Dark Souls: A Novel by Paula MorrisDark Souls: A Novel by Paula Morris

Dark Souls: A Novel

byPaula Morris

Hardcover | August 1, 2011

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From the author of Ruined, a spellbinding tale of ghosts, mystery, and love.

The city of York is the most haunted place in the world: The ghosts of Vikings, hanged highwaymen, and tragic royals all haunt its covvlestone streets.

Miranda Tennant arrives in the moody ancient city, nursing a great sadness. She will fall in love for the first time in York. She will also risk losing everything: her family-and her life. All because of two boys fighting for Miranda's attention. One whose mind has been warped by the death of his brother. And the other a ghost, determined to finish a terrible crime.

PAULA MORRIS is the author of Ruined and several award-winning novels for adults in her native New Zealand. She now lives in Scotland with her husband.
Title:Dark Souls: A NovelFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:304 pages, 8.54 × 5.75 × 1.04 inShipping dimensions:8.54 × 5.75 × 1.04 inPublished:August 1, 2011Publisher:SCHOLASTIC INCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:054525132X

ISBN - 13:9780545251327

Appropriate for ages: 12


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Different from what I thought I found Dark souls different from what I thought it was going to be. I thought it was ok but it wasn't what I expected. I liked the plot, but I would have changed the summary on the back to reflect the book more. I like the characters and how she described them. I also liked the plot and the events in the plot.
Date published: 2012-12-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A Quick Ghostly Novel... Dark Souls should be a quick read if you're intrigued by a novel that combines an old-fashioned setting inhabited by haunting ghosts! Ever since surviving a car accident which claimed the life of her best friend, Miranda has been seeing ghosts... and when she arrives in York with her family for vacation, she can't escape from them any longer. With simple storytelling, Paula Morris has written a ghost story filled with mystery but still carries a lot of heart. While I don't usually have any difficulties with third person narration, I found myself wishing that Dark Souls had been written in first person. I felt like we were just brushing the surface of the characters when we could have been digging much more deeper. It made it harder for me to connect with the characters, in this case. The plot summary may have played up the romance, but I didn't really see the attraction between Miranda and Nick as much as I would have liked. His warm and cold act was not working for me... and Miranda deserved some more attention! Where I found Dark Souls possibly lacking in developing characters, the novel made up for it with its rich descriptions of historic York, England! The setting is easily visualized and helps set a mysterious atmosphere for the events to take place. While I didn't have too much difficulty predicting what would happen by the end, I still enjoyed reading the novel to see how conflicts would be resolved as we reached the final outcome. There were still some little twists and turns which came as a surprise, and it certainly helped build up the suspense some more! Paula Morris' Dark Souls plays out like a late-night ghost walk in an unfamiliar city complete with spooky stories and detours along the way! With a wonderfully described setting, you'll be intrigued to uncover the mystery of the handsome ghost lurking in the house across from hers... and hoping she'll gain answers before it's too late. You can also read this review at: http://midnightbloomreads.blogspot.com/2011/09/dark-souls-by-paula-morris.html
Date published: 2011-10-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good Ghost Story for tweens and YA The Good Stuff * Ghost story and a mystery all rolled up into one fantastic tale * Fast paced story and intriguing enough that you didn't want to put the book down -- hence why I am a wee bit tired this morning since I was up till 1 am reading it * Parents are not jerks -- I know I couldn't believe it either - gets an extra .5 Dewey for that alone * Spooky * A bit of history thrown in which will hopefully intrigue the reader into looking for further info * Opening to story sucks you in - * Did I mention ghosts -- I love the ghosts * Relationship between family members is very realistic The Not so Good Stuff * Some of the coincidences are pushing it in terms of believability Favorite Quotes/Passages "Miranda's parents, of course, went nuts at the prospect of a 360-degree view because - she'd often observed - anyone middle-aged thought that gazing at views and gardens and distant horizons was the most interesting thing in the world." "It was probably in some parenting book, one of a list of things you should say to annoy your teenaged children, along with "take that look off your face" and "what's that long sigh for? and "I don't know what happened; when you were little you were so sweet." "Musicians were easy to spot because of their instrument cases and - Miranda couldn't help noticing - dubious fashion choices." What I Learned * In England: Streets are called Gates, Gates are called Bars and Bars are called Pubs * Little bits of English history and ghosts that I didn't know about Who should/shouldn't read * For anyone who enjoys a good ghost story, especially a mysterious one * Perfect for more mature middle school reader and YA's (and old Mom's who love ghost stories) 4.5 Dewey's I received this from Scholastic in exchange for an honest review -- and BTW thanks a lot Scholastic I had spooky dreams last night
Date published: 2011-08-03

Read from the Book

From Dark SoulsShe moved to twitch the curtain back into place, but something stopped her. A light flickering-the tiniest light. A candle.The ghost was there.Miranda froze, still clutching one of the curtains. He was even more breathtaking this second time, his face like chiseled marble. Tonight he wasn't smiling at all, but his eyes were warm, velvety dark. Miranda wished there weren't two closed windows-and a stretch of very cold open air-separating them. She wanted to talk to him.The ghost opened his mouth: was he trying to say something?

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Ruined

"[A] haunting love letter to New Orleans... thoroughly embraces the rich history, occult lore and complex issues of race, ethnicity, class and culture." -Publishers Weekly, starred review.

"Fast-paced... [an] atmospheric page-turner." -Booklist

"Entertaining and unique... straddles the line between ghost story and realistic fiction so well." -Voice of Youth Advocates