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Spirit and Dust (Goodnight Family #2)

3.91  ·  Rating Details ·  1,571 Ratings  ·  251 Reviews
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/ki
Hardcover, 1st Edition, 387 pages
Published May 14th 2013 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
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2.5 stars - Spoilers

Not as good as the first book, Texas Gothic… Which was charming and quirky, and filled with oddball secondary characters and a wonderfully wacky family. Whereas Spirit and Dust was very much a standard YA novel with none of the eccentricities of Texas Gothic. There was nothing that was memorable or delightful about it. It was the usual girl with power + run of the mill mystery + two hawt boys. It wasn't bad, it was just disappointing because I was expecting so much more than
Bekah AwesomeBookNut
Jun 28, 2013 Bekah AwesomeBookNut rated it really liked it
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 relat
Howdy YAL
May 28, 2013 Howdy YAL rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of Indiana Jones/Night at the Museum
Recommended to Howdy YAL by: Myself (well, actually I went to a booksignng where the author was talking about it and I was like must. get. now.)
To see full review click here.

So, a couple of years ago I went to a book signing by Texas Gothic which was by one of my favorite authors, Rosemary Clement-Moore. During the signing Rosemary talked about the book she was working on which was supposed to have an Indiana Jones meets Leverage vibe and I was like I have to have that book. And, well, now I do. So, I guess I have to review it.

There are several things I want in YA books. This book has it all. Let me list them shall I 1) kick ass heroine
4.5 Snuck this one in in-between review books because I remembered how much fun Texas Gothic was; do not regret.
And yes, I know snuck is not a word. You can pry it from my cold dead lips.
Review to come!

I think I've come out with the perfect title for this review, on my BL page. I believe I will call it: Jackals and Jackasses...
And yes, there is a perfectly good reason for it! ;)

It has been quite some time now _ a few weeks at least...which in the bookish world, translates to AGES! _ since I've loved a story this much!

Although the last part of Texas Gothic (the first in this series ) was amazing in showing the author's talent, _for me _ Spirit and Dust is so far, the real
Jun 13, 2013 Sandra rated it did not like it
I liked the start of this book, but then 10 pages in it went from 4 stars to 2 then quickly 1.

Most disappointing read this year...

Jul 15, 2014 Inês rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A lot of people didn't like this book! And the same happens with Texas Gothic ! And I seriously don't understand why! I did a buddy read for Texas Gothic and I was the only one who enjoyed it. So weird.

I really like Rosemary Clement-Moore's writing. When I start a book of hers I can't put it down!


The Goodnight family is fabulous. And I really want there to me more books about them, so I can meet more of their family! They're always such kickass heroines!

Daisy can see dead people.
Robin (Bridge Four)
“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
(Source: I own a copy of this book.)
17-year-old Daisy can talk to ghosts, or ‘remnants’ as she calls them. For this reason the FBI like to use her for certain tough cases, even if she’s not overjoyed about it!
Now an 18-year-old rich girl – Alexis, has been kidnapped, and the only witness is her body guard who was shot and killed during the kidnapping.
Who kidnapped Alexis? And can Daisy find out before it’s too late?

When I first started this book I thought it was much better than the first one in
Oct 18, 2015 Nafiza rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013
Rosemary Clement-Moore is fast becoming one of my favourite authors. While I have not loved all her books, I have liked them all and found in them a joie de vivre that works so well for me. Her protagonists are always so spunky and even when they have their share of insecurities and flaws, they are always easy to relate to and likeable. I remember Daisy from the Texas Gothic and I remember thinking that she had a colourful character about whom I wouldn’t mind reading more about. I got my wish in ...more
Jun 07, 2013 Mel rated it really liked it
I thought this was a good book. Daisy was a character that you meet in Texas Gothic and I thought she was pretty awesome in her own story. Daisy was really spunky and I loved her sense of humor dealing with all of the craziness that she and Carson encountered along the way. Carson was the guy that Daisy was made to work with when she was kidnapped by a crime boss to find his missing daughter. Carson was a really mysterious character and it wasn't always clear what his motives were but he was a g ...more
I was pretty disappointed in Spirit and Dust. It was nothing like Texas Gothic. All of the things that made me adore Texas Gothic were missing in this book. This book lacked the charm that was present in that one. There were no quirky, eccentric characters, unless you count Daisy herself and the rest of the Goodnight family was absent for the most part. Where Texas Gothic was light-hearted and funny, Spirit and Dust was more tense and serious.

