Prelude for Lost Souls
For readers of Nova Ren Suma, Maggie Steifvater, and Maureen Johnson comes a spellbinding tale about choosing your own path, the families we create for ourselves, and facing the ghosts of your past.
In the town of St. Hilaire, most make their living by talking to the dead. In the summer, the town gates open to tourists seeking answers while all activity is controlled by...more
The story starts with 17 years old, Dec H ...more
I want to keep looking at it! I want to put it in my bathroom mirror so instead of screaming to my morning appearance at every morning, I can start a brand new, beautiful day!!!
Every year I seem to find one book that takes me by surprise with how deeply it worms its way into my heart. It's usually a book that, while I knew, (or at least hoped!), I'd enjoy, by the end I realize I never saw it coming. Hello 2020, meet Prelude for Lost Souls.
There's magic and mystery, angst and heartache, found family and unbreakable friendships. And there were tears that I was absolutely not prepared for.
While things were a little slow to start, I soon found myself ca ...more
PRELUDE FOR LOST SOULS is my first foray into YA paranormal (although it reads like a contemporary just, you know, with ghosts). Set in a town of spiritualists where the main industry is communicating with the dead for profit, it’s told in three points of view:
- Dec Hampton: member of one of the most powerful medium families in town, he wants nothing more than to escape the expectations of the town that he blames for the death of his parents and needs to leave before ...more
I feel as though I can describe Prelude for Lost Souls in one word: uninspired. Flat, mediocre, and amateurish also work. And I'm not trying to be mean here; it's just that every single thing about this book is so contrived and underutilized that it somehow vanishes into the fourth dimension and becomes a mildly entertaining read—an bizarre amalgamation of prominent fantasy tropes and archetypes.
The main thing I want to mention is the plot structure. Prelude progresses quite subtl ...more
This is one that on paper I should have adored without a second thought but in reality it was a bit of a struggle to stay focused up until the ending so though it wasn’t one that thrilled me it is the beginning of a series I plan on completing.
“Prelude for Lost Souls” shifts between the point of view for Dec, a young man who is tired of his small town and is waiting for the right time to run, Russ, Dec’s best friend who is willing to do whatever it takes to join the Guild and prove ...more
I think I touched upon this in my review of Dunbar’s previous release We Are Lost and Found, but this woman just excels at writing settings that make you feel you’ve been there before. This time around, Dunbar takes her readers on an exploration of a small town called St. Hilaire where mediums, ghosts, and tarot-reading teenagers are found at every street corner. And while reading the novel, I could picture everything, from Dec’s hou ...more
Prelude For Lost Souls
By: Helene Dunbar
I love the cover of Prelude For Lost Souls. It's awesome. The premise is so unique and compelling, and I knew I had to read this book. It was just as fascinating as I anticipated.
"One need not be a chamber to be haunted."
This quote is at the front of the book, and it's perfect for it. People, of course, can be and are haunted ...more
What can I say? It just wasn't for me. It started off good, but then I lost the plot. The characters didn't grab me, nor did the plot. It was easy to read and was very readable, just that I wasn't into the story. Sadly. Maybe one day I'll come back to this and change my mind, but, right now, I just wasn't into the book.
I'm going to start off by saying this book fell a little flat for me, however, that is on me. I couldn't completely connect with the characters and the story. I enjoyed the idea and really liked the musical aspect of this book. I honestly thought this was going to go darker than it actually did. I would recommend giving this a try, I can see someone really loving this book.
I cried through most of this book,really, but this line is where I really lost it and decided that this belongs on my favorites shelf. But lets start from the beginning.
I think that one of this books big strengths is that, it isnt really a fantasy story like it seemed, this is more a story about grief, and coming to terms with the things you either can't change, or just simply wont find the right answers to. Yes, this does take place i ...more
I am not entirely sure why, but this book just wasn’t my bag. I just couldn’t get into it at all. It could be the way it’s told. It switches back and forth between multiple narrators, which normally doesn’t bother me all that much. In this case, though, I really didn’t care at all about two of the characters, so their chapters didn’t keep me engaged.
The idea of a town ...more
If you like character development, a plot line that makes sense, and satisfying endings, don't bother with this one. There are several unaddressed themes of drug abuse that truly bothered me, as well as a general lack of character depth that I found slightly exhausting.
However, if those things don't bother you, Tristan(the ghost)'s story is intriguing and very bittersweet.
**spoiler alert** **cursing**
It turns out I was hoping for more Gothic flair and more narration from Russ' perspective. Prelude could have been cre ...more
Those who love ghost stories: this is not your typical ghost story.
What is it? Great character-driven story on multiple fronts with ghosts who outshine the living persons in characterization. There's some intriguing mystery that will keep you reading as well.
I have a few criticism ...more
In St. Hilaire everyone is either a psychic or married into a psychic family. A tourist trap during the summer and a completely insular community the rest of the year, it feels less like part of the world than a world inside of itself. Dec especially feels that way, a seventeen year old "former" psychic, who wants nothing more than to leave town before his senior year, when he'll be forced to join the Guild. But when Anna, a Russian pianist Dec has been captivated by online, finds herself in St ...more
I am such a huge Helene Dunbar fan! I knew I needed to read this book just from the author. I did quite enjoy it but it wasn’t my favourite of her books, if I’m being honest.
I really liked the premise of a town full of mediums and the musical aspect was super intriguing. I just couldn’t fully connect with the story.
I do feel that it will be well loved by others, though!
It gave me Devouring Gray vibes but better.
Also I need to stop falling in love with fictional ghost boys
Dec and Russ live in St. Hilaire, a town known for its ability to communicate with the dead. Russ needs a little boost when it comes to this particular skill, and Dec would rather not have it at all. In fact, Dec would rather not live there.
Annie is a well known pianist mourning the recent loss of her teacher when her train breaks down outside of St. Hilaire. She finds herself staying at Dec’s home with his two sisters.
Together, the three will discov ...more