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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, 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.


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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, 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.

30 review for Dark Souls

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Rayment

    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 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

  2. 4 out of 5

    Saniya

    To be totally honest, I think Dark Souls was one of the best book I have really enjoyed reading in 2011. And I am really surprised that after a book being so good, very less people anticipated reading it. First of all, I love the cover. The spookiness, the buildings, the creativity, especially the title, and the way the girl is running towards the boy, I love it. It gives us the complete picture about what type of book it is, whats it gonna be about and how the city/town looks where it takes plac To be totally honest, I think Dark Souls was one of the best book I have really enjoyed reading in 2011. And I am really surprised that after a book being so good, very less people anticipated reading it. First of all, I love the cover. The spookiness, the buildings, the creativity, especially the title, and the way the girl is running towards the boy, I love it. It gives us the complete picture about what type of book it is, whats it gonna be about and how the city/town looks where it takes place. I just hate these closeup faces covers nowadays. I really liked the story. Its a kind of book you will read continuously and wouldn't put the book down even if its 3 am in the morning. I just freaking LOVE the author's writing. The way she wrote the story, the characterization, everything was perfect. I guess the only negative point was the story itself. It was a bit slow but overall, I was entertained. And then the ending was a bit unfair to the readers but then slowly, slowly I came to like the ending. Because today authors make heroines behave like, "OMG! I need you, I will die and all other stupid stuffs without you!" but in this, she made it different. It was like, the hero tried to make her stop but she was like, "I need to move on and I am happy how I am. Goodbye." and I think thats how a heroine supposed to be. She was strong and in spite of hating her curse, she made her mind that she doesn't cares and she will be free one day. Girls are not weak and it was a brilliant way the author used to show it. I loved the book, I will rate this book 4.5/5 stars and I would love to read her other book, ruined one day :)

  3. 4 out of 5

    Abby Bergman

    This book should get a rating of five because it was constantly exciting and kept me wanting to read. I would recommend this to teenage readers because they can relate to the characters cause the characters in this book are around our age. Also if you are some one who likes ghosts books this will interest you. I recommend this book because I didn't want to stop reading it. It was constantly interesting. In this book there is a girl who is in a care accident. In that car accident her best friend This book should get a rating of five because it was constantly exciting and kept me wanting to read. I would recommend this to teenage readers because they can relate to the characters cause the characters in this book are around our age. Also if you are some one who likes ghosts books this will interest you. I recommend this book because I didn't want to stop reading it. It was constantly interesting. In this book there is a girl who is in a care accident. In that car accident her best friend died. After that night nothing has been the same, she has been seeing dead people ever since. When her family goes on a vacation to the most haunted place in the world she meets some one. Go along with this young girl and experience what she is seeing.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    Based on the cover alone, I had a strong feeling Dark Souls would be eerie yet delightfully so. As it turns out, my predication was right on. However, it also provided some great additions: a beautiful setting, interesting characters, and plot lines that constantly managed to twist and turn in surprising ways! One of my favorite parts of Dark Souls was the setting. I've never read book that has taken place in York, England before, and boy have I been missing out! From Paula's beautiful and breath Based on the cover alone, I had a strong feeling Dark Souls would be eerie yet delightfully so. As it turns out, my predication was right on. However, it also provided some great additions: a beautiful setting, interesting characters, and plot lines that constantly managed to twist and turn in surprising ways! One of my favorite parts of Dark Souls was the setting. I've never read book that has taken place in York, England before, and boy have I been missing out! From Paula's beautiful and breathtaking descriptions to seeing Miranda adventure through the city, more times than one I felt like I was right there on those crowded streets, seeing all the enchanting storefronts and old buildings light brightly for the holiday season. Best of all, I loved how through the use of ghosts and their stories, Paula was also able to bring a bit of a historical aspect to York as well. It gave this book a great edge to say the least, especially when it was used to further the plot. The characters in this one were great as well. From the first page, Miranda managed to fully gain my attention, as not only was she likable and easy to root for, but she also had a lot of spunk and mischief buried deep down- some of which managed to come out in full force during Dark Souls! What I liked most about her character, though, was seeing how she managed to grow and develop as the book barreled on. I also enjoyed the addition of Miranda's brother Rob as well as his love interest Sally. Because while they were secondary characters, they still managed to steal the show when they appeared on page based on how adorable and cute they were together! As mentioned before, the plot of this was another high point of the novel. It constantly managed to surprise and thrill me as new plot characters as well as plot lines where introduced to give this book 360 degrees turns more times than one. Making the book even better was Lord Poole, a charming and interesting old man, as well as Nick, Miranda's sidekick in York. Both ended bringing a lot more than I expected to the book, and without them, I fell Dark Souls wouldn't nearly be the same. Lastly, the climax of this book was intense! I never was exactly sure how exactly it would end, and even when it did, I was still a bit shocked about how everything unraveled! Eerie, beautifully written, and action paced, Dark Souls provides a thrilling and unique ghost story, one that is sure to have many readers flipping the pages, eager to know just how everything will end! Paula Morris has certainly created a fabulous book, and I can't wait to read more by her! Grade: B+