Honestly though, this wasn't a bad book. It was a pr
Jun 24, 2013 Heather rated it it was amazing
I love Rosemary Clement-Moore. Do you hear me RCM? I love you. You are one of my top five teen authors ever. Everything I ever want in a book you provide. Mystery, adventure, suspense, magic and crazy awesome chemistry with a fierce heroine and a hot, flawed hero :) Every one of your books makes me so very happy. And I love the Goodnight family dearly! I wish I was a Goodnight! Daisy was spectacular! Aunt Ivy was my favorite though :) perfect follow-up to Texas Gothic.
Tecoya Brantley-Williams
Apr 01, 2013 Tecoya Brantley-Williams marked it as to-read
Shelves: never-reading
Boooo! There's no way I'm reading this! Why? Bc I've read it before, this is Darynda Jones' series! I understand that ideas can be redone but I loved the Davidson series soooooo much that I'd only be comparing it, constantly, and Ms.Jones set the bar pretty high
K. Lincoln
Dec 29, 2013 K. Lincoln rated it it was amazing
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
Cassidy Washburn

I loved this book! It was a lot better than I thought it would be. The characters were amazing especially the main character Daisy. She was so sarcastic and funny that I caught myself laughing out loud at times. Carson was also great. I loved the fact that he and Daisy acted so cold to each other but you could totally tell they had feelings for each other ;) Another character that was awesome was Agent Taylor, Daisy's partner. I loved their relationship and how she didn't hide the fact that
Natalie (Natflix&Books)

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I really liked Rosemary Clement-Moore's Texas Gothic. I really hadn't known what to expect going into the book when I picked it up a couple of years ago. At the time I was having some serious paranormal overload and wasn't expecting too much, and so was pleasantly surprised when I ended up really enjoying the book that followed a young witch, Amy (and her sister, Phin) who's part a long-line of kitchen witches, the Goodnights. Amy ca
Liz Jager
Jul 02, 2013 Liz Jager rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rosemary Clement-Moore has done it again. I have read all her books and irrevocably love them all. I handsell copies of The Splendour Falls to all and sundry in bookshops and Texas Gothic is my go-to book for a feelgood read.

Her characters are so well developed, the stories are wild and over the top and she never loses control of them, ever.

There's always a supernatural element involved but it never ever feels onerous or dull. I never skip paragraphs because her world building is so well writt
Nicole Wolverton
Apr 24, 2014 Nicole Wolverton rated it really liked it
I am officially a fan of Rosemary Clement-Moore. The day before I read this book, I worked a 14 hour day. I went back to work the next day, did another eight hour stint, and then cracked open this book, intending to read for a few hours and crash hard. Instead, I ended up staying up until midnight to finish the novel.

I quite like Clement-Moore's use of the Goodnight family for this series, yet each book is a standalone, too. In this case, we're talking about Daisy Goodnight, one of the family p
Oct 24, 2015 Finn rated it liked it
Texas Gothic and Spirit and Dust have the same problem: they both have too many plot intricacies that aren't smoothly portrayed to the reader, in my opinion. But they do have cutesy boys and romances and are quick reads. I don't normally go for the paranormal genre and this isn't making me jump into the library to search for more. I don't really regret reading it but I wouldn't recommend it to people who like ghost stories.
As for the book specifics... I didn't see the (view spoiler)
Barbara ★
I didn't read the first book in this series (I'm going to have to do that soon) but this book totally stood on it's own. Though I am interested in just how Daisy got hooked up with the FBI.

Daisy Goodnight sees dead people. Well actually she talks to the dead people she sees. She uses this talent to help the FBI solve murders. In this case she is asked to help find a kidnapped girl who just happens to be the mob boss of Chicago's daughter. With the help of Carson (one of the mob bosses's henchmen
Jules Goud
Definitely an interesting take on the whole ghost thing.

