DNF Review: The Weight of Souls by Bryony Pearce

The Weight of SoulsTitle: The Weight of Souls
Series: Standalone
Author: Bryony Pearce
Publisher: Strange Chemistry (now defunct)
Genre: YA Paranormal
Format: ARC
Pages: 318
Source: Publisher
Release Date: August 6, 2013
Rating: 0 Sugar Cubes (DNF)
Buy: Amazon Barnes & Noble | IndieBound

Summary: 16 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.

And 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 lead 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?

Review: I set this novel down for good at page 190. I can’t say that there was anything overtly wrong with The Weight of Souls, because based on my notes for what I read, I did enjoy this book, it just didn’t have a lasting impression. When I had to put it down for one reason or another, I wasn’t itching to get back to it. I kept picking it back up because it was a review book, but it got to the point where I just wanted to move on to something amazing, not simply great.

Will I eventually pick this novel back up to try again? Maybe, but knowing me, probably not. But with that said, The Weight of Souls was quite good. The storyline was interesting, and while there were a little hiccups with the characters, I thought they were well-thought out and formed. So should you give this book a try? Yes. If you like kickass heroines, and paranormal murder mysteries, you might really enjoy it.

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