Dark Souls

Dark Souls

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by Paula Morris
     
 

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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. . .

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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.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Elizabeth Young
It was a dark and misty night. Sixteen-year-old Miranda and her family were settling in for a weeklong stay in York, England. Her mother was asked to be a guest conductor for a music festival at York Minster; her father was presenting a paper at a conference on Richard III. Nothing could be further from their home life near the cornfields of Iowa. Nothing, that is, except the ghosts. The trip to England would be a welcome escape from the memory of the car crash last summer—in which Miranda's best friend was killed. It was then Miranda realized she could see ghosts. Being with your family away from home can be stressful, but this family supports and respects each other, even with their quirks. Rob, Miranda's brother, is highly claustrophobic. Mom, Peggy, is a bit over obsessed with her choral rehearsals. Dad, Jeff, is an intellectual geek when it comes to history, if a bit dated with his lingo. Within days Miranda meets a kindred spirit in Nick—a bit of a lost "Goth" soul in search of resolution after the death of his older brother. Nick can also see ghosts and is involved with one who needs him to finish "something" for him. That "something" is what eventually brings Miranda's family through new drama, yet also brings closure for Nick. Morris' follow up novel to Ruined is a quirky, yet intelligent story. Anglophiles will enjoy the descriptive ambience only found in England, and readers of Goth works will be surprisingly pleased with this work, even if few of us can relate to having both parents as college professors, let alone living together. Well done, Ms. Morris. Well done! Reviewer: Elizabeth Young
From the Publisher

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:
9780545251327
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
08/01/2011
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
610,240
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.10(d)
Lexile:
770L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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 paula-morris.com.

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Dark Souls 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 50 reviews.
Book_WhispererJO More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the book Ruined and i cant wait till i get this book .
Allison Baehr More than 1 year ago
Exellent plot and characters.
Andi Ellis More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
1 word to describe this book: AMAZING!
Jessica Hernandez More than 1 year ago
Really good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
MissPrint More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book. As all of her books are
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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 :-)
Destini Schmit More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You should really make a sequal if your not already this book was awsome.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book has the right amount mystery and romance! Its really good and I recommend the book! (:
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
DanceBree17 More than 1 year ago
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!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! It was amazing to read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Efkin: he groans and shakes his ea slightly." Link: he stays perfictly still. Willow: he mumbbkes"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sooooo good i but thought it was a little creepy sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My freind reccommended this book 2 me and i lovvve it! Its worth the buy
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yes
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well would this be a good book for kids that likecreepy stories