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Paula Morris

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Paula Morris is a novelist and short story writer from New Zealand.

She is the author of two novels for young adults, both published by Scholastic in the US: the supernatural mysteries RUINED (2009) and DARK SOULS (scheduled for publication in 2011). She also writes award-winning novels for adults, published by Penguin New Zealand: QUEEN OF BEAUTY (2002); HIBISCUS COAST (2005); and TRENDY BUT CASUAL (2007). Both RUINED and HIBISCUS COAST have been optioned for film.

Paula's short stories have been widely published, and radio versions have been broadcast in both New Zealand and the US. Her first short story collection, FORBIDDEN CITIES (2008), was a regional finalist in the 2009 Commonwealth Prize. She's also the editor of THE PENGUIN BOOK OF CONTEMPORARY NEW ZEALAND SHORT STORIES (2008).

For ten years, Paula worked in London and New York, first as a publicist and marketing executive in the record business, and later as a branding consultant and advertising copywriter. A graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, she teaches creative writing - most recently at Tulane University in New Orleans, and the University of Stirling in Scotland.

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Paperback. Pub Date: 2012 07 Pages: 304 Publisher: Point Welcome to York. England. Mist lingers in the streets. Narrow buildings cast long shadows. This is the most haunted city in the world .... Miranda Tennant arrives in. York with a terrible. tragic secret. She is eager to lose herself amid the quaint cobblestones. hoping she won't run into the countless ghosts who supposedly roam the city .... Then she meets Nick. an intense. dark-eyed boy who knows all of York's hidden places and histories. Miranda wonders if Nick is falling for her. but she is distracted by another boy - one even more handsome and mysterious than Nick. He lives in the house across from Miranda and seems desperate to send her some sort of message. Could this boy be one of York's haunted souls Soon. Miranda realizes that something dangerous - and deadly - is being planned. And she may have to face the da...

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5.0 out of 5 stars I really loved this book! 10 Aug 2011
By Kindle Customer - Published on Amazon.com
A good friend at a local indie heard me raving over Paula Morris' Ruined. When the ARC for Dark Souls came in she saved it for me and surprised me with it last a short time ago and I could not resist starting it as soon as I was able. I am really not a ghost story fan. But, I really love Paula Morris' writing. She really tells a good story. I will start with the cover. It is haunting but, I really like it. The cobblestone streets and the whole 'Old England' appeal to it just draw me in and I imagine there really is a street that looks like this in York.

We have a set of new characters in Dark Souls. I have to admit I was hoping there was more New Orleans in this one. But, one of the things that this author does so well is set a scene. She does an excellent job of helping you feel as if you are actually seeing the buildings, streets and people yourself. She does not overdo it by inundating us with what someone is wearing or what the furniture looks like. She gives us what is pivotal to the story. She just has a way of making you see the picture in your head if you are visual reader like me.

In Dark Souls a family tragedy has turned the Tennant family's world upside down. They decide to take advantage of both parents having a chance to do some visiting work in York, England, and make it a family vacation. Miranda, the curious intelligent protagonist of the story, has come to England with what might be seen as a gift or a curse. As she works her way through it alone she becomes engulfed in a mystery that has its basis in the early 1800's and is one of the pivotal moments in York, England's history. The story is well written and supports my initial reaction to Paula Morris' writing skills and I look forward to where she takes us to visit next.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars couldn't stop reading until I knew every frightening detail 22 July 2012
By Mary Chrapliwy - Published on Amazon.com
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After reading Beneath the Shadows I was spoiled for reading anything else. Normally I move from one book to the next without taking a break in between, but I needed a short break to mourn the end of the last book. Then came Dark Souls: A Novel. Fortunately this young adult novel was able to push through the post book fog. It did it so well that I found myself turning pages and reading all day until I turned the last page. Quite a thrilling ghost tale.

Miranda Tennant goes with her family to York, England. Her mother is leading an orchestra as a guest conductor and her professor father is presenting a paper on Richard III. After a tragic summer that no one can forget, the parents think the family trip abroad might help them all to move forward. At the start of the novel, Miranda and her brother Rob and friend Laura are in a car accident when a driver soars through a stop sign and broadsides their car. The friend Laura dies in the accident. Miranda sees her friend's ghost walk away from the accident, so now Miranda can see ghosts, and her brother Rob is trapped in the car just long enough to develop crushing claustrophobia. That's just the beginning. The trip to York, a very haunted city, brings the supernatural to roost within the family and Miranda begins to unravel a mystery that you won't see coming until the last couple chapters.

Written entirely from Miranda's point of view, we see things through the eyes of a fairly mature sixteen year-old girl. Though there is a budding relationship involved, there is no gushy romance novel feel. Also, Miranda is a gutsy girl, not a fading violet. Morris builds a gothic, atmospheric feel to the story and the book hold its promise of ghost stories, which abound in its pages. This was a truly suspense filled, entertaining read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Strong follow up to "Ruined" 15 Nov 2011
By D. Matlack - Published on Amazon.com
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Paula Morris has shown me consistency in her ghostly mysteries geared for teens (but equally intriguing for adults.) as I have found "Dark Souls" to be every bit as enjoyable as "Ruined".

Like her previous novel the story begins when a main character discovers their ability to see ghosts and then the dramatic mystery unfolds from there. Miranda is likable and easy to identify with. Her family is just annoying enough to build up enough 'time-is-of-the-essence-your-in-my-way' suspense without becoming idiots. The plot moves well with Nick being properly illusive to push the storyline forward at a decent clip while discouraging the possibility of what could only be a gratuitous & unnecessary romance.

What I especially enjoy in Morris' writing is the ability to tread familiar ground in an overworked genre while still springing a few intelligent surprises a long the way. I find her novels reminiscent of fellow young adult author, Richard Peck, in the most flattering way.

Will be keeping my eyes peeled for her next effort.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Ghost Story! 25 April 2013
By Pacey1927 - Published on Amazon.com
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"Dark Souls" is the first novel I have read by author Paula Morris. It will not be my last. I thought this was a part of a series and I didn't own the first book so this one has sat on my shelf longer than it should have. When I recently figured out that this was a stand alone story and not related to the author's other book "Ruined", I dug right in. I am so very glad that I did. I love ghost stories anyway and I have since I was a child. I am now an adult with teen children of my own and this book still thrilled me. Basic premise: Miranda and her brother Rob are in a horrifying car accident that leaves a friend dead. (This shouldn't be a spolier as it happens in the first couple pages of the novel). Miranda watches her friend's ghost leave the accident site. Eager to put that tragedy behind them, the family moves to York in England. But, surprise! You couldn't pick a city with more more history and more ghosts.

I don't want to give anything away because it this book is worth discovering for yourself. The book is a short, quick read which I really needed after reading a few sad, apocolyptic novels recently. Despite the ghostly theme, I found the story to be refreshing and fun. The author has a way with words, especially descriptions. That can be a bad thing when authors get overly descriptive or flowy but this wasn't the case with Paula Morris. This was just a strong, well written novel. I plan to go by her other two novels very soon. And they won't spend nearly as long on my TBR pile as this one did.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark Souls: A Novel 28 Dec 2012
By Noah Cramer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This book has to be my favorite by Paula Morris. It is a lovely story about a ghost seeing girl named Miranda, who meets a ghost seeing boy named Nick on a trip to York.
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