Author: Bryony Pearce
Genre: YA paranormal, fantasy
Published: August 6th 2013
Publisher: Strange Chemistry
Source: Purchased Hardcover
Sixteen year old Taylor Oh is cursed: if she is touched by the ghost of a murder victim then they pass a mark beneath her skin. She has three weeks to find their murderer and pass the mark to them – letting justice take place and sending them into the Darkness. And if she doesn’t make it in time? The Darkness will come for her…
She spends her life trying to avoid ghosts, make it through school where she’s bullied by popular Justin and his cronies, keep her one remaining friend, and persuade her father that this is real and that she’s not going crazy.
But then Justin is murdered and everything gets a whole lot worse. Justin doesn’t know who killed him, so there’s no obvious person for Taylor to go after. The clues she has led her to the V Club, a vicious secret society at her school where no one is allowed to leave… and where Justin was dared to do the stunt which led to his death.
Can she find out who was responsible for his murder before the Darkness comes for her? Can she put aside her hatred for her former bully to truly help him?
And what happens if she starts to fall for him?
My Rating of this Book – 5 out of 5 stars
First off, I just have to say, reading The Weight of Souls really made me feel at home. I don’t know what it is about British English and the London setting—okay, maybe I do 😉 –but I could just wrap myself up with this novel and cuddle it for life. I’m so in love with it!
Of course, that’s not the only reason I gave The Weight of Souls 5 Stars. The character, the plotline, it’s all amazingly written!
At first, I wasn’t sure what to make of Taylor. I did feel bad about everything she had to put with, but in a way, I also felt she was causing a lot of her own problems with her stubbornness and put-offish attitude. And Justin wasn’t much better. Though very attractive from when he’s first introduced, he was kind of a twit, especially to Taylor. However, when they were finally forced to work with each other to solve his murder, I really saw how the two of them grew by leaps and bounds from the experience.
The other thing I loved about this book is the background story. Okay, I will admit, there are too many flashbacks of Taylor’s life, but I loved the tale of her ancestor in Egypt and how Anubis’s curse all began. It was weaved so beautifully into the story.
The one and only thing that threw me off while reading The Weight of Souls was the high quantity of space breaks between scenes. A lot of them seemed like they could have run smoothly together, without the interruption. Many, in fact, picked up right where the previous paragraph before the break left off. So I’m not exactly sure why the author or publisher did this. It was kind of unnecessary, in my opinion.
Overall, I’m so thrilled I picked this novel up off the shelf. And I’m keeping my fingers crossed that there will be sequel, because with that ending, they can’t just leave me hanging like that! Not with Anubis’s curse hovering over their heads! But even so, I would definitely recommend this novel. It’s totally one of the best reads of 2013!