Friday, September 16, 2011

ARC Review: Shattered Souls by Mary Lindsey

Title: Shattered Souls
Author: Mary Lindsey
Available: 12/8/11
Reading Level: YA
Genre: Paranormal
Source: Teen Book Scene

Description from Goodreads:

A thrilling debut story of death, love, destiny and danger

Lenzi hears voices and has visions - gravestones, floods, a boy with steel gray eyes. Her boyfriend, Zak, can't help, and everything keeps getting louder and more intense. Then Lenzi meets Alden, the boy from her dreams, who reveals that she's a reincarnated Speaker - someone who can talk to and help lost souls - and that he has been her Protector for centuries.

Now Lenzi must choose between her life with Zak and the life she is destined to lead with Alden. But time is running out: a malevolent spirit is out to destroy Lenzi, and he will kill her if she doesn't make a decision soon.

My thoughts:

I hadn't had the best of luck with books involving reincarnation prior to reading Shattered Souls, but I do love a good ghost story so I knew I had to read this. Thankfully, I enjoyed reading this story immensely. What a relief right? Mary Lindsey wrote a book that I think has the ability to knock readers socks off. It has the paranormal elements and romance that is so hot in YA right now, but she delivers it with a genuinely unique premise.

Shattered Souls is such a perfectly executed tale of ghost stories and past lives. It is a combination guaranteed to please. I find the subject of reincarnation so intriguing, but up until this point I'd found most attempts to explore it in fiction to be a huge let down. Mary Lindsey takes this intriguing topic and really creates something special with it. She has such a great voice, and the plot's pace flowed so wonderfully. 

I loved Lenzi, and her relationship with Alden wasn't typical of what we expect to see in YA, but it was still 100% swoon worthy. Then there is Zak. He is seriously troubled, and the interactions between him and Lenzi really give the book an edge. Things do get a little dark and intense between the two, but it only adds depth and emotion to an all ready well-constructed story. Be warned the suspense in this one is killer. I couldn't bring myself to put it down once I started reading. 

I highly recommend giving this fabulous debut novel a chance to wow you! I don't think you'll be disappointed. I also wanted to add that I think this is a standalone novel, but I would love to read more about the characters I met in Shattered Souls.

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  1. A good ghost story is hard to pass up! And this one sounds really good. Thanks for the review and recommendation.

  2. Sounds really good and I like that there's a swoonworthy romance in it. :) I really need a wow book, seems like I don't have to look any further. Great review.

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  4. Enjoyed your review. I have been debating whether to read this book or not. Thanks!
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  5. I am with you, reincarnation has not been a favorite topic of mine in books, but I also enjoy a good ghost story. I will have to give this one a try! Thanks for a great review :)

  6. I don't think I've read any books that focus on reincarnation or past lives recently. This one definitely sounds interesting. Great review!

  7. your comment about the romance being different has me intrigued!

  8. It is really amazing! I don’t think any of you will be disappointed.

    Thanks for stopping by & commenting!

  9. Shattered Souls had me on my toes throughout the entire story!! I could picture the scenes crystal clear and could feel the emotions coming from the characters.