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?
First Sentence: Colby had a secret.
I don’t know why many people haven’t read and reviewed The Dead and the Buried yet (according to goodreads) because they are missing out on a book that’s really fun, fluffy, and chick-lit (I don’t think chick-lit can end with a “-ly” – do you?), despite its horror and thriller genre. I was interested in reading The Dead and the Buried ever since I saw its cover back when it was going to be released in January. Even though I traded for an ARC of The Dead and the Buried at the beginning of the year, I haven’t had the time to read it until now.
The Dead and the Buried has the perfect combination of fun and seriousness, and yes, it also has an added dose of the not-so original popularity plot. I had sworn off reading those kind of books as I’ve mentioned in my review of Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer, which was also another book that had strong popularity elements to it, but unlike Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer, the popularity element in The Dead and the Buried was fun. It wasn’t serious (well, at least I didn’t take it seriously), it wasn’t the primary focus of the book, and it was overall just a cute fluffy addition to The Dead and the Buried.
I’m not stupid. I know half of them only worship me because they fear me.
With popularity comes power and I could crash any of them with a simple text blast. (ARC 3)
The main character of The Dead and the Buried, Jade, was so darn easy to connect with. We are both kind of overprotective older sisters when it comes to our younger siblings, we both become really emotional when we’re in confrontations (hey, we both can’t help it!), and we both don’t have our life mapped out unlike other people (side-eyes all the lucky people who do). The only difference between Jade and I is that I easily believe in the paranormal since I’ve read enough books about it to believe in it while Jade needs concrete evidence to believe that hey, those things can really happen.
The Dead and the Bured is a lot like Rebecca. (For those of you who don’t know what Rebecca is, it’s a book that was turned into a movie about a unnamed narrator that marries this guy whose (now ex) wife Rebecca had died. The unnamed narrator has to live under Rebecca’s shadow since everyone compares her to how Rebecca was and found the new wife lacking.) Well, The Dead and the Buried is a lot like the movie at least since I’ve never read the book before. In fact, The Dead and the Buried mentions Rebecca and the similarity of Jade’s situation to the narrator of Rebecca a couple of times (okay, two times, but still), making me think that Kim Harrington was well aware of this parallel between her book and the movie Rebecca.
“I just can’t get get away from it,” I said with a sigh. “The adoration of Kayla Sloane.”
“Adoration?” Alexa laughed derisively. “Half the kids probably hated her, the other half feared her.” (ARC 108)
Despite The Dead and the Buried‘s fluffiness, which I liked, I felt like it was a little too fluffy for a book with the horror and thriller genre, which is the main reason why I’m giving The Dead and the Buried a rating of 2.5 stars and not any higher. I just have very high standards when I read a horror or thriller book. When I read a horror or thriller book, I expect that the elements of horror and thriller will stand out above all others in the book, but this didn’t happen in The Dead and the Buried. In fact, The Dead and the Buried isn’t the least bit scary. I know I don’t get scared easily, but I doubt people who get easily scared would be scared or even feel scared from reading this book either.
Probably only two seconds had passed but everything was in slow motion. It was like my mind knew – this is the last moment of my life. Slow it down, make it last. (ARC 290)
Overall, despite it’s cute fluffiness, The Dead and the Buried didn’t live up to my expectations as a horror and thriller book. Don’t get me wrong, The Dead and the Buried is still a good book, but I just felt like it just doesn’t live up to its awesome premise.