Book: Shattered Souls by Mary Lindsey
Published December 2011|Published by Philomel Books|336 pages|Purchased for my Nook
Part Of A Series? Yes
Goodreads.com Summary: 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 was really interesting. And I really liked it!
I’m still not sure about this reincarnating souls trend, especially if the person doesn’t remember their past lives, but I thought it was really well-done in Shattered Souls. Especially when you learn why she can’t remember anything!
I thought Lenzi was an interesting character, but I’m still not sure if I like her or not. Interesting as she was, I just couldn’t completely connect with her. Alden and Smith were also interesting, as were Maddi and Race, and I liked seeing the relationships between all the characters.
I think seeing more of Lenzi’s previous life as Rose would have been helpful, because it came up a lot, especially in reference to how different she was. I know that her starting over and seeing Alden through fresh eyes was kind of the point, I wish her past was explored a little more.
I thought the whole Speaker/Protector/Hindered aspect of the book was super-interesting. A girl who can speak to the dead, who need to move on? Definitely an interesting take on ghosts, and I really enjoyed it how she can speak to the dead and help them move on and that she has someone to make sure everything goes okay when she does resolutions. I love what she did with ghosts- she did something interesting but they were still what we know and love about ghosts.
Final thoughts: Shattered Souls was really interesting, and I can’t wait to learn more about this world. I thought the idea of speakers and protectors was different and reincarnation to keep things running smoothly was also interesting. Shattered Souls gets a 4 out of 5.