Shadow SoulsBook - 2010
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"This is your secret.I don't know how you've managed it,but. . .you're a virgin."
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I'm kicking myself for actually looking forwrad to this book and putting the emotional investment into reading it. Shadow Souls is truly awful, and I thought nothing could be worse than Nightfall. I am embarrassed for LJ Smith and all of the readers (including myself) who held out hope that the story of the Vampire Diaries could be redeemed after her last mess of a novel.
Much like the previous book, Smith seems determined to cram a bunch of folklore and fairy tales clichés into Shadow Souls, and this time most of them fit into the messily-detailed dark-age other world she creates. Magical Auras, demon dogs, gate keepers, fierce falcons- ugh. The book meanders all over the place at times, and so slowly that I had to put the book down in frustrated boredom several times, eventually I just didn't bother picking it back up again. Very disappointing direction for a series (the first 4 books) that started off with so much promise.