Thursday, November 3, 2011

Review of Shattered Souls by Mary Lindsey

Shattered Souls
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.

The intriguing title. The gorgeous cover. The blurb by Andrea Cremer. Each of these factors screams “must read!” I will admit, while I sped through Shattered Souls in less than seventy-two hours, I wasn’t sold on the romance. Love story aside, I found Shattered Souls to be a unique, engrossing and intriguing read.

The first thing we learn about Lenzi is that she is anything but normal. I liked Lenzi, and Zak immediately give me a bad feeling in the pit of my stomach. I got into the story much more quickly once Alden was introduced. Lenzi’s abilities as the Speaker made it so that there several ministories within the novel, each one very nicely detailed. Her interactions with the lost souls were really fascinating, and made her compassion clear.

For the record, I was also a big fan of Alden. He never seemed to submissive or chivalrous. Yet as the romance developed, there was a lot of “We can never be together!” and “Let’s make out right now!” type of dialogue. I grew tired of all of the back and forth after a while. Seriously, kids--make up your minds. I also periodically lot track of a few of the minor characters. I would have liked to see a tiny bit more development there.

Aside from my few complaints, I really enjoyed Shattered Souls and found it to be a memorable novel. It is the perfect mixture of page turning and emotional. I’d definitely recommend Shattered Souls one for anyone looking for a somewhat deeper paranormal novel, and should Lindsey publish any other novels, I’ll be very excited to pick them up.

Disclosure: I received an ARC of this book through Teen Book Scene. Thank you!


  1. Great review Liz. I know what you mean about the make up your mind part. Zak definitely disturbed me, although he started out seeming okay. I don't think he was a bad guy entirely, but he had a very dark side.

  2. I'm always down for a deeper paranormal novel!

    Although that whole back and fourth sounds like it would drive me UP the wall. Seriously. Make up your damn minds, kids.

  3. This sounds like a good premise, but I think the romance might just drive me nuts!



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