Spirit and Dust

Spirit and Dust

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...

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Title:Spirit and Dust
Author:Rosemary Clement-Moore
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Spirit and Dust Reviews

  • Nasty Lady MJ

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    So, a couple of years ago I went to a book signing by Texas Gothic which was by one of my favorite authors, Rosemary Clement-Moore. During the signing Rosemary talked about the book she was working on which was supposed to have an Indiana Jones meets Leverage vibe and I was like I have to have that book. And, well, now I do. So, I guess I have to review it.

    There are several things I want in YA books. This book has it all. Let me list them shall I 1) kick ass

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    So, a couple of years ago I went to a book signing by Texas Gothic which was by one of my favorite authors, Rosemary Clement-Moore. During the signing Rosemary talked about the book she was working on which was supposed to have an Indiana Jones meets Leverage vibe and I was like I have to have that book. And, well, now I do. So, I guess I have to review it.

    There are several things I want in YA books. This book has it all. Let me list them shall I 1) kick ass heroine, 2) hot FBI agent that I imagine looking like a younger David Duchovny, 3) mysteries, 4) magic, 5) mobsters, 6) really hot mob henchman that doesn't look like Steve Burton (thank God), 7) archeology, 8) museums, 9) dinosaurs, and 10) kick ass descendants who were like pioneers in their field and make you go Indiana Jones who....

    Yeah, all of this is in this book.

    You can nerd out now.

    And it could've been ridiculous it really could, but somehow it all worked. I honestly don't know how Rosemary does it. But it did work.

    As usual, the characters were well formed. From all the books that I have read of hers, this is probably Rosemary's biggest strength. Every book I've read by her has a distinctly different protagonist. And this one is no exception. And their all well formed characters. True I like some Clement-Moore heroines better than others, and luckily for Daisy she's on the higher end of the totem pole. And so is Carson.

    I like Carson because he's multilayered. He's not a good guy and he's not totally bad. Yeah, I know in an action adventure story that's the sort of love interest you want. And it is, obviously, but in YA you don't often see this type of character? Sure we have "bad boys" but usually these are undiagnosed psychopaths. There's actually story to why Carson is the way he is and there's so many twists and turns to it.

    The one complaint I will make about characters is Taylor. I really liked this guy even though he was barely in the story-well, in comparison to Daisy and Carson. I guess that's a good thing because love triangles really annoy me. But I liked Taylor a lot. And I hope he will be in another Goodnight book because he was pretty cool. Though I will admit the FBI's role in all of this was a bit of a stretch.

    The plot as I said before surprisingly worked though it did drag a little in the beginning. Once it did start moving though it didn't stop. I can see this being where some people might get annoyed with the book. It does get a little over the top again. I mean come on, dinosaurs coming back to life that's only in Jeff Goldblum movies and Night at the Museum too-sort of. But it really worked nicely. And I have to say, I'm glad to see Ancient Egypt finally be featured in a YA book where it actually works. The research done on the archeology concepts was interesting.

    Best Feature: Nerdom. If your a Harry Potter geek, Indiana Jones/Star Wars fan, comic fan, really anything where they have a convention where you can get dressed up and celebrate your geekdom this is the book for you. Usually, pop culture references annoy me, but they are used effortlessly here. Besides, who doesn't like the occasion Harry Potter reference. And it involves archeology and Egyptology that has my little fan girl mind going woohoo. Honestly, the book almost has an Indiana Jones meets Mickey Blue Eyes meets The Mediator meets 1-800-Where R U meets Charmed feel and while that sounds so wrong it really works well.

    Worst Feature: Pacing. The book starts off very slow, but it does pick up. I often find that this is the biggest complaint I have with Clement-Moore books. This did not fall to the pacing issues that The Splendor Falls had, but I did struggle occasionally with this book. But once I got into it...

    Appropriateness: There's some violence. It involves the mob (obviously). And some scary stuff you'd see out of The Mummy or something. There's also some hot kissing scenes too, though they never seem to go further than kissing. Unfortunately. As for language I don't remember any f bombs or anything like that it was for the most part pretty PG-13.

