Book View: Body and Soul

Book View: Body and SoulBody and Soul by Stacey Kade
Series: The Ghost and the Goth #3
Published by Hyperion on May 1st 2012
Pages: 316

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 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...

* Review and Summary may contain spoilers from previous books of the series.
Read at your own risk *

Short and Sweet:
Body and Soul is (sadly) the final installment of the The Ghost and the Goth series. At this point, Alona and Will have overcome quite a few things. But Alona, now in the body of Will's friend Lily, may have bitten off more than she could chew.

The previous installment brought readers the addition of the Order, a group of people with similar ghost talking abilities. In Body and Soul, the exploration of Will's mysterious powers is not really at the forefront like I assumed it would be. Rather, the book focuses more on Alona and her issues with taking over Lily's body. Personally, I like Alona. But Will and his powers are quite interesting and would have liked to see more about them. Unlike the previous installment, the possible romance between Alona and Will is back in force. Thank goodness. I really missed their chemistry.

Final Verdict:
The Ghost and the Goth series is one series that I am really sad to see go. Although Body and Soul neatly ties up the romance and Alona's body issue plot threads, Will's powers and exploration has all but faded off into the background. As addicting as this series is, I would have liked at least another installment or two to resolve some of the remain questions. Sadly, it looks like this is the end to this addicting series. But know that I know what Kade is capable of, she is one author I will be keeping an eye on.

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