It’s two weeks before Triss turns 18, and her world is about to change into the most magical one imaginable as she readies herself to enter The Witch Avenue Order… that is until her mother’s disappearance. Instead of celebrating her transformation, she finds herself spreading rose petals into her mother’s empty grave.
When Logan, her best friend from junior high, moves back to town for college, he vows to help her find the answers she so desperately seeks surrounding her mother’s disappearance. As they begin uncovering clues, it becomes apparent that the life of white magic they both grew up loving is not what the majority practices, and their lives are in danger.
With a haunting feeling that her mother may still be alive, she begins to hear a call to the wilderness. Triss realizes that in order to find the answers she needs, she must learn the ways of her ancestors and become the hunter, not the hunted before it’s too late, and she becomes part of the lonely souls.
The other main character, the male lead, Logan, was one that had me smiling out of adoration but also left me with my head cocked to the side. He was formal. And I mean extremely formal for a modern eighteen-year-old boy in the modern world. Sometimes his dialogue came off awkward and undelivered rather than following through and have me find the boy enthralling. His feelings also came off very strongly through the midst of things. It was blatantly obvious that he had fallen for Triss, but I felt like a relationship after her mother disappeared was rushed and overdone. But his friendship and loyalty to Triss made me feel for his character and like him more than I expected myself to. I enjoyed the trust between them, and that made his character stand out to me more than the feelings of love.
Having said before, the magic and the spells and charms were interesting and kept the pages turning while the secrets that started to unlock themselves since her mother’s disappearance were ones that I failed to guess. The world that Ms. Bolton created left me mystified and wanting more, anxious to know what happens next and what is to unfold in the second book of the Witch Avenue Series.
Final Summation: An enjoyable tale filled with the witchy substances and incantations that I needed to exceed my fill and my quota. Though there are flaws in the characters that didn’t suit my tastes and feelings that seemed rushed in my opinion, Lonely Souls starts out with a strong first novel and has me wondering what Triss and Logan will be up to next.
First Line: “Mom!” I hollered more for my benefit than hers.