The Weight of Soulsby Bryony Pearce
16 year old Taylor Oh is cursed: if she is touched by the ghost of a murder victim then they pass a mark beneath her skin. She has three weeks to find their murderer and pass the mark to them - letting justice take place and sending them into the Darkness. And if she doesn't make it in time? The Darkness will come for her... She spends her life trying to avoid… See more details below
16 year old Taylor Oh is cursed: if she is touched by the ghost of a murder victim then they pass a mark beneath her skin. She has three weeks to find their murderer and pass the mark to them - letting justice take place and sending them into the Darkness. And if she doesn't make it in time? The Darkness will come for her... She spends her life trying to avoid ghosts, make it through school where she's bullied by popular Justin and his cronies, keep her one remaining friend, and persuade her father that this is real and that she's not going crazy.
And then Justin is murdered and everything gets a whole lot worse. Justin doesn't know who killed him, so there's no obvious person for Taylor to go after. The clues she has lead her to the V Club, a vicious secret-society at her school where no one is allowed to leave... And where Justin was dared to do the stunt which led to his death. Can she find out who was responsible for his murder before the Darkness comes for her? Can she put aside her hatred for her former bully to truly help him? And what happens if she starts to fall for him?
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I liked the concept. The combination of teenage angst, high school drama and the connection to an ancient family curse was quite interesting. It ticks all the YA boxes and has a side note of pending horror. The author also tackles the issue of bullying and being isolated in school. The emphasis was on one of these 'popular people' teen groups that forces kids to take part in dangerous stunts or face a life of hell in school. This type of peer pressure, in the guise of fun, seems to be an alarming trend in our day and age. It is a type of group hazing, which often ends with disastrous results. I have to say I was a tad disappointed that Pearce decided to end it with a pseudo Partridge family ending. Where is the mystery in that? Why not let them leave things on a sour note instead of packing nearly all the loose ends into one neat box. How about leaving some of the conflict for the sequel? Taylor's Dad needs to see a shrink, Hannah needs to grow a pair and Pete deserves a clip round the earhole. There, I fixed that for you. Despite that it was a good read and both the character and concept have a lot of potential, so I am hoping Taylor Oh comes back with a bit more bite and lot more darkness. I received a free copy of this book via Netgalley.
I have a confession pertaining to Bryony Pearce's THE WEIGHT OF SOULS: I was hooked from the opening well before strange Chemistry allowed me an advanced copy in exchange for an honest opinion. When I first saw the trailer, I had to read a sample. My God, what a powerful opening. Mrs Pearce's direct delivery and in-your-face style of wordcrafting brings the un-vindicated dead to 3-D in a ride that is sure to please. The story opens with a delicious shocker and keeps the momentum going from double-decker bus hopping to high anxiety pole walking. The teenage characters are recognizable. Not just as typical teens, but as those individuals we all dealt with in high school. One particular aspect I appreciated most about Mrs Pearce's characterization is that she uses double layers for her peeps. The popularity princess has all the superficial beauty and attitude as to be expected, but beneath, she really is just a nasty little biscuit-witch. The male protagonist, Jason, has all of the Draco Malfoyisms to make us hate him at the onset, but then proves to be one hell of an honorable gent hiding behind very real feelings to which most of us male readership can relate. And the main character, Taylor Oh, is about as emo as a girl can get, down to the self-pity--which was a bit annoying at times, but paid off in a huge thematic lesson learned and well worth the wait. The plot was a bit predictable after the midway point; however, I cannot find this as a fault because the action carries it so well and keeps the pages moving. The themes of "bullying" and "folly of self-pity" add color and tension throughout, and also serve to raise the emotional investment with the characters. Most of the book was incredibly satisfying, though there were a few issues with lost momentum due to backstory. Fortunately, it helps weave mystery and adds to the intrigue. Overall, I liked this book and intend to buy the final version for my own teens--the themes are just that powerful, as is the delivery. I strongly recommend this for the YA reader. A great story and it stays with me, the Mark of any good tale!
'Dead men take me to the nicest places' (pg 1) From the very first sentence 'The Weight of Souls' had me hooked. The intensely, deadly scene at the start, to the enticing scenes at the end, were captivating, mysterious and downright terrific. Taylor was a girl who just wanted to live a normal life. One without the torment from her peers, pressure from a parent and peace from the ghosts that only she could see. Victims whose souls cried out for justice. What I really liked about Taylor was that she was Asian. It was nice to read about a girl from another culture than mine. My only disappointment was that I never really got to read more about it. I was, however, impressed that the author had gone against the traditional route of the stereotypical white girl. Taylor had a lot going on with her life and had pressures that could have driven anyone else insane. There were other characters that I grew attached to as well. Justin, a boy who tormented Taylor for reasons she didn't know, didn't believe he was dead, that he had been murdered. Even though he started off as a bully, he had hidden traits so when I read more about him, I couldn't help, but like him. He was a perfect companion for Taylor. The story line was imaginative and had a lot of flair. There was something really unique about the talent Taylor inherited from her mother. The events throughout the book flowed with thrilling brilliance. I adored the writing style of this book. I must admit that I have read 'Angel's Fury' by this author, but I never got attached to that book in the same way I have this one. I positively adored this book - the exciting scenes, the characters (even creepy James) and the unexpected legend. A legend that may not be familiar to some people. I found it really hard to find anything that I didn't like. It was one of those books that just charmed me. As such, I would recommend this book to anyone who likes fantasy mixed with ghostly characters.