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Dark Souls

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Dark Souls

What do you get when you combine a ghost story, a mystery and a romance? You get Paula Morris's new take on the world of ghosts.

Miranda Tennant is involved in a car wreck that kills her best friend, Jenna. Her brother, Rob, was driving the vehicle. From that time on, he blames himself for the crash, even though it wasn't his fault, and becomes claustrophobic after being trapped in the car waiting to be rescued. Following the accident, Miranda blames herself for not being able to help her friend and now sees ghosts. She watches as Jenna's ghost leaves her body and walks away, never to be seen again.

But that's not the end of the ghost sightings; in fact, it's only the beginning. Miranda sees other ghosts around her hometown in Iowa --- that of a farmer standing along the side of the road and of a woman floating under the surface of the water. She has not told anyone about these bizarre occurrences.

Shortly after the accident, Miranda and her family take a vacation to York, as her parents have work to do in the English city. Her mother, a conductor, is scheduled to conduct an orchestra, and her father, a history buff, is attending a conference on Richard III where he'll present a paper on the topic. Both think it's a good idea for the whole family to get away from home for a while.

Miranda hopes her ghost-sighting abilities don't "haunt" her during the trip, but she isn't that fortunate. She is able to see many ghosts in England, roaming the streets of York and haunting popular tourist attractions. She's not particularly scared, but it tends to take her by surprise when she "runs into" one of them. They appear so real to her that she can't always tell a living person from a dead one, until she feels a blast of cold air from them.

While in York, Miranda discovers a "kindred spirit," so to speak, when she meets Nick, who can also see ghosts. His brother committed suicide, and he claims he has seen and spoken to his brother's ghost. Miranda spends a lot of time with Nick while in England, and learns much more than she ever really wanted to know about ghosts. In the process, she is embroiled in a mystery and finds herself falling for this British boy.

Whether or not you believe in ghosts, you should consider DARK SOULS to be a winner. Paula Morris does a great job of describing the unseen world, creating a world that some could find believable. She also produces interesting characters with her vivid and fast-paced writing. Go ahead and indulge your fantasies for a moment while you enjoy reading this fabulous book.

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Reviewed by Christine M. Irvin on October 18, 2011

Dark Souls
by Paula Morris

  • Publication Date: July 1, 2012
  • Genres: Supernatural
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Point
  • ISBN-10: 0545251346
  • ISBN-13: 9780545251341