Book Review: Dark Souls

Book Review: Dark SoulsDark Souls by Paula Morris
Published by Scholastic Press on August 1st 2011
Pages: 304

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.

Spooky cover. Creepy summary. With Halloween just around the corner, it is time for the scary books to start coming out. Or at least this is what I hoped to find with Dark Souls.
Hmm…. where do I start? Dark Souls is the hardest to put into words book of the year. Usually, after finishing a book, I have a few candid thoughts. Such as, 'Book X was beautiful.' Or 'Man, book X really left me hanging with this plot thread or that plot thread.' But Dark Souls took my book contemplation to a whole different level. It was almost like a big question mark.
But I am getting ahead of myself.
Dark Souls quite possibly has the slowest beginning I have ever read. Morris introduces York. And introduces York. And does it again. I love history. But I want my history and historical settings to come to life. To be far, Morris does this. York is a Gothic dream. Dark, spooky, and everything I wanted it to be. Yet I found myself being drowned with too many details. Nothing was really left to my imagination. And that is something I really love about books. Give me just enough and let me fill in the rest.
One surprising detail that Morris got me on was the romance. It is hinted at. There is chemistry. But nothing really ever develops. With YA books constantly going overboard in the romance department, I found Morris' lack of romance nicely refreshing.
For all the build up in Dark Souls, the ending really delivers. Lots of action. Lots of questions answered. No pretty bow to wrap everything up. But satisfy.
Final Verdict:
Dark Souls was not what I thought it would be. But that is a good thing in a way. I love being surprised. And Morris had plenty of surprises in store. Dark Souls was a great spooky story with plenty of meat to keep me interested.
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8 responses to “Book Review: Dark Souls

  1. I actually checked this book out from the library shortly after its release date on another reviewer’s recommendation. Unfortunately I had to turn it back in unread. But I hope to check it out again soon, especially since I’ve read two good reviews on it. Plus spooky stories are best read during October.

  2. Oh this sounds promising. I love it when romance in a book is understated, all these recent YA books with over the top romance/instant attraction/can’t-get-you-out-of-my-head love are just annoying but books with just hints of romance and adding a backdrop to the plot are refreshing and have much more depth in my opinion.

    Adding this to my TBR, hopefully I can get through the slow start.

    Enter my Blogoversary giveaway.

  3. flashlight_reader

    I’ve been wanting to read this one. I really like Ruined (her other book). It was spooky and set in New Orleans. You would probably like it if you liked this one.

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