Series: The Ghost and the Goth
Published by Disney-Hyperion on May 1, 2012
Genres: Paranormal, YA
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 third book in a trilogy and it’s impossible to review it without including some spoilers from the second book, Queen of the Dead.
What I Thought…
- I am so sad that this is the end. I really, really enjoyed Alona and Will and I would love more of them (though I also appreciate that it’s not just being continued to be continued and then the books turn out to be not so great).
- Alona is back in Lily’s body and trying to deal with the situation. As you can imagine it’s a big struggle for her and for Will. Alona is dealing with Lily’s family and the fact that she doesn’t want to her them, but she can’t really be Lily either. She’s trying to find a balance of being herself but in Lily’s body and with Lily’s family (who of course are more caring than her own family was).
- Will is struggling with Alona being Lily mostly because he can’t decide what he wants. One minute he’s grateful that Alona is still around the next he’s mad because she is changing Lily.
- Alona and Will make such a cute (albeit strange) couple. Despite all their arguing you can see how much they really care about each other and how desperately they want their situation to work.
- On top of Alona and Will’s personal struggles they are dealing with Malachi the Magnificent (who is lacking the magnificent part). When Malachi sees Will he gets scared and flees which results in a new problem for Will and Alona which is all tied in with Alona’s former best friend Misty, who says she’s being haunted.
- Body & Soul is a bit more creepy than the other two books. Not in a bad way, but there were a couple of times I got the heebie geebies.
- The ending was perfect. I couldn’t have asked for more.
- Body & Soul is the perfect example of why I have a hard time with alternate pov. I get so frustrated because I know everything and I can’t do anything to fix it. Alona and Will are pretty crappy communicators (as in, there is little to no communication) and since I am getting both sides of the story I just want to make it better. From a reader perspective it’s almost better to not have alternating pov.
Overall I enjoyed Body & Soul more than the other two (those are really good too). I highly recommend this series to anyone who likes ghosts, laughs and a little tenderness.