By Erica Lucke Dean
Genre: Urban Fantasy
When Ava Flynn walks away from a scholarship to Georgetown and moves into her grandmother’s abandoned summer home in coastal Maine, she steps into the center of a centuries-old curse. On her first night, she notices a mysterious leather-clad stranger looking up at her third-story window. For weeks, everywhere she goes, Ava catches more
glimpses of him, but she can never get close enough to find out who he is.
Over three hundred years ago, Lady Catherine Fairchild risked everything to protect her unborn child, sending a ripple through time that would change Ava’s future. As the mystery unravels, the horrifying consequences of Lady Catherine’s choices drag Ava deeper into a world she never knew existed, trapping her in a conflict that’s been raging since before she was born. A winner-take-all battle for her soul.
After walking away from her career as a business banker to pursue writing full-time, Erica Lucke Dean moved from the hustle and bustle of the big city to a small tourist town in the North Georgia Mountains, where she lives in a 90-year-old haunted farmhouse with her workaholic husband, her 180lb lap dog, and at least one ghost. When she’s not writing or tending to her collection of crazy chickens and diabolical ducks, she’s either reading bad fan fiction or singing karaoke in the local pub. Much like the main character in her newest book, To Katie With Love, Erica is a magnet for disaster, and has been known to trip on air while walking across flat surfaces. How she’s managed to survive this long is one of life’s great mysteries.
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I enjoy reading YA/NA. While hardcore horror and paranormal is more my thing, when it gets a bit watered down for the teen readers it seems to take on a quality all its own, and that quality is much more enjoyable than one would think.
With Splintered Souls, I found some really high points, and some things that needed to be worked on. The best part of this book was actually the scenery, the house Ava moves into. The descriptive prose of Ms. Dean is wonderful, and a trait rarely found these days, despite the genre.
I think that what fell short in this book, for me, was Maddox. On the outside, he seems like a really likable character: a bad boy with an attitude. However, he came to be a shell of a character. While Ava had a deep characterization and great, realistic personality, Maddox seemed like a shell of what is popular now for YA male characters.
The story moved quickly and each page made you want to keep reading, leaving you more than ready for the next book. Despite being nearly a NA book, I found that this had less crossover appeal to the older audience. Teens will eat this up, however.