Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Shattered Souls by Mary Lindsey + Two Featured Freebies

Shattered Souls (Souls #1)
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.

Shattered Souls is one of the best YA paranormal romances I've ever read. It was truly excellent, amazing, fantastic, and any other synonym of those words.

Lenzi was a wonderful heroine. Despite the challenges she faces-the voices that no one else hears, the shock of her past, her memory loss-she handles the situation realistically and as best she can. Though she tries to avoid her newly rediscovered role as a Speaker in the beginning, it didn't bother me, because that seemed like a very realistic thing to do. And, later, when she accepts her role, it only made me admire her more. She was a lovely heroine, one of my favorite  YA heroines yet.

Alden was so freaking swoon-worthy, I don't even know how to describe my utter adoration for him. He was so sweet! Ugh, I just wanted to give him a hug throughout the whole book. To say I adored him would be a gross understatement. He's so adorably patient of Lenzi's memory loss, even when it must have been very frustrating to him. And he's been in love with Lenzi, or Rose as she was previously known, but never did anything about it to respect Rose's wishes. The poor man lived with unrequited love for centuries and yet his love still existed-purely and sweetly. He was so sweet to Lenzi, so protective of her-and not just because it's his job. Alden and Lenzi were such an adorable couple. Their love was infinite, a love that was centuries in the making. Their love felt so pure and true, it just made me smile to read about. I adored them together! (Though I must say that I'm insanely jealous of Lenzi. Lucky girl ;))

Zak was a little difficult for me to pin down. My first instinct was to dislike him because he stood in the way of the main couple. But he was really likable. Despite his jealousy and tendency toward drunkenness, he grew on me. By the end, I truly adored him and was very sad that he got the short end of the stick :( But I'm still happy that Alden and Lenzi were able to be together :)

Shattered Souls is a brilliant YA. To any lovers of the genre, this is for you.

Featured Freebies:
I have two books for you today, since I didn't get to post one yesterday.
1) Intentions of the Earl by Rose Gordon. Sweet book and an enjoyable read. Go forth and get it for free!
Intentions of the Earl (Scandalous Sisters, Book 1)Will he secure his future by ruining hers, or will she ruin his plans by securing him? A new twist on the old fortune hunter plot puts an impoverished earl in a position to gain his fortune only by ruining an innocent's reputation without offering marriage. The innocent he's selected, however, has no plans to settle for anything less than marriage and will go to almost any length to secure him. 

With no other means for an income, the impoverished Andrew Black, Earl of Townson, makes an agreement that will put a definite end to his eight year poverty streak. But, in order to gain his fortune he must do only one simple thing: ruin an innocent young lady’s reputation enough to make her flee to America.

Brooke Banks isn’t interested in marriage, or so she thinks. She came to London to have a good time, and that’s exactly what she’s doing. Widely known for her tendency to flout the rules, she suspects nothing when a handsome stranger appears on her doorstep.

Thirteen days, a handful of kisses and one scandalous situation later, Andrew and Brooke will have to choose to stick to their original plans, or decide if a life together is worth the risk. 

2) Married by Mistake by Abby Gaines. This is a contemporary romance that sounds very sweet and delightful. Go forth and get it for free!
Married By MistakeDo not adjust your set. That really was Casey Greene being jilted by her fiancé on live TV! And that really was Memphis's most eligible bachelor who stepped in to marry her instead.
Millionaire businessman Adam Carmichael wanted only to help Casey save face. He isn't prepared for the news that their "fake" wedding is legal and binding.
While they secretly wait for an annulment, media and family scrutiny forces them to put on their best loving-couple act. Except by now, neither one is quite sure who's acting....

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