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Shattered Souls
ISBN: 9780142421901
Author: Lindsey, Mary
Publisher: Speak
Published: December 2012
Retail: $8.99    OUR PRICE: $1.99
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Binding Type: Paperback
Annotation: When a Texas high school student starts hearing voices, she assumes she is schizophrenic like her father, but instead she finds out that she is a "Speaker," who can communicate with the dead in order to help their troubled souls find resolution.
Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Young Adult Fiction | Romance - General
Dewey: FIC
Lexile Measure: 570
Target Grade: 10-12
Grade level: 10-12
Physical Information: 1.00" H x 100.00" L x 5.50" W
Bargain Category: Fantasy, High School
Grade level(s): 10th, 12th
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2012 Spring)
Lenzi is a Speaker who can hear the voices of unsettled souls; Alden is her Protector. Resisting her gift, Lenzi struggles to maintain her normal high school life--until an evil spirit forces her to make a decision. Lindsey's characters are original, and her plot is fast-paced.
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2011 October #3)

In Lindsey's debut, a well-crafted and imaginative ghost story, 17-year old Lenzi Anderson fears she's losing her mind. Tormented by voices pleading for help, Lenzi follows dreamlike visions and meets Alden, who tells her she's a Speaker, someone who helps hindered spirits resolve their issues and move on. Because Speakers allow the ghost to possess their bodies, and the possibility exists of being possessed by a malevolent soul, each Speaker is assigned a Protector, and Alden is hers. In fact, Alden has been Lenzi's partnered Protector for numerous lifetimes, as they are reincarnated together again and again. But something's wrong—Lenzi has been missing for 100 years and is suffering past-life amnesia. As she steps from her normal life into a world both gratifying and terrifying, Lenzi becomes tangled in complicated relationships while being hunted by a malicious shade. Though Lenzi's family members are thinly drawn and almost extraneous, Lindsey deftly remolds and refreshes familiar elements and makes them her own, coupled with a light romantic touch. Her accomplished writing breathes energy into realistically flawed characters and smoothly builds to the book's intense climax. Ages 14–up. (Dec.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2012 January)

Gr 9 Up—To 17-year-old Lenzi's great surprise, she can talk with the Dead, and as a Speaker she has the power to assist souls that have not moved on, to join with them physically and help them resolve their ghostly lives. Some spirits are angry and vengeful, and one in particular has it in for her. Enter Alden, a cute guy who helps Lenzi channel her powers; he is her Protector, the "body" she must use to complete the transition for these lost souls. Lenzi starts to feel more than friendship for Alden, but there's an added twist—her angst-filled, hottie musician boyfriend. As her relationship with Alden deepens, her connection to Zak loosens, and his anger increases until a final, devastating scene occurs. While the writing sometimes feels rushed, the fast-paced plot keeps readers' attention, characters are intriguing, and flashbacks to old Galveston add to the story's ambience. Fans of Courtney Allison Moulton's Angelfire (HarperCollins, 2011) may enjoy this similarly themed past-life action romance. Larger libraries that cannot keep light supernatural titles on the shelf should consider adding it.—Angela J. Reynolds, Annapolis Valley Regional Library, Bridgetown, NS, Canada

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