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A thrilling debut story of death, love, destiny, and danger

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 - a...more
Hardcover, 326 pages
Published December 8th 2011 by Philomel/Penguin
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Lea
Warning: If you don't like reading rants about books, especially for ones that you liked or think you're going to like, then you aren't going to like this review, because I've honestly never been more pissed off at a YA book before. If you do like reading rants about books, well then, this should probably be pretty darned entertaining...

*****

OK, so let me start off by just saying, I really tried to like this book, honestly I did.

I tried up until the very last page to have hope that something was...more
Mary Lindsey
Jun 16, 2012 Mary Lindsey added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to add, rate, or review.
Jennifer
Yes, one star. And, oh, how I long to make that only a half star. Alas, in this Goodreads fails me.

Why the slam, you may ask? I could talk about the number of reincarnated-pair romances floating around the genre right now, the thin plotting, or that our main girl Lenzi apparently can't tell an abusive alcoholic of a soon-to-be-ex boyfriend from a standup guy. But instead I offer this exchange, the culmination of a very scary trend in teen fiction, between the hero (and romantic lead!) and the he...more
Diana (Mrs. Barrons)
Is 5 stars really the most I can give? How do I express how much I love this book? This might be the only book I've ever read, or at least read in a long long time, where I was immediately drawn in on the very first page.

Lenzi is just trying to be normal. Her dad was schizophrenic. He heard voices, and then he died. Now Lenzi is hearing voices, too. The stability in her life is her ever so sweet boyfriend Zak. But the voices are getting worse, and as much as he wants to, Zak can't really help. A...more
Cindy
Lenzi’s father is dead because he heard voices and now that Lenzi has turned seventeen, she’s hearing them too. Her life flashes before her eyes: the hospitals, the medications, her mother’s sad face. She’s sure this is the course of her life until she visits her father’s grave and meets Alden. Alden is handsome and when he touches Lenzi, everything feels right in the world. The only problem is that Lenzi has a boyfriend and Alden seems to be just as much out of touch with reality as Lenzi is.

B...more
curious little beastie
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This book was such a disappointment.

From the blurb + cover, I was really excited to read this. But my hopes were pretty much crushed once I finally did.

First of all, Lenzi. My God, she's probably one of the most unlikable YA heroines out there, and that's saying something, since there are a lot. She's a CHEATER, which I absolutely cannot forgive. She also constantly whines about her duties and always wants...more
Brooke
QUICK REVIEW: eeeep! This book was ah-FREAKIN'-mazing!! I am at a lost of words for that ending! So, so, SO good! Everybody needs to buy this book when it comes out, it's an awesome, awesome story! It's so much more than just a "ghost story" GAH!! i don't know how to explain it, besides SHATTERED SOULS IS FANTASTIC!! <3 <3 <3 oh! and I love Alden... that is all!


FULL REVIEW: The concept of this book was simply incredible and I was mesmerized from page one!

I may be a tad biased because g...more
Rane
Ghost are real.

From those who wish to say goodbye to their love ones, to those who wish to hurt and take over another's soul.

And only a Speaker and a Protector stand in the way, Because

Ghost are real.



Mary Lindsey's debut novel puts an new and and story gripping twist on ghosts and the ones in charge of keeping everything in order here on earth. Lenzi thinks like her father, she's going truly mad. The voices she keeps hearing is driving her to the brink. Popping pills to keep the voices dow...more
J.
Shattered Souls is a haunting tale filled with emotional depth and near-paralyzing suspense that grips as each new piece of mystery unfolds. The skillful characterization combined with mystery, the paranormal, and horror makes the narrative flow natural and graceful - a serious pleasure to read (addictively).

Lenzi is a troubled girl in a relationship with a troubled boy, Zak, but then Alden appears and seems to know about Lenzi's issues and reveals that they are not, in fact, issues but part of...more
Andrea Cremer
I was thrilled to blurb this amazing debut! It's a wonderful, original read full of romance and suspense.
Jessica
Shattered Souls isn't just a book that you read, it's a book that you experience. I'm going to start out with that. Honestly, from page one I was completely hooked into Lenzi's struggle, her world, and everything going on. This is a haunting tale, with so much suspense that it sinks it's teeth into you and carries you along as things develop. What I'm saying is that this is a book that you need to read. It's addictive.

