by Karice Bolton
YA Paranormal Romance
Published June 29th 2012
It's two weeks before Triss turns 18, and her world is about to change into the most magical one imaginable as she readies herself to enter The Witch Avenue order... that is until her mother's disappearance. Instead of celebrating her transformation, she finds herself spreading rose petals into her mother's empty grave.
When Logan, her best friend from junior high, moves back to town for college, he vows to help her find the answers she so desperately seeks surrounding her mother's disappearance. As they begin uncovering clues, it becomes apparent that the life of white magic they both grew up loving is not what the majority practices, and their lives are in danger.
With a haunting feeling that her mother may still be alive, she begins to hear a call to the wilderness. Triss realizes that in order to find the answers she needs, she must learn the ways of her ancestors and become the hunter, not the hunted before it's too late, and she becomes part of the lonely souls.
MY OVERVIEW: Lonely Souls was filled with mystery, action, adventure, and of course... romance. The book started out with a tragedy in Triss' life. I love when books jump right in like that.
PROS: I think Triss was written beautifully. You really felt the struggle she went through with trying to decide what she needed to focus on; finding her mom or Logan. I'm glad that she finally came to terms with her feelings on everything in her life. She tried so hard to be emotionless, and I think that is very realistic in the wake of a tragic event.
CONS: The coven and what they did wasn't really explained. Also, it seems like witches aren't hiding who they are, but that isn't clear either. Most books have the witches hiding who they are, but I have no idea if this is the case or not. Also, I didn't like the lack of distinction between white magic and black magic. A lot of the spells seemed like they could go either way depending on your frame of mind.
MY FINAL THOUGHTS: I can't wait to read the next book in the series. I have loved all of the books I have read by Karice Bolton and look forward to more.
**Check back soon for my review on Altered Souls as part of an upcoming blog tour.