Released: August 01, 2011
Young Adult, Hardcover, 304 Pages
Source: Teen Book Scene + Publisher in exchange for honest review and blog tour
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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.
Is it safe to say there is a resurgence of ghost-stories in the young adult realm? Was there even a true thick of them? Whatever it is, this trend of new ghostly stories is well appreciated and Paula Morris just further staked her claim on young adult shelves.
I really enjoyed the characters of Dark Souls. They all had their own voice and individual beings where the story was concerned. They were intimately woven with the plot and their surroundings but my adoration of Dark Souls didn't come solely from the characters but from Paula Morris' artfully woven attention to detail. Never having been to England it actually felt like I was there. I could see the surroundings all around me and I was walking alongside the cast of characters.
Dark Souls has a bit of a slow going nature. Sometimes this works and sometimes it doesn't and it can be completely hit or miss on me dependent on my mood. For me, this go, holding out came easily despite the slower pace and I found myself appreciating Paula Morris' work all the more. If it weren't for the attention to detail that I found so fabulous Dark Souls just wouldn't be everything that it is.
I also can't forget to mention that I truly had no clue what was going on with the mystery of Dark Souls. I didn't find myself accurately predicting the outcome of this book how I do so many and to me, that alone, is a priceless quality for a book to possess.
With a bit of love, a great deal of mystery, Haunting and historical, Dark Souls is everything that I love in a book.