  • Inês

    A lot of people didn't like this book! And the same happens with

    ! And I seriously don't understand why! I did a buddy read for Texas Gothic and I was the only one who enjoyed it. So weird.

    I really like Rosemary Clement-Moore's writing. When I start a book of hers I can't put it down!

    The Goodnight family is fabulous. And I really want there to me more books about them, so I can meet more of their family! They're always such kickass heroines!

    Daisy can see dead

    A lot of people didn't like this book! And the same happens with

    ! And I seriously don't understand why! I did a buddy read for Texas Gothic and I was the only one who enjoyed it. So weird.

    I really like Rosemary Clement-Moore's writing. When I start a book of hers I can't put it down!

    The Goodnight family is fabulous. And I really want there to me more books about them, so I can meet more of their family! They're always such kickass heroines!

    Daisy can see dead people. Or has she likes to call them remnants. I only ever heard that term in Silent Hill actually (the game, not the movie) and they're not very friendly... But here we have a great variety of them. What I really like about Daisy, a part from being a badass, is that she's also smart, funny and can seriously do great nerdy references.

    Carson, Carson, Carson...

    He's just a great character, and throughout the entire book we see layer after layer of his great personality, it's really swoon worthy! He's not the stereotypical bad boy that gets a kick of abusing and mistreating the female heroine, in a matter of fact he always kept Daisy safe.

    Having a sexy FBI agent is always a bonus, and in this case, Rosemary Clement-Moore earned herself at least 100 points, because he was a very nice bonus and he doesn't show up that much in the book! I can only imagine a book where he might be a main character (won't you write one Mrs. Clement-Moore? Pretty please for your fans? Preferably with another Goodnight witch? You know because Daisy is already taken.)

    All the other characters (I'm not feeling like listing them) they added to the story really well.

    Honestly, it looks like a bunch of things tossed into a mixer. And it couldn't have worked better. I like books with variety and twists and turns and this book add them plenty.

    Rosemary Clement-Moore I like you style. I really liked how she transforms the "common ghost" into much more, it's quite interesting:

    About the end. It was so perfect and cute! Wish you'd write a short story

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  • Susana

    WOW!!

    Review to come!

    I think I've come out with the perfect title for this review, on my BL page. I believe I will call it: Jackals and Jackasses...

    And yes, there is a perfectly good reason for it! ;)

    It has been quite some time now _ a few weeks at least...which in the bookish world, translates to AGES! _ since I've loved a story this much!

    Although the last part of Texas Gothic (the first in this series ) was amazing in showing the author's talent, _for me _ Spirit and Dust is so far, the

    WOW!!

    Review to come!

    I think I've come out with the perfect title for this review, on my BL page. I believe I will call it: Jackals and Jackasses...

    And yes, there is a perfectly good reason for it! ;)

    It has been quite some time now _ a few weeks at least...which in the bookish world, translates to AGES! _ since I've loved a story this much!

    Although the last part of Texas Gothic (the first in this series ) was amazing in showing the author's talent, _for me _ Spirit and Dust is so far, the

    in the Goodnight Family series...

    Of course I am partial to snark... and this book has it in spades! ;)

    Daisy Goodnight which first appears in Texas Gothic, as the "Gothic" rebel teenage psychic that arrives to provide some paranormal insight during her cousins Phinn's and Amy's adventure; has in this story a most deserved spotlight.

    And, boy, does she shine!

    The girl is a natural in the position of leading character. She's one of the most realistic almost eighteen year old', that I've read about in the fantasy world.

    Daisy may talk to the dead, but just like the rest of her extended number of relatives...(you may be dead, but you're still a Goodnight! ), the girl takes her obligations in a extremely serious way.

    In this story, during another assignment in which she's helping the FBI, she founds herself in the middle of a terrifying situation: She's forced to help a notorious criminal element under the threat that something bad will happen to her family if she doesn't do...as asked.

