Monday, 9 July 2012

Review: Lonely Souls by Karice Bolton (The Witch Avenue Series #1)

Title: Lonely Souls
Author: Karice Bolton
Publication date: June 29th 2012
Age group: Young Adult
Genre: Paranormal
Cover rating: 4/5
Content rating: 3.5
Buy: Amazon

Description via Goodreads
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 thoughts:
Lonely Souls is the first book in Karice Bolton's new Witch Avenue series and it certainly doesn't disappointment! It was a fantastic beginning to what looks to be a very promising and exciting series. I wanted to give this one a go because despite loving magical books, I don't tend to stumble across many of them. So of course, this sounded like exactly my kind of thing and I ended up really enjoying it. It has many of the familiar elements of YA paranormal books but manages to stand out quite well.

This novel starts off with an emotional bang. We get to read about the moment our protagonists, Beatrice ''Triss'' realizes that her mother is missing and her world comes crashing down around her. I cared for Triss right from the beginning because she's very much a normal girl trying to deal with a lot. She had been looking forward to entering The Witch Avenue Order and all of a sudden, her whole future changes. It's definitely easy to empathize with Triss and to wish for everything to work out for her.

The guy in this book- Logan- is a nice guy from the very beginning which is actually quite refreshing! He's very kind and caring, always looking out for Triss even though they'd been out of contact for a while before he turned back up. Logan has a bit of mystery about him though and it was really interesting getting to know more about him. I liked reading Triss and Logan's interactions and the book had me smirking many times!

Lonely Souls has plenty of mystery and intrigue which kept me glued to the book until the very end. It was definitely an interesting start to the series and I'll be looking forward to the rest of the books being published!


  1. That sounds nice! Although I am not a huge fan of witch stories, this one does intrigue me. Also, I love when a book manages to plant a smile on your face :))

  2. Great review, Nicola :) This sounds like my kind of book, I like a book that starts with a bang & I love witchy stories, so this is one I might pick up in the future. I'm glad you enjoyed this! I also love the cover, it's stunning! :)

  3. I've seen this around a few times and it sounds pretty interesting! I'm glad you enjoyed this! Triss sounds like a character you can really invest it, as does Logan. I'll have to give this a shot! Great review! :)

  4. I've seen this around a bit but I just can't make up my mind about it. Glad you enjoyed it though. Great review.

  5. Aw Logan sounds really cute. It is nice sometimes to see the nice guy get the girl instead of the guy acting like a jerk the entire novel because he is full of himself. I also like the idea that this one has magic in it since that is harder to find in YA right now.

    Thanks for the awesome review! I shall have to check this one out.

  6. wow this books sounds really good and I love the whole stroyline with magic and fantasy and logan sounds like a very caring character
    I have also got a book blog maybe u could stop by

  7. I have tagged you for the Liebster Blog award. You were deserving enough!

  8. Your blog is quiet nice, and your reviews are awesome. Now following.

  9. Awesome review Nicola! There needs to be more nice, caring guys in fiction! Sounds like a fun read!

  10. Hi Nicola! I have seen this book all over the blogosphere and no reviews so I was happy to read your review. I like that the male lead is a nice guy and no guessing games involved and I enjoy witches so this is a series I just might check out if I ever find the time. Hope you have been well!

  11. YAY! I'm so happy to hear that the hero is a good guy! I really need more of them to swoon over! I love caring guy. <3 Also, it's awesome that this book starts with emotional bang! I love books that can attach me to the story emotionally. <3

    Amazing review, as I expect from you, Nicola! <3

    PS: I'm so so so so so sorry I haven't commented on your blog lately! :( I got sick these past few days. :(

  12. Like Heidi, I keep seeing this everywhere at the moment and I'm happy to read good review because otherwise the cover would have put me off.

    I am a big fan of good/nice guys, YAY! So that makes me want to read this even more :)

  13. Hi I'm a new blogger, and a friend recommended your blog. This looks like an incredible book, I love the cover and the review is great! I haven't read many witch/magic books, but this looks great! Thanks for the review! :)


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