I loved the fact that Moore was able to incorporate mythology with the spirit, psychic and magic world. She was also able to through in a little bit of a crime family and a mystery.

Daisy is really different from other girls. She is able to see the dead and talk to them. She gets thrown back in time in places like a museum. She also much prefers to wear her converses with skulls and crossbones drawn all over them. Her psychic ability allows
Shazza Maddog
Mar 27, 2015 Shazza Maddog rated it really liked it
Daisy Goodnight is a psychic who can speak to the dead. Someone in her family has been working with the police for generations (she mentions a problem with Jack the Ripper in her historical past), and she's been called by the FBI to help track a kidnapped girl. But once she's in the upper Midwest (from Texas), Daisy's kidnapped by the father of the girl - a crime syndicate boss, Maguire, who forces Daisy to complete a geas to find his daughter. She's paired with Carson, who is kind of a bodyguar ...more
Erin Wienand
Jun 21, 2014 Erin Wienand rated it really liked it
This book was a pleasant surprise. I didn't have high expectations with Spirit and Dust, mainly because a lot of the books I've read lately have been letting me down. Fortunately, this book was a breath of fresh air. The only reason I didn't finish it sooner was because of all the hours I'm working. The main character, Daisy Goodnight, had a very fresh and unique voice. She actually sounded like a teenager, as opposed to a thirty-something trying to pass for a teenager. I liked how Coke made her ...more
Jul 06, 2015 Ja'farah rated it really liked it
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Mar 12, 2015 Jenn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This companion novel to Texas Gothic focuses on Daisy Goodnight, cousin to Amy & Phin, and voice of dead people everywhere. Daisy is sassy, sarcastic, and a lot of fun. She's also barely 17 and assists the FBI in missing persons cases. When she's pulled out of her chemistry class to help on a case in Minnesota, she doesn't expect it to be any more unusual than her other cases. But it is, from the first moment she talks to the dead guy in a dirty alley.

There's a lot more going on in this stor
Katie McCormick
Sep 01, 2015 Katie McCormick rated it really liked it
This book was very fast paced and action packed. It also included a small amount of a love triangle between the main character and two other supporting characters. I would most likely recommend this book to anyone interested in mystery, action, and romance.

This is about a 17 year old physic named Daisy Goodnight who can see the dead. She works with the FBI to help solve murder mysteries. She was working with one of her love interests and an FBI agent named Taylor to solve the disappearance of a
Lauren Mcmullen
May 15, 2013 Lauren Mcmullen rated it it was amazing
Love Rosemary! Can't go wrong here, I laughed out loud repeatedly at descriptions, and couldn't put it down. My one complaint, I want MORE Daisy and Taylor stories, more cases and more relationship with Carson! This needs to be its own series....and I want more Amy from Texas Gothic too, this is just ripe for a long, wonderful set of mysteries and snarky heroins!
katayoun Masoodi
Jul 02, 2015 katayoun Masoodi rated it it was ok
was so looking forward to this and therefore the two stars, though if there a few more chapters i think i would have settled for one! that said i would definitely read another of goodnight books and hope that it's going to be better, way better than this. lovely family, awful story!
C.L. McCollum
Aug 05, 2016 C.L. McCollum rated it really liked it
After reading TEXAS GOTHIC, I immediately ordered the companion novel, SPIRIT AND DUST. This one didn’t center on Amy or Phin, but on their younger cousin (who makes an appearance in the first novel), Daisy, who has an ability to speak to the dead and uses that gift to help the police with cold cases. She ends up asked to help the FBI with an active murder/kidnapping, and from then on things go sideways hard. We end up with a crime boss who’s more than willing to turn magic to his own ends, a cr ...more
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“I glanced at Carson, who had promised things would be alright. His gaze was on the floor, and a muscle in his jaw flexed rhythmically but unhelpfully. If he was trying to send me a message, I was out of luck, because I'd never learned Morse Code for Assholes.” 10 likes
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Daisy: Nothing but rain”
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