    One of the things in which I find that the author excels, is in her capacity of almost downsizing the magical part of the tale to something that just feels realistic. In here you won't find no hocus pocus or jarring mixes of the fantastical element with the contemporary.

    People talk about ghosts, geas, witches, but it's as if that's the normal thing in the world.

    I loved it. I loved it by it's simplicity, fluidity, and basic denial of anything cliché!

    This was such an engaging read. Part adventure, part fantasy, but all of it, a pleasure to read!

    There's so may things to gush over, but one of the main things, has to be the fact that for the second time in a row, the author made sure to give us, intelligent, capable teenagers, who are so much more than an amount of brainless, bubbling hormones!

    YES!!

    From this day forward, Carson will join my short and exclusive (lol) list of favourite

    male teenage characters. In there he will join characters such as Derek from Kelley Armstrong Darkest Powers series, Jupiter (Jupe) from Jenn Bennett series "Arcadia Bell", and Sarah Rees Brennan "Jared" from the Lynburn Legacy...although Jared is a little insane o_O for his own sake.

    Carson starts out in a somewhat disadvantageous position, but soon enough _due to the "amazingness" of the character development! _ he was winning cookie points! ;)

    Daisy on the other hand, the way her character was build, is the reason why I keep reading YA books:

    There's danger aplenty, an intriguing mystery that will probably leave you clueless until the very end, (it involves the

    part) and a simmering romance in the background...(there the

    references ;) just to keep things a little more interesting.

    IT WAS GREAT!!

    So, bottom line, if you love adventure stories with amazing well developed characters, nosy ghosts, some electricity floating around from all the romantic tension going around, mummies on the lose, and a bad guy determined to arrange minions to achieve world domination (don't they all?), this is just the right book for you!

    Oh, and honestly I really hope that one of the reasons the Goodnights are such a numerous family, is that we are going to see more from them....hopefully in a near future?

    Yes?

  • Nafiza

    Rosemary Clement-Moore is fast becoming one of my favourite authors. While I have not loved all her books, I have liked them all and found in them a joie de vivre that works so well for me. Her protagonists are always so spunky and even when they have their share of insecurities and flaws, they are always easy to relate to and likeable. I remember Daisy from the Texas Gothic and I remember thinking that she had a colourful character about whom I wouldn’t mind reading more about. I got my wish in

    Rosemary Clement-Moore is fast becoming one of my favourite authors. While I have not loved all her books, I have liked them all and found in them a joie de vivre that works so well for me. Her protagonists are always so spunky and even when they have their share of insecurities and flaws, they are always easy to relate to and likeable. I remember Daisy from the Texas Gothic and I remember thinking that she had a colourful character about whom I wouldn’t mind reading more about. I got my wish in this book as Daisy sets off on an adventure that could rival Katniss’s trials and tribulations in the games arena.

    Being a Goodnight, Daisy has seen more than her share of things that other, more mundane, people would write off as crazy. She is a consultant for the FBI, using her considerable supernatural powers to help them find murderers and other elements from the criminal world. The novel is fast paced and thrilling as things go from bad to worse when Daisy is kidnapped by what seems like a mob boss and then partnered with his son to find his missing daughter. What follows is a whirlwind race from one state to another, stealing cars and avoiding capture by not just the bad guys but the FBI.

    Carson, the love interest, is so delicious. He is smart and witty and absolutely fun to read. But it’s Daisy who won my heart. She is practical and not given to moaning and whining. Even when things are not going her way which is most of the time. She doesn’t make any stupid decisions that make me want to pound my head against a wall and despite her attraction to Carson, she doesn’t let all the feels consume her and distract her from the primary purpose of her mission – to find the mob boss’s daughter so he can remove the geas from her.

    I would have liked to see more Goodnights but the two we have are more than enough. And the plot is rather more complicated than one would have thought it to be with secret agendas and motivations holding sway. We get a glimpse of the lengths a person can go to for power and how a person’s desire to do good can be twisted and utilized to commit actions that would have the opposite effect.

