Personal Assistant to the Darkness…

The Weight of SoulsThe Weight of Souls by Bryony Pearce
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I liked the concept. The combination of teenage angst, high school drama and the connection to an ancient family curse was quite interesting.
It ticks all the YA boxes and has a side note of pending horror.
The author also tackles the issue of bullying and being isolated in school. The emphasis was on one of these ‘popular people’ teen groups that forces kids to take part in dangerous stunts or face a life of hell in school. This type of peer pressure, in the guise of fun, seems to be an alarming trend in our day and age. It is a type of group hazing, which often ends with disastrous results.
I have to say I was a tad disappointed that Pearce decided to end it with a pseudo Partridge family ending. Where is the mystery in that? Why not let them leave things on a sour note instead of packing nearly all the loose ends into one neat box. How about leaving some of the conflict for the sequel?
Taylor’s Dad needs to see a shrink, Hannah needs to grow a pair and Pete deserves a clip round the earhole.
There, I fixed that for you.
Despite that it was a good read and both the character and concept have a lot of potential, so I am hoping Taylor Oh comes back with a bit more bite and lot more darkness.
I received a free copy of this book via Netgalley.

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