Review: Shattered Souls

3.13.2012
Shattered Souls by Mary Lindsey
Published December 8th 2011 by Philomel/Penguin
//Amazon//B&N//The Book Depository//

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.

~Zoey~
9 comments on "Review: Shattered Souls"
  1. Sounds like this will either be hit or miss. I can't say without reading it, since it still sounds like I may enjoy. It's too bad you were bored. I find that happens all too frequently. Where are the editors?

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  2. Oh noes!!! I still haven't read this but I've been seeing mixed reviews for sure. I'm still curious enough to try it but I don'T expect an epic read! Great honest review Zoey! :)

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  3. I liked this book, but I do agree with Lenzi being a bit whiny. She annoyed me sometimes. Great review!

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  4. Zoey, I totally agree with you. I appreciate that other people love this book but I seriously could not STAND it, so I'm glad I'm not the only one who wasn't a fan! You were a lot nicer about it than I was though lol :P

    Great review!

    lea @ LC's Adventures in Libraryland

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  5. Bwahhhhh. x_X I was looking forward to this one. Sort of. I've also heard mixed reviews, though, and judging by this, I . . . will probably not be a fan. LE SIGH.

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  6. Just got my copy and can't wait to read!

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  7. Bleh. Sorry you didn't like it all that much. I heard really great things about it, and was very close to picking it up, but now I guess it's ok that I didn't.

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  8. I still haven't read this one but I have it. I'll eventually pick it up but wondering if I will enjoy it or not...from your review it may just end up a blah read for me too =( Lovely honest review!
    Shellie @ Creative Reads

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  9. Thank you for the thoughtful and honest review. Since the second book features a different Intercessor pair, perhaps it will have more appeal for you. Thanks for taking the time to read and review. :)

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3.13.2012

Review: Shattered Souls

Shattered Souls by Mary Lindsey
Published December 8th 2011 by Philomel/Penguin
//Amazon//B&N//The Book Depository//

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.

~Zoey~

9 comments:

  1. Sounds like this will either be hit or miss. I can't say without reading it, since it still sounds like I may enjoy. It's too bad you were bored. I find that happens all too frequently. Where are the editors?

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  2. Oh noes!!! I still haven't read this but I've been seeing mixed reviews for sure. I'm still curious enough to try it but I don'T expect an epic read! Great honest review Zoey! :)

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  3. I liked this book, but I do agree with Lenzi being a bit whiny. She annoyed me sometimes. Great review!

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  4. Zoey, I totally agree with you. I appreciate that other people love this book but I seriously could not STAND it, so I'm glad I'm not the only one who wasn't a fan! You were a lot nicer about it than I was though lol :P

    Great review!

    lea @ LC's Adventures in Libraryland

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  5. Bwahhhhh. x_X I was looking forward to this one. Sort of. I've also heard mixed reviews, though, and judging by this, I . . . will probably not be a fan. LE SIGH.

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  6. Just got my copy and can't wait to read!

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  7. Bleh. Sorry you didn't like it all that much. I heard really great things about it, and was very close to picking it up, but now I guess it's ok that I didn't.

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  8. I still haven't read this one but I have it. I'll eventually pick it up but wondering if I will enjoy it or not...from your review it may just end up a blah read for me too =( Lovely honest review!
    Shellie @ Creative Reads

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  9. Thank you for the thoughtful and honest review. Since the second book features a different Intercessor pair, perhaps it will have more appeal for you. Thanks for taking the time to read and review. :)

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