  5. 4 out of 5

    Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids

    A haunting ghost story, an intriguing mystery, and a rich historical setting mixed with a mild romance create the perfect elements for an engaging read. I thoroughly enjoyed Dark Souls. I love the way Paul Morris was able to blend tragedy, paranormal activity and center the story in historical York, England. Her descriptions of York and historical references really captivated me. As much as I would love to travel there and walk among the cobblestone streets, Paul's vivid descriptions made me fee A haunting ghost story, an intriguing mystery, and a rich historical setting mixed with a mild romance create the perfect elements for an engaging read. I thoroughly enjoyed Dark Souls. I love the way Paul Morris was able to blend tragedy, paranormal activity and center the story in historical York, England. Her descriptions of York and historical references really captivated me. As much as I would love to travel there and walk among the cobblestone streets, Paul's vivid descriptions made me feel like I walked along the streets with the story's main character Miranda Tennant. After a recent tragedy, Miranda's parents decide they're taking her and her older brother Rob to York, England for a family vacation/work get away. Hoping they can try and put some closure of the accident behind them, Rob & Miranda's time in England brings a whole new set of interesting events. Miranda's still reeling with her new found gift, or maybe it's a curse, she can see ghosts. Unfortunately for her York, England's rich history is the perfect place for many of it's ghosts to reside. The most engaging part of the story for me was the way Paula introduced York's history, which was through Miranda's interest in and learning more about some important places. She does this to try and understand why she's seeing so many ghosts and why they're appearing, looking the way they do. One of the interesting things about Dark Souls's ghosts is they bare the marks of how they died. Wrapped into this unique ghost story is a great mystery. There's the ghost a young guy who appears in the window across from Miranda's and the mysterious Nick, the story's love interest, who knows a lot about York's history and it's ghosts. Nick has some secrets of his own and he seems to have the ability to appear out of now where. Then there's some strange incidents happening around town, which tie into York's tragic past. I liked the minor twists and turns Paula threw into the story's plot that kept me guessing. I enjoyed the characters in the story, but my connection was with the setting. I really like Paula's writing because her vivid descriptions of both the story's scenes and setting give her book a realistic feel. It's not hard for me to picture myself there, seeing the cobblestone streets, the buildings and the various places Miranda goes to. I liked the feel of the story, the direction it took and the elements Paula gave it. I really enjoyed Dark Souls and I recommend picking it up. It's a great clean cut book that I think readers 13 yrs & older would enjoy.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Abigail H. Leskey

    3.5 stars.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Cynthia Egbert

    A ghost story that centers around The Shambles in York? Yes, thank you! While this wasn't the best book I have read this year, it was a lot of fun! There was references to some of my favourite British historical characters, references from Northanger Abbey, which is my second favourite Austen. And yes, nearly at the end, with a character named Miranda, there was finally a quote from The Tempest. I laughed because of the Northanger Abbey stuff and because of the part when a fellow has an exchange A ghost story that centers around The Shambles in York? Yes, thank you! While this wasn't the best book I have read this year, it was a lot of fun! There was references to some of my favourite British historical characters, references from Northanger Abbey, which is my second favourite Austen. And yes, nearly at the end, with a character named Miranda, there was finally a quote from The Tempest. I laughed because of the Northanger Abbey stuff and because of the part when a fellow has an exchange with the main character that ends with him saying, "I thought all Americans were Mormons." I had a somewhat similar exchange once at Westminster Abbey. This one had just the right amount of eerie to make my skin crawl a wee bit in a few places and it was filled with history and I just loved it!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Graffda

    when i finished the last chapter, i somehow got goosebumps, but the epilogue ruined the mood for me. overall, quite better than I was expecting.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Rachael

