(Review) The Locket

Author:Jay, Stacey
Publication Date:February 2011

Source: I received this book from Good Golly Miss Holly ARC Tour.

On her seventeenth birthday, Katie discovers a locket and decides to wear it for good luck. But when her boyfriend Isaac finds out she cheated on him with their mutual best friend Mitch, he no less dumps her, leaving her devastated.

And then a miracle happens. The locket burns on Katie’s chest and she feels herself going back two weeks in time, to the night she cheated with Mitch. At first, Kate is delighted to be a better girlfriend to Isaac this time around. But as other aspects of her life become inexplicably altered, she realizes that changing the past may have had a dangerous effect on her present.

Can she make things right before the locket destroys everything and everyone she loves?

Quite a few years ago I read alot of time travel romance books but within time I got tired of them and stopped reading them. When I heard about this one I really wanted to read it and I have to say I really enjoyed it and read it fairly quickly. There were slight things about the book that bothered me such as when she went back the changes that had happened didn’t really make sense because she didn’t go back that far in time it was only two weeks. For me that didn’t make sense because she went back to change the situation she was in.

I am sure we can all honestly agree that we wish we had this locket at least once in our lives so that we could do a do over right? Would you do it or leave as is? I know I so wish I would have had this locket quite a few times in my life so that I could do a do over, but as I was reading this book I have to say I changed my mind about it and realize that things happen for a reason. Sure I wish there were things I didn’t do (and embarrass myself and listen to a friend instead of my heart) but looking back had I not done it would I still have the friendship I now have today?

Katie has made what she thinks is the biggest mistake of her life, cheating on her boyfriend of three years, Isaac. He is her only boyfriend and that he is the one and only. They have even spoken about getting married when they are older. Things changed one night when Katie feels disappointed and hurt because Isaac has blown her off. Mitch, their mutual best friend is there for Katie in more ways then one.

Isaac finds out that Katie has cheated on him and wants nothing more to do with her. Katie is upset and wishes for nothing more but to correct that time in her life and is given that chance from a magical locket that she thinks belongs to her grandmother. Going back in time (two weeks) as altered the world. Things aren’t exactly as they were in the future such as her friends are a little different and the coffee shop logo has changed. She doesn’t let these things bother her but gradually they are starting to freak her out and she gets scared. What has she done?

Will going back in time actually make Katie the better girlfriend to Isaac or will it open her eyes to the fact that what was basically right under her nose, Mitch was the better choice? Will she realize this before its too late for her and everyone?

I really enjoyed this book and I have to say I am looking forward to reading future books by Stacey and her previous books as well:

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(Review) The Ghost and the Goth

TITLE: The Ghost and the Goth
AUTHOR: Stacey Kade
PUB DATE: July 2010
PUBLISHER: Hyperion Books for Children
PAGES: 288

SOURCE: I received this from Tynga at Tynga’s Reviews that she had donated to an ARC tour that I am a part of. Thanks Tynga for donating this book to the arc tour.

After a close encounter with the front end of a school bus, Alona Dare goes from Homecoming Queen to Queen of the Dead. Now she’s stuck here in spirit form with no sign of the big, bright light coming to take her away. To make matters worse, the only person who might be able to help her is Will Killian, a total loser/outcast type who hates the social elite. He alone can see and hear her, but he wants nothing to do with the former mean girl of Groundsboro High.

Can they get over their mutual distrust—and this weird attraction between them—to work together before Alona vanishes for good and Will is locked up for seeing things that don’t exist?

I believe that this is Stacey’s debut novel, please let me know if this is wrong. She is also a author from the Chicago area. (Another favorite city of mine)

When I first heard about The Ghost and The Goth I was very curious about it because it sounded like a good book so when I saw this on the arc tour site I quickly jumped at the chance to sign up for it. I am so happy that I got to read this because I really enjoyed it. I also thought that the cover suited the book very well. I thought that the cover represented Alona and Will very well.

The book is told in alternating points of view from Alona and Will. Which worked really well for the book because we were able to find out more about Will and Alona.

Alona is your typical high school girl, popular but she is also the mean girl. Sneaking out of gym class to make a call on her cell, she doesn’t watch where she is going and accidentally gets hit my a school bus. She dies instantly although she really doesn’t go away where. She is stuck between two worlds.

Will is your typical high school guy the out cast goth guy. The only thing that sets Will apart is that he is diagnosed with schizophrenia (but he really isn’t) and he is the only one who can see Alona along with the rest of the ghosts he is surrounded by.

Alona quickly realizes that she really isn’t that well liked among her classmates and she is quickly forgotten. Being a ghost she quickly discovers that her so called best friend and boyfriend have been hooking up and she never knew about it. There is even talk about Alona actually killing herself, which isn’t true.

When Alona realizes that Will can see her, she quickly realizes that she has to use Will to get to go where she needs to go, heaven. She has never liked Will but over the course of the book you see that she has changed her opinion of him. I loved the chemistry between the two and I laughed at a few incidents between them such as the bed breaking.

Can these two work together before its too late?

I really enjoyed the book even though its paranormal and I have to say its not your usual paranormal book there is no vampires, werewolves etc just a ghost trying to find her way to where she is suppose to be.

There is going to be a sequel called The Queen of the Dead coming out on June 7, 2011. I can’t wait for this one to come out.

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