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Lonely Souls (Witch Avenue #1)

3.74  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,367 Ratings  ·  243 Reviews
Devastated by the loss of her mother, Triss throws herself into uncovering clues surrounding her mother’s disappearance. When the Witch Avenue Coven turns their back on Triss, she realizes she’s caught in a world that is ruled by Lonely Souls. But who is controlling them?

Recognizing the herbal lore she grew up learning will do little to fight against the underworld, she i
Paperback, 290 pages
Published June 29th 2012 by Bulldog Press (first published June 24th 2012)
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Jul 12, 2012 Giselle rated it liked it
Shelves: ebook, arc, paranormal
Lonely Souls first attracted me by its gorgeous cover, even moreso by its mention of witches. I love witches and all their potential. I love spells, magic, and how books on the subject can be fun, fierce, and original. Even though I wish there would have been more "witchiness", Lonely Souls has an intriguing premise with great characters and a sweet romance.

When her mother disappears, Triss will not accept that she's dead. And if her mother's disappearance wasn't enough stress on her shoulders,
Aug 13, 2013 Rachel rated it did not like it
Self-published authors: I get it. You've put months (maybe even years!) into your project, with no pay and nothing to show for it. But you have so much faith in your story and characters that you decide to publish independently, and to hell with agents and publishing companies. You KNOW your book is good enough, and if you could just get it out there for people to read, they'd love it.

Please, for the love of good books, HIRE AN EDITOR. I know it's expensive, and I know you've read over it a thou
Cat's Review
Aug 19, 2013 Cat's Review rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Teens, tweens
I am not convinced that I am reading the same book as the readers who gave this novel five or even four stars. I just finished this book and I just cannot connect with any of the characters.

Beatrice “Triss” Spires is the main character and she is often shown as an immature eighteen year-old but then she suddenly starts spouting out big words and eloquent sentences like she’s a thirty year-old woman. And what seventeen or eighteen year-old says, “My word?” That’s something a grandmother or great
Mar 24, 2014 Janie rated it did not like it
Wow. I have actually no wotds to describe how much this book sucked. i, for one, am very lenient and very generous on my ratings reviews, but i have nothing nice to say. Well, i can admit the plot had an interesting story behind it. It could have been way more explored though. the starting was good and was very captivating(the first two chapters) then it down graded from there. many things kept being repeated over and over again. half the time i had no idea what the hell was happening. Everythin ...more
Patricia Graham
Aug 18, 2012 Patricia Graham rated it really liked it
It is apparent that Karice is a seasoned writer due to fact that the content remains on topic. I found the mechanics were good with proper editing in place. The storyline kept the reader engaged, and it was entertaining. Karice has a great working knowledge of her subject matter, more specifically the herbs, medicinal properties of plants, and the use of Latin. e.g. utilized in a fire spell.

I had problems with the paraphrased statements made by the protaganist in the story. Although, I do realiz
Aug 12, 2013 Amanda rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Honestly, the last few chapters were hard to get through. Every paragraph was Triss whining about how gorgeous Logan was and how she shouldn't pay attention, but oooooooh he's beautiful, and then quick makeout session before back to chiding herself. I wish there were more about the witches and the differences between black and white magic. Even that wasn't well explained. It felt like a coin toss every time they came across a spell. And for the record, how many times did Logan use black magic? S ...more
La La
Sep 16, 2015 La La rated it it was ok
Shelves: on-my-kindle
Again, I wish there was a half rating for 2 and a half. It wasn't quite a three. Enjoyed reading it as a 'filler' book, waiting for books from my favorite authors. I am looking forward to the next book. Easy read, vacation for my brain.
Brittain (Tara Belle Talking)
I honestly don't think I'm reading the same book as all of those 4 and 5 star reviews.

Triss, the female protagonist, was silly and overwritten. She is 18 and she is speaking like Shakespeare. It comes off as haughty and full of herself.

Logan is a sap. He thinks he is a BAMF because he practiced the Dark Arts but he comes off as weak. I get that he is supposed to be the dedicated hero that has loved from afar but they never really fight and he never does anything wrong. These are not realistic ch
Feb 06, 2015 Sara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
good start

This book didn't blow me away, but it was a good start to what seems like it will be a good series.
Triss and Logan make you like them both from the start, and the build up to the love story is sweet.
We start the book by Triss's mother going missing and the story keeps going strong from there.
The book is well written and flows very nicely. This is a YA story, but isn't filled with the typical love triangle or teen angst. And I really appreciated the that fact. This was a fun and easy
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
HOLY WITCHES! Where is the I LOVE THIS BOOK BUTTON! I have to say this is the first book I have read by Karice Bolton and will not be the last. Karice has a way of drawing you in and you are unable to stop reading until the end. Once I reached the end I was screaming at the book NOOOOO I need more wait did that just happen? I don't say this often but I will say it now Karice is one of my FAVORITE authors and I just can't get enough of her writing.

