Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Book Review: Shattered Souls by Mary Lindsey

Shattered Souls by Mary Lindsey
Publisher: Philomel/Penguin
Publish Date: December 8, 2011
Hardcover, 336 pages 
Fiction, Young Adult, Paranormal
 ISBN: 978-0399256226

My Review:
Shattered Souls was one of those books that to me was so intriguing and different that it was hard to put down.

I picked this one up on a day I was home sick from work.  It was one of those blah days that I really didn't expect any book to capture my attention, but Shattered Souls captured my attention from the very first page.  I liked Lenzi, I wanted to know more about her so I kept reading and then the story kept building and the plot kept accelerating and next thing I knew I was halfway through the book.  It really grabbed me.

The characters were interesting.  Lenzi was my favorite and I really liked Alden as well.  Zak annoyed me at times, but I think that was the point.  No matter whether I liked them or not I fell that Ms. Lindsey did a wonderful job with the characters.  I felt I really got to know them, especially Lenzi and Alden and at the end I wanted to know them even more.  I think they will even stick with me for some time to come.

I loved the ghost story part, it was well done and had me intrigued.  The fact that Lenzi could talk to lost souls was really interesting and gave the book that little bit of extra thrill.  There is also romance and I loved that angle of the book - it is young love at it's best and I enjoyed reading it.

If you like your young adult reading with paranormal mixed with romance then this is the book for you.  If you like your paranormal to be a little different from the average book, then this is the book for you.  If you enjoy well-plotted and interesting characters then run, don't walk on December 8th to get a copy of Shattered Souls (or use your finger to pre-order online from an indie bookseller).

My Rating: 4.5/5.0

About the Book:
Lenzi hears voices and has visions - gravestones, floods, a boy with steel gray eyes. Her boyfriend, Zak, can't help, and everything keeps getting louder and more intense. Then Lenzi meets Alden, the boy from her dreams, who reveals that she's a reincarnated Speaker - someone who can talk to and help lost souls - and that he has been her Protector for centuries.

Now Lenzi must choose between her life with Zak and the life she is destined to lead with Alden. But time is running out: a malevolent spirit is out to destroy Lenzi, and he will kill her if she doesn't make a decision soon.

About the Author: 
Mary Lindsey says that writing is a natural expression of her love of reading and a fascination with the flexibility of the human imagination. Having received a B.A. in English Literature with a minor in Drama from the University of Houston, she currently teaches acting to children and teens at a private studio in Houston, Texas. Mary lives in Houston with her husband, three kids, two dogs, her daughter's pet rats, an Australian Bearded Dragon, and dozens of Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches.


FTC Information: I received this book through Teen Book Scene for an honest review.

Teaser Tuesday (6)


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers! 
He completed a sketch of a small boy, omitting the face, of course. He ripped the page away from his sketchbook and flung it to the ground. He completed another sketch in a few minutes and flung it away as well. Works of genius fell from him like leaves from an autumn tree. The people pounced upon them, murmuring with wonder.
From The Opposite of Art by Athol Dickson

About The Opposite of Art

A great artist is cast into the icy Harlem River by a hit-and-run driver. His heart stops, and he sees something that defies description. Presumed dead by all who knew him and obsessed with the desire to paint the inexpressible, he embarks on a pilgrimage to seek help from holy men around the globe. But is it possible to see eternity without becoming lost within it? After a quarter of a century, when the world begins to whisper that he may be alive, two people come looking for the artist: the daughter he never knew existed, and the murderer who hit him on the bridge all those years ago,