Thursday, 12 January 2012
Review: My Soul to Save - Rachel Vincent
So when teen pop sensation Eden croaks onstage and Kaylee doesn't wail, she knows something is dead wrong. Kaylee can't cry for someone who has no soul.
Soon Kaylee finds that Eden's not the only starry-eyed girl who traded her life for a flickering moment of fame - a deal that has dark consequences no mortal could understand.
Banshee Kaylee swears to help those lost souls. But school football star Nash - Kaylee's newly acquired, not to mention super-hot, boyfriend - refuses to let her in harm's way. Still Kaylee knows it's her duty to save the innocent from the Netherworld - even if it means putting her own soul - and love life - at risk . . .
Soul Screamers Series:
My Soul to Lose (prequel novella)
My Soul to Take
My Soul to Save
My Soul to Keep
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
Kaylee is at a concert with Nash and Tod when singer Eden collapses on stage. Since Kaylee has no urge to scream they assume that Eden will be fine so it comes as quite a surprise when they realise that she is dead. There is only one reason that Kaylee wouldn't need to scream at Eden's death - she didn't have a soul. It turns out that Eden wasn't the only person to sell her soul for fame and fortune though and Kaylee may be too late to save Eden from eternal torture but she is determined to find a way to save the others.
I'm a massive fan of Rachel Vincent and am really enjoying her Soul Screamers series, it's so nice to read about something other than vampires for a change and I'm really enjoying learning more about bean sidhes (banshees) alongside Kaylee. We get to find out a lot more about the Netherworld in this installment along with some of the frightening plants and creatures that reside there. Kaylee is still only beginning to discover her abilities though and I'm looking forward to seeing what else she is capable of. Kaylee is a great main character and I love her developing relationship with Nash. They make such a cute couple and there is some fantastic chemistry between them. I'm still on the fence when it comes to Tod though, in some ways I really like him - he's really funny and I love the way he just pops up out of nowhere and does his best to irritate the heck out of Nash - but in other ways I was really annoyed with his behaviour towards the end of the book. I understand why he did what he did but that didn't make it acceptable.
I have to admit that when we first discovered that Addy had sold her soul and that Kaylee and the others would have to risk their lives if they wanted to help her get it back I was all for Nash talking Kaylee out of helping. After all it's Addy's own stupid fault for getting into such a mess in the first place (I don't seem to have a lot of sympathy for idiots!) but my opinion changed when I learnt more about how she ended up in that situation and I was impressed with Kaylee's selflessness and the way she was determined to help her. I like the fact that Nash is so protective of Kaylee, he tries to stop her putting herself in harms way but when he realises that she has made up her mind to help he does whatever he can to help her.
I hope we get to see more of Kaylee and her father in the next book. Having not been around for so much of her life he is now struggling to work out how to be a parent. It isn't easy for either of them to decide where the boundaries are and I think Rachel Vincent portrayed that really well and I'd like to see them bond more as the series continues. I'm also hoping we get to find out more about Libby and the reapers, I feel like we've only touched the surface of their abilities and am looking forward to finding out more. This is a great series and one I would highly recommend but I would suggest reading the books in order starting with My Soul to Take if you haven't already.
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