Thursday, February 23, 2012

Picture the Dead by Adele Griffin [Review]

5 out of 5 Robots!
Picture the Dead by Adele Griffin
Illustrated by Lisa Brown
Genre: Historical Fiction
Reading level: Ages 12 and up
Release: February 1, 2012
Paperback: 272 pages
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
My Copy: Publisher
Reviewer: Rex

My Thoughts:
Jennie Lovell hasn't seen much luck in her young 16 years. Not only is she left orphaned and sent to live with her awful Aunt and Uncle, but her twin dies fighting in the Civil War, and not much later her fiancé meets an untimely demise at war as well. Now, things only become worse as her ward's household has fallen into debt and her late fiancé begins to haunt her. And Jennie won't give up until she uncovers the secret surrounding the details of his death.

The writing held me captivated from page one. Jennie, the protagonist, is incredibly likeable, flawed and intriguing. I love her strangeness. The other characters in the book, with the exception of Mavis, are incredibly easy to hate. Which is always a good thing when it comes to a villain. Throughout the novel I had a hard time figuring out Quinn, one second I think I have him pegged... The next, I'm wrong. And then I'm right again. Love it.

This story itself is fascinating. Between each of the chapters there are marvelous illustrations that are from Jennie's scrapbook. They just throw the story forward and keep the pages turning. Jennie collects things from her friends and family and saves odd things that are all depicted on these pages. The illustrations are a great addition to the story. They really make the story pop in your mind, make it feel creepy and real.

This is my favorite ghost story this year. Quick, refreshing and mysterious. Adele's writing felt poetic and  fresh. I'm keeping this book to read again and again and to share with friends. The perfect book to curl up with... The ghosts are creepy and the story is romantic.  

Picture the Dead is an entertaining read, highly recommend it to those that enjoy the young adult historical fiction with a splash of paranormal!


  1. wow.. it seems amazing!!! I want to read it!!!

    1. please do, then let me know what you think!! :)

  2. Dude, I will read this, if only for the cover. your enthusiastic review, of course.

    1. I really liked the cover too! Hope you love it :)

  3. I'm so glad I came across your review of this book! I've been eyeing it in the book store for weeks now, wondering about it, but now I'll go and buy it. It sounds awesome! Thanks for sharing.

  4. So glad you found me, Hannah! Enjoy your new book!!



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