Mini Review: Tortured Souls by Kimber Leigh Wheaton

Tortured Souls
Orion Circle #1
Kimber Leigh Wheaton
Genre: YA Paranormal
Sometimes Rest in Peace isn't an option...

Kacie Ramsey sees ghosts—and it's ruining her life. Her mother left, her father blames her, and no matter how hard she tries, she can't keep the ghosts away. Now a new power has emerged. Nightly visions of grisly murders and a relentless predator draw her to the brink of insanity.

When the phantom appears at a party, Kacie's longtime crush, Logan, saves her. He invites her to join the Orion Circle, a group of supernatural hunters with chapters in schools all over the country. Through the Circle, Kacie learns to embrace her spiritual powers, and for the first time in her life she feels in control rather than a victim.

But the Foxblood Demon will not give up so easily. A demented serial killer in life who trapped the souls of the thirteen children he murdered, imprisoning them within the walls of his mansion. Now in death, he plots his return while drawing power from the pure souls of the children. He recognizes something in Kacie he's never seen before—a medium powerful enough to provide a vessel for his tainted soul.

Kacie can't ignore the tortured souls of the children crying out to her every night. With Logan at her side, she will fight the Foxblood Demon. But can they banish this powerful phantom, or will Kacie lose not only her body, but her eternal soul to the monster.
It was rather tame unlike the other paranormal stories I’ve read. In fact, all I could think of was softness and fragility that characterized the presence of Kacie and the others’ interaction with her. The paranormal stuff that went about her didn’t exactly scream danger and intrigue despite the tone of her visions and dreams. As I said, softness and fragility were hanging around Kacie. 

That extended to her relationship with Logan which I think was kind of fast. Not in that way. It was not instalove but I think I’ll just chalk up this up to them being typical teenagers though their relationship was one of the smoothest I’ve ever read in YA. The only other relationship I could think of that equates with what they had was between Yuki and Cal from the Spirit Guide series. Logan is perhaps one of the most affectionate and tactile book boyfriends and one of the few whose affections I entirely believed. Other YA boys are sometimes too intense and too hormonal. Logan is sweet but strength flows from him at the same time. 

Ugh, I’m rambling but with a good reason. To be honest, I have seen the likes of Tortured Souls in one form or another in other YA books HOWEVER what Tortured Souls have within the depths of its pages is the intrigue and mystery that kept me interested all throughout the opening chapters (perhaps the most crucial part of the book besides the ending). It also helped that it was fast paced and kind of light. More questions are yet to be answered and I would read the next book.
Ayanami Faerudo

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