Review: Shattered Souls by Mary Lindsey

Title: Shattered Souls (Souls #1)

Author: Mary Lindsey

Release Date: December 8th, 2011 by Philomel Books/Penguin

Read: April 1st, 2012

Pages: 336-Hardcover-Library


  1. Shattered Souls
  2. Fragile Spirits


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 – and that he has been her Protector for centuries.

Now Lenzi must choose between her life with Zak and the life she is destined to lead with Alden. But time is running out: a malevolent spirit is out to destroy Lenzi, and he will kill her if she doesn’t make a decision soon.

What I thought:

I honestly didn’t know what to expect with this book, whether I’d like it or not, but I’m glad I read it.

On Lenzi’s 17th birthday, the little noises in the background she usually hears get more intense, to the point that they turn into voices. They follow her, always asking for help, and she thinks she is going crazy like her father did before he died. That night she meets Alden, who wants to help her understand and control what she’s going through. She doesn’t trust him at first, but after her first attack by a ghost, she is willing to take the risk. He tells her that she’s been doing this for centuries under the name Rose, and for some reason she has no recollection of any of her past memories.

Lenzi is a Speaker, one who can communicate with the dead to help them pass on, by letting them house their soul in her body for a short time. Alden is her Protector, one who is there to watch over her, and help release the souls she lets in. The ghosts are called Hindered, and it is their job as a team to help them out. The Malevolent are the dangerous ones, what they would refer to as demons, who are violent and angry. Dealing with a jealous boyfriend Zak, she tries to handle what is going on with all this new information, and to make it worse, there’s a Malevolent that seems to be out to get her, and Alden knows more than he’s telling her.

Ok, I have to say that I really liked this book, it was not what I was expecting. I loved the story behind Rose and Alden, Race and Maddi who we meet later were pretty cool. I would recommend this to those who is looking for paranormal, romance, some action and definitely a good story.


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