    Miranda Tennant arrives with her family in York, England, determined to at least try to enjoy the vacation. She and her brother Rob are still reeling from the car accident that claimed the life of her best friend Jenna. As a result, Rob can’t stand to be in any type of confined space, and Miranda, well, she can see ghosts. It’s easy enough for Rob to hide his peculiarities, but when Miranda finds out that York is the most haunted city in the world, she realizes it’s going to be a lot harder for Miranda Tennant arrives with her family in York, England, determined to at least try to enjoy the vacation. She and her brother Rob are still reeling from the car accident that claimed the life of her best friend Jenna. As a result, Rob can’t stand to be in any type of confined space, and Miranda, well, she can see ghosts. It’s easy enough for Rob to hide his peculiarities, but when Miranda finds out that York is the most haunted city in the world, she realizes it’s going to be a lot harder for her to hide her secret. Fortunately, one of the first people she meets is Nick, a quiet, strange boy who might be more like her than she thinks. He shows her a different side of York, one that’s rich with secrets and history—a history that only they can see and hear through lingering spirits. But soon Miranda realizes that Nick may be mixed up in a deadly plot involving a restless ghost intent on revenge. Time is running out, and Miranda may be the only one who can stop it. Dark Souls is a novel that combines ghost stories and mysteries, and I have to say that Morris does all of this fantastically well. I was immediately fascinated by Miranda’s unique ability to see ghosts and how this unwanted skill has complicated her life. I was slightly less interested in Miranda herself; though she has an interesting past and her determination is admirable, her voice isn’t always the most engaging. Morris does do a great job of portraying Miranda as conflicted and confused though still innocent and sweet, but it can still get a little dull reading from Miranda’s perspective. Despite this, I still think that Morris is a wonderful storyteller. Even though I was able to guess ahead of the plot several times, the twists and turns in the ghost and non-ghost aspects of Miranda’s life kept me thoroughly entertained. Overall, Dark Souls is a very enjoyable if more innocent ghost story that will appeal to younger YA readers. Fans of Ruined, also by Paula Morris, will not want to miss her second YA ghost novel, nor will readers who also enjoyed Shadowed Summer by Saundra Mitchell. reposted from http://thebookmuncher.blogspot.com

  10. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Mandina

    I got this book from our school book fair last October. Then I put it in a cabinet at school because I used to keep a book to read at school. Well, mostly this year I've been bringing the actual book I've been reading with me to and from school each day. So, I completely forgot I had this book till I went to look for something else in that cabinet. So I got it home, and picked it up to read. Once again it was a good read from Paula Morris. I first learned of her from the book Ruined, which I als I got this book from our school book fair last October. Then I put it in a cabinet at school because I used to keep a book to read at school. Well, mostly this year I've been bringing the actual book I've been reading with me to and from school each day. So, I completely forgot I had this book till I went to look for something else in that cabinet. So I got it home, and picked it up to read. Once again it was a good read from Paula Morris. I first learned of her from the book Ruined, which I also really enjoyed. Again we have a girl kind of out of her comfort zone, as our main character is Miranda who has moved to York with her parents while they are there on business/work. Miranda and her brother have a bad memory when they were in an accident and Miranda's best friend was killed in the car her brother was driving. Since then her brother can't stand to be in small places. And Miranda thinks she can now see ghosts. So, this town in England, of course, has lots of ghosts. And soon Miranda begins wondering how many ghosts she's seen that she didn't realize were ghosts. She also meets a guy named Nick who can see ghosts. And he offers to help her learn about the whole deal of seeing ghosts. Not only is Nick kind of cute, Miranda sees a really handsome guy in the attic across from where they're staying. But she soon figures out from what Nick has taught her about ghosts that the hot guy is also a ghost. There are lots of little connections, and some really interesting history of the town in this book. It kept me wondering and guessing who could be the so called bad guy that kept tearing up one of the local bars. And what is Nick really all about? Miranda soon learns who he really is, even if he does keep being really secretive. And his secrets could get Miranda and her family in some serious danger. A great ghost story, with a really good ending. I look forward to reading more books by Paula Morris.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Mary Chrapliwy

    After reading Beneath the Shadows I was spoiled for reading anything else. Normally I move from one book to the next without taking a break in between, but I needed a short break to mourn the end of the last book. Then came Dark Souls. Fortunately this young adult novel was able to push through the post book fog. It did it so well that I found myself turning pages and reading all day until I turned the last page. Quite a thrilling ghost tale. Miranda Tennant goes with her family to York, England. After reading Beneath the Shadows I was spoiled for reading anything else. Normally I move from one book to the next without taking a break in between, but I needed a short break to mourn the end of the last book. Then came Dark Souls. Fortunately this young adult novel was able to push through the post book fog. It did it so well that I found myself turning pages and reading all day until I turned the last page. Quite a thrilling ghost tale. Miranda Tennant goes with her family to York, England. Her mother is leading an orchestra as a guest conductor and her professor father is presenting a paper on Richard III. After a tragic summer that no one can forget, the parents think the family trip abroad might help them all to move forward. At the start of the novel, Miranda and her brother Rob and friend Laura are in a car accident when a driver soars through a stop sign and broadsides their car. The friend Laura dies in the accident. Miranda sees her friend's ghost walk away from the accident, so now Miranda can see ghosts, and her brother Rob is trapped in the car just long enough to develop crushing claustrophobia. That's just the beginning. The trip to York, a very haunted city, brings the supernatural to roost within the family and Miranda begins to unravel a mystery that you won't see coming until the last couple chapters. Written entirely from Miranda's point of view, we see things through the eyes of a fairly mature sixteen year-old girl. Though there is a budding relationship involved, there is no gushy romance novel feel. Also, Miranda is a gutsy girl, not a fading violet. Morris builds a gothic, atmospheric feel to the story and the book hold its promise of ghost stories, which abound in its pages. This was a truly suspense filled, entertaining read