We meet Lenzi, a troubled girl who isn't quite sure what is going on in her li...more
Stacy
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Engaging, emotional, roller coaster of a debut. Lenzi thinks she is going insane like her father and is trying to hold her self together. She hears voices and sees things that no one else does. Her boyfriend Zak tries to be helpful but is slowly starting to think she is crazy too, then Alden appears and everything is slowly revealed to her and starts making sense.

I loved the plot. The fact that Lenzi and Alden have reincarnated together over an...more
Trisha Wolfe
I can say with all honesty that this is one of my favorite books. I did not want to give this book up to the next person on the tour. I wanted to hide it away so I could read it again. And I did reread many scenes, just so I could relive them and sear them into my brain.

First off, Mary Lindsey’s writing is clear, fresh, and descriptive. I lost myself in the words and had to force myself to slow down, as I wanted to take my time, but the writing was so easy to inhale. I was gripped into the story...more
Mimi Valentine
When a book has a cover this gorgeous, you want to buy it and just pray that the story inside is awesome enough to match... and that's exactly the case with Shattered Souls! I loved it!

At first I didn't think I'd really enjoy this book because it starts off like your typical girl-sees-dead-people story. But once Lenzi starts to accept who she is and we get to know all of the amazing side characters, the story picks up quickly and you won't be able to put it down!

I adored Lenzi! She was a reali...more
Aydrea
I absolutely loved this book because it had a new concept I haven't read about before and it captivated me almost right away. Poor Lenzi (awesome name!) has no idea what is going on and frankly neither did I right away and I think that is what pulled me in. There was a lot going on in this book and figuring things out along with Lenzi was awesome. I want to say more, but I don't want to ruin anything so I will just say that I loved everything about this book from the concept, to the plot and the...more
Tessamari ♥Many Waters...♥ ~ Sweet Spot Book Blog
4.75 Soul Shattering Stars!

I'm in love with this story! It was creepy and eerie at times, but the story had so many other more elements. It's a story of love, death, finding closure, and second chances.

All our heroine, Lenzi, wants is a normal life. She has a supportive boyfriend in Zak, but that doesn't help her little problem of hearing voices. She's looking for answers that doesn't involve medication or a trip to the psychiatrist. The reason she hears voices is not because she's her schizoph...more
Kari
Creepy and engaging from the start, Shattered Souls twists ghosts with the heaven and hell concept in an original and well executed manner. With a strong protagonist, action and build up early on, and an explosive climax, this one definitely pulls the reader in from the start and doesn’t let go. Add in the gorgeous writing and blend of easy banter and intense situations, and this is a stellar debut and an author to take note of.

Lenzi is a very dimensional, well rounded character, whose personal...more
oliviasbooks
The short version:
A bit draggy and boring during the first half, but quite captivating, when the action and the romance started to run warm.

The long version:
Lenzi Rose had a schizophrenic father, whose condition unraveled her mom, thus Lenzi does not dare to confide in her that she is hearing voices trying to enlist her ""help"" (like Isobel in Unraveling Isobel). Instead she talks to the only person still by her side after her father took his life (do people let their friends drop because of me...more
Jennifer Armentrout
Love, LOVED this. I think I have a girl-crush on Mary.
Ferdy
1.5 stars

Shattered Souls is a typical YA paranormal book.. it has the whiny TSTL 'heroine' desperate to be loved by the mysterious, beautiful 'hero' who rejects her time and time again.
Lenzi sees ghost and is terrified that she's inherited her dead dad's schizophrenia.. as expected she's a self pitying, boring, righteous mess who thinks no one has suffered as much as her. She has a boyfriend who is devoted to her but he of course is forgotten about when our hero mysteriously shows up being oh...more
Izzy {Valdez} Lightfleur
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I really liked this book. It was one of the best I've read,....EVER!!!

Lenzi..or Rose, thought she was going crazy. Then Alden showed up and she got pissed.
Zak is supposed to be Lenzi's boyfriend, but he ain't a good one.

