Sunday, August 14, 2011

Dark Souls by Paula Morris review and giveaway

Dark Souls by Paula Morris
August 1, 2011

About the book:

Welcome to York, England: 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 shops, hoping she won’t run into the many ghosts who supposedly roam the cobblestone streets. 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.

My Review:
I enjoyed this book. It was a good, traditional ghost story, with a bit of a mystery built in.  Honestly, the only problem I had with the book is that I wish it was longer.  I would have liked to have seen more of the characters and even the ghosts that were touched upon in part. But that would have taken away from the main story, so I am not going to complain.
I definitely recommend this book as a... well not exactly "fun" since some of the story is anything but... different summer read. It is almost a breath of fresh air because even though some of the subject matter is dark and tragic, it is different in that there isn't a lot of angst, the family dynamic is stable and loving, and I haven't seen that much in a lot of the YA books I have read lately.

This book has also made me interested in reading more of Paula Morris's books. 

About the author:
Paula Morris is the author of Ruined, and has published several novels for adults in her native New Zealand. She has lived in a number of cities around the world, including York, England. She now lives in Glasgow, Scotland, and teaches creative writing at the University of Stirling. Visit her online at

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 Point/Scholastic has been generous enough to give BCM two copies of Dark Souls to giveaway to two luck winners. Please fill out the following form for your chance to win. Giveaway will end at 11:59 p.m. on Saturday August 27, 2011.


  1. Hm, is york REALLY the most haunted city in the world?
    Great review.

  2. Great review. I really enjoyed Morris's other novel Ruined. I would love to read this one. Thanks for the giveaway!!!


  3. This book looks and sounds awesome!

  4. I've been seeing this book making its way around the blogosphere and it definitely looks like an awesome read! Thanks for the giveaway opp!


  5. Sounds like a quick and enjoyable sequel. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

  6. I love a good ghost story! Thanks so much for the chance to win a copy of this one:)
    jwitt33 at live dot com

  7. I feel so shallow - I would want to read this book for the cover alone LOL The story sounds intriguing and I thank you for your review and the giveaway opportunity.

  8. @ Denise, I don't blame you. The cover was one of the main reasons I was interested in this book. LOL and then I read the synopsis, and there were no second thoughts for me.

  9. This book makes me want to travel to York and see for myself just how haunted it is, but, then again, I probably wouldn't be able to see anything. It would still be fun though. York sounds like such a pretty town.

  10. This sounds so good would love to read it! Thank you for the great giveaway!



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