  12. 4 out of 5

    Paula Phillips

    In Dark Souls , we meet Miranda and her brother Rob -they are happily riding in their car with Miranda's friend Jenna when they are plowed into with another car. To the reader of this review , this may seem like an insignificant part to the story but it's the aftermath and the consequences of the accident that sets the theme of the story. After the accident , two things happen to Rob and Miranda - Rob becomes claustrophobic and afraid of cars and Miranda starts to see ghosts everywhere. Miranda In Dark Souls , we meet Miranda and her brother Rob -they are happily riding in their car with Miranda's friend Jenna when they are plowed into with another car. To the reader of this review , this may seem like an insignificant part to the story but it's the aftermath and the consequences of the accident that sets the theme of the story. After the accident , two things happen to Rob and Miranda - Rob becomes claustrophobic and afraid of cars and Miranda starts to see ghosts everywhere. Miranda and Rob's parents think that a change of scenery maybe the right decision , so they hightail it to York. However, what they don't realise is for Miranda they have dropped her in one of the most haunted towns of England. So from the moment they arrive, Miranda starts to see ghosts and feels she is alone till one day she meets Nick. He , too can see ghosts though about halfway through the novel - Miranda starts to contemplate whether Nick is actually real or a ghost too. Soon Miranda is pulled into a world of dark, benevolent spirits and she starts to wonder if she can actually trust those around her with her gift of seeing. Miranda though as never been over-interested in guys until York but what happens when she finds her heart torn between one of the dead and one of the living and that one is good and the other is evil , will she choose her heart to go to the right guy ? Discover this and more in an author who shares two similiarities with myself , A) the fact she was born in New Zealand and B) her first name is Paula.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Veronica Vannoy

    Can I just read a fantastic book please? I picked this one out thinking hey, its kinda short, and it sounds like a good topic, NOPE. I was so wrong. It took me days to finish this less than 300 page book. I'm sorry, but..just...no. It was so not okay. Honestly I would probably rate it lower but I'm feeling generous. The idea was good, A girl who got in a car accident and lived, and ever since then she has been seeing ghosts. Intriguing, yes? The characters, oh lord, the... can I call them charact Can I just read a fantastic book please? I picked this one out thinking hey, its kinda short, and it sounds like a good topic, NOPE. I was so wrong. It took me days to finish this less than 300 page book. I'm sorry, but..just...no. It was so not okay. Honestly I would probably rate it lower but I'm feeling generous. The idea was good, A girl who got in a car accident and lived, and ever since then she has been seeing ghosts. Intriguing, yes? The characters, oh lord, the... can I call them characters...they were flat flat flat. Pretty much non existent. Miranda, the main "character", was constantly stating the obvious. Brother: "So you see ghosts?" Miranda: "Yep, lets go talk to one." -While talking to a ghost that her brother can't see. Brother: "Who are you talking to?" Miranda: "A ghost." -Brother gets knocked to the ground by and unseen force- Brother: "What was that?" Miranda: "It was the ghost." I mean...really....you couldn't put two and two together that it was the damn ghost. This is a story about a ghost, did you have to keep telling us, hey, it's a ghost. Just in case we missed it the past 790 times you said it. A GHOST! Thanks for that. You are completely on top of things. Other than the crappy characters, it was slow, and full of information that had absolutely no relevance in any part of the story. I thought twilight was full of fluff, hello book who surpassed my twilight hatred, Congratulations you deserve an award, I'll call Serta mattresses so they can get right on that.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Marshiee Kai

    Okay first, look at the cover closely and does it remind you of something..or somewhere?? No? Then you must be a muggle! From the first time I saw the cover I can already guess where it came from and I was so happy when the book did mention about the place in question! Anyway in the book that place on the cover is at York, England. Miranda's parents thought it was best for the whole family to take on a a vacation to help them forget the tragedy that happened to Miranda and her brother and also M Okay first, look at the cover closely and does it remind you of something..or somewhere?? No? Then you must be a muggle! From the first time I saw the cover I can already guess where it came from and I was so happy when the book did mention about the place in question! Anyway in the book that place on the cover is at York, England. Miranda's parents thought it was best for the whole family to take on a a vacation to help them forget the tragedy that happened to Miranda and her brother and also Miranda's best friend, Laura. This book is an engaging read. I was glued to the pages by all the suspense. The story is told entirely from Miranda's point of view. We see things from the eyes of Miranda. There are really no love affair in this book. From the first page we are dealing with ghosts and though there is a little hint of a relationship coming, it was really not the main idea. There's this occasional meetings and talks between Nick and Miranda but there are no sign of it getting serious. But it's fine though. We don't really need every damsel to be save by a prince right? There's a lot of ghosts in it too. Some are creepy and bloody but some are not. So if you enjoy this kind of things then you might want to read it!! The story ends with a wonderful wrap up. The plot was entertaining. The characters is fun to know. Overall, this book is a great read. You should read it for a light reading or if you enjoy reading about ghosts and a little history.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

