Review: My Soul to Keep by Rachel Vincent

July 9, 2010 Uncategorized 0

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Book Description

WHEN KAYLEE CAVANAUGH SCREAMS, SOMEONE DIES
AND KAYLEE IS ABOUT TO SCREAM HER HEAD OFF…

Kaylee has one addiction: her very hot, very popular boyfriend, Nash. A banshee like Kaylee, Nash understands her like no one else. Nothing can come between them.

Until something does.

Demon’s breath. No, not the toothpaste-challenged kind. The Netherworld kind. The kind that really can kill you. Somehow, the super-addictive substance has made its way to the human world. But how? Kaylee and Nash have to cut off the source and protect their friends—one of whom is already hooked.

And when the epidemic hits too close to home, Kaylee will have to risk everything to save those she loves.

Review

Book 3 in The Soul Screamers Series

…Everything is on the line for Kaylee in this book, and the stakes are incredibly high, once she understands what’s going on…This was not an easy book to write, and it is not an easy book for Kaylee to live through. Things change because of what happens in My Soul To Keep. Consequences are permanent, and after this one, the characters will have to reevaluate their relationships to one another, for better or for worse.-Rachel Vincent

 With many series there comes a point where an author has two choices: to let the characters/story get into a rinse and repeat cycle where nothing ever changes and the books just sort of reset each time; or to let the series build to impossibly higher stakes where each book has to have bigger battles than the one before. Then there are the authors who choose to take the big risk of throwing their characters (and readers) a huge curve ball that changes everything. Rachel Vincent is a risk taker, and in my opinion it paid off big time.

As much as I’ve enjoyed all the previous Soul Screamer stories because of the innovative folk lore filled mythology of bean sidhe, grim reapers, demons, not to mention the likeable main characters, I found the storylines to be slightly juvenile even for YA audiences. But MY SOUL TO KEEP has a much more mature and engaging plot.

My favorite part of this series has always been the relationship between Kaylee and Nash which had been escalating with each book. The big question of will they or won’t they becoming harder to avoid.  This time out, Nash steps up the pressure on Kaylee to get more physical, and Kaylee finds fewer reasons why they shouldn’t.

But the best part of MY SOUL TO KEEP is that it builds on all the storylines from the previous books, picking up details that seemed insignificant and turning them into pivotal, heartbreaking plot points. I love experiencing a well told story in the hands of an author who has been planning a series for the payoff that comes in one game changing book.

So while I’ve enjoyed the two previous Soul Screamer novels (and the prequel novella too), MY SOUL TO KEEP is by far the best yet. Not all readers will like what Rachel has done to her characters and the choices they’ve made, because they can never go back. Other readers like me will be more invested in the series than ever. Sure things are a little scary, sad, and uncertain. But I can’t wait to find out what happens next when My Soul to Steal releases on January 1, 2010

YA Warning: (slight spoilers) Characters are possessed by other characters and without their permission engage in sexual activity.

Sexual Content: Kissing. References to sex.  References to sexual assault. A scene of mild sensuality.

My Rating (out of 5):
imageimageimageimageExcellent – Loved it! Buy it now & pre-order the sequel.

Click HERE to read an excerpt of MY SOUL TO KEEP