Everything seems mundane to Gwendolyn Hill, considering her job and social status. Yep, nothing’s better than being a funeral director at the Hill Manor, while socializing with her grandmother, her pet cat, and—-wait for it—-her ghost friend. That’s right. Gwen can not only see ghosts, but she can also guide them to where they need to go. And to lead the spirits on the right path is to weigh them with a scale and a feather.
–from the blurb about The Weight of Our Souls
Meanwhile, a spirit is sending visions to Gwen, but she doesn’t know why. All she can figure out that it may be a threat, but to who?
Thank you to Simi Sunny for providing me with a digital copy of this book for review! You can check her out on Instagram here.
If you offer me a book about ghosts and the supernatural, I am not going to say no. That’s why I was super excited to read Simi Sunny’s The Weight of Our Souls; I loved the idea of a girl who speaks to the dead and helps them on to the next life.
So, keep reading to see my review for The Weight of Our Souls and find out what I thought about it!
The best way I can describe this book is to say that it has an excellent premise and tons of potential, but the execution isn’t the best. Though don’t get me wrong, it’s not terrible either! Just somewhere in the middle, I suppose.
For the plot, I think that it could have been better organized and developed. It jumped around a lot, with a lot of different threads and subplots. And, as you know, I love complicated plots with a lot of threads; but, that being said, they need to be well organized and woven together nicely. Although this plot still kept me interested and entertained, it could have been better, too.
As for the characters, I can say the same for them. I liked and enjoyed them, but they could have used more development. Not quite to the same extent as the plot, but still. I also can’t say I liked the main character all that much; don’t get me wrong, I didn’t necessarily dislike Gwen, but I enjoyed other characters in the book more. (Especially Chauffeur. Honestly, I want to read an entire book about Chauffeur. Why do I always want spin-off books about side characters?) I hope that’s something that is dealt with in the second book; obviously, there’s the potential to further develop these characters, there!
One thing I really loved, though, was Sunny’s portrayal of ghosts and the supernatural. I liked the way she showed the emotions of the ghosts and their reactions to being dead. Also, I loved that Sunny incorporated the weight of the heart. That’s always been one of my favorite parts of Egyptian mythology, so obviously I was thrilled to see it, here.
In short, this book is a pretty solid two-and-half star review, for me. It wasn’t exceptional, but I also enjoyed it and it kept me entertained. And if you do choose to read this, drop a comment down below and let me know what you think! I always enjoy hearing other opinions on the books I review.
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