February 26, 2012

Picture the Dead by Adele Griffin & Lisa Brown

Release Date: February 1, 2012
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Pages: 264
Series: n/a
Review Source: For review from publisher

Synopsis: (from B&N)
A ghost will find his way home.

Jennie Lovell's life is the very picture of love and loss. First she is orphaned and forced to live at the mercy of her stingy, indifferent relatives. Then her fiancé falls on the battlefield, leaving her heartbroken and alone. Jennie struggles to pick up the pieces of her shattered life, but is haunted by a mysterious figure that refuses to let her bury the past.

When Jennie forms an unlikely alliance with a spirit photographer, she begins to uncover secrets about the man she thought she loved. With her sanity on edge and her life in the balance, can Jennie expose the chilling truth before someone-or something-stops her?

Against the brutal, vivid backdrop of the American Civil War, Adele Griffin and Lisa Brown have created a spellbinding mystery where the living cannot always be trusted and death is not always the end.

My Thoughts:
I really liked this book because it provided a whole reading experience. Because of the illustrations that make up Jennie's scrapbook this wasn't just like reading a linear story. The pictures just added so much to the story, and it made me wish there were more novels that included them. I also really like how this was set in the Civil War. It seems like a unique time period for historical YA, which also made it stand out.

The book brings together a lot of interesting aspects, including war, social standing, ghosts/spiritualism, and love. I also really liked the mystery/spy aspect. Basically this was a quick read which drew me in and kept me interested until the end when the truth was discovered. If you're looking for something unique and intriguing I think you'll find it in 'Picture the Dead'.

The Cover:
I like it! It shows the illustrations and really fits with the book well.


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  1. *nods* this book sounds like it's a whole experience to read, I've been hearing lots of awesome things about it.

  2. It sounds good and not too scary so I think I will be able to handle it.

  3. Oh, this was the book you had the interview on recently! Sounds really good--like something I might be able to incorporate in a historical novel unit or something.

  4. Glad to see you liked this one too, Ashley! I really enjoyed the scrapbook elements and agree that it would be awesome if more books included illustrations in a similar way :)


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