Series: Souls #2
Published by Philomel on January 23, 2014
Genres: YA Paranormal Romance, Young Adult
Sexual Content: Minimal
Reviewed by: Libbie
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.
I remember thinking at the end of SHATTERED SOULS that the traditional end of a first-in-a-series book only really left one outstanding element – the bad guy – and hoping desperately that I wouldn’t be headed into a manufactured hostile environment for the established couple to drag the series on. I’m very pleased that this didn’t happen. FRAGILE SPIRITS is a part of the Souls universe, but stands as its own story, too.
It was hard to connect to Vivienne at first and while I originally thought of that as a down point for the book, as the story progressed, I saw it differently. Just as Paul did, we were supposed to have trouble connecting with her. It made it so much more satisfying when that shell started cracking. It was the same with Paul and his rigid sense of rules and procedure. Not until Vivienne started to get under that rigidity, and we started to see the real person under the rules, did I truly connect with him. That’s about the time I realized that the story title wasn’t so much about the ghosts they were meant to resolve, but about the main characters themselves, too.
The story itself is strong, though I still have a little trouble reconciling myself to the Protectors' souls jumping bodies all the time. It gets to be like a shell game I had trouble following at times. FRAGILE SPIRITS unfolds with good pace, and a few very action packed moments in there to keep your heart racing. (And one moment that made me almost throw the book out the window.) Without spoiling anything, I can say that I truly loved the way it wrapped up. It wasn’t anything I was expecting even thought I’d spent a lot of time while reading trying to second-guess where the author was headed.
I do wish there had been a little more of Race and Maddi, most especially figuring them out, and I still think Race’s Speaker needs to seriously lighten up already.
Since FRAGILE SPIRITS seems to have wrapped the main story arc, I’m not sure if another is forthcoming, but I’ll definitely be on the lookout for more from this author.
- Shattered Souls
- Fragile Spirits