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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Shattered Souls by Mary Lindsey

Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Philomel (December 8, 2011)
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    Lenzi hears voices. She also sees visions--gravestones, floods, a gorgeous guy with steel gray eyes. She knows she must be going crazy, just like her dad did. Her boyfriend, Zak, can't do anything to help, and the voices just keep getting louder, the visions more intense. But when Lenzi meets Alden, the boy from her dreams, everything makes sense.

    Sort of.

    He tells Lenzi that she's a reincarnated Speaker--someone who can talk to lost souls and help them move on--and that he has been her Protector for centuries. But instead of embracing her abilities, Lenzi struggles between her life as the girlfriend of a sexy musician and the life she is destined to lead with Alden. Yet time is running out; a malevolent spirit has been trying to destroy Lenzi for ages, and he will surely kill her if she doesn't make a decision soon.

    Her choices are clear: Destiny or normalcy. Alden or Zak. Life or death.
     Wow, look at that cover!  Isn't it amazing?  I just love it!

    I really enjoyed this book.  I finished it in about a day and a half, coming off of a complete disaster of a book that took me a week to get through (only to find out it was the first in a series.....UGH).  So, I was very happy to have a good book to dive into after that!  And I'm happy to say that, whether or not Shatered Souls ends up having a sequel, it certainly doesn't NEED one, and I am SO thankful about that!!  It's nice to just have a good read that I feel was resolved when I finished it.

    Shattered Souls started out kind of like Angelfire, I think.  In fact, although Lenzi was never called an angel, this book reminded me a lot of angel books.  Lenzi is reincarnated over and over so that she can help lost souls finish their work on earth, and move on.  She, for some reason has lost her memory of her previous lives, and all this comes as a shock to her.  There are malevolent souls who want to possess her and so she has a protector (the lovely Alden), to make sure that doesn't happen. 

    Normally I don't like it when the love interests are immediately drawn to each other, but in this instance it works, because although they have just met in this lifetime, they have lived together numerous lifetimes before (even if Lenzi couldn't remember them).  I liked that Lenzi had no memory of her past lives, and that we actually found out why she had no memory.

    I have to say, I kind of wish that Zak had been a more likable character.  The first few pages he seems like a really nice guy, then BAM, it's all downhill.  There wasn't too much tension, and I feel like if you're going to have a love triangle, there needs to be some redeeming qualities to both guys, and Zak was just mean.  Plus, I kind of felt bad for him because he obviously needed some serious help, but Lenzi just kind of dropped him once Alden came around.  BUT, who can blame her.  Although Alden had a few Edward-ish qualities about him (sneaking in her room while she slept, following her around to protect her) he was pretty swoon-tastic!  I just LOVED the way he loved her.  It was so ridiculously sweet!

    I also liked that the book had a little bit of a creepiness factor.  When the malevolent spirits came calling, they weren't messing around!  There were a couple of scenes that seriously gave me goosebumps. 

    Overall, this was a good book that I enjoyed spending the day reading, and I would definitely read other books that Mary Lindsey writes, even if it IS a sequel! :)

    • Sexual Content:  Mild with Moderate Dialog
    • Profanity:  Moderate
    • Violence:  Moderate/Heavy
    • Other Notables:  Mention of drugs, suicide, and underage drinking
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      and after reading this review I want it more!
      *starts planning a heist*

      Krazyyme @ Young Readers

    2. I cant wait to read this book, I have had this on my list for a long while

    3. Fantastic review on Shattered Souls! I loved this title!

      -Wendy from A Cupcake and a Latte: YA Reviews

    4. I love this cover. Looking forward to reading this one!!!! :)

      Great review!

    5. I really liked this book as well. The lore was fabulous.

    6. I'm a bit confused, your review sounds like the book should get six chess pieces but it only got four? What was missing or what didn't you like for it to be a four and not a five or a six?

      Btw this books sounds aaaaa lloooootttt like Evermore by Alyson Noel, which was probably one the worst books I have ever read in my entire life.
      Don't read Evermore, EVER. Seriously it was awful and I can't believe there are SIX books in that series!! I just read the first, no way was I going to continue to read 5 more books of that craziness.

      BUT I wouldn't mind giving Shattered Souls a go, might be okay :)

    7. Sheepa, honestly I wrote this review like 6 months ago, so I'm not positive, but I remember thinking that I liked it, but didn't absolutely love it. I usually give ratings out of 5, but save the 6th piece for books that were absolutely amazing, love of my life types. If I give it a four here, I'll give it a four on goodreads too. Is that way too confusing? I just feel like there needs to be that 6th piece, for the rare gems.

      I did read Evermore, and felt the same way. This book reminded me more of Angelfire (which I thought was pretty good, and Amy loved) than Evermore though. I liked this book. It just isn't going to be the first to come to mind when making recommendations.

      So, to sum it up, I'm basically giving it a 4 out of 5.

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