Review: Dark Souls by Paula Morris

Dark Souls by Paula Morris
Publication Date: August 1, 2011
Publisher: Point/Scholastic
Source: Big Honcho Media

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.

Review: I’m still relatively new to the YA genre (at least reading it as an adult), so when Big Honcho asked us to do a contest and review of Dark Souls, I jumped at the chance.  The contest is now over, but I finally had time to sit down and read.

Dark Souls is a pretty quick read once it got going.  The plot is pretty basic, with a bit of a twist at the end.  This is my first ghost story and I enjoyed it.  There was enough suspense to keep me turning the pages, but it didn’t breech into horror, which I was thankful for.  However, once I finished the story, I was left wanting more.  Not that the story wasn’t wrapped up, but I suppose I was hoping for something a little more complex.

I did however, enjoy the historical and paranormal look into York.  And the characters were interesting, especially when it came to Miranda and Nick.  The secondary characters (mostly Miranda’s family) could have been developed a little more and given more of a role in the story.  Miranda’s brother has a mini subplot that could have been explored further to give a little more meat to the story.

All that said, I did enjoy the story and am interested in trying Ruined, her first YA story with a ghost theme. 

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