    I loved this book a whole lot and if you are looking for something thrilling and wondrous, this is for you. If you dislike the cover on the hardback, the paperback has the beautiful original cover. Get it, read it and enjoy it.

  • Rebekah

    This was just your all around fun, adventure, mystery with just the right amount of romance book. Where the female character is fun and sarcastic. I LOVE IT!

    Daisy is not your typical girl in this book. No, she is a gothic. But not your Emo gothic, she is a snarky, loving life, loves her craziness kind of gothic, and it was so much fun to read.

    I love the flirtatous relationship between Daisy and her FBI agent. I like how he calls her Jailbait and she calls him Agent Tasty. They have a great

    This was just your all around fun, adventure, mystery with just the right amount of romance book. Where the female character is fun and sarcastic. I LOVE IT!

    Daisy is not your typical girl in this book. No, she is a gothic. But not your Emo gothic, she is a snarky, loving life, loves her craziness kind of gothic, and it was so much fun to read.

    I love the flirtatous relationship between Daisy and her FBI agent. I like how he calls her Jailbait and she calls him Agent Tasty. They have a great relationship that doesn't go anywhere because he feels she is too young and he is an agent and they are just colleagues. I like how they speak to each other in code and it just somply fun to read.

    Carson is part of the family that kidnaps Daisy while Daisy is trying to help the FBI with a murder/kidnapping mystery and I enjoyed their easy going relationship. Even though they had the same goal and even though they went about it in different ways, there was still an attraction that was just low key enough to enjoy with out having it heavly coat the rest of the story.

    The murder/kidnapping story itself was simply entertaining. I liked reading the different ghosts that Daisy comes accross and their different personalities. I enjoyed the twist in the end that I wasn't fully expecting but wasn't too surprised by it either.

    Overall it was just an easy, fun read.

    Language: moderate (PG-13)

    Sexual Content: moderate (PG)

    Violence: moderate (PG-13)

    Drugs/Alcohol: mild

    Here is my video review on it! Check it out!

  • Misty

    4.5 Snuck this one in in-between review books because I remembered how much fun Texas Gothic was; do not regret.

    And yes, I know snuck is not a word. You can pry it from my cold dead lips.

  • Ferdy

    Not as good as the first book,

    … Which was charming and quirky, and filled with oddball secondary characters and a wonderfully wacky family. Whereas

    was very much a standard YA novel with none of the eccentricities of

    . There was nothing that was memorable or delightful about it. It was the usual girl with power + run of the mill mystery + two hawt boys. It wasn't bad, it was just disappointing because I was expecting so much more than

    Not as good as the first book,

    … Which was charming and quirky, and filled with oddball secondary characters and a wonderfully wacky family. Whereas

    was very much a standard YA novel with none of the eccentricities of

    . There was nothing that was memorable or delightful about it. It was the usual girl with power + run of the mill mystery + two hawt boys. It wasn't bad, it was just disappointing because I was expecting so much more than the usual YA tropes and cliches.

    The story was the standard YA mystery. Daisy (the heroine) has super speshul ghostly powers and helps the FBI with their investigations… Naturally, she's kidnapped by the sexy-older-mysterious-love-interest and forced to help look for some evul mafia boss's missing daughter. It was all so predictable. The mystery was really cheesy and involved secret cults, egyptian mythology, and an artifact that could destroy the world blah blah blah. It was the same old typical YA storyline.

    The characters were decent enough - Daisy was better than most YA heroines, she didn't whine, angst or feel sorry for herself and she actually had a sense of humour… I liked that about her. Although, I did roll my eyes at 1. Her getting all hot and bothered about the guy who kidnapped her and 2. Her believing in her kidnapper's/love interest's goodness. I'm sick of heroines having faith in their love interest's even though they do crazy shit like kidnapping or threatening or killing. It's ridiculous.

