Monday, June 17, 2019

REVIEW: Body & Soul by Stacey Kade

Body & Soul (The Ghost and the Goth #3)
The final book in The Ghost and the Goth Trilogy!

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...

Note: This is the third book in a series and will include spoilers for previous books. To see my review for book one look here. To see my review for book two look here.

Well, here I am at the last book in The Ghost and the Goth series! I'm now done with my reread of this series! While my feelings towards this series aren't as huge as the first go-round, this is still a pretty fantastic series.

In Queen of the Dead Alona got into some trouble. As in, she kind of possessed the body of Lily. She's been trying to get used to being Lily, or Ally as she prefers to be called, but it's hard when Lily's family expects her to be Lily. Even Will seems to be bothered by Alona being in Lily's body. Together, Will and Alona are trying to find a way to get Alona out of Lily's body without killing Lily. This takes them to a bunch of fake physics, but at one of them they run into Misty, Alona's best friend (when she was alive). Misty claims Alona is haunting her, but of course Alona knows that isn't true. Add in a crazy ghost trying to claim Will so she can be his new spirit guide, they have a couple of things they need to deal with. 

I'm glad that I can finally talk about the whole Alona/Lily thing as I had to avoid that in my last review because of spoilers. Anyway, increase that by tenfold. Even though I read this book before, I completely forget about most of the events of this book. I knew that Alona would "possess" Lily at one point and I knew that the series ends on a happy note, but that was about it. Hey, it's been seven years, okay? It was pleasant to know that throughout all the chaos there would be a happy ending (I did not know that for sure the first time), but that did not take away from some of the suspense of this book. Ack! I want to go into more detail on the events of this book but, again, I run into spoilers! Let's say that even though I knew how the book was going to end, there were times where I legitimately questioned my memory and where I really wondered how this book would get to that point.

I loved both these characters and I loved seeing how they interacted. With each book I understood more about them and they knew more about each other. Like the last book, Alona and Will had their fair share of disagreements in this book, mostly because of misunderstandings or different perspectives. In this one it was, again, Alona being in Lily. Will thought that Alona was mistreating/judging Lily, but Alona just wanted to be herself. Even when they fought, though, Will and Alona still had their banter and their interactions were just great. They were just trying to figure out what to do about this situation. This book series is just a great example of dual POV and it gave us a chance to hear both sides of the misunderstandings (which made me want to yell at them to just talk to each other!) To be honest, I actually liked Alona's perspectives a little more than Will's. Don't get me wrong, I love Will's perspectives and he is a fantastic human being, but Alona's character is so complicated and I really liked getting the chance to get to know her better. This was surprising to me at first because she's not exactly the most likable character at the beginning of the series, but I quickly warmed up to her.


Overall, this is a great conclusion to a great series! It brought me heartache, fuzzy feelings, stress, and nostalgia all rolled together! I'm glad I took the time to reread this series and it made me want to revisit some more old favorites.

I hereby give this book
4 Stars!
Meaning: I really liked this book!

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