Author: Paula Morris
Publication Date: August 1, 2011
Source: Received from Publisher
About the Book: Welcome to York, England. Mist lingers in the streets. Narrow buildings cast long shadows. This is the most haunted city in the world. . . .
My Thoughts: I was thrilled when I was asked to be a part of getting the word out about Dark Souls. I really enjoyed Ruined and recommend it to my students all the time. I loved the setting and the way it pulled me in to the story. I was interested in seeing how the author would go from a Southern gothic setting/feel to York, England. I enjoyed Dark Souls but didn’t feel quite as drawn to it.
Miranda is an interesting main character. There were times when I wanted to point some things out to her that I thought were obvious. Oh to have had the knowledge I have now when I was sixteen! I really appreciated the relationship she has with her brother. It’s clear that hey care about each other but they still banter and bug each other. It felt like an authentic sibling relationship. Actually, I liked the whole family! They’ve been through a lot but they are working through it together. I think this adds to the story.
The two main things that bothered me were the fact that sometimes the parents are referred to by their names and sometimes it’s mom and dad. It didn’t seem consistant to me and I was confused at first. This may have just been me. Also, the family is only in York for a little over a week and their first or second full day there they let their 16 year-old-daughter (who almost died six months ago!) wander the streets alone? I just didn’t see that. These things didn’t ruin the story for me but I thought about them more than once.
Overall I really enjoyed Dark Souls. I did find myself wishing that I had finished it in the daylight! I’m a baby and the anticipation of what would happen with the whole ghost aspect had me shivering! I recommend giving both Ruined and Dark Souls a try.
Random Things I Loved:
*The cover, fonts and embellishments… basically the over all look and feel of the book. I’m not sure I understand the dress but I still love it!
*The word “snickelways.”
*Miranda’s interest in history
*Northanger Abbey! Yea for creepy Jane Austen!
*The refernce to The Sound of Music (even if it did get “I am sixteen going on seventeen…” stuck in my head for the rest of the night.)
*The mom’s take on eighties fashion
|Photo Credit: Robert Trathan|
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 www.paula-morris.com. Also check out the This is Teen Facebook page where Paula will be featured!
Giveaway: Thanks to Point and Big Honcho Media I have two copies of Dark Souls up for grabs! To enter simply leave a comment that somehow deals with ghost stories, Ruined, or Dark Souls. Don’t forget to include your email address! Must be 13 or older. US only. You have until 8/27 to enter!