Review: Spirit and Dust by Rosemary Clement-Moore

spirit and dustSprit and Dust
Author: Rosemary Clement-Moore
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Age Group: Teen
Source: Library
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Rating: 4 out of 5

Summary from GoodReads:

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.


4 out of 5

My Thoughts

Okay, so if you’ve been following my blog for awhile, then you might already know that I absolutely loved Rosemary Clement-Moore’s Texas Gothic.  I mean, I seriously love this book.  So when I first heard about Spirit and Dust last year, featuring the MC’s cousin from Texas Gothic, I could not wait to get my hands on that book!  And can I just say, Spirit and Dust lived up to all my expectations.

I love Clement-Moore’s characters.  Daisy is snarky, and smart, and determined to do the right thing.  I loved her sense of humor, especially in stressful situations.  She’s not afraid to do what’s got to be done, even when it’s dangerous.  She’s not perfect, but she does the best she can.

The other main(ish) character is Carson, and I liked him a lot.  I didn’t really find him swoon worthy, but I definitely liked him.  He’s smart, and I think a generally nice guy.  Even having lived the life he’s lived, he’s not all whiny, or a total jerk.

This is a pretty suspenseful book, sort of a mash up of Indiana Jones, The Mummy, and The Da Vinci Code, but with Clement-Moore’s snappy writing.   I did have an idea on who the baddie was in this one, but it was still awesome to watch Daisy and Carson figure it out for themselves by following the clues.

There is sort of a “save the world” thing going on in the book, which wasn’t my favorite thing ever.  I didn’t hate it, or anything, but I like when things are on a smaller scale usually.  It’s just sometimes hard to believe in this all-encompasing evil that wants to take over the world.  Sometimes it totally works for me, and sometimes I have a hard time completely suspending my disbelief.  But this is a really small gripe on my part.

The highlight of this book is Daisy.  I think she’s such a great character.  If you’ve never read anything by Rosemary Clement-Moore, I really recommend that you do.  My favorite is Texas Gothic, but Spirit and Dust is very close behind.  I wish Rosemary Clement-Moore got more love in the blogosphere.  Her books always have what I’m looking for: an awesome, kick-ass main character, a lot of humor with snappy writing, a paranormal aspect (often ghost-ish things!), and a little romance.  What’s not to love, people?

Life Tidbits (The Poor-Me-I’ve-Been-Sick-Version)

  • So, I had all sorts of plans to catch up on reading and blogging stuff this weekend.  And then I got sick!  Which totally sucks (obviously), and I wasn’t able to do much at all.  I’ll try to catch up, I promise.  Sorry, I’ve been so MIA this month.  June has just been so crazy.  I hope it calms down here soon.
  • My mom was so nice, and came up on Saturday evening to help me out a bit.  I was very sick to my stomach, so even rolling over made me feel terrible.  So, taking my dogs outside was really a problem.  So she came up with Ginger Ale, and took care of my dogs, and just really helped me out.  So, thanks, mom!
  • Because I was so sick, I watched about a zillion episodes of Everybody Loves Raymond.  Well, I was more listening to it, because I had my glasses off, and my eyes closed.  But that show still cracks me up, even when I can’t see the TV.
  • Although being sick on the weekend totally sucked, at least it was on the weekend, and not this week, because if I had to stay home from work, it would cause all sorts of problems.  I have so many things I need to do this week.
  • I’ll stop complaining, now 🙂

About Quinn

I'm a twenty-something children's librarian at a public library in Central New York. I've long left my teen years behind me, but I love to read YA and children's books. I have two adorable dogs. Ginger is a mix between a poodle and havanese, and Daphne is Bichon Frise. Other things I love: Favorite Movie: Singing in the Rain Favorite Book: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen Favorite TV Show: Monk
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8 Responses to Review: Spirit and Dust by Rosemary Clement-Moore

  1. Book Blather says:

    I might try Texas Gothic instead one day. 🙂 Lovely review.

  2. I think I might have to read Texas Gothic. I love reading books that people love 🙂

  3. I really need to catch up and read more of this author’s books (I loved The Splendor Falls)! You had me sold at “This is a pretty suspenseful book, sort of a mash up of Indiana Jones, The Mummy, and The Da Vinci Code, but with Clement-Moore’s snappy writing.” – sounds fantastic!

    Great review!

  4. I am sorry you haven’t been feeling well I totally just got over a cold and it was the worst..I like the sound of this book..totally me!

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