Title: Fragile Spirits (Souls #2)
Author: Mary Lindsey
On the Shelves: Young Adult> Paranormal> Romance
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. (Goodreads 2014)
In my last review, for Shattered Souls, I came down quite harshly (well, harsh for me and for a book I’d previously really liked) about the writing and content of the story, in regards to it frequently normalising disturbing behaviour. Well, none of that happened in Fragile Spirits, so this is going to be a much more positive review- Well Done, Lindsey!
As you can tell from the synopsis, this companion novel takes place from Paul’s point of view- a Protector (yaaay Male protagonist in a YA book!), which is different since in the original book, it took place from Lenzi, the Speaker’s POV. So it’s interesting to see the shift in that dynamic to begin with. There is so much about this book which is better executed than the original book in the series. Lindsey has grown as a writer, with better ability to display character depth, background, emotion…even the world building worked a little better. And thankfully, none of the old sociopathic disturbing tendencies showed up this time. Paul was a lovely character, I felt and Vivienne was hilarious, snarky and it was great to watch her grow as a character. I much preferred Paul and Vivienne to Alden and Lenzi, if only for how bloody whiny Lenzi was during the first book.
My only two negatives were that Cinda was yet another pointless love triangle who shouldn’t even have bothered existing, in my opinion. She added nothing to the story and just got irritating very quickly. Especially when she showed up at the last second and nearly got everybody killed.
My other negative is that towards the end in the final “battle” with Smith, the characters kept mentioning how Smith was dragging out the inevitable, and to be honest, it just brought to my attention how the final scenes where dragging. So much so, that I was tempted to just skip to the end of the chapter, it felt more like the author was dragging out the story with no real need to- not the characters.
However, this book does get 4 stars, and it is definitely an improvement to the first book and I recommend this one to anyone who enjoys paranormal romance. This is a companion novel, not a sequel, so you don’t have to read Shattered Souls to know what is going on in Fragile Spirits- to be honest, I’m tempted to advise you to skip the first book and just start from this one straight away.