Wednesday, 4 May 2011

Review: My Soul to Take - Rachel Vincent

Something is wrong with Kaylee Cavanaugh . . .

She can sense when someone near her is about to die.  And when that happens, a force beyond her control compels her to scream bloody murder.  Literally.

Kaylee just wants to enjoy having caught the attention of the hottest boy in school.  But a normal date is hard to come by when Nash seems to know more about the dark forces behind Kaylee's power than she does.

And when classmates start dropping dead for no apparent reason and only Kaylee knows who'll be next, she realises that finding a boyfriend is the least of her worries!

Soul Screamers Series:
My Soul to Lose (prequel novella)
My Soul to Take
My Soul to Save
My Soul to Keep
Reaper (novella)
My Soul to Steal
If I Die
Never to Sleep (novella)
Before I Wake
With All My Soul

For more information visit Rachel Vincent's website

Rachel Vincent was already one of my favorite adult authors for her Shifters series but with My Soul to Take she has cemented herself as one of my favorite YA authors too.  As a massive fan of paranormal stories I spend a good amount of my time reading about vampires and various different types of shifters but one thing I've never come across as a main character before is bean sidhes (or banshees to go by the more common name).  Now don't get me wrong, I still love my vamps & weres but it was so refreshing to come across something new.  Rachel Vincent has created a fascinating mythology to go along with her banshees and I was sucked into Kaylee's world from the very first page.

Kaylee is a great main character, she is smart, feisty and has a very unusual ability - she can sense when someone is going to die.  When she does she has an uncontrollable urge to scream and once she starts screaming she just can't stop.  This ability has already landed her in a psychiatric ward once and she will do anything she can to avoid ending up back in there again.  All she wants is to be a normal teenager, one who gets to go on dates and have fun without worrying when the screaming may start again, but life isn't that simple for her and when other teenagers start to die mysteriously her problem gets worse than it ever has been before.

When the hottest guy from school shows an interest in her Kaylee is worried about what will happen if he discovers her secret.  But Nash has a secret of his own and he seems to know more about Kaylee than she knows about herself.  Can Nash help her uncover the secrets that have been kept from her?  While they're at it can they discover why so many teenage girls have started to die?  I have to admit I really liked Nash, he was caring and protective towards Kaylee and a great love interest.  Although their relationship develops quickly it never felt forced and we were given a good explanation for it.

Another character I loved was Kaylee's friend Emma and I hope we get to see more of her in future installments.  So many YA books seem to have supposed best friends that I wouldn't want as my worst enemy and I much prefer reading about a supportive friendship.  Of course we also have the mysterious Tod who I have a feeling I'm going to love when we get to know him better! 

My Soul to Take is a fantastic start to the Soul Screamers series and I can't wait to spend more time with these characters and in the world they live in.  Fast paced and full of interesting mythology it is sure to hold anyones attention and I'd highly recommend it to any paranormal fan.  If you're still not sure about trying the series then I'd highly suggest reading the FREE prequel novella (My Soul to Lose) that can be found on Rachel Vincent's website, I'm sure it will help you make up your mind.

Source: Purchased

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If you have reviewed this book on your blog please leave a link to your review in the comments & I'll add the link here.


  1. Great review - I really want to get into this series. I'm definitely going to get a copy now :-D

  2. I totally need to start these!!

  3. @ Essjay - I can't wait to see what you think of this series, I'm sure you'll enjoy it :o)

    @ Bookish Brunette - I'd definitely recommend this one, I really must get around to reading the rest though lol

  4. I like your review I came here as a result of a link retweeted by Rachel herself which is quite a win.

    The above is a link to my review.

  5. @ Shaft - thanks for stopping by, I hadn't realised that Rachel tweeted my link so thanks for letting me know :o) I'm just about to check out your review & will add a link to mine for you



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