Sunday, August 11, 2013

Weight of Souls (review)

2/5 stars

Weight of Souls (Goodreads | Amazon ) didn't impress me.

Taylor Oh is cursed.  Like a long line of her maternal line, not only can Taylor see ghosts, she must avenge them.  A long-ago relative made a deal with Anubis, his life in exchange for his family's service.  Little did he know that would mean centuries of children who avenge murder victims (and all the emotional and social consequences that go with that fate).

Sounds like an exciting premise, no?  Unfortunately Weight of Souls doesn't deliver.  The main character is not particularly likable and not fleshed out.  Partially that's because she spends her life serving ghosts but there doesn't seem to be much more to Taylor than that.  As if that isn't a big enough problem, she treats her friends like crap -- not trusting them enough to tell them about her family curse, yet continually ditching them because of it.

Actually nothing was very fleshed out in this book.  The school was pretty much your typical popular versus unpopular kids cliques with nobody really developed as a full character.  The popular kids are all members of a secret club called the "V Club" which is like a game of truth or dare with much higher consequences (such as potential death).  Apparently administrators ands adults in the community know about this club but nobody seems phased when a kid from the club turns up dead.  Regardless of old loyalties, dead kids are a pretty big trump card in my opinion.

It's just very hard to connect to a book where everything feels so shallowly developed and none of the characters feel real.  They read like names with hairstyles walking around without any individual personality aside from "pushover" or "bitchy" to speak of.  Simplistic and a bit dull, this book didn't really do anything for me.

I received an advance reading e-book in exchange for an honest review.   

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