Dark Souls

Dark Souls
by Paula Morris
Published 2011 by Point
292 pages. Paperback ARC.
Rating: 3/5

Welcome to York, England.

Mist lingers in the streets.

Narrow buildings cast long shadows.

This is the most haunted city in the world. . . .

Miranda Tennant arrives in York with a terrible, tragic secret. She is eager to lose herself amid the quaint cobblestones, hoping she won’t run into the countless ghosts who supposedly roam the city. . . .

Then she meets Nick, an intense, dark-eyed boy who knows all of York’s hidden places and histories. Miranda wonders if Nick is falling for her, but she is distracted by another boy — one even more handsome and mysterious than Nick. He lives in the house across from Miranda and seems desperate to send her some sort of message. Could this boy be one of York’s haunted souls?

Soon, Miranda realizes that something dangerous — and deadly — is being planned. And she may have to face the darkest part of herself in order to unravel the mystery — and find redemption.

This was a very interesting book. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, but it went in a different direction than I thought it would. I liked the plot, especially toward the end. I had a few little problems with it though. I think it would have been much better had it been written in first person from Miranda’s point of view. I also had some trouble connecting with Nick’s character. He seemed so mysterious at first and that gave him a lot of appeal. Somehow, he lost that mystery along the way and I didn’t like him as much. I definitely expected more romance between him and Miranda. I was a little let down by the lack thereof.

What made the book good was the setting and the plot itself. I loved the descriptions of York and all the ghost stories based there. It’s so rich in history. It really brought the story to life in a way that the characters couldn’t. The plot was very interesting. I’ve never really read any books about ghosts, so it had the appeal of something new to me. But the ghost stories were interesting, and the mystery behind which ones applied to present was engaging. It was slow at times, but about half way through it really picked up and I couldn’t stop reading. It’s a quick read. If the subject interests you, I say pick it up. It’s a good story, but it’s nothing amazing.

Prude Filter: I think there’s a little profanity, and some violence toward the end. It’s fine for teens.

Source: Around the World ARC Tours
Author’s website: http://www.paula-morris.com/
Purchase this book: Point/Scholastic | Book Depository | IndieBound

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