Book Review of Spirit and Dust by Rosemary Clement-Moore

Posted January 31, 2014 by Kara in book review, Lyn / 6 Comments

Book Review of Spirit and Dust by Rosemary Clement-MooreSpirit and Dust by Rosemary Clement Moore
Series: Goodnight Family #2
Published by Delacorte Press on May 15th, 2013
Genres: paranormal, young adult
Pages: 387
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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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.

“Dying was such a rotten way to learn that I wasn’t nearly the badass I thought I was.”

“I was a guide to lost souls and the patron sinner of the recently dead.”

Review:Texas Gothic was (and still is) a top favorite book the year I read it. When the author announced another book set in the same universe, I was, understandably excited and giddy.  Due to some issues last year, I fell way behind on my fangirl reading.  This one was rotting away on my Kindle when I ran across it.  
Daisy Goodnight made a brief appearance in Texas Gothic, and from what I saw, I instantly liked Daisy.  She’s a bit on the rough side, and tends to speak her mind. In Spirit and Dust we see her come forward and learn more about her background and her seemingly “bad” attitude. The story leaned more towards mobster mystery, but the plot was pulled off nicely. The second Goodnight book also delves further into ghost lore and afterlife beliefs, and starts to set deeper roots for Clement-Moore’s own world-building.

What Was Great

▪ I have to say Daisy is, by far, my favorite Goodnight. This is not to say that I don’t love Amy and Phin, but Daisy matched my own personality type, and therefore, I felt that Daisy was a kindred spirit. She has a very calloused outer shell, but below all of it, she is a deeply caring and serious individual. Daisy sees herself as an idealist, but at the same time, she knows that she isn’t the answer to everything. Even with her strong morals and unwavering sense of loyalty, Daisy still falls victim to doubt from time to time.

▪ The story kept me guessing, and I was taken by surprise by the ending.  This mystery was pulled off with a touch of magic and a ton of well thought-out planning.

▪ I enjoyed how Clement-Moore used ghost mythology and her own personal interpretation of the afterlife and beyond for her story. Emotions run high for this novel, and I was able to siphon the feelings of sadness and eternity from the characters.

▪ Magic makes for a stronger element in Spirit and Dust. I did enjoy the mystic vein of “realistic” magic in Texas Gothic, but some of the events linked to the magic made for some very exciting scenes.

▪ Even though this was set out side of Texas, I liked the references that only a fellow Texas could throw out. Daisy’s comments and thoughts about the cold amused me to no end.

What Was Meh

▪ The romance actually bothered me. I wasn’t too crazy about the main love interest. I wanted it to go a different way (I want to keep this as spoiler-free as possible).

▪ While the magic made for a awesome reading, I liked that the first book had a strong “realistic” feel.

▪ The author warned about this problem in her notes at the end of the book, but property damage actually bothers me. I wasn’t able to shake my feeling of discomfort.



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In the end, I can say that I am a die-hard fangirl of Rosemary Clement-Moore. I want more from the Goodnight storyline. I took to Twitter to tell the author that I adore her work, and she was kind enough to reply back. Spirit and Dust is a fun and complex read, with plenty of emotion and suspense to keep the reader asking for more.

6 responses to “Book Review of Spirit and Dust by Rosemary Clement-Moore

  1. I really loved this one.I think it was in my top ten list for last year. I just love all the topics that Rosemary manages to fit in one book and I love the characters. I agree with you about the romance though. It wasn’t as swoon worthy as Texas Gothic and for awhile there I was wondering if there was anything go on with Daisy and the FBI guy. While I was relieved there wasn’t any sort of love triangle, I really wish he would’ve been utilized more. He was an interesting character.

  2. My last and only encounter with Moore in Prom Date from Hell which I only picked because of the awesome series title: Maggie Quinn: Girl vs Evil. It didn’t go down well, mostly because the book bored me. I’m gonna give her another go then because this title sounds pretty cool, too! I hope Texas Gothic isn’t required to enjoy this one.

  3. My library has Texas Gothic (YAY.. They’re usually understocked) and I keep on eyeing it.. but you make me want to check it out.. like ASAP, which I cannot because I have.. overdue books… .-.

    The romance does not sound fun. I am very picky with romance and if things don’t go ‘my way’.. I might not end up enjoying a book :/

    Great Review, Lyn! I am glad you enjoyed the book! 🙂

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