood ran cold.

    While the beginning of the novel reads like any other YA story in which a teen moves to a new school and is struggling to make friends, the twist is the fact that Jade and her family moved into Kayla Sloane’s house, the resident mean girl who died in the very house Jade now calls home. The fact that it remains unclear whether or not Kayla was murdered makes it all the more chilling, and as Jade begins to uncover the truth about Kayla’s life, loves, friends, and death, a creepy ambiance surrounds the novel.

    I loved Jade’s determination to save her family from the wrath of Kayla, and her sleuthing abilities were fun all follow along with, and so was the little romance Harrington added to the mix. However, I will say that I was able to figure out the truth surrounding Kayla’s death fairly early on due to some foreshadowing and “in passing” comments from other characters in the text. This isn’t a bad thing, by any means, but I definitely would have liked it to be more of a surprise. But, what was lacking in the surprise department was definitely made up for when it came to scaring me stiff.

    In regards to Kayla, I hold absolutely no love for her, especially as she threatens Jade’s family and the truth about her thoughts and feelings unfold. She was a terrible person in life, and a terrifying entity in death, and even finding out the truth about her death didn’t make me feel sorry for her, but rather filled with anger. Once you read it, you’ll see why, but I can’t say anything else about that without giving away clues, so I’ll move onto the aspects of the novel that scared me to death. While Kayla is new to haunting people, she has no qualms about threatening the life of a five-year-old, and her newfound ability to possess Jade’s younger brother chilled me to the bone. As I laid in my bed listening to the story unfold, there were multiple instances that Kayla did something that made my hair stand on end and my entire body tingle—similar to the feeling you get when a part of your body begins to fall asleep. What was really creepy about this is that the feeling of intense evil would come over me and go from head to toe in a matter of seconds, which in turn chilled my blood and had me turning on the light to make sure I was alone and that no ghost was haunting me in my room. I don’t know that I would have been as afraid had I read this novel during the day, but I’m telling you, if you really want to be unnerved and a little bit frightened, definitely read this novel with minimal light when you’re home all alone. The plot will seriously mess with your feelings of security.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 25, 2013

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    Let me start out by saying that this book is amazing. Even tho I

    Let me start out by saying that this book is amazing. Even tho I was unsure if I should give it a chance or not, I did, and I don't regret it at all. This is one of those books that leave you wondering constantly what will happen next, who did it and why. This book scared me in some parts, so it was nice to finally read a spooky book. The romance in it is a little confusing, and it was slowly developed, I had to get into a few other chapters to understand what was going on and with who, but even the romance in this  book is cute and unusual, which is what I like. I honestly haven't read a book like this, and I honestly enjoyed it alot. If you love paranormal books and such, I totally recommend you give this a try. It starts out slow-paced, as usual, but then at one point you feel like you have to catch on again. Its honestly a fun read :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2013

    LB's post

    So you thought i was just into just fantacy stories well your wrong. I like real stuff to i loved this book it had the romance and the scary. I would rate this book for people12 years and up. My oppinion of course but the book i awesome. Look out for my next review. Bye

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  • Posted March 3, 2013

    Jade has always wanted to move to a bigger town and a bigger hou

    Jade has always wanted to move to a bigger town and a bigger house, and she's finally gotten her wish. Unfortunately, when school starts and she realizes that everyone is whispering about her behind her back and she is the last one to find out why, she goes from excited to peeved quickly. When she confronts her father and stepmother, she finds out that the only way they could afford the bigger and much newer house was because a girl had died there, Kayla Sloan; a girl who would have been in her class that year and who was one of the most popular, charismatic, and yes, vicious students in the school.  All of the kids, even her friends, were afraid to cross her because if she was mad at you, or even just bored that day, she could make your life a living hell. The biggest problem, though, is that her death was a mystery in that she either tripped and accidentally fell down the stairs in the house, or was pushed. When Jade has a party and some of the kids decide to try to contact Kayla's spirit via a Ouija board, they are a little bit too successful, and that's when the trouble really begins.




    I read Kim Harrington's books Clarity and Perception a while back and really liked them, so I was excited when NetGalley approved my request for The Dead and Buried. I loved the premise and when I got into it, I liked the characters for the most part. Jade was enough of a rebel that she befriended who she wanted to regardless of popularity, which I really enjoyed. I really wanted to love Donovan because he was the moody artsy boy who I usually go for in books, but he always seemed to be hiding something, and that made got a bit wearing. Kane was okay, but I was usually pulling for Donovan anyway, so that didn't really bother me. I guess my biggest problem was one that has already been noted in previous reviews: There just seemed to be something missing from this book that would have taken me from liking it to loving it. And I'm not going to mention what happens at the end (obviously!) but I felt kind of let down and wanting more when I finished the book. 




    I'm still a big fan of Kim's and will definitely read any future books she writes, but I have to say that this one just wasn't as great as I was hoping it would be. I would give it 3 1/2 stars :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2013

    Well

    Any way i like this topic mystery i want to read this book my enimie kayliegh has this really cool book and its generation dead i want to read its also a mystery and im execited to read it emoton sicked

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  • Posted June 16, 2014

    I have only recently begun reading more ghost stories, looking f

    I have only recently begun reading more ghost stories, looking for some creepier fiction to enjoy lately. The Dead and Buried is a good ghost story, some chills and thrills included, although it's also very much standard-fare as far as ghost stories go.




    Reasons to Read:




    1. A fast-paced story:




    I easily flew through this book, reading it in an evening. The plot moves along quite nicely and I was engaged with the story from the very beginning. The pacing is just about perfect as the plot continued to develop from chapter to chapter and it never seemed to slow down or drag along.




    2.A touching brother-sister relationship:




    I loved reading about Jade's devotion to her little brother, Colby. It gave me a better sense of Jade's motivation in becoming involved with the mystery in her house and the death of Kayla Sloan. Strong relationships like this are so important, and I absolutely adored the dynamic between these two characters. 




    The main problem for me with The Dead and Buried is that it was far too predictable. There really wasn't anything unique or different to make it stand out to me from other stories about hauntings I've ever read about or seen in a movie.




    I also had a harder time relating to the characters, and I think that's because they were simply underdeveloped. It's a fairly short book, so this is somewhat understandable, but it also made it harder for me to connect with the book.




    The romance detracted from my reading experience because I found it distracted from the overall (more interesting) plot. It seemed fairly rushed and predictable, and didn't have much of a buildup to convince me that it enhanced the story in any way. It was all just a little too convenient for me, much like the rest of the story.




    Review copy received from Scholastic Canada; no other compensation was received.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2014

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    I <3 this book to death ;)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2014

    I Highly suggest you check this book out it is brilliant

    I LOVE this book and for days i could not keep my hands and eyes off it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2014

    I <3 Donovan

    Donovan is my fave person in this story, when i first read about him i was all like "jerk" but after dat i grew more and more like him. I still do have a crush on him! I want to have a boyfriend like him <3

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