    In the atmospheric town of York, England, Miranda Tennant and her brother Rob try to escape their emotional demons after watching Miranda's best friend Jenna die in a car crash in the midwest. Their parents jump at the chance to combine business and pleasure and distract their suffering teens. But Rob is experiencing claustrophobia in enclosed places, and unbeknownst to them, Miranda sees ghosts. While Rob pursues a romance in York, Miranda meets Nick, a mysterious young man who also can see gho In the atmospheric town of York, England, Miranda Tennant and her brother Rob try to escape their emotional demons after watching Miranda's best friend Jenna die in a car crash in the midwest. Their parents jump at the chance to combine business and pleasure and distract their suffering teens. But Rob is experiencing claustrophobia in enclosed places, and unbeknownst to them, Miranda sees ghosts. While Rob pursues a romance in York, Miranda meets Nick, a mysterious young man who also can see ghosts. As she is drawn to this possible kindred spirit, Miranda also wonders what the truth about him actually is, and becomes determined to solve the mystery that surrounds him and others in the town. This is a fast-paced mystery with plenty of supernatural as well as an exotic locale that will keep readers zipping through the pages. Some of the coincidences were a bit too much to be believable for me, but the author does a great job of holding readers' attentions.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    I really wanted to love this book, from the description it sounds like a perfect novel with mystery, romance, redemption. However, this book was just too simple. Half way through the book I already had figured out the whole mystery. This book just left a lot to be desired when it came to mystery as well as love. Morris, however, did capture York very well. I liked how she put in ghost stories and historical value into the novel (this was probably my favorite part of the story). For everything el I really wanted to love this book, from the description it sounds like a perfect novel with mystery, romance, redemption. However, this book was just too simple. Half way through the book I already had figured out the whole mystery. This book just left a lot to be desired when it came to mystery as well as love. Morris, however, did capture York very well. I liked how she put in ghost stories and historical value into the novel (this was probably my favorite part of the story). For everything else, well, it was just lacking depth, especially the characters. I wish I could save more positive, but really I felt like I could have read half the book and not wasted my time reading the rest. The only reason I am giving this book three stars is because I really liked the historical aspects of the novel.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Ashlin Reyes

    This book was amazing. I enjoyed reading this book. Never liked reading especially suspense. I prefer movies but with "Dark Souls" I was able to create a mental picture. The theme of the ghost helped me on the edge of my seat. Paula Morris had a good sense of mystery and I would recommend this book. I'm glad to have read it as it's first book I've read from her. I have a better understanding of her writing. I absolutely enjoyed Miranda character and her contribution to the story. Excellent book! This book was amazing. I enjoyed reading this book. Never liked reading especially suspense. I prefer movies but with "Dark Souls" I was able to create a mental picture. The theme of the ghost helped me on the edge of my seat. Paula Morris had a good sense of mystery and I would recommend this book. I'm glad to have read it as it's first book I've read from her. I have a better understanding of her writing. I absolutely enjoyed Miranda character and her contribution to the story. Excellent book!!!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Natasha A.

    I had a hard time getting through this book. I would get caught up on the mom and dad being called by their first names. For some reason I just kept getting stuck on that! The story itself seemed very pieced together and kind of Scooby-Dooish. BUT it's a YA, ages 12+. I'm sure it is a much better read when you are the suitable age! The concept is intriguing, and despite me HATING ghost stories, I was able to finish this and didn't hate it. Adult: 2.5/5 YA/Child: 3.5/5 I had a hard time getting through this book. I would get caught up on the mom and dad being called by their first names. For some reason I just kept getting stuck on that! The story itself seemed very pieced together and kind of Scooby-Dooish. BUT it's a YA, ages 12+. I'm sure it is a much better read when you are the suitable age! The concept is intriguing, and despite me HATING ghost stories, I was able to finish this and didn't hate it. Adult: 2.5/5 YA/Child: 3.5/5

  19. 5 out of 5

    Wendy Darling

    Promising prologue and a nicely atmospheric setting, but this story wasn't nearly as deep or complex as I'd hoped it would be. To be honest, the dialogue is so clunky and the pedantic plotting occasionally got so tiresome that I almost gave this a 2, but towards the end it picked up again(view spoiler)[, especially with a non-typical conclusion to the romance (hide spoiler)] . Promising prologue and a nicely atmospheric setting, but this story wasn't nearly as deep or complex as I'd hoped it would be. To be honest, the dialogue is so clunky and the pedantic plotting occasionally got so tiresome that I almost gave this a 2, but towards the end it picked up again(view spoiler)[, especially with a non-typical conclusion to the romance (hide spoiler)] .

