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Reviewed by Michelle Randall for Readers' Favorite
All her life, Kacie's parents have made her feel like she was a liar or insane because of her gifts, so she tried to hide them well. When an evil spirit approaches her at a party, Kacie knows she is the only one that can feel it until Logan, the guy she's been crushing on, looks past and tells her he knows that she knows it is there. Logan invites Kacie to the Orion Circle meeting after school the next day, and finally she finds a place she belongs, finally she finds someone who believes her. As Kacie gets involved with the Orion Circle, they find themselves investigating the home where the mass suicide of a cult and the murder of thirteen children occurred. Tortured Souls (The Orion Circle Book 1) are those that are bound to this side, that haunt and do not cross over. Kimber Leigh Wheaton gives readers a unique blend of innocence and horror.
Tortured Souls tells of Kacie's coming into her gift, finally finding people who can explain her gift to her, encourage her in it and help her use it in good ways. Amongst the horrific details of a mass cult suicide and the kidnapping, torture and murder of children, author Kimber Leigh Wheaton weaves a gentle teenage love story of innocence, first love, and family to create a balance. It works wonderfully because the story does not become too dark and, at the same time, it still retains the meaning and purpose of setting the souls free. This is a great young adult and adult book. Depending on the maturity level of your child, even younger would be fine reading it, but that should be an individual parent's decision.