    Carson, the hero, was meh — he was kind of cliched in his mysteriousness, bossiness and

    . Also, the amount of times he lied and hid things from Daisy really put me off his character.

    Taylor was likeable, and his FBI partner was funny in that unintentional grumpy way.

    I wasn't impressed with how little Daisy's cousins, Amy and Phin, were in it… I would have enjoyed

    more if they had bigger supporting roles.

    All in all, it was fairly entertaining… I enjoyed it more than most other YA novels, but it would have been loads better if it had been less cliched and cartoony.

  • Robin (Bridge Four)

    Texas Gothic was so interesting that I decided to read more about a different member of the Goodnight family, Daisy Goodnight. I really liked the idea of a family peppered with psychics, mediums, kitchen witches and other paranormal oddities. It started out pretty strong but at the end turned a little bit too much into a Night at the Museum meets The Mummy for my taste.

    Daisy is a

    Texas Gothic was so interesting that I decided to read more about a different member of the Goodnight family, Daisy Goodnight. I really liked the idea of a family peppered with psychics, mediums, kitchen witches and other paranormal oddities. It started out pretty strong but at the end turned a little bit too much into a Night at the Museum meets The Mummy for my taste.

    Daisy is a teenage, 17 almost 18 year old, physic who helps the FBI with murder cases since she can interact with dead people or remnants of spirits. After the kidnapping of a girl and the murder her bodyguard Daisy heads off to help with the investigation only to be kidnapped herself. Now she is in a time crunch to find an ancient object in order to save the kidnapped girl. I really liked Daisy as a character and this is a fun book, had I not been expecting it to go a different way I might have enjoyed it more.

    I liked the sweet romance between Daisy and Carson, our dark and mysterious magical boy, it was very low key and didn’t take up too much space in the story. I liked the treasure hunt aspect of the story trying to figure out what the artifact was and how to get to it first. As characters Daisy and Carson have a fun flirty banter going on that adds levity to the story. They are definitely the part of the book I liked the most.

    But…..then it gets whacky, there was almost too much paranormal happening all at once. The last 20% of the book was a little over the top. Sometimes I don’t care when that happens because I like the ridiculous ride so much but I never fully bought into it. It was hard for me to envision everything that was supposed to be happening because in my head all I saw was

    .

    Texas Gothic was a lot more of a paranormal mystery with

    magic, Spirit and Dust has more action but way less believability. It just wasn’t what I was expecting. I do hope that Rosemary Clement might revisit the Goodnight family in the future I would love to read a story where Phin was the main character.

    The writing is still fun and the story progresses at a good pace. If extreme paranormal is your thing than this will probably still be a great read for you but, if you like a modicum believability in your magic maybe not so much.

  • Tammie

    I was pretty disappointed in Spirit and Dust. It's a companion novel to Texas Gothic but it was nothing like Texas Gothic. All of the things that made me adore Texas Gothic were missing in this book. This book lacked the charm that was present in that one. There were no

    I was pretty disappointed in Spirit and Dust. It's a companion novel to Texas Gothic but it was nothing like Texas Gothic. All of the things that made me adore Texas Gothic were missing in this book. This book lacked the charm that was present in that one. There were no quirky, eccentric characters, unless you count Daisy herself and the rest of the Goodnight family was absent for the most part. Where Texas Gothic was light-hearted and funny, Spirit and Dust was more tense and serious.

    Honestly though, this wasn't a bad book. It was a pretty good mystery that contained a few good twists and had it been a separate novel with nothing to do with Texas Gothic I probably would have liked it better. Even though this one disappointed me I would still love for Rosemary Clement-Moore to write more books about the Goodnight family.

    One thing worth mentioning is a certain scene in a museum in Chicago that contains a dinosaur named Sue. Anyone that has read The Dresden Files will feel a certain deja vu.

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  • Sandra

    I liked the start of this book, but then 10 pages in it went from 4 stars to 2 then quickly 1.

    Most disappointing read this year...

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