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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi Childrens (6 Jun. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552568775
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552568777
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.5 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,050,271 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"I am such a fan of Rosemary Clement-Moore! Spirit and Dust (like Texas Gothic and The Splendor Falls) is a perfect mix of paranormal mystery and romance." (The School Library Journal)

"You can’t really beat a story that has hijinks, romance, and a culminating scene in which the heroine defeats the bad guys by animating the bones of Sue the T-rex, can you?" (The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books starred review)

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An electric paranormal mystery from the author of The Splendour Falls.

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tracy Terry on 26 Aug. 2013
Format: Paperback
With a heroine you'll either loved or loathe, Daisy Goodnight (loved the name, loathed the character) is a feisty supposedly teenage physic who, seventeen and three quarters going on 30 in many ways, is employed by the FBI to help solve crimes of the supernatural variety.

Perhaps best described as 'Indiana Jones' spends 'A Night In The Museum'. I'm still not sure exactly what I made of this one. Starting out well and certainly not without its unique and humorous moments but by the end, verging on the farcical, it was anything but.

What I believe to be the second outing for the Goodnight Family, Spirit and Dust reads perfectly well as a standalone read and will, I suspect, appeal more to younger fans of this genre to whom it is aimed.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Not Texas Gothic, but not bad either. 25 May 2013
By The Rekindled Reader - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Don't get me wrong. For the most part, I enjoyed Spirit and Dust. I liked the whole tie in with history and some scenes were seriously straight out of the horror version of Night at the Museum (but, really, isn't that movie kind of freaky anyway?).

Rosemary Clement-Moore is a fantastic writer, but I think I may have been a little too excited and too enamored with the idea of this being an offshoot of her previous novel, Texas Gothic (which I loved).

Aside from sharing a last name, Spirit and Dust's Daisy Goodnight has very little in common with her cousins, Amy and Phin, from Texas Gothic. Amy and Phin were unique and quirky, characters I hadn't seen before. Daisy, well, she can communicate with dead people and uses her ability to help solve murders. Where have I read that plotline a billion times before?

Really, though, Daisy had a promising start with, "I like to pretend I'm all Daisy Goodnight, kick-ass teen psychic when really most of the time I'm all Please don't let me puke in front of the FBI." I laughed and thought, "I'm really going to like this girl." I mean, sure she's a little cliché and, yeah, it's a little much that the government pulls her out of school and flies her across the country to solve a murder and kidnapping like no one else could do it (she's really not that special), but at least she has a sense of humor.

But when the action begins, Daisy's personality just seems to wane. She talks a lot about how amazing her talents are and how coveted she is, yet she doesn't seem all that amazeballs. Aside from communicating with the dead (which, okay, is quite an ability, but I've seen more talented mediums...in other books), she is kind of dense. Daisy is a contradiction, but not in a good way. She claims to be an "old soul" and acts like she's so jaded, but she's really just like any other emo teenager who thinks the world doesn't get them. Move on.

The plot, on the other hand, was pretty decent. I loved how Clement-Moore tied in theology, history, archeology, and probably a few other things that end in "y" that I can't think of right now. I liked how Daisy was able to tap into her own genealogy to help her along (although it was a little convenient that her ancestors would happen to have intimate experience with the subject of her current predicament).

After a healthy dose of Suspension of Disbelief pills, it was all pretty brilliant.

And the big "show down" between good and evil at the end? Well, it was pretty badass and there were quite a few surprises that I didn't see coming.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
One of the Best YA Paranormal Books I've Read This Year!! 26 July 2013
By Stephanie Ward - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
'Spirit and Dust' is the second book in a young adult paranormal series that follows the Goodnight family. This installment follows teenage psychic Daisy Goodnight when she is called in by the FBI to help with a murder case outside a college dorm in Minnesota. Unlike most of the cases that Daisy helps out with, this is very different. The murder is fresh and Daisy can't seem to get a good psychic reading from the scene or the spirit left behind. Soon Daisy finds out that there's more than just the murder - the teenage daughter of a crime boss has been kidnapped and the FBI are relying on Daisy to help find her. As if that wasn't enough, Daisy is kidnapped by the girl's father and is forced to help find his daughter at all costs. Just what has Daisy gotten herself into this time?

