November 23, 2011

REVIEW: Shattered Souls by Mary Lindsey

Hardcover, 336 pages
Expected publication: December 8th 2011
By Philomel/Penguin

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.

I have so many mixed emotions when I think about Shattered Souls. I wasn’t quite in love with it, but yet I enjoyed it a lot and had to finish it. I know, makes no sense right? Here are my reasons.

I give Shattered Souls four stars because the characters were awesome and I loved each and every single one. I also love the world that Mary Lindsey introduces to us. Lenzi can speak to the dead and help them move on. Her soul is reborn and each time she is reborn, she continues to have her memories of her past lives. Alden, who is her Protector, is also reborn with his memories each time. Each time they are reborn they find each other somehow. So this lifetime, Lenzi is reborn and Alden finds her yet again, only she has no memory of her past lives. Something has changed and Alden has no idea what or why she has no memory of her past lives.

Now, I loved the relationship build up between Alden and Lenzi. I thought it played out really well and when the truth finally comes out it’s a big “awe” moment. What I had an issue with was just how easy certain things occurred for them. Some parts were super predictable and whenever something would happen I knew immediately what would happen next, and I was right every single time. So I guess that’s where my mixed emotions come from. I would have liked more moments of “Oh, SNAP!” than “I knew it!”

Overall though, the main idea of the story is excellent. I really enjoyed the romance between Alden and Lenzi as well. Their story was beautiful and heartbreaking at the same time. The story does move at a fast pace and other than what I said above, it’s a definite page-turner. I just wish it was less predictable. 

4 out of 5 stars!



  1. I cannot wait to read this one! The cover alone has my attention and I love a good love story!

  2. The story sounds interesting but now I'm not so sure if I want to read it with all the predictable moments. This cover is beautiful though :)

  3. Interesting review. This book has been in my TBR pile. I'm still interested but now my expectations won't be ridiculously high.

  4. I've been thinking about reading SHATTERED SOULS for quite a while! The cover is gorgeous, and the synopsis sounds interesting. Glad to know that it'll be a good read! :)

  5. i like to read this and i do the alt on amazon

  6. This book sounds awesome! I can not wait to read it and find out what happens.

  7. I've been wanting to read this book for a while now but it sounds like the book Wanderlove that I read recently. Thanks for the wonderful review! I've been wanting a little more detail about the book before I bought it.


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