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jess

    I really enjoyed this book a lot! When i first started it, well it was slow. And most of the book continued as such but although slow, it was good at the same time. A very easy read but the climax and falling action were top notch. I liked it almost as much as the first one.

  21. 4 out of 5

    ✦BookishlyRichie✦

    I'm not even going to review this. I love ghost romances, but this was... not good. I'm not even going to review this. I love ghost romances, but this was... not good.

  22. 5 out of 5

    old account (rl)

    I quite enjoyed Dark Souls. It was fast-paced and poignantly written. The paranormal aspects weren't too bad, although they were hardly exciting either. I did like the fact that they stayed closer to the traditional type of ghost, but I wouldn't say I was blown away by them. The characters were also a little mediocre. While I did like the characters, especially Rob, I cannot say our protagonist was a stand out. In fact, I found I found her quite rude and irritating at times, especially when she I quite enjoyed Dark Souls. It was fast-paced and poignantly written. The paranormal aspects weren't too bad, although they were hardly exciting either. I did like the fact that they stayed closer to the traditional type of ghost, but I wouldn't say I was blown away by them. The characters were also a little mediocre. While I did like the characters, especially Rob, I cannot say our protagonist was a stand out. In fact, I found I found her quite rude and irritating at times, especially when she was short with Rob. After everything they've been through you would think she'd be a little more patient... surely? Anyway, I just love the family dynamics and their relationship. The plot was a bit up and down. It certainly had some high points - the ending being one of them - but the downs were pretty darn boring at the same time. Overall, a very average book all-round but I won't deny that I did enjoy it. I'm now keen to try Paula Morris's other books, namely Ruined. A New Orleans ghost story? Colour me intrigued!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kayla

    This book had a lot of emotion and a good mystery to it. Paula Morris included some history about York - the murder/ghost stories from the city were really interesting to read about (I haven't looked up if any of them were actually true or not, but I imagine the author did get some of them from actual history. A city that old would have a lot of stories like that - no need to make everything up). I thought Morris also did a good job writing about the sibling's grief in dealing with the accident, This book had a lot of emotion and a good mystery to it. Paula Morris included some history about York - the murder/ghost stories from the city were really interesting to read about (I haven't looked up if any of them were actually true or not, but I imagine the author did get some of them from actual history. A city that old would have a lot of stories like that - no need to make everything up). I thought Morris also did a good job writing about the sibling's grief in dealing with the accident, as well as Rob's post-traumatic stress disorder from the accident. PTSD is very common for people who have been in a car accident, but it's rarely written about (at least, I don't remember reading about a character experiencing that before if they'd been in an accident). The twist at the end was truly a surprise for me. I'm looking forward to reading Ruined by this author now. And I'm excited that Ruined takes place in New Orleans . . . I think it'll be an interesting and entertaining read.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Hannah

    Ok, I will admit that the blurb of the book had me thinking that this was going to be a stereotypical paranormal ghost romance, and it was at the beginning, (and slightly all over). She can see ghosts, meets a guy she is attracted to that can also see ghosts and who helps her understand her gifts. She sees a ghost who is drop-dead-gorgeous, (well, maybe not drop dead), you know the drill. But the plot thickened. And thank goodness for that. A dead brother's ghost, a few fires; it got interesting Ok, I will admit that the blurb of the book had me thinking that this was going to be a stereotypical paranormal ghost romance, and it was at the beginning, (and slightly all over). She can see ghosts, meets a guy she is attracted to that can also see ghosts and who helps her understand her gifts. She sees a ghost who is drop-dead-gorgeous, (well, maybe not drop dead), you know the drill. But the plot thickened. And thank goodness for that. A dead brother's ghost, a few fires; it got interesting. It shaped it quite nicely, and the police were involved. This was a meh book. It was decent and surprisingly didn't suck, but meh. It was a decent way to spend a long car ride and waiting time, but other than the fact that I was desperate for reading material and didn't want to search through organized chaos of the bookshelf, (because of it being more chaos than organized,) it sufficed. I won't recommend this book to anyone mainly because I don't care enough about to do so.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Zoë Lysette Caldera