When I first read this book, I had no idea that it was the second book in a series. It can be read as a stand alone novel, because I had no problems in understanding the characters or the story. That being said - this is one of the best books I've read this year! It was so fun and exciting that I was completely hooked from the first couple of paragraphs. Daisy is a perfect leading lady - she's smart, snarky, realistic, and totally devoted to her family. I loved her sarcastic banter and the witty remarks she made throughout the book - it was like being inside my own head at times. I actually found myself snickering along with Daisy at times in the novel - she's really a great main character. The plot was really fascinating and I loved every aspect of it. It might sound a bit corny or cliched - a teenage psychic helping solve murders with the FBI - but the author wrote it with such a fresh perspective and an original voice that it really felt unique to the genre. I loved learning all about Daisy and her psychic abilities, along with the magic in the book and even the interesting historical references. The author really wove all the pieces of the plot together to make a fun and thrilling story. The writing was phenomenal - fast paced, natural and witty dialogue, and effortless flow. I literally could not put this one down and ended up reading it in one sitting. There are so many different genres mixed in with the paranormal - action, adventure, mystery, and always some romance - that it will definitely appeal to readers who love various genres. I highly recommend this book to those who love YA paranormal fiction along with anyone looking for a great story with fun characters and a thrilling paranormal mystery. I'm definitely going to hunt down all the author's other works and am already eagerly awaiting the next book in the series!

Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.5 stars Psychic Girl meets Magical Man 8 Aug. 2013
By Robin Snyder - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
"I was not supposed to end up freezing my ass off in a remake of Harry Potter meets The Italian Job by way of Fargo."

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 Night at the Museum.

Texas Gothic was a lot more of a paranormal mystery with believable 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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Archeological fun, Night at the Museum craziness, a bad-boy YA romance, and psychic icing on a cupcake of adventure 29 Dec. 2013
By kbirdlincoln - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Take a wise-cracking, goofy-nickname giving, almost-18 girl with the power to talk to dead people and throw her into a mafia don's hunt for his daughter kidnapped by a brotherhood obsessed with a Eyptian cult and what do you get?

You get a fun, romantic, snort-through-your-nose funny romp through museums, car-jackings, and nerd references galore.

Daisy Goodnight gets pulled into an FBI case, but it quickly turns whacko when a mafia mobster coopts her to find his missing daughter with his gorgeous but possibly-criminal lackey, Carson.

Carson and Daisy love to trade banter, make references to Lord of the Rings, and get themselves in and out of the Field Museum, the Oriental Institute, and various other places to search for the mobster's daughter as well as the mysterious "Oosterhouse Jackal" which the kidnappers have demanded as ransom.

There's so much fun going on here I'm surprised that it hasn't been snapped up for a movie yet. I mean gosh, you've got Indiana Jones like archeological fun, Night at the Museum craziness, a YA romance with a bad boy, and all kinds of psychic icing on this cupcake of adventure.

Let me give you a taste of Daisy's Texas-irreverant zaniness:
"Don't give me that 'magical artifacts don't kill people, people kill people' business, I said. You can pry my Goodnight Farms magical bath products out of my cold dead fingers, but I'm one hundred percent in favor of Nazi-face-melting artifacts control."

And then there's all the scenes where Daisy kisses Carson in order to pick his pockets...very lovely and totally sixth-grader safe.

Rosemary Clement-Moore has just made my insta-buy list. Now to go read her other books on the Goodnight Family.....

This Books Snack Rating: Garlic Parmesan chips for the solid archeological-action crunch of the plot flavored with cheesy-good romance and the flavorful garlic bite of psychic shenanigans
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
SO MUCH FUN! 4 Nov. 2013
By Bekah Awesome Book Nut - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
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
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