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Dark Souls

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  3,103 ratings  ·  345 reviews
Welcome to York, England.
Mist lingers in the streets.
Narrow buildings cast long shadows.
This is the most haunted city in the world. . . .

Miranda Tennant arrives in York with a terrible, tragic secret. She is eager to lose herself amid the quaint cobblestones, hoping she won't run into the countless ghosts who supposedly roam the city. . . .

Then she meets Nick, an intense,
Hardcover, 1st Edition, 304 pages
Published August 1st 2011 by Point
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McCall Schlosser I actually live in New Orleans!!!! and I wish that Dark Souls would take place in New Orleans instead of England that would make the book so much bett…moreI actually live in New Orleans!!!! and I wish that Dark Souls would take place in New Orleans instead of England that would make the book so much better. (less)

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Jennifer Rayment
Jul 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: borrowed, favorites
To be totally honest, I think Dark Souls was one of the best book I have really enjoyed reading in 2011. And I am really surprised that after a book being so good, very less people anticipated reading it.

First of all, I love the cover. The spookiness, the buildings, the creativity, especially the title, and the way the girl is running towards the boy, I love it. It gives us the complete picture about what type of book it is, whats it gonna be about and how the city/town looks where it takes plac
Abby Bergman
Oct 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book should get a rating of five because it was constantly exciting and kept me wanting to read. I would recommend this to teenage readers because they can relate to the characters cause the characters in this book are around our age. Also if you are some one who likes ghosts books this will interest you. I recommend this book because I didn't want to stop reading it. It was constantly interesting. In this book there is a girl who is in a care accident. In that car accident her best friend ...more
Jan 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
Based on the cover alone, I had a strong feeling Dark Souls would be eerie yet delightfully so. As it turns out, my predication was right on. However, it also provided some great additions: a beautiful setting, interesting characters, and plot lines that constantly managed to twist and turn in surprising ways!

One of my favorite parts of Dark Souls was the setting. I've never read book that has taken place in York, England before, and boy have I been missing out! From Paula's beautiful and breath
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
A haunting ghost story, an intriguing mystery, and a rich historical setting mixed with a mild romance create the perfect elements for an engaging read. I thoroughly enjoyed Dark Souls. I love the way Paul Morris was able to blend tragedy, paranormal activity and center the story in historical York, England. Her descriptions of York and historical references really captivated me. As much as I would love to travel there and walk among the cobblestone streets, Paul's vivid descriptions made me fee ...more
Cynthia Egbert
Mar 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
A ghost story that centers around The Shambles in York? Yes, thank you! While this wasn't the best book I have read this year, it was a lot of fun! There was references to some of my favourite British historical characters, references from Northanger Abbey, which is my second favourite Austen. And yes, nearly at the end, with a character named Miranda, there was finally a quote from The Tempest. I laughed because of the Northanger Abbey stuff and because of the part when a fellow has an exchange ...more
Jun 22, 2016 rated it liked it
when i finished the last chapter, i somehow got goosebumps, but the epilogue ruined the mood for me. overall, quite better than I was expecting.
Sep 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
Miranda Tennant arrives with her family in York, England, determined to at least try to enjoy the vacation. She and her brother Rob are still reeling from the car accident that claimed the life of her best friend Jenna. As a result, Rob can’t stand to be in any type of confined space, and Miranda, well, she can see ghosts. It’s easy enough for Rob to hide his peculiarities, but when Miranda finds out that York is the most haunted city in the world, she realizes it’s going to be a lot harder for ...more
Lisa Mandina
Jun 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
I got this book from our school book fair last October. Then I put it in a cabinet at school because I used to keep a book to read at school. Well, mostly this year I've been bringing the actual book I've been reading with me to and from school each day. So, I completely forgot I had this book till I went to look for something else in that cabinet. So I got it home, and picked it up to read. Once again it was a good read from Paula Morris. I first learned of her from the book Ruined, which I als ...more
Mary Chrapliwy
Jul 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
After reading Beneath the Shadows I was spoiled for reading anything else. Normally I move from one book to the next without taking a break in between, but I needed a short break to mourn the end of the last book. Then came Dark Souls. Fortunately this young adult novel was able to push through the post book fog. It did it so well that I found myself turning pages and reading all day until I turned the last page. Quite a thrilling ghost tale.