In Lonely Souls we get to meet Triss who lives wi
Kimberly Souza
Apr 04, 2013 Kimberly Souza rated it it was ok
“Lonely Souls” by, Karice Bolton

Triss is about to turn 18 and join her family’s (witch) coven when her mother disappears from the beach. Signs point to an accident of some kind and though the police are still investigating, the coven convinces Triss to hold a funeral ceremony. Trying to hold onto hope, Triss is glad to see her long-time friend Logan who has come into town for the service. Like Triss, Logan believes that there is more going on and they are both determined to get to the bottom of
Danielle (Bookwhoreblog) Perez
Review Originally Post HERE

Triss's life is about to begin in a coming of age sort of way; if coming of age involves being a witch and you’re about to enter a cover. Everything is going just as planned with Triss's celebration until, her mother disappears. While everyone else is mourning her mother’s death Triss is devoting her time to finding her mother hopefully alive. Triss is reunited with a childhood friend and the two set out on an adventure loaded with magic and topped with mystery that ma
Sep 17, 2012 Nereid rated it it was ok
Having ventured into the world of the "Watchers" series and loving it I do have mixed feelings regarding this book. Triss is nearly 18 and due to enter the "Witch Avenue Coven" when her mother goes missing without a trace. A sudden memorial service is held without much time passing and no body was ever found. Everyone assume she is dead except Triss her daughter. Strange things start happening and Triss is fearful for her life as Dark magic invades the ceremony of her entrance into the coven. Tr ...more
Mar 20, 2013 Kari rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
**4 Stars**

MY OVERVIEW: Lonley Souls was filled with mystery, action, adventure, and of course... romance. The book started out with a tragedy in Triss' life. I love when books jump right in like that.

PROS: I think Triss was written beautifully. You really felt the struggle she went through with trying to decide what she needed to focus on; finding her mom or Logan. I’m glad that she finally came to terms with her feelings on everything. She tried so hard to be emotionless, and I think that is v
Dec 30, 2012 Lauren rated it it was amazing
Oh. Em. Gee! I absolutely adore this series! I personally think it is better than The Watchers Trilogy (also by Karice Bolton) - and that's saying something because I really enjoyed that series, too! Kind of a totally different genre though, so I suppose I shouldn't really compare the two.

In Lonely Souls, we have Triss, who is just on the cusp of adulthood; turning 18 in a few weeks, she will become a member of the Witch Avenue Coven. Things take a turn for the worst (as they usually do) when he
Aeryn Dougan
Feb 15, 2013 Aeryn Dougan rated it it was ok
I hate leaving negative reviews, but I seriously had a hard time getting through this book. The writing just seemed sloppy to me--there were tense issues, the general sentence structure was repetitive, and characters kept going through the same gestures/emotions over and over again. I also hated that the narrator would often comment on something in her head and then (the same observation) would be readdressed in the speech tag or on the next line down.

I'll admit that the initial issue may have b
Nov 16, 2012 Rosalie rated it really liked it
Shelves: paranormal
Right after I finished reading The Watchers Trilogy, I bought Lonely Souls. I think Bolton has ‘bewitched’ me and now I am under her spell! Reading about witches and witchcraft is not really my thing. I bought this book simply because I enjoyed Bolton’s previous offerings on The Watchers Trilogy and I just wanted to continue being taken by Bolton to lalaland!

I must say that it took me a while to get into the story. But as I got to know Triss, I started to get into it; more so when Logan came in
Melissa ( Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf)
This was a delightful opener to what will hopefully prove to be a great series. We have a lot of build up here for both the mystery and the romance as well plenty of action to lead us into book two.

I loved the character of Triss. She proved to be a typical teen in many ways, given to obliviousness in certain situations and moments of panic but she also has a good head on her shoulders and makes smart decisions. In other words she was believable without being whiny or self centered which is key f
Alex Bennett
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I’ve always loved books about witches, and I basically try to read as many of them as I can because I’m weird like that. So, when I found out that Karice Bolton—an author I’d heard only good things about—was releasing the first in a new series about teen witches, well, I knew I had to give it a shot. I was pleasantly surprised by Lonely Souls and will definitely be back for more of the Witch Av
Extremely erratic writing, with characters reacting weirdly to each other or, even worse, sometimes "reacting" to absolutely nothing that was apparently happening. The main male character is completely creepy, with stalker habits. His internal monologue has to be something like this: "I know everything about you because I listen in on conversations and obsessively focus on you and I know black magic which I will insist you learn and I will alternate between secretive and utterly focused on you W ...more
Oct 22, 2013 Abbie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't enjoy this one at all.

I was bored by the 15% mark, and it got worse from there.

