Spirit and Dust by Rosemary Clement-Moore

Spirit and DustDaisy 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.
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                        Rating: 5 of 5 stars
                        Series book: No
      
Spirit and Dust was a super fun read. We all lovers of books know what "fun book" means in the book world. But in case you don't, here's the gist; Not deep at all. A fluffy marshmallow.  But this was more like a marshmallow after you put it in the microwave. It's all fluffy at first but then it hardens as all the air goes out. It was fun to read ll the way through, but it also had some serious butt-kicking action.
I've always enjoyed Clement-Moore's writing style, mostly because some of the first romancy books I read(the  series). But also the Goodnight are so spunky. Like actual spunkage. They have attitudes but they also have a definitive idea of good and evil. It's always nice to have the good and evil pointed out to the reader. The grey area was considerably small compared to other YA novels, and because of this refreshingly less confusing. Not to say all that Egyptology wasn't confusing (thank you Latin, for absolutely nothing).
I just loved this plot. It was so original. Psychic meet mobster. Not just any mobster, a magic mobster. and this magic mobster's daughter was kidnapped Not really, evil plan.. Magic mobster kidnaps psychic. Psychic goes through a hell of a lot to find a spoiled crime boss' daughter. Have you read something like that before? No? Didn't think so.
The majority of the characters were remnants (AKA ghosts). Cleopatra was in this book. Frigging Cleopatra. They were all so different, and very well described. Daisy (ironic name for someone who deals with the dead) had such a colorful vocabulary. Like, she talked like she had lived through many generations. And Carson was the perfect tortured soul. But not literally a soul. Just throwing that out there.
So there's a hint of love triangle through the whole book. Which I hate. But considering one of the guys were absent during the book, it was easily ignorable. Loooved Carson. How can you resist the good boy in the bad business. And it wasn't instant either, how could it be? He was a part of her kidnapping. But that's pretty easy to overlook when you realize how swoon worthy he was. They really didn't have a "relationship" relationship until right near the end of the book. What they had was more of a flirtationship. And I'll tell you, if Carson was real, I'd be flirting up a storm too.

SUMMARY OF REVIEW(In case you don't actually feel like reading the review):
Writing: 5 out of 5
Plot: 5 out of 5 
Characters: 5  out of 5   
Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 
Rated PG- kissing, violence, and mild cussing