Published December 8th 2011 by Philomel/Penguin
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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've seen a lot of reviews giving high praise to Shattered Souls, so I know it's not an awful book. I guess it just wasn't for me.
If I could use one word to describe this book, it would be "blah." I don't have a lot of hate for it. I don't have a lot of love for it. When this is all over, I probably won't give Shattered Souls a second thought. I'll be reading the second book, since it will feature different characters, but this one definitely wasn't for me.
Alden - and most of the others in the book - don't see Lenzi as Lenzi. They see her as Rose, the woman she's supposed to be because of reincarnation. Reincarnation isn't usually a subject that works for me in the first place, so that may have had something to do with my feelings about Shattered Souls. But they all hold Lenzi on such a high pedestal, expecting her to be exactly like Rose, even though they know she's not. What bothered me the most is that, sure Lenzi complains about it a little bit, but only in her narration. She never really does anything about it.
Lenzi simply didn't interest me. At times, she could be a very strong character, but for the majority of the book I thought she was boring and whiny. I wish she would have stood up for herself a little more, and not just when it came to Alden. Alden didn't interest me any more than Lenzi - I didn't get a very good feel for his character, but I didn't like the way he was constantly trying to tell Lenzi what to do. Alden was very sweet and caring at times, but for the majority of the book, I just . . . wasn't interested in anything about him.
The secondary characters - Alden's friends - were much more interesting to me, but you they're not in the book very often, so it hardly matters.
I also liked the idea of Speakers, people who help ghosts move on and the way that the Speakers actually get points for helping the spirits move on. I thought that was fairly unique and fun to read about.
Overall: I was bored. If this sounds like something you'd enjoy, however, you should definitely pick it up, because plenty of people I know have loved it. it just wasn't for me. 2 stars.