PJV Quickie: Mary Lindsey set off to make her hero one of the good guys, instead of the tried and true “bad boy” that redeems himself through the love of a good woman. I was almost immediately intrigued by her unique take on the young adult paranormal romance genre. Even better, it is a stand-alone and written with a simplistic and intelligent style that makes it stand out from the rest of the crowd.
Author: Mary Lindsey
Series: Stand Alone
Publication: December 8th 2011 by Philomel/Penguin
Purchased Hardcover at Author Signing.
Links: Web >> Author Twitter >> Purchase Book >> Goodreads
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Mary Lindsey’s ‘Shattered Souls’ has everything a good young adult paranormal romance needs. The story goes back centuries and is the tale of Rose and her unique occupation. She is reincarnated age after age to help assist souls cross over, assisted herself by her faithful Protector, Alden. Yet, it has been decades since Rose has been reincarnated and something is wrong this time. Her usual memories of her past lives and her knowledge of how to complete her jobs usually resurface by her 17th birthday, this time around she is a blank slate. She was named Lenzi this lifetime, not Rose and the voices of the dead she has been hearing she has suspected it is a form of schizophrenia taking shape. Lenzi believes she is on the brink of insanity when Alden approaches her and tells her about her unlikely past lives and his roll as Protector.
Now, Lenzi has to make a choice, embrace her destiny and roll as Speaker with Alden or fall back into her everyday life, especially since it means staying with her rocker boyfriend Zak.
Once again, I can not begin to portray how refreshing this tale was. Yes, there was a love triangle, but look past that. The story had an original myth and fantastic character building. Lindsey’s (the author not the character) unique voice was to the point and had an intelligent resonance that I really enjoyed. I also enjoyed that this story was a one book arc even though it has the possibility to be an expanded series. Which, since I’m so used to these inflated story arcs, I thought some plot-lines could be expanded upon, especially Lenzi’s relationship with Zak. It was almost like that was downplayed a lot. Overall a fabulous tale and I’m happy that Patti and I were able to visit with Ms. Lindsey when she visited New Orleans. She was very charming and I can’t wait to read her next novel, which is a retelling of Poe’s Annabel Lee, told within the style of Poe’s writing.
Recommended for teen audiences that enjoy the young adult paranormal romance genre. The writing style might also be well received by adult audiences, since Lindsey’s writing has a mature tone. There are some more mature topics and I’m putting this at about 15+.