Dark Souls

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Welcome to York, England.
Mist lingers in the streets. Narrow buildings cast long shadows.
This is the most haunted city in the world. . . .

Miranda Tennant arrives in York with a terrible, tragic secret. She is eager to lose herself amid the quaint cobblestones, hoping she won’t run into the countless ghosts who supposedly roam the city. . . .

Then she meets Nick, an ...

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Overview


Welcome to York, England.
Mist lingers in the streets. Narrow buildings cast long shadows.
This is the most haunted city in the world. . . .

Miranda Tennant arrives in York with a terrible, tragic secret. She is eager to lose herself amid the quaint cobblestones, hoping she won’t run into the countless ghosts who supposedly roam the city. . . .

Then she meets Nick, an intense, dark-eyed boy who knows all of York’s hidden places and histories. Miranda wonders if Nick is falling for her, but she is distracted by another boy -- one even more handsome and mysterious than Nick. He lives in the house across from Miranda and seems desperate to send her some sort of message. Could this boy be one of York’s haunted souls?

Soon, Miranda realizes that something dangerous -- and deadly -- is being planned. And she may have to face the darkest part of herself in order to unravel the mystery -- and find redemption.

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Editorial Reviews

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Praise for Paula Morris's 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." -- VOYA

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545251341
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/1/2012
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 176,064
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author


Paula Morris is the author of RUINED, DARK SOULS, and several award-winning novels for adults in her native New Zealand. She now lives in Scotland with her husband. Please visit her online at www.paula-morris.com.
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  • Posted August 7, 2011

    BookWhisperer Review: Dark Souls

    Dark Souls is a creepy ghost story that readers will enjoy. Paula begins this story with a gut wrenching twist that sets the stage for the entirety of the story. Miranda and her brother are victims and survivors. This story is an intriguing story of mystery and the will to overcome. Readers will devour this story quickly with its fast pace and creative story.

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2012

    Love reader

    I loved the book Ruined and i cant wait till i get this book .

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 5, 2011

    People! And book

    Can people stop giving away much information?? I mean seriously. There is already a summary on the book when you click on it! This is only meant for reviewng, not giving another long summary that gives away some of the tragic and myserious parts! And surprising. But anyway, i love this book and i recommand it.

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 21, 2011

    Well worth reading

    Exellent plot and characters.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2011

    To people writing a review

    Ok, that person is right, you shouldnt right as much as this nook lets you! Im not saying that you cant write a review after you read it, but dont write so much that it takes people an hour to read it. I havnt read it yet. I havnt bought it yet... I only know about it because its a book in our school book fair... its around halloween and it looks awsome... to that person that was nagging people and telling them not to write so much about the book, i dont trust the review when u first click on the book as much as i do here... when i look at a book and it looks interesting, this is the first place i look... i trust the acual people that bought it... im 10 years old... and u people that wrote the reviews made me want to buy it!

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2012

    This is one of the best paranormal books that I have read. It is

    This is one of the best paranormal books that I have read. It is very good and should be at the top of everyone's must read list. I hope to see a sequel to this book.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2012

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    1 word to describe this book: AMAZING!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 9, 2011

    Really good

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2013

    !!!!!!

    Love love LOVE this book and absolutley love paulas work!!! Definetley reccomend this to the teenvgirls out there that wish they had mysterious relationships with a taste of ghost stories. ( that would be me ahaha)

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2013

    Natalie's review on Dark Souls

    Unlike Palua Morris' other books( Unbroken and Runied), this book is set in York Minster( please exuse me if im wrong). It is a journey of a girl named Miranda who can see ghosts and is trying to cope with her bother and the death of her best friend, Jenna. I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did! Also please see my other reviews on Runied and Unbroken.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2012

    Awesome

    This book is my new favorite! I couldn't put it down. I can not wait for the next book to come out! I loved the first, i love this, and im sure ill love the next. Paula Morris is awesome!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 28, 2012

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    I was of two minds about this book.

    After the accident last summer, nothing has been the same for sixteen-year-old Miranda. Her best friend, really her only friend, is gone. Her brother can't stand small spaces or driving anymore. And Miranda, well, she can see ghosts.

    When the chance to take a family vacation in York, England arrives, Miranda's parents jump at the chance. A little family time can only help everyone. Almost everyone.

    York is one of the most haunted cities in the world. How can Miranda deal with seeing ghosts when she is surrounded by them, her family doesn't know about it, and she barely understands this new ability herself?

    Then Miranda meets Nick, an intense Goth boy who might be able to answer all of her ghost-related questions. With Nick to show her the ropes and the painfully beautiful ghost in the attic across the way, maybe seeing ghosts won't be so bad after all.

    Or maybe things are as bad as Miranda thought. If no one intervenes, something bad is going to happen and Miranda seems to the only one who can stop it--no matter how much she wishes she wasn't in Dark Souls (2011) by Paula Morris.

    I was of two minds about this book.

