Friday, September 23, 2011

Dark Souls by Paula Morris Review

Dark Souls
By Paula Morris

Aug. 1, 2011
Point, 304 pages
Source: Review copy

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.

— description

This is a definite case of me judging a book by its cover and being happily proven wrong.

Now, was this a WOW? No, but it kept me entertained and has definite appeal to anyone who likes ghost stories.

It's haunting, and the setting of York was all sorts of lovely. The setting seemed cold yet quaint, like I needed to snuggle up next to a fire and hide from all the ghosties lurking in Miranda’s world.

I didn’t really have an emotional connection to the story, but the ghostiness and mysteriousness of it all kept me engaged. Fans of a good “BOO!” every now and then – or even those who devour books set in England – should give it a whirl.

Anna Reads young adult book blog


  1. Agreed. Her book Ruined had me a bit more engaged but this one was still entertaining.

  2. I think I kinda like this review. I'm thinking about doing the book as part of the R.I.P. challenge so I need a few ghost stories. Easy and good sounds just about right...with a Boo or two thrown in!

  3. I recently won this book in a giveaway, and I still have Ruined sitting on my shelf.

    I'm looking forward to reading Morris. I love ghost stories.

  4. I thought this was for Dark Souls the video game... My body is already dead yada yada yada.


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