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I Belong

Review: Body & Soul by Stacey Kade

Title: Body & Soul

Author: Stacey Kade

Genre: YA Paranormal

Series: The Ghost and the Goth (Book 3)

Publication Date: May 1, 2012

Format: Hardcover, 316 Pages

ISBN-10: 1423134664 (Hyperion)

ISBN-13: 978-1423134664 (Hyperion)

Reviewed by: Michelle


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 haunted…by 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…

Quick & Dirty: A good series conclusion filled with a surprisingly deep story of friendship and responsibility.

Opening Sentence: Malachi the Magnificent, Consultant to the Stars, had a storefront in a dingy, run down strip mall between a sketchy-looking Laundromat and a closed-up nail salon with a big, bright orange health department sticker plastered on its door.

Excerpt: No

The Review:

Body & Soul is the third and final book in Stacey Kade’s The Ghost and the Goth series. It took me a while to warm up to the series, but as each book came along, I was pleasantly surprised with where the series went. With each book came a message, and in Body & Soul, I was surprised at how different the main character seemed to me. It was about reinvention and acceptance, and I enjoyed it.

Body & Soul takes place about a month after Alona and Will faced the Order. In a blink of an eye, and a last-minute decision, Alona inhabits Lily Turner’s body. Lily was Will’s best friend, and in order for her to survive, Alona did what she thought was right. But being Lily is much different than inhabiting her body. Everyone wants Lily, and while Alona pretended for a while, it has become too much for her. In search for a solution, Will and Alona has come across another ghost willing to achieve a second chance at life. Will anything ever be the same?

Alona was just as snarky in Lily’s body as she has ever been. She hasn’t changed one bit, but has accepted more than she has before. Alona is witty and has a unique personality, and was kind enough to pretend for Lily’s family’s sake. But being trapped in another body must take a toll on her personality and who she is. No wonder she rebelled and made a few changes. One thing’s for sure, I cannot fault her for not being loyal to Lily’s family and treating them like they were her own family.

Will is a great friend. He is someone that I would want a lot of male leads to be based on. I couldn’t help but love him, despite his quirks and nuances, and you know, the whole ghost thing. He is written well and it’s clear how much development and work was put into him. Not just from Body & Soul, but overall. Will has changed as well, but I think for the better. He and Alona compliment each other, and it’s refreshing to see in a YA book.

Body & Soul’s world seemed a little more unpredictable than the other books. Despite the setting in Lily’s house, or at a random store-front looking for Malachi, it set the tone for that scene. Both Alona and Will evolved, sometimes surprising me with what they were about to do. Other times? I didn’t even notice it. I was just trying to follow along with what was going on, hoping I didn’t miss anything.

I liked the plot. It felt realistic. I felt the importance and stress of what Alona and Will were going through. I felt the burden and guilt that Alona felt. And lastly, I felt Will’s anguish about everything. While I didn’t always agree with their actions, especially Alona’s, I understood them and where Kade was taking them. The dialogue (banter) was witty and easy, and I never felt anything was forced.

Stacey Kade’s Body & Soul was a good end of the series. I was satisfied at the conclusion and enjoyed it it. I’m glad at where Kade left things, and I didn’t linger thinking about any what-if scenarios.

Notable Scene:

Good. If I was failing at pretending to be the old, badly dressed, poorly accessorized, and seemingly color-blind Lily, well, then, what did I have to lose by ditching her? Being a new Lily- one whose changed interior was reflected by an external shift as well- might make everyone, if not happier, then at least slightly less miserable and confused. Except Will. He’d hate it. But he’d get over it when he saw it was for the best, right?

I held my hands out at my sides. “I’m ready when you are.”

It was so time to ring in the new.

The Ghost and the Goth Series:

1. The Ghost and the Goth

2. Queen of the Dead

3. Body & Soul

FTC Advisory: Hyperion provided me with a copy of Body & Soul.  No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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