Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Review: Dark Souls by Paula Morris

Dark Souls
by Paula Morris
Publication Date: August 1st, 2011
Publisher: Scholastic
Pages: 292
ISBN: 9780545251327
Source: Publisher

Where to Buy:
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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. -Goodreads

Dark Souls is the second book that I’ve read and enjoyed by Paula Morris. I had been eyeing this book for a quite some time, and I was so very excited to be able to read and review the book. I haven’t read many ghost stories; and I found this one to be a very interesting read.

The main character in the story is Miranda. I found her to be a very likeable character. She was far from perfect; she has issues and is a bit of an introvert. I was able to connect with her character, because I am the same way. Her and her brother, Rob, who also had issues, go through a very traumatic event early in the book. This event deeply affects each of them, but each in a different way. While in York, Miranda meets Nick. I’m still on the fence about Nick. He was a very troubled soul. I didn’t really connect with him, but I think it was because we really didn’t see him enough in the book. I did find myself feeling a bit bad for him towards the end of the book.

I enjoyed the setting in the book very much. I thought the author did a good job in describing York and the places in it. All of the background information about the town was very interesting as well, and I was very glad the author included it in the book. It made the setting feel more real to me. The plot was very intriguing, and the writing was easy to follow. The book had me guessing in quite a few areas.

Overall, this was a really interesting, quick read that I really enjoyed! I am definitely looking forward to reading more books by Ms. Morris, she’s a great storyteller.

Happy Reading!

See my review on: Goodreads | LibraryThing


  1. omg i cant wait to have my copy of this book. I love Paula Morris.

  2. I have yet to read anything by Paula Morris, but this one sounds really good! I LOVE the cover! It is so gorgeous and super creepy at the same time!

  3. Not connecting with the cute guy in the book...that's horrible! It's been happening to me lately and I don't know why! Great review! :)

  4. I've been eyeing this book forever! I want to read it even more now. Your review was very vague (probably because of spoilers) so I'm incrediably curious. I haven't read anything by Paula Morris either. Need to look up her previous book.

    ♥ Trish
    Just a YA Girl

  5. I wasn't the biggest fan of Paula Morris's debut, but Dark Souls sounds promising! The setting, especially, sounds fantastic. Thanks for the review! :)

  6. I am so pleased to read this is good. I loved Ruined! One of my favourite reads ever.

  7. I haven't read anything by her yet -- but she's now on my radar, thanks to you. This story sounds great.
    Happy reading!
    Mary @ Book Swarm

  8. Thanks for the review, I am looking forward to reading this book. Love the cover....
    Truly Bookish

  9. This one sounds interesting! Thanks for the review! =)

  10. Lovely review! Sounds like a love triangle...I'm really tired of those but I am intrigued by the ghosts. I really want to read a few "ghost" books.

    I love the cover!

  11. I didn't realise this one was that short, but I've been curious about it since I saw it pop up awhile ago on another blog. I really enjoy reading books set in other locations, it just adds to the mystique of the story.

  12. I really liked Ruined. I read it the longest time ago, back when I wasn't even blogging. I'm definitely ordering myself a copy of this one! Great review!

  13. I think Paula Morris does a great job of describing her settings. I enjoyed Ruined a lot.


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