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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 - 18 years
  • Grade Level: 7 - 12
  • Series: A Ghost and the Goth Novel
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion Book CH (May 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423134664
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423134664
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #987,450 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Stacey Kade (www.staceykade.com) is the author ofThe Ghost and the Goth, its sequelQueen of the Dead, and the forthcomingBody & Soul. She lives in the suburbs of Chicago with her husband and three retired racing greyhounds. Look for her on Facebook and Twitter (@StaceyKade).

Customer Reviews

I eagerly await her next book!
Ruth Anderson
Plot: This story follows what has happening in the first two books, so if you haven’t read the series, go now and read it.
Savannah (Books With Bite)
One of the many things I love about this series is the consistency of the characters, especially in Alona's case.
AJ

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Dani on May 1, 2012
Format: Hardcover
*** If you have not yet read The Ghost & The Goth or Queen of the Dead, there be slight spoilerishness ahead. ***

Final books in a series are always accompanied by such conflicting emotions, are they not? On the one hand, there's excitement in the resolution, a satisfaction in a story well ended. On the other hand, it's ended. Your brief glimpse, your privileged status of observer and confidante has been revoked, the characters to whom you've grown so attached moving on with their lives off-page. So it is with a heavy, yet satisfied heart that I say farewell to Will, Alona, and one of my favorite series... that is, until I re-read it of course.

When we last left Will & Alona, they'd had a rather big and divisive confrontation with the Order, Alona had inadvertently gotten herself stuck inside Lily Turner's body, more or less permanently, and the Turners believed that their unconscious daughter had miraculously recovered from her year-long coma. Alona is now saddled with a body that she finds less than ideal, with a life and a family that are definitely not hers. Alona inside a corporeal body also means that Will has lost his spirit guide and is, once again, at the mercy of the mass of spirits clamoring for his help... not to mention the utter weirdness of seeing Alona inside his former best friend's body. The goal then becomes to separate Alona & Lily from one another, the outcome of which is yet unknown as both girls could finally both be gone for good. When a new player arrives on the scene forcing an unexpected solution to Will & Alona's Lily problem, the old adage of "Be careful what you wish for." takes on a whole new meaning.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kate on May 23, 2012
Format: Hardcover
BODY AND SOUL, by Stacey Kade, is the final book in The Ghost and the Goth series. I have enjoyed this series so much, I was happy and sad to read its conclusion.

As usual, I loved the flirty banter that Will and Alona shared throughout the book. Their internal thoughts never really translated properly, leaving the both of them always wondering the status of their relationship. Alona has changed so much since the first book! Her progression in personality was a treat to read. I yearned for her and Will to find a way to be together since they were so obviously perfect for each other, even though they never knew that when she was alive.

Other than the ongoing romance plot, I liked the story in this book. Alona is dealing with Lily's family and how much they care about their daughter, which is something Alona never knew she wanted. Then there was the paranormal element with Alona's former best friend being haunted by "her" and another ghost trying to push herself on Will while Alona was busy being a human. The suspense was top-knotch and it kept me glued to the pages to find out what happened next!

Overall, Kade solidified my love for her writing with this series. If you are looking for a fun, intelligent, and slightly paranormal read, this series is for you!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Step Into Fiction on January 9, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This is one of those books that I'm really sad about writing a review for. I don't want this series to be over, but it is. It has been. I've been putting off reviewing this because I'm so sad about it ending.

Alas, we shall start with the cover, since that's the way we roll. I LOVE LOVE LOVE how the covers of this series have the same models, the same theme, the same everything and I LOVE how the covers actually tie in with the story line. I could go on and on for ages about books that irk me because they don't have covers that resemble the characters, the story, anything. This series has covers that tie in and I honestly think that that's one reason why I love these books so much.

So, Alona is stuck and can't get out of Lily's body. Will doesn't know what to do, and so they go off on a grand adventure to try to figure everything out. They find

Alona and Will get very close in this book and at the end...well, I won't spoil that.

We meet Ed and Erin, a brother and sister duo and Erin is well...a ghost and Ed is trying to pretend to be a medium in order to get a little cash.

In my goodreads review I said "Erin is a biotch. Ed is a wimp. They both made this infinitely more enjoyable." I stand by my statement about Erin. I wanted to rip her out of the book just so I could throttle her. Ed, is...yeah he's a wimp. He goes along with whatever halfbrained scheme Erin has come up with because he feels guilty over her death.

If you've read the first two books in the series, you have GOT to read the last one! Really, come on, do it. It's not painful. I cried a little, but I'm an oddball.

Reviewed by Saleana @ Step Into Fiction
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ruth Anderson VINE VOICE on May 7, 2012
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A little over a month has passed since Alona Dare and Will Killian found themselves involved in a life-or-death confrontation with "the Order," the super secret organization Will's father had been a member of, that seeks to regulate and control ghost and human interaction. Alona made a split-second decision that changes everything -- in order to save Lily Turner, Will's former best friend, she "inhabits" Lily's comatose shell of a body. Her action has unexpected repercussions, not the least of which is how, for all intents and purposes, she is permanently stuck in a body far from her previous ideal with a new ready-made family she knows absolutely nothing about. For his part, Will has trouble coping with the new "Alona-ified" version of Lily -- having the former high school "It Girl" firmly ensconced in the all-to-real body of his former best friend is a twisty new reality he's ill-prepared to cope with, especially guilt over his not-so-secret attraction to Lily 2.0. In their quest to undo Alona's unprecedented body-snatching accident, the ever-bickering but committed pair run afoul of a ghost who will do anything to achieve a second chance at life. But in the battle to free Alona and save Lily's body from a hostile takeover, will Will and Alona lose their best shot at the happily-ever-after neither saw coming, but now both can't imagine living without?

I absolutely adored Kade's introduction to Will and Alona's adventures in The Ghost and the Goth -- it's a breezy, fast-paced read chock-full of banter in the spirit of Shakespeare's Beatrice and Benedick and simmering romantic tension.
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As a former corporate copywriter, Stacey Kade has written about everything from backhoe loaders to breast pumps. But she prefers to make things up instead.

She lives in the Chicago suburbs with her husband, Greg, and their two retired racing greyhounds, Tall Walker (Walker) and SheWearsThePants (Pansy). When she's not reading or writing, you'll likely find her parked in front of the television, catching up on her favorite shows--Scandal, The Vampire Diaries, Game of Thrones, and others.

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