Saturday, July 28, 2012

Review'd: Shattered Souls by Mary Lindsey

Book Review:
Title: Shattered Souls
Author: Mary Lindsey
Published December 8th 2011, by Philomel/ Penguin

Goodreads Summary:
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.

DeLibrarie Review: 
Take a moment and just look at that stunning cover!! It's it perfect!! (sigh) This was a great book. I was sucked in almost immediately. Things I loved: The LORE. I loved the Protector/Speaker/Hindered mythology. It was a really unique idea, and I was really into it. I also really adored Alden. I mean how can you not?! Thing I didn't love: Zak, Mary Lindsey starts to set you up to believe that there is more to Zak than just him being an overprotective, clingy boyfriend... and I was left a little disappointed with his addition to Lenzi's story. I felt like he could have played such a big role... and he just didn't. I was a little underwhelmed there. I also wasn't a fan of the developing relationship between Alden and Lenzi. I understand him being in love with her, he's had lifetimes to do so... but Lenzi doesn't remember Alden and then all of a sudden she's like magically SO in love with him that she can't imagine life without him. It was a little bit of a stretch for me. I'm a fan of stand alones... I am... but I feel like this could have been a big epic series and it was all squeezed into this one book. There is going to be a second... but from what I understand, it is just going to be a companion novel. I'm anxious to read it, and I really hope that Lenzi and Alden still make an appearance.


Mary Lindsey / Marissa Clarke said...

Thank you so much for the review. Yes! Alden and Lenzi play a huge part in the second novel, though it is told from a different character's POV.

Delilah (Del) said...

YAY! I'm excited to read it!

Hyacinth Marius said...

The emotional depth of the characters mixed with the exciting plot elements are what made me basically forsake all of my other life-ly duties in favor of reading this book. I wish I could talk about the amazing, gut-wrenching, climatic ending in detail, but I will, alas, let you discover that for yourself!
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