    This -- is why Paula Morris is of my favorite authors! This story, like Ruined, is full of imagery beyond my wildest dreams. I felt as though I were on a vacation in York, experiencing the historical ghost encounters alongside the characters. Every chapter is just as fascinating as the previous with extremely talented character development. The subtle detailing of each main character, follows them through the story in unexpected turn of events. Many easter-eggs (hidden messages) are placed throu This -- is why Paula Morris is of my favorite authors! This story, like Ruined, is full of imagery beyond my wildest dreams. I felt as though I were on a vacation in York, experiencing the historical ghost encounters alongside the characters. Every chapter is just as fascinating as the previous with extremely talented character development. The subtle detailing of each main character, follows them through the story in unexpected turn of events. Many easter-eggs (hidden messages) are placed throughout the story, hooking the reader and making for a thrilling ride! Additionally, I loved the classical romance between the two sets of teens - very clean and emotionally charged. The ending was spectacular, leaving no cliff-hangers or unfinished business. Just a exciting ending to a beautifully executed tale! I love how Paula continues to combine history, and geography into her ghost tales. I truly wish more authors had that kind of unique writing style!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Tara Holman

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book from the first few pages into it. As an adult that loves to read many genres, including YA I would highly recommend it! The setting is in York where the family is visiting shortly after a terrible accident back home. In hopes to get away from things for a bit and in efforts to forget for a while the family of four travel and meet new friends (or more) and learn about the history of the area, many times just spooky stories that have been passed down for generations. I thoroughly enjoyed this book from the first few pages into it. As an adult that loves to read many genres, including YA I would highly recommend it! The setting is in York where the family is visiting shortly after a terrible accident back home. In hopes to get away from things for a bit and in efforts to forget for a while the family of four travel and meet new friends (or more) and learn about the history of the area, many times just spooky stories that have been passed down for generations. The main character Miranda, the daughter realizes quickly that you can't always outrun the things that have become a part of your life. I found myself many times trying to guess what was going on, who the culprit to the mayhem was, who was a ghost and who wasn't and was never right! Kudos to the author for keeping me on my toes, not making me want to put the book down and telling a great story with very endearing characters. I would enjoy reading more from Paula Morris.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Ravenous Biblioworm

    Rating: 2.5/5 I was looking forward to this book, after reading Anna Dressed in Blood. More ghost stories! I didn’t expect them to be the same. In fact, I wanted them to be very different. And they are. I will not compare the two as they are different books and I believe a book review is based on the book’s sole merit rather than a comparison. The book has a relative low rating. After some thought I decided to give it .5 more points than originally intended. I gave the author two points because Rating: 2.5/5 I was looking forward to this book, after reading Anna Dressed in Blood. More ghost stories! I didn’t expect them to be the same. In fact, I wanted them to be very different. And they are. I will not compare the two as they are different books and I believe a book review is based on the book’s sole merit rather than a comparison. The book has a relative low rating. After some thought I decided to give it .5 more points than originally intended. I gave the author two points because I like the idea, though it isn’t new (actually, the Ghost Whisperer … you know the TV show with Jennifer Love Hewitt, which I actually like… my guilty pleasure… along side with Charmed – the older seasons) it’s been an idea I would have love to see in book form. This is the book form though not as good as I hoped or expected (see “overall” paragraph for the rest of two points giving reason). Miranda can see ghosts after an accident involving her brother and best friend. Her family decides to go to York in the United Kingdom because of both father and mother happened to have job related things there. This brings me to the first issue of the book for me. Everything felt forced. I mean everything. Parents happened to share a job in the same city even though their job are completely different – one scholarly and the other drama. I nodded and continued on, trying not to let it bother me. I mean having one parent getting a job contract and the family going there because they decided it to be a family vacation at the same time I would buy more easily, but the way its written, it seems as if Morris was trying very hard to make readers accept the fact that the Tennants had to go to York. Another unnatural – and I don’t mean in a flattery kind and pun unintended – flow with the book is the interaction and dialogue between characters. This also felt very forced. From Rob, the older brother calling the protagonist Dormouse and her father calling her Verandah. It shook me out of the book every time they used it. Yes, there were reasons as to why she got called that but they were a stretch for me to believe. It didn’t feel right or true, instead it felt like an added detail the author wanted to put in to make our protagonist unique and different, along with the people using the pet names. The only times the book felt realistic and natural was when Miranda and Nick were together. Then there’s the issue of the family. Each character was given a role and they acted that role. It was like watching a play done by first time actors… you could feel the awkwardness and awareness between the characters all because they seemed to be trying to hard to play their characters. The whole Tennant family was that. Rob was written in a way to be the annoying older brother, Peggy the concerned but willful ignorant mother, and Jeff the wanna-be happy-go-lucky dad. They were suppose to be these types of people but they came off very - again it’s like and broken record – forced. Then there was the conflicting details or lack there of. Miranda didn’t want to be in York. When her parents suggested touring the city, she loathe it. Yet, when she describes the scenery everything is described with positive enjoyable metaphors, similes, and words, which made Miranda sound like she actually liked York and wanted to explore it…. but she didn’t want to be there? Did she just not want to spend the day with her parents? That I could understand and it should have been made more clear, but it wasn’t. Then there’s the issue of Nick and why he believed a certain someone. I saw the reasoning that was given, and then I wanted to see why that reasoning work…. the why was never given. Oh and then comes Rob’s obsession with Sally. That too felt forced. Why did Rob show interest in Sally now when before he showed no girls any interest (after the accident of course) before… a the reason was given I was like… on very unsurprising…. please don’t let that be the reason. Yeah, I don’t buy the reason. New place? No. Love at first sight? Gag me. These were all easy way outs. Simple explanations to give the characters and plot an easy excuse to move forward, when the situation the characters were in were nothing but simple. One last thing, the book read like a York travel guide, giving bits and pieces of York history. It was too obvious and inserted in. The snippets of York info wasn’t smoothly pushed it. More than a few of the York travel guide information were not necessary to the overall plot, lacking any relevance to the story. The ending was its saving point. The pace picked up very well and I, finally, was sucked into the book. Though the scene where they (Miranda and co.) were picking through the pieces and putting together the reasons (of the plot) was a little too convenient (which also they came to a nice conclusion a little too easily). This was where the additional .5 point came in. Overall, I liked the idea of a ghost whisperer in book form. I liked the background info on the characters (the accident), which would have made them all interesting characters, but the way the characters and setting was conveyed, they came off stiff, formal, and unrealistic. The interaction between Nick and Miranda were the only realistic moments, moments I can believe and accept. All others the characters seemed to be playing a role to move the story along. Verdict: I would skip this one. I may read Morris’ first book Ruined, but if it’s similarly written like this book, I will have a hard time reading it. If you must read it, I suggest the library. Visit my book review blog at ravenousbiblioworm.wordpress.com

