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Dark Souls by Paula Morris
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Jul 06, 2011

it was amazing
Read from July 06 to 12, 2011 — I own a copy

The Good Stuff

* Ghost story and a mystery all rolled up into one fantastic tale
* Fast paced story and intriguing enough that you didn't want to put the book down -- hence why I am a wee bit tired this morning since I was up till 1 am reading it
* Parents are not jerks -- I know I couldn't believe it either - gets an extra .5 Dewey for that alone
* Spooky
* A bit of history thrown in which will hopefully intrigue the reader into looking for further info
* Opening to story sucks you in -
* Did I mention ghosts -- I love the ghosts
* Relationship between family members is very realistic

The Not so Good Stuff

* Some of the coincidences are pushing it in terms of believability

Favorite Quotes/Passages

"Miranda's parents, of course, went nuts at the prospect of a 360-degree view because - she'd often observed - anyone middle-aged thought that gazing at views and gardens and distant horizons was the most interesting thing in the world."

"It was probably in some parenting book, one of a list of things you should say to annoy your teenaged children, along with "take that look off your face" and "what's that long sigh for? and "I don't know what happened; when you were little you were so sweet."

"Musicians were easy to spot because of their instrument cases and - Miranda couldn't help noticing - dubious fashion choices."

What I Learned

* In England: Streets are called Gates, Gates are called Bars and Bars are called Pubs
* Little bits of English history and ghosts that I didn't know about

Who should/shouldn't read

* For anyone who enjoys a good ghost story, especially a mysterious one
* Perfect for more mature middle school reader and YA's (and old Mom's who love ghost stories)

4.5 Dewey's

I received this from Scholastic in exchange for an honest review -- and BTW thanks a lot Scholastic I had spooky dreams last night
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message 1: by Alyssia (new) - added it

Alyssia England streets are called gates? Last time I checked streets were called streets (or roads). BTW what's a Gate?

Paula In the centre of York they're called gates - deriving from the Viking word 'gata'. There's more about this in the novel!

message 3: by April (new) - added it

April Cracking up about your comment"Parents aren't Jerks.." ha ha, its about time!

Jennifer Rayment April wrote: "Cracking up about your comment"Parents aren't Jerks.." ha ha, its about time!" I know seriously I read a lot of YA to review and although I love the stories, the portrayal of adults is so stereotypical it drives me batty - have to keep telling myself this wasn't written for me LOL

message 5: by LJ (new)

LJ ... and I thought I was all alone in wanting parents in YA Lit to be more than annoying stereotypes!

Jennifer Rayment Lj wrote: "... and I thought I was all alone in wanting parents in YA Lit to be more than annoying stereotypes!"

Nope definitely not alone Lj : )

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