Saturday, January 18, 2014

ARC Review: Fragile Spirits (Souls #2) by Mary Lindsey

Fragile Spirits (Souls, #2)Fragile Spirits (Souls #2) by Mary Lindsey 

Expected publication: January 23rd 2014 by Philomel
Hardcover, 311 pages
Series: Souls
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal
Heat Rating: Kissing
Philomel for providing me with a physical ARC in exchange of an honest review.
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Summary from Goodreads

Paul has always known he was a Protector, fated to serve a Speaker who could hear the voices of spirits lingering after death and help those souls find peace.

Vivienne ignores the voices of the dead.

Paul has always followed the Protector’s rule book, preparing diligently for the day when he’d be matched with his Speaker and fulfill his destiny.

Vivienne never does what she’s told.

So when Paul is matched with Vivienne, they both find the pairing less than satisfactory. But a kidnapping, a malevolent spirit and power stronger than both of them may just prove that they are two halves of the same whole.

In a stunning story about the beauty of fate and the power of secrets, Mary Lindsey returns to the world of Shattered Souls with a breathtaking thrill-ride of a novel.

**Note from author: This book begins one month after Shattered Souls leaves off. Lenzi and Alden are featured in this book, but reading Shattered Souls is not a prerequisite.

First I wanted to say that I absolutely love the cover of this book, it is simply gorgeous. Second, I dove into this book not realizing at first that it was part of a series. Luckily for me and my mistake, thought the first two characters are featured in this book you do not need to read book 1 in order to realize what is going on.

Paul is a protector, he has always known he is a protector who is fated to serve another person called a Speaker. Speakers can hear the spirits that are unable or have not moved on from their death and their own faith is to help them resolve what's anchoring them to earth and help them move on.

It took a while longer but Paul finally get's his speaker Vivienne who at first wants nothing to do with him. Vivienne comes with a lot of baggage, and the girl is nothing he had seen before. Hot pink hair and black clothes put up a tougher front, but underneath is a scarred girl who simply wants revenge for her mother and aunts deaths.

With a malevolent spirit out there powerful enough to wreak havoc, it's going to take the two of them working together in order to defeat the man and put him to rest once and for all.

Loved this story, so much fun, entertaining and totally engrossing. I had a hard time putting Fragile Spirits down. I have been in the mood for ghosts stories lately and this had me attention from the start. I love the idea behind Fragile Spirits, and the world that Mary Lindsey has created. Original, fast paced that leaves you wanting even more.

I was so sad when I hit the end of the book, but I was happily surprised that unlike other young-adult books out there it did not end in a cliffhanger!

Lindsey does a wonderful job with characters, especially Paul and Vivienne, I loved how realistic the characters sounded and they weren't perfect. Not even Paul. The relationship starts of shaky, and the bickering between them pulled a smile more then once.  The build up to trust was slow and emotional for, but well worth it in the end. I had to remember several times that they are teenagers when Vivienne acted irrational, but it was fun to see her change through the book.

The budding romance between Paul and Vivienne was sweet but I am glad that it didn't cloud and take away from the story as I was more engrossed about the resolutions of their Speaker/Protector relationship and ghosts.

That being said, I also absolutely loved Race. I hope he get's his own book soon as well, I cannot wait to see what he has in store for us especially with Maddie. I couldn't stand Cinda, I thought she was the worse. I know she was just trying to help but she didn't listen and completely endangered the entire crew at the end of the book after they told her to stay behind when they went to take on the powerful spirit. Plus, I guess part of the animosity towards her comes from the fact that I really liked Maddie and Race.

Overall, I absolutely enjoyed this beautiful story. It had everything I could ask for. Great storyline, wonderful characters, and quiet an emotional ride in between. It held my attention until the very end and didn't let go until it was sadly, over.


  1. The cover is really gorgeous, as are all of Lindsey's covers. I'm glad you were able to read this despite having not read the first,
    Great review!

    1. I agree, they are all very unique! Thank you Andrea.

  2. I didn't realize this was a second book, either. It sounds fantastic and I am glad you were able to pick it up without being lost, that is a sign of a good series! I will have to go look up book one now.

    1. Thanks Heidi! it was my own fault for not checking out goodreads, but I read the blurb and was sold :)

  3. I hate when I don't realize I have book two, but I am so glad the author does a recap, even if I have read book one I so appreciate it. This sounds wonderful from the world to the slow building romance..and so agree about the cover!

    1. heh I got lucky, I will now go back and find the first book in the series to enjoy as well :D

  4. I agree, the cover for this and the first book is awesome!

    I have been meaning to pick up the first book but of course, just haven't had the time to get it in. I am glad that overall you are liking the series.

    Have a wonderful weekend Lily!!

    Oh, and I finally got my ARC copy of Killer Frost (does a happy dance!)

    1. yay Ali, wonderful news :) cannot wait to see your review.

  5. Hi Lily. Thank you for stopping by my blog today. Nice to meet you. :)

    And loving this cover here too. This is nice. Sounds like a great read too. Thank you for sharing a new book with me. :)

    1. Thank you so much hon! It s nice to meet you as well :)

  6. I love the tights and boots the girl is wearing on the cover. This sounds like a really fun series. I'm curious about Race now. ;)

  7. Love the cover as well and great to hear that the inside matched the outside.

  8. Yay for no cliffhanger! I also like when there's a good story and the romance doesn't take it over (if it's a romance, that's something different, of course!).

  9. The cover makes me wanna pick this one up and your review sure makes it sound good

  10. I'm glad you enjoyed this one! I am really excited to read this sequel. Plus, the cover is just gorgeous!