Review: Dark Souls by Paula Morris

September 4, 2012 2.5 stars, Book Review, Young Adult 2 ★★½

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 mystery and ghost story that tries for depth but misses the mark by just a smidge.

Miranda and her brother Rob were in a car accident that their friend didn’t walk away from. Now, Rob is claustrophobic and ever since that night Miranda has been able to see ghosts.

Their family goes on a trip to England in an attempt to alleviate some tensions. Unfortunately, for Miranda this is one haunted city. The ghosts are everywhere, across the street from the flat they are renting and practically around every corner.

Miranda meets a mysterious boy, Nick,  who has the same ability to see ghosts that she does. He shows her around town and tells her about what he knows of their ability. He also has an uncanny way of disappearing or appearing.

Essentially, Nick is the mystery part of this story. Who is he, why does he keep interacting with Miranda, and what is he up to? Interesting yes, but the interactions aren’t quite enough, or built as well as they could be.

Personally, I didn’t feel there was anything remarkable about Miranda or Nick. The story was rather slow until the action quickly picked up the pace at the end with an unexpected turn of events. It had a good ending that I didn’t expect, that salvaged things for me a bit. Plus the fact that I’m glad it wasn’t a YA romance, but overall, it lacked that certain something. Whether it was an absence of character building, or something else, I just never felt like I really got to know Miranda or build a real attachment to any of the characters.


                                                                   Tabitha the Pabkins


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