» Dark Souls, Paula Morris

Posted August 15, 2011 by / 0 comments

Dark Souls, Paula MorrisDark Souls by Paula Morris
Published by Scholastic Inc. on 2011
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
Pages: 295
Format: eBook
5 Stars

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.

My Thoughts
Green swirlsI really liked this novel.  Loved it actually.  I would have liked to have had a better ending for Nick but then again, there really wasn’t much else you could do with him.  I truly hope that he shows up in a sequel somewhere down the road.  I loved his character. 

Loved Miranda’s character too.  Strong likeable protagonist.  The secondary characters were pretty cool too.  Especially Miranda’s parents, her brother…. and Sally.

The writing was so awesome and flowed so nicely that the pages turned themselves.  I was sad it was over.  I read it in less than 24 hours and that’s with sleep and work.

Don’t even get me started on the cover.  OMG!!!  It is so gorgeousl!  Love it.

I was a little confused about this whole series thing, but I got a quick email from the author and she explained that there are three books but from what I can tell the first one was already out (Ruined) and I haven’t read it yet.  I read Dark Souls and then there is a third one coming in 2012 or 2013.  They are a series, but stand alones (if I’m understanding correctly).  She did tell me that she’s working on a specific sequel to the first book and hopes to do a specific sequel to dark souls as well.  That’s fantastic news for me.  I don’t feel so bad reading them out of order now.   It still drives me a little crazy because I hate reading out of order, but where they are sort of stand alone books it’s going to be okay.  I think…. LOL

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About Paula Morris

Paula Morris, a novelist and short story writer of English and Maori descent, was born in New Zealand. For almost a decade she worked in the record business in London and New York. She now lives in New Orleans, where she teaches creative writing at Tulane University.

Paula’s first novel, Queen of Beauty, won best first work of fiction at the 2003 Montana New Zealand Book Awards. Hibiscus Coast, a literary thriller set in Auckland and Shanghai, was published in 2005 and has been optioned for film. Her third novel, Trendy But Casual, was published by Penguin New Zealand in 2005.

Paula’s first short story collection, Forbidden Cities (2008) was a regional finalist in the 2009 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize.

Ruined, her first YA novel, was published by Scholastic in 2009.

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