Paper Souls

Paper Souls

by Allie Burke


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From the author of the bestselling, genre-defining Enchanters series comes a new literary tour de force about Emily, a young woman balancing two worlds between her fingertips: the one that is real to her and the one that is real to everyone else...

The question is: which one will she choose?

Never romanticizing what it means to be a twenty-something schizophrenic in a world broken by normalcy and half-baked fairytales, Allie Burke's latest novel unites Emily and her world at large, spanning from the streets of Russia, to the sheets of her bed, to the idiosyncratic comfort she gets from worlds that don't exist at all.

Woven with angst and darkness, bursting with heartache, Paper Souls tells of the irreparably damaged and broken, and how they survive.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781620154830
Publisher: Libertary Co.
Publication date: 09/08/2014
Pages: 126
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

An American novelist, book critic, and magazine editor from Burbank, California, Allie Burke writes books she can’t find in the bookstore. Having been recognized as writing a “kickass book that defies the genre it’s in”, Allie writes with a prose that has been labeled poetic and ethereal.

Her life is a beautiful disaster, flowered with the harrowing existence of inherited eccentricity, a murderous family history, a faithful literature addiction, and the intricate darkness of true love. These are the enchanting experiences that inspire Allie’s fairytales.

From some coffee shop in Los Angeles, she is working on her next novel. ?Visit Allie at

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Paper Souls 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Shawscribbles More than 1 year ago
The book was … just … wow! I received this book from the author for an honest review. At the time my pile of books to be reviewed was huge. So it sat in the pile forgotten for a while until last night when I opened it and I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN. The main character, Emily, is a complex, fully developed woman. Struggling with mental illness her story is aching and intriguing. Even though her choices and decisions may not make sense to the reader, one can’t help cheering her on. Filled with twists and turns that keep the pacing of this book perfect, I was enthralled from beginning to end and will definitely be looking for more from Allie Burke. What an incredible read. I will be recommending this book to all my adult friends this holiday season. Definitely a book worth reading!
donniedarkogirl More than 1 year ago
Imagine if dreams were tangible, allowing you to walk through them at will. Reading Paper Souls was like that for me - I felt like I was walking in someone else's dreams, namely those of Emily Colt, the protagonist. Without using quotation marks, the dialogue seemed muted, further lending to the novel's dreamlike quality, and I liked the way it read.  Emily is a character I'll still be thinking about long after the end of this book. She's certainly flawed, but we all are and this made her even more likable to me. It's annoying to read about a protagonist who's made out to be basically perfect. Emily has been in some extremely dangerous situations where, really, she's lucky to still be alive. Anything could have happened to her those times.   I have my B.A. in Psychology, though I'm currently not doing anything with my degree, and I was always fascinated by schizophrenia in my classes. Schizophrenia is easily misunderstood, and the media doesn't help with the general public's confusion surrounding it. This illness is complex and multi-layered, just like Emily. Allie Burke handles this topic with the utmost sensitivity while simultaneously laying bare the illness and what it can do to one's quality of life. If you've been curious about schizophrenia and want to find out more about it without having to read a textbook, I highly recommend Paper Souls. The way this book is written is exquisite, and I could never hope to come close to adequately describing how beautiful and utterly heartbreaking this story is. You'll have to read it and find out for yourself.   I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.