The character's personalities keep the same through out the book. Lenzi is sarcastic, smart, funny, and gets pissed. Alden disobeys, obeys, and is unpredictable. Zak is whack. He gets drunk...more
Britta
This book blew me away. The gorgeous cover and intriguing plot description had me expecting alot - it met every one of those expectations, exceeding most.

After Lenzi's father goes crazy and kills himself, Lenzi is scared that she may be following in his footsteps since she is now hearing creepy voices, noises and having visions. Then she meets the mysterious Alden who tells Lenzi that she is the reincarnated soul of Rose, an amazing Speaker who's job is to help troubled souls with unfinished bu...more
Rachel
What if all of a sudden you started hearing noises inside your head? The sound of static growing louder and more persistent each day, becoming even more distracting. And what if one day those noises turned into voices? Voices pleading for your help. Clamoring to be heard. What would you think?

You’d think you were going crazy. Because there couldn’t possibly be another reason. Anything else would be even more insane.

So, the only conclusion Lenzi could reach was that she was losing her mind. There...more
Bri
Lenzi’s father committed suicide after he could no longer deal with the voices in his head. But now Lenzi has started hearing them, too, and she is sure she is on a path to self-destruction if she cannot keep them out of her head. Her boyfriend, Zak, tries to help where he can, but it is never enough. Then a mysterious boy named Alden appears, and he says that he is a Protector, someone who watches over a Speaker, a Ghost Whisperer who is supposed to help the dead move on. He says Lenzi is his S...more
Gretchen Hohmeyer
WARNING! THIS POST CONTAINS EXTREME OPINIONS, EMOTIONS AND IS BASICALLY A RANT. YOU’VE BEEN WARNED.

Recently, I picked up a copy of a book called Shattered Souls by Mary Lindsey. I was really excited about it, not going to lie. The premise seemed awesome, and the beginning of the book really just came right at you without any preamble. I really, really wanted to like this book, I did–I bought the hardcover over two other books I really wanted to pick up. Let’s just say it turned into $18 wasted.

S...more
Reading Vacation
In a word, Shattered Souls is breathtaking. Mary Lindsey’s superb writing and an engaging plot put Shattered Souls high up on my list of 2011 favorites. Simply breathtaking.

Lenzi is a complex character. While she is here in the present, she also has a centuries long past as a Speaker. This means that Lenzi has conversations with lost souls who are trying to move on after death. Shockingly, Lenzi has no recollection of her past and the many times she has been reincarnated. Oh how I loved the expl...more
Lucy
Shattered Souls is an addictive read that captivated me from beginning to end with its haunting story and intriguing characters. This fast-paced and well-crafted paranormal romance is one of my favorite paranormal books of the year.

Lenzi has been hearing voices and seeing visions, which are interfering with her life and making her wonder if she’s inherited her father’s schizophrenia. Her rocker boyfriend, Zak, tries to understand but he’s battling some issues of his own. She suddenly meets Alden...more
Rach  *Feisty kitty*
An amazing book I loved it. I just heard there is a book two so even better. Although I cannot believe I have to wait till 2014 to read it :(
Kelsey
Shattered Souls has been on my watch list for months, ever since I first read the summary. Luckily, with spellbinding romance, a clever premise, and unique characters this breathtaking debut completely lived up to my expectations.

Lenzi was a character I liked right away. She was so real and someone I was rooting for from the start. Her personality shines throughout the novel and she was incredibly well developed. Lenzi stayed true to herself even in the roughest of times and never let anyone sto...more
Kelli Lee
Right from the get-go, I'm talking chapter one, us readers are told that MC Lenzi Rose sees dead people à la The Sixth Sense. We’re talking drops in temperature, breath puffing out in white clouds, spirits needing her help to right their wrongs à la Ghost Town, the whole nine yards. As a result, Lenzi swears she’s going crazy, just like her daddy and is so not dealing with this special gift. Her boyfriend, Zak, rescues Lenzi from these psychotic happenings by cradling her in his strong arms, whi...more
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Represented by Ammi-Joan Paquette from the Erin Murphy Literary Agency.

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