|Title: Body & Soul
Author: Stacey Kade
Series: Ghost and the Goth #3
Genre: Paranormal YA
Excerpt: Yes | Source: Publisher
Reviewed by: Abigail
Alona Dare has been living as Lily “Ally” Turner for over a month…and it’s not been easy. Besides being trapped in a body so not as good as her original one, she’s failing miserably at playing the sister and daughter of people she barely knows. Plus, she can’t help but think that Will Killian – the boy she hates to care about – somehow wishes the real Lily were back.
She and Will have been trying to find a solution, looking for a two-for-one miracle that would free Alona and keep Lily alive. Visits to local psychics have proven useless, but then they stumble across Malachi the Magnificent, who seems to be different. His office is full of ghosts, for one thing. But Malachi doesn’t seem to hear or see them, which is odd. Plus, he bolts the moment he sees Will. To make things even weirder, Misty Evans, Alona’s former best friend, is waiting in Malachi’s lobby and claiming that she’s being haunted. By Alona.
Will’s convinced that Malachi has answers, while Alona is all kinds of pissed that someone’s impersonating her. But their efforts to uncover the truth will bring them much unwanted attention and put them directly in the path of a ghost who will stop at nothing for another stab at life. Even if it means destroying Alona.
BODY & SOUL is the bittersweet perfect ending to this series. Unlike many series which tend to flounder as they go, The Ghost and the Goth series has just gotten better and this final book is the best yet.
One of the many things I love about this series is the consistency of the characters, especially in Alona’s case. Alive, she was the quintessential mean girl. Dead, she still that same mean girl, but she’s trying not to be. It’s been such a humanizing journey to watch Alona struggle against her nature (by force initially as negative thoughts weakened her tether to this world), but then gradually she grew…with lots of backsliding. And it was all because of Will, the guy she didn’t know existed when she was alive but was the only one who could see her as a ghost. Theirs was such a beautifully bizarre romance with an impossible future…but that just made every moment between them—the sweet, the angry, the frustrating, the passionate—so present.
The covers for this series are light and fun, and while there are moments like that in BODY & SOUL, specifically the razor sharp banter between Will and Alona, it’s a much deeper, much more emotional story. The worldbuilding is fully developed and really serves to tell this love story between two unforgettable characters. The Ghost and the Goth series was more than a few fun books, it was charming and heartbreaking and hopeful to the very end. And what an ending! Complete and satisfying and totally unexpected. I just loved it.