Author: Rachel Vincent
Publication Date: Aug 2009
Genre: Paranormal Fantasy
Series: Soul Screamers Book 1
Book Acquisition: bought new paperback
My Rating: 5 / 5 Stars
She doesn't see dead people, but…
She senses 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 guy in school. But a normal date is hard to come by when Nash seems to know more about her need to scream than she does. And when classmates start dropping dead for no apparent reason, only Kaylee knows who'll be next…
I was very much surprised by this book. I have to say, the above synopsis didn’t do too much for me. I had however seen some pretty good reviews around the blogosphere so I decided to give it a shot! I’m so glad I did!
As most of you I’m sure know, young adult books these days are full of paranormal elements. A lot of reoccurring themes pop up – often predictable. One of the reasons why I loved My Soul to Take so much was that it wasn’t predictable at all. The paranormal world we are drawn into is unlike others I have discovered in the past. It was refreshing! It was also a wonderfully written story.
I really enjoyed Kaylee as a character and I loved Nash – almost too sweet to be true! Another thing this book had that I was pleasantly surprised by was the suspense. I’ve read books where the characters just seem to plod along. Going about their day as if the boogie man wasn’t actually in the closet even if they know better. I didn’t get that feeling from My Soul To Take. The characters were always very aware of what was happening. Almost every page was dedicated to figuring out what was going on and trying to make it right.
I also really loved how involved Kaylee’s family (her whole family) was. I won’t say too much because I don’t want to give too much away but there was a twist at the end that I did not see coming!
I highly recommend this book to fans of young adult paranormal stories. And I can't wait to read My Soul to Save :)
Books in the Series:
0. My Soul to Lose (online prequel)
1. My Soul to Take (Aug 2009)
2. My Soul to Save (Jan 2010)
3. My Soul to Keep (June 2010)
Free PDF of prequel - My Soul To Lose
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