    On the one hand, Dark Souls read more like a middle grade novel than a young adult title. Without age cues written into the story I would have pegged Miranda at fourteen and her brother at sixteen (rather than their stated ages of sixteen and eighteen, respectively). Some aspects of the story also felt predictable or obvious--I realized details before Miranda did even though she really should have been on board and know what was going on herself. Again, this would have been easier to let slide in a middle grade novel where the readers/characters are significantly younger than me rather than just a bit younger.

    On the other hand, Dark Souls is a nice traditional ghost story. No all-consuming romance, almost no love interest at all. It's refreshing when so many paranormal books have romance tagged onto the end of that descriptor nowadays. Morris gets back to basics with some dubious ghosts, a mysterious friend, and a plot that needs to be unraveled. And it is those basics that make Dark Souls work as much as it does. This book is a good one for readers who want to be left spooked rather than swooning.

    Possible Pairings: The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson, The Boneshaker by Kate Milford, Bliss by Lauren Myracle, Clockwork by Philip Pullman

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2011

    Loved

    Great book. As all of her books are

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2011

    @ Person who wrote "Jeez"

    If you don't want to know what happens in the book don't read the reviews! Honestly you could've stopped reading it. Anyways back to the book. I absolutley loved "Ruined"! I'm looking foward to reading this book! I hope people don't it bad
    :-)

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 23, 2011

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    Dark Souls is a spine-chilling haunting tale

    There are times in the blogging world I become very excited and grateful. This would be one of those times. If Big Honcho Media would not have contacted me about Dark Souls, I don't think I would have heard or read the book. So it makes me very happy that they did and I was able to read this haunting tale. Big Honcho has now made Paula Morris one of the authors I will follow and see and read the books that get published. I've already bought Ruined by Paula Morris as well to read very soon.

    Dark Souls is a spine-chilling haunting tale set in such a amazing place. The novel takes place in York, England. I know thanks to Dark Souls would love to visit York at some point in my life. The way Paula wrote and describes each setting and pace in the book, you immediately connect with the setting. If I was rating the book just on location and descriptions I would give it 10 trees not 5. For the duration of the book, you are transport away to the cobblestones and Gates. Then to add to the setting, Paula also gives us the reader historical background on York. You will be magnetized!

    Dark Souls is the story of Miranda, a young girl that was involved in a horrible car accident that her brother was the driver and she looses her friend. The night of the accident Miranda sees her friend but she is not alive, she sees the ghost of her friend walking out to the corn fields. Miranda cant believe she has just witness a ghost. Miranda and her brother Rob both have emotional demons they are battling after the accident and their parents to deice to take them on a vacation/work trip to York, England. They hope this will help clear their minds possibly. Will this help the teens get over their suffering? What about the ghost that Miranda now sees or thinks she sees.

    In York when you arrive it seems that you have traveled back in time. Miranda thought she would be getting away from the ghost she is seeing, but didn't realized that York is consider one of the highest ranking places for ghost and spirits. Miranda meets Nick, which Nick has his own demons haunting him. They both share one thing in common though, they can both see ghost. Nick begins to help Miranda understand how some ghost work. Now will Miranda fall perhaps for the mysterious Nick or will she fall for the beautiful young man across from her window. The trouble with the young man in the window in front of her is that he is a ghost. She can't help though to be drawn to him. What will Miranda do? Of course that's not all Miranda has to worry about, strange incidents begin to happen around town and closely related to Miranda and her brother. Will York's history intertwine with present day York and Miranda? Will history repeat itself? You will have to pick up Dark Souls to find out, because I'm not telling.

    Even though Dark Souls is a perfect book to read during Halloween time, I wouldn't wait till them to read it. The twist and turns that Paula gives us in the pages of Dark Souls are worth picking up a copy today. As I mentioned at the beginning I've already purchased another book by Paula called Ruined and can't wait to be able to read it as well. Paula also mentions in her website that book 3 of the Haunted City Series will be based in Rome and published in 2013. Ruined is based in New Orleans.

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2013

    Anonymous

    You should really make a sequal if your not already this book was awsome.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2013

    Great book

    The book has the right amount mystery and romance! Its really good and I recommend the book! (:

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2012

    Awesome

    Best book ever! I can NOT wait for the next book in this series. Well I think its going to be a trilogy or something! I just really hope she makes a next book for this! Great read and wonderful ending! I recommend to all ages that enjoy a light story with ghosts and I am only 12! I also really liked the ruined novel and unbroken.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2012

    Mayo Pan

    Amazing book. It hooks you up on the first few pages. Beware of what you seek in this book, for the romance awaits you. Warning there are ghost and kissing in this odd book. So take the adventure if you dare.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 17, 2012

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    Amazing!!

    I had read Paula Morris' other book Ruined and when I saw this on the shelf I had to get it!! Its just like her other book in that you feel like you have a deep grasp of the history and the scenery that the characters are in. More than once I felt as if the slimy walls of some York basement were right by my arm!!!
    I love how Miranda erally grows during the novel and she and her brother both learn to get past the tragedy that opens the book up with. I think the romance between Rob and Sally is really cute and I really like how Miranda tried to help Nick and unravel a wild mystery.
    If you like your books dark, filled with mystery, and a little local history thrown in the mix, this is the book for you!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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