Review: Spirit & Dust by Rosemary Clement-Moore

Posted July 8, 2013 by Stacey in Blog, Reviews, Uncategorized / 2 Comments

Title: Spirit and Dust

Author: Rosemary Clement-Moore

Publish Date: May 14, 2013 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers

Daisy Goodnight can speak to the dead. It’s not the result of a head injury or some near-death experience. She was just born that way. And she’s really good at it. Good enough to help the police solve the occasional homicide.

But helping the local authorities clear cold cases is one thing. Being whisked out of chemistry class by the FBI and flown to the scene of a murder/kidnapping in Minnesota? That’s the real deal.

Before the promotion can go to Daisy’s head, she’s up to her neck in trouble. The spirits are talking, and they’re terrified. There’s a real living girl in danger. And when Daisy is kidnapped by a crime boss with no scruples about using magic—and Daisy—to get what he wants, it looks like hers is the next soul on the line.

There are some books that you really enjoy. And there are other books that are so good you never want them to end. Spirit & Dust (the kinda sorta sequel to Texas Gothic) is one of those books I wanted to crawl inside of and live forever.

Daisy Goodnight, who is the cousin of Amy and Phin from Texas Gothic, is pulled out of school by the FBI to help them solve a murder case because Daisy sees dead people.

Okay, so that’s a storyline we’ve heard before. But the writing, plot, and humor take this book heads and shoulders above the rest in the genre.

The characters are awesome. Daisy Goodnight is written with the wittiest sense of humor. There were several times in the book where I either smiled or laughed out loud at things she said. Carson is just enough of a tortured soul that you fall in love with him at the same time Daisy does. And the other characters that Daisy meets through her gift….well one of them is the coolest character ever.
The plot line is fast paced and interesting. Yes there is a scene that is like The Night At the Museum gone horribly horribly wrong. But y’all…it was cooler than Night At The Museum. At least I think it was.

I love Rosemary Clement-Moore’s writing. Her books always make me want to be a better writer. Her sense of humor and timing is impeccable. Her sense of drama and plot are awe inspiring. Her ability to create quirky but loveable characters is amazing.

This book is not going to be everyone’s cup of tea. And don’t get me wrong, it’s not like Shakespeare reborn or anything. But it is one of the most fun books I have read in a very long time.
Spirit & Dust does a good job of standing on its own, however there are several little jokes hidden in the text for those who have read the previous novel Texas Gothic (which if you haven’t read it, you totally should because I liked it even more than Spirit and Dust).
Go pick this one up from your library TODAY!

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