Reviewed by First Mate Keira
Title: Body & Soul (The Ghost and the Goth, Book 3)
Author: Stacey Kade
Page Count: 316 pages
Grade Reading Level: Ages 14+
Summary: Alona Dare has been stuck inside coma patient Lily Turner’s body for a month now. Medical science explains some of her personality changes to her new “family” and the rest she makes up for by claiming to want to be called Ally and wanting to change her life up just a bit. There a few problems with this though – her friend, Will Killian, doesn’t like it; Lily’s body is completely different from Alona’s when she was alive (for one thing not blonde and for another not athletic), and last is that she’s getting too used to the changes. If that wasn’t enough, in the process of trying to find a way out another ghost with malicious intensions finds a way in and kicks Alona out! Yikes!
Why I Started this Book:
I read the first two books in the trilogy and picked this up from the library when I got the chance.
- That another ghost can’t claim connection to a claimed ghost-talker; even if it seemed like they weren’t joined as a team anymore.
- Complex issue: Do you love someone for their soul or their body?
- That Alona put Will in his place for being overly pretentious and sanctimonious with her and her “attitude” about being in Lily’s body.
- Not a fan of the body snatching. Preferred when Alona got “physical” when she got close to Will as a ghost.
- There’s never a good/specific reason why Alona is a ghost – why she returned after going to heaven. Not to say that one isn’t provided, but the logic isn’t really there to back it up in the world-building.
Last Minute Thoughts: Light and entertaining with some weighty issues. Not the afterlife I would envision.
Rating: 4 Treasure Chests