Monday, February 6, 2012

Book Review: Shattered Souls by Mary Lindsey

Shattered Souls by Mary Lindsey
Published: December 8th, 2011
Publisher: Philomel Books (Penguin Group)
326 pages (hardcover)
Genre: YA paranormal
Acquired this book: From the library
Warning: may include spoilers
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Synopsis: A thrilling debut story of death, love, destiny and danger
Lenzi hears voices and has visions - gravestones, floods, a boy with steel gray eyes. Her boyfriend, Zak, can't help, and everything keeps getting louder and more intense. Then Lenzi meets Alden, the boy from her dreams, who reveals that she's a reincarnated Speaker - someone who can talk to and help lost souls - and that he has been her Protector for centuries.
Now Lenzi must choose between her life with Zak and the life she is destined to lead with Alden. But time is running out: a malevolent spirit is out to destroy Lenzi, and he will kill her if she doesn't make a decision soon.

Shattered Souls had a very interesting, unique concept. It took reincarnation a step further - Lenzi and Alden have not only been reincarnated, but they’ve been partners for centuries and have gone through multiple cycles of life together as Speaker and Protector.

I loved Alden. He was sweet and old-fashioned and patient. Oh, and incredibly sexy, which didn’t hurt. He and Lenzi balanced each other nicely, and I enjoyed their relationship, which was made even more interesting by the fact that they had shared past lives. Alden’s definitely one of those boys in books that are swoon-worthy with the things he does and says. The love triangle aspect of the book didn’t work for me - Zac was a jerk, especially compared to Alden. He was reckless and impulsive and jealous, and pretty much just annoying.

I got annoyed with Lenzi a few times for various reasons, but I had to appreciate the fact that she wasn’t perfect - she made mistakes, and that made her believable as a character.

My only real complaint about the book - and it’s pretty minor - was that it was a bit long (and I don't mean page-length wise). It felt long because there were times when it dragged quite a bit, and I wished it would just move along. I felt like it could have been more condensed and had less filler. But that's just me!

This book had a bit of everything - action, romance, suspense, humour. There were parts that were slightly disturbing, parts that were heartbreaking, and parts that were exciting. Overall, it was a really good read and I’d recommend it.


  1. This is definitely one I want to pick up. It's nice to know you enjoyed it too. And I wouldn't say 326 pages is too long. I think we run on different standards though.

  2. Oh I really want to read this one. I find 326 pages kind of average actually but I don't mind long books. Great review Marie!

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  3. Yay! I'm glad you enjoyed this one. I fell in love with the cover so I was hoping that the actual book would be good as well! Thanks for sharing :)

    1. Thanks girls! I definitely recommend it, and yes, the cover is absolutely gorgeous! It extends around to the back too, and it's just so eye-catching.

      Nina and Giselle, I didn't mean physically long - 326 is about average, you're right - it just dragged some so it FELT longer than it actually was. ;-)


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