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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Dark Souls by Paula Morris: Book Review

Dark Souls
by Paula Morris
Point (Scholastic)
ISBN: 978-0-545-25132-7
Suggested Ages: Listed as 12+ (I would say mature 11 yr old would have no problem)
Release Date: August 1, 2011
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Description: 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.

The Good Stuff
  • Ghost story and a mystery all rolled up into one fantastic tale
  • Fast paced story and intriguing enough that you didn't want to put the book down -- hence why I am a wee bit tired this morning since I was up till 1 am reading it
  • Parents are not jerks -- I know I couldn't believe it either - gets an extra .5 Dewey for that alone
  • Spooky 
  • A bit of history thrown in which will hopefully intrigue the reader into looking for further info
  • Opening to story sucks you in -
  • Did I mention ghosts -- I love the ghosts 
  • Relationship between family members is very realistic

The Not so Good Stuff
  • Some of the coincidences are pushing it in terms of believability
Favorite Quotes/Passages

"Miranda's parents, of course, went nuts at the prospect of a 360-degree view because - she'd often observed - anyone middle-aged thought that gazing at views and gardens and distant horizons was the most interesting thing in the world."

"It was probably in some parenting book, one of a list of things you should say to annoy your teenaged children, along with "take that look off your face" and "what's that long sigh for? and "I don't know what happened; when you were little you were so sweet."

"Musicians were easy to spot because of their instrument cases and - Miranda couldn't help noticing - dubious fashion choices."

What I Learned
  • In England: Streets are called Gates, Gates are called Bars and Bars are called Pubs
  • Little bits of English history and ghosts that I didn't know about
Who should/shouldn't read
  • For anyone who enjoys a good ghost story, especially a mysterious one
  • Perfect for more mature middle school reader and YA's (and old Mom's who love ghost stories)

4.5 Dewey's

I received this from Scholastic in exchange for an honest review -- and BTW thanks a lot Scholastic I had spooky dreams last night


  1. The cover attracted me and the fact that parents aren't jerks is a big plus :)

  2. Glad to know it just isn't me LOL!

  3. Thanks sharing your honest thoughts and opinions about the book. I look forward to reading it now.

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