Release Date: August 1, 2011
Series or Standalone: Standalone
Source: Big Honcho Media
Rating: 3 Stars
I have to admit, Dark Souls is one of those really hard
books to review because I did not love it and I did not hate it. My thoughts
are somewhere in the middle and that is always the hardest to describe.
Dark Souls was
an interesting read. And I know, interesting is the best word, but really, I
cannot think of another word. I really liked how Paula Morris set up the story
and introduced us to the world of ghosts. While this book involves seeing
ghosts, it did feel like a paranormal novel. The ghosts were just part of
Miranda’s life, something she sees after witnessing the death of her best
friend in a car accident. I really liked how Paula Morris explained the reason
for why Miranda can see ghosts, and why any other person who sees ghosts
actually sees them. There was no paranormal explanation, more of an emotional
one which I really liked.
Something about this book
made me keep reading it. I was indifferent to the plot of the book, but I did
want to keep reading to find out what will happen and what was up with the
mysterious Nick and the ghosts in York. I was not on the edge of my seat or
anything while I was reading, I was merely reading just to move the plot along.
One thing that I really did
like about this book was the writing. Paula Morris gives really amazing
descriptions. Her descriptions of York were beautiful and really helped to
establish the setting of the novel. While I was reading, I was tempted by her
descriptions to actually look up the places were the novel takes place and was
amazed at how accurate her descriptions were.
Another thing I really liked
was the relationship between Miranda and her brother Rob. Rob was in the driver
in the car accident which killed Miranda’s friend and he is carrying around
some emotional baggage like Miranda. I really liked that you could tell Miranda
and Rob really cared for each other and I loved their conversations with each
other because they really felt like actual brother and sister and you can tell
they cared for each other.
While I liked the
relationship between Miranda and Rob, the relationship between Miranda and Nick
just did not work for me. Something about it just did not work for me. I’m not
sure what it really is, if it was the character of Nick himself or just there
interactions, but something fell flat. Nick was an intriguing character on his
own, but Miranda and him together just did not work.
I felt that Dark Souls was missing that special
something that makes me really like a book. I don’t know what that special
something really is, it’s different for each book, but this one just was
missing it. It did not click for me. Don’t get me wrong the book was good,
nothing I really did not like but it just did not blow me away. And sometimes
that happens with books.
Thanks to Big Honcho Media I have TWO copies of Dark Souls to giveaway. Here’s a bit more about the book:
Miranda Tennant arrives in York with a terrible, tragic secret. She is eager to lose herself amid the quaint shops, hoping she won’t run into the many ghosts who supposedly roam the cobblestone streets. 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.
Photo Credit: Robert Trathan
About the Author:
Paula Morris is the author of Ruined, and has published several novels for adults in her native New Zealand. She has lived in a number of cities around the world, including York, England. She now lives in Glasgow, Scotland, and teaches creative writing at the University of Stirling. Visit her online at www.paula-morris.com.
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