Miranda Tennant goes with her family to York, England.
Paula  Phillips
Apr 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
In Dark Souls , we meet Miranda and her brother Rob -they are happily riding in their car with Miranda's friend Jenna when they are plowed into with another car. To the reader of this review , this may seem like an insignificant part to the story but it's the aftermath and the consequences of the accident that sets the theme of the story. After the accident , two things happen to Rob and Miranda - Rob becomes claustrophobic and afraid of cars and Miranda starts to see ghosts everywhere. Miranda ...more
Veronica Vannoy
Jul 14, 2014 rated it it was ok
Can I just read a fantastic book please? I picked this one out thinking hey, its kinda short, and it sounds like a good topic, NOPE. I was so wrong. It took me days to finish this less than 300 page book. I'm sorry, It was so not okay. Honestly I would probably rate it lower but I'm feeling generous. The idea was good, A girl who got in a car accident and lived, and ever since then she has been seeing ghosts. Intriguing, yes?

The characters, oh lord, the... can I call them charact
Marshiee Kai
Aug 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Okay first, look at the cover closely and does it remind you of something..or somewhere?? No? Then you must be a muggle! From the first time I saw the cover I can already guess where it came from and I was so happy when the book did mention about the place in question! Anyway in the book that place on the cover is at York, England. Miranda's parents thought it was best for the whole family to take on a a vacation to help them forget the tragedy that happened to Miranda and her brother and also M ...more
Jul 08, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: ncbla
In the atmospheric town of York, England, Miranda Tennant and her brother Rob try to escape their emotional demons after watching Miranda's best friend Jenna die in a car crash in the midwest. Their parents jump at the chance to combine business and pleasure and distract their suffering teens. But Rob is experiencing claustrophobia in enclosed places, and unbeknownst to them, Miranda sees ghosts. While Rob pursues a romance in York, Miranda meets Nick, a mysterious young man who also can see gho ...more
Jul 06, 2012 rated it liked it
I really wanted to love this book, from the description it sounds like a perfect novel with mystery, romance, redemption. However, this book was just too simple. Half way through the book I already had figured out the whole mystery. This book just left a lot to be desired when it came to mystery as well as love.

Morris, however, did capture York very well. I liked how she put in ghost stories and historical value into the novel (this was probably my favorite part of the story). For everything el
Ashlin Reyes
Oct 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book was amazing. I enjoyed reading this book. Never liked reading especially suspense. I prefer movies but with "Dark Souls" I was able to create a mental picture. The theme of the ghost helped me on the edge of my seat. Paula Morris had a good sense of mystery and I would recommend this book. I'm glad to have read it as it's first book I've read from her. I have a better understanding of her writing. I absolutely enjoyed Miranda character and her contribution to the story. Excellent book! ...more
Natasha  A.
Aug 11, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, 2011, borrow
I had a hard time getting through this book. I would get caught up on the mom and dad being called by their first names.
For some reason I just kept getting stuck on that!
The story itself seemed very pieced together and kind of Scooby-Dooish.
BUT it's a YA, ages 12+.
I'm sure it is a much better read when you are the suitable age!
The concept is intriguing, and despite me HATING ghost stories, I was able to finish this and didn't hate it.
Adult: 2.5/5
YA/Child: 3.5/5
Wendy Darling
Promising prologue and a nicely atmospheric setting, but this story wasn't nearly as deep or complex as I'd hoped it would be. To be honest, the dialogue is so clunky and the pedantic plotting occasionally got so tiresome that I almost gave this a 2, but towards the end it picked up again(view spoiler). ...more
Apr 16, 2012 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed this book a lot! When i first started it, well it was slow. And most of the book continued as such but although slow, it was good at the same time. A very easy read but the climax and falling action were top notch. I liked it almost as much as the first one.
Richard Cardenas
Sep 05, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: books-i-own
I'm not even going to review this.
I love ghost romances, but this was... not good.
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I quite enjoyed Dark Souls. It was fast-paced and poignantly written. The paranormal aspects weren't too bad, although they were hardly exciting either. I did like the fact that they stayed closer to the traditional type of ghost, but I wouldn't say I was blown away by them.