I didn't get along with any of the characters. They were dull, and annoying.
I found it ridiculous how they all jumped to conclusions when it come to Triss's love life.
One of her male friends calls her "hun" so Logan automatically assumes it's her boyfriend. Then, her friends see Logan, and they assume he's her boyfriend.

Triss was the worst character out of the lot. She annoyed me way too much.

I was really gla
May 03, 2015 Karen rated it really liked it
This is the first book of four in a series called The Witch Avenue Series. I have had all four books for a while but never got around to reading them. I am glad I finally started the series.

You meet Triss at the most dramatic time of her life. She just lost her mother. Lost literally. She goes to meet her on the beach near the home and her mother' belongings are there but she is not. All Triss's lfe she has been raised as a witch and is about to become part of the Witch Avenue Coven. She has a
Angela Dossett
Apr 28, 2014 Angela Dossett rated it it was ok
It has potential for a Witch series. I'd never read anything by this author. I got this book: 1- it was free and 2- I thought the cover was well done. I was greatly appreciative that the cover matched a scene in the story. The storyline was good. It started at a slow pace, but gradually gained speed. The author does have imagination. The characters needed more personality, in my opinion, and the "I love you's" were a bit much. The story had a touch of romance, mystery, intrigue, and action, but ...more
Actual rating 2.5 stars.

There is a lot of potential in this story. That being said, it needs a LOT of work. A good editor and good rewrite could make this into a 4 star book. The idea of witches, and dark magic, and her connection to nature in her magic especially, are all intriguing plot lines, and it would have been great if the mechanics of the writing hadn't distracted me from all of those.

The tense of the novel kept jumping around, sometimes within the same paragraph. (He was so handsome. I
Sep 28, 2015 Andrea rated it did not like it
I think that I liked the concept of this book...probably why I thought I wanted to read it...but the concept got muddled. I thought this book was about girl whose mother went missing mysteriously and she had to work with or against her coven to try to find her. It was mostly about whether or not she should get together with this boy who apparently had the sexiest abdomen that she couldn't possibly concentrate on finding her mother.

The magic concepts were thrown in and not explained well at all.
Reader's Hollow
Feb 07, 2015 Reader's Hollow rated it really liked it
A great read, had me hooked from the first chapter. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough. The fact that the main character Triss’ mother has disappeared from the very beginning had me enthralled with the story, and the idea of the Lonely Souls captivated me from the moment Triss had her first encounter with the unnerving beings.

When the return of Triss’ childhood friend Logan re-enters her life, the internal struggle she has with her mixture of emotions I found to be quite relatable. Her deal
Maegan Provan
Mar 02, 2014 Maegan Provan rated it it was ok
Lonely Souls is about this girl, Triss, whose mother goes missing and she spends the entire novel wanting to look for her. The members of her mother's coven decided that there needed to be a memorial service, even though Triss's mother wasn't pronounced dead nor was there a body found. Her mother's friend and the friend's son (the later love interest of the novel) come to town for the ceremony and the son, Logan, stays to help Triss find her mom. Logan had been Triss's childhood friend whom she ...more
Sandra Lopez
Oct 22, 2015 Sandra Lopez rated it it was ok
With her pending coronation into the witch coven on the way, suddenly it seemed that life was never going to be the same for Triss, especially with her mother gone missing.

Then a creature appears before her? A lost soul? "The lonely souls have been summoned?" What does that mean?

Story has the natural type of magic with the knowledge of plants and herbs utilized within. It was an insipid story with a gradual pace leading up to a mystery of "lonely souls," which doesn't concern the reader as muc
Jesenia Sanabia
Feb 06, 2014 Jesenia Sanabia rated it really liked it
Book Review: Lonely Souls (Witch Avenue Series #1)
By: Karice Bolton

A fun spellbinding book :-) I adore the protagonist's innocence of her world of magic. The author, Karice Bolton takes us on Triss's journey to discover her magical powers. A journey she has no choice but to take in order to survive black magic's danger and save her mother. Luckily she's not alone in her dangerous journey, she has Logan. After reading this book I definitely want to continue reading about Triss and Logan's journey
Danielle Andrews
Jan 22, 2013 Danielle Andrews rated it it was ok
No depth, no suspense, no twists and turns and no cliff-hangers. Not one to put a book down unfinished I trudged on to the end unrewarded. Time for some books with substance. I think I've inadvertently OD'd on YA books. Enough already! I'll leave them for their intended audience from now on.
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Karice received an MFA in Creative Writing from the U of W. She has written over twenty novels, and she has several exciting projects in the works (or at least she thinks they're exciting). Karice lives in the Pacific Northwest with her awesome husband and two cute English Bulldogs. She loves anything to do with snow, and she seeks out the stuff whenever she can, especially if there's a toasty fir ...more
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