  28. 5 out of 5

    Paula Sobral

    Giving this 2,5 stars. It's not that I hated this. The thing about Dark Souls is that it has everything to be highly entertaining and a great book but it is not. The writing is just ok, the main character Miranda felt too far away for me to understand her better or to get attached to her. Her family was ok as well although I didn't care for them very much. One thing I enjoyed was the setting and how spooky the atmosphere was. This novel was truly meant to be read in a spooky time of the year and Giving this 2,5 stars. It's not that I hated this. The thing about Dark Souls is that it has everything to be highly entertaining and a great book but it is not. The writing is just ok, the main character Miranda felt too far away for me to understand her better or to get attached to her. Her family was ok as well although I didn't care for them very much. One thing I enjoyed was the setting and how spooky the atmosphere was. This novel was truly meant to be read in a spooky time of the year and I enjoyed the ghostly aspect of it. The romance or whatever the relationship Miranda has with the guy (won't give spoilers at to with whom) is so underdeveloped. Even if they are just friends they didn't spend a lot of time together or talk enough to get to know each other. Finally, the mystery side of the novel gripped me only in the end. Anyway, I was hoping I was going to like this novel more but unfortunately it was not the case.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Izzy H

    To be quite honest, I did not expect to enjoy this book very much, as I do not typically enjoy supernatural/mystery stories (and it appeared to be one of those from the summary a friend gave). However, I’m actually happy that I read this book! It’s very interesting in the way that it is written and I was rushing to know the ending. My only critique would be the length of the story. It seems that things happen so quickly and things escalate faster than I’m used to. This could also be to show the To be quite honest, I did not expect to enjoy this book very much, as I do not typically enjoy supernatural/mystery stories (and it appeared to be one of those from the summary a friend gave). However, I’m actually happy that I read this book! It’s very interesting in the way that it is written and I was rushing to know the ending. My only critique would be the length of the story. It seems that things happen so quickly and things escalate faster than I’m used to. This could also be to show the length of their stay in England, or simply to keep a reader engaged the whole time. Nevertheless, I would have appreciated a longer book where things developed more thoroughly.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Tarin Santos

    Great setting, nice romance, good character development. The premise is pretty freakin good. You can say it's cliche, but Paula Morris does a good job at making it interesting. Unlike a lot of other cliche books, I actually liked the love interest in this. I usually roll my eyes at the dark mysterious boy, but in these, he really intrigued me. The ending and plat twists were a little confusing, and it was hard to either understand the character motivations, as well as some of the realizations. I Great setting, nice romance, good character development. The premise is pretty freakin good. You can say it's cliche, but Paula Morris does a good job at making it interesting. Unlike a lot of other cliche books, I actually liked the love interest in this. I usually roll my eyes at the dark mysterious boy, but in these, he really intrigued me. The ending and plat twists were a little confusing, and it was hard to either understand the character motivations, as well as some of the realizations. I found myself confused how conclusions were made here and there, but over all, a really good book!

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