Monday, August 29, 2011

Dark Souls by Paula Morris

Dark Souls by Paula Morris.
Publisher: Point.
Pages: 292.

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.

Dark Souls is a creepy, sophisticated ghost story that combines the gothic-esque history and setting of a small village in England with a lineup of mysterious events that blend together for a chilling tale of death, romance and family.

I didn't fall in love with Dark Souls, but I did enjoy it very much. Norris wrote gorgeous, vivid descriptions of the appearance of York and the lifestyles/personalities that inhabit it. It's the perfect location for something dark and haunting, such as this story, and it definitely goes hand-in-hand with the ghosts and situations in this novel.

I also appreciated how difficult the mystery of Dark Souls was to crack. It's not confusing but it's not anything that I was able to easily predict halfway through. I do feel like the book should've been a bit quicker paced, but once the plot picked up, I stopped worrying about the pace and really got into the action.

If I could complain about anything, it'd be the characters. I didn't really care for any of them. Not a single one. Maybe it was just because for a large chunk of the novel, I didn't have a clue who to suspect as the villian and kept expecting to find that one of them, any of them, had a hidden agenda or something, but they just all felt so distant to me. Especially Nick. I would've loved to learn more about his character. He's such a large key in this book yet he felt so tiny.

Overall, despite my small distaste for the characters, I really did enjoy Dark Souls. Haunting, intense and mysterious - this is a ghost story that will give you goosebumps, for sure! I definitely recommend you all check it out! Especially with Halloween coming up - it's a perfect October read!

Other reviews for Dark Souls:
Harmony's Radiant Reads.
Bewitched Bookworms.
Rayment's Reading, Rants and Ramblings.


  1. Good Review. I read Ruined by her and thought it was just good. I think both of her books would be great October reads.

    Tia @ Falling For Books

  2. Sounds like a really good book and the cover is really nice!

  3. See, I need to like the characters, so methinks Dark Souls is not for me, although the mystery thing sounds awesome.

  4. I agree with April. I'm a character girl so I don't know if I'd get into this book or not. I could read a book where nothing happens, but if the characters are awesome, it won't matter to me because I'm all about the characters.

  5. I felt the same way about Ruined, but I enjoyed it enough that this is on my TBR list. Good review.

  6. This one looks pretty good. I've been pretty into ghosts lately and I always enjoy a good mystery. Good review :]

  7. So cool. York is exactly as I pictured it with the narrow, stone streets and old buildings. Miranda has spotted a ghost. He really does look like a ghost since he's all blurred out. Such an original cover!