The characters were also a little mediocre. While I did like the characters, especially Rob, I cannot say our protagonist was a stand out. In fact, I found I found her quite rude and irritating at times, especially when she
Oct 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
This book had a lot of emotion and a good mystery to it. Paula Morris included some history about York - the murder/ghost stories from the city were really interesting to read about (I haven't looked up if any of them were actually true or not, but I imagine the author did get some of them from actual history. A city that old would have a lot of stories like that - no need to make everything up). I thought Morris also did a good job writing about the sibling's grief in dealing with the accident, ...more
Mar 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Ok, I will admit that the blurb of the book had me thinking that this was going to be a stereotypical paranormal ghost romance, and it was at the beginning, (and slightly all over). She can see ghosts, meets a guy she is attracted to that can also see ghosts and who helps her understand her gifts. She sees a ghost who is drop-dead-gorgeous, (well, maybe not drop dead), you know the drill. But the plot thickened. And thank goodness for that. A dead brother's ghost, a few fires; it got interesting ...more
Zoë Lysette Caldera
Mar 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This -- is why Paula Morris is of my favorite authors! This story, like Ruined, is full of imagery beyond my wildest dreams. I felt as though I were on a vacation in York, experiencing the historical ghost encounters alongside the characters.
Every chapter is just as fascinating as the previous with extremely talented character development. The subtle detailing of each main character, follows them through the story in unexpected turn of events. Many easter-eggs (hidden messages) are placed throu
Tara Holman
Aug 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: book-club-rad
I thoroughly enjoyed this book from the first few pages into it. As an adult that loves to read many genres, including YA I would highly recommend it! The setting is in York where the family is visiting shortly after a terrible accident back home. In hopes to get away from things for a bit and in efforts to forget for a while the family of four travel and meet new friends (or more) and learn about the history of the area, many times just spooky stories that have been passed down for generations. ...more
Ravenous Biblioworm
Mar 20, 2012 rated it it was ok
Rating: 2.5/5

I was looking forward to this book, after reading Anna Dressed in Blood. More ghost stories! I didn’t expect them to be the same. In fact, I wanted them to be very different. And they are. I will not compare the two as they are different books and I believe a book review is based on the book’s sole merit rather than a comparison. The book has a relative low rating. After some thought I decided to give it .5 more points than originally intended. I gave the author two points because
Paula Sobral
Giving this 2,5 stars. It's not that I hated this. The thing about Dark Souls is that it has everything to be highly entertaining and a great book but it is not. The writing is just ok, the main character Miranda felt too far away for me to understand her better or to get attached to her. Her family was ok as well although I didn't care for them very much. One thing I enjoyed was the setting and how spooky the atmosphere was. This novel was truly meant to be read in a spooky time of the year and ...more
Izzy H
Sep 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
To be quite honest, I did not expect to enjoy this book very much, as I do not typically enjoy supernatural/mystery stories (and it appeared to be one of those from the summary a friend gave). However, I’m actually happy that I read this book! It’s very interesting in the way that it is written and I was rushing to know the ending.
My only critique would be the length of the story. It seems that things happen so quickly and things escalate faster than I’m used to. This could also be to show the
Tarin Santos
Dec 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great setting, nice romance, good character development. The premise is pretty freakin good. You can say it's cliche, but Paula Morris does a good job at making it interesting. Unlike a lot of other cliche books, I actually liked the love interest in this. I usually roll my eyes at the dark mysterious boy, but in these, he really intrigued me. The ending and plat twists were a little confusing, and it was hard to either understand the character motivations, as well as some of the realizations. I ...more
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Paula Morris, a novelist and short story writer of English and Maori descent, was born in New Zealand. For almost a decade she worked in the record business in London and New York. She now lives in New Orleans, where she teaches creative writing at Tulane University.

Paula's first novel, Queen of Beauty, won best first work of fiction at the 2003 Montana New Zealand Book Awards. Hibiscus Coast, a l

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