With All My Soul
by Rachel Vincent
Genre: Paranormal YA
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Reviewed by: Abigail | Source: Amazon Vine, Publisher
What does it mean when your school is voted the most dangerous in America? It’s time to kick some hellion butt…
After not really surviving her junior year (does "undead" count as survival?), Kaylee Cavanaugh has vowed to take back her school from the hellions causing all the trouble. She’s going to find a way to turn the incarnations of Avarice, Envy and Vanity against one another in order to protect her friends and finish this war, once and forever.
But then she meets Wrath and understands that she’s closer to the edge than she’s ever been. And when one more person close to her is taken, Kaylee realizes she can’t save everyone she loves without risking everything she has….
WITH ALL MY SOUL is the final book in Rachel Vincent’s Soul Screamers series, and it’s an ambitious, go for broke, book. Half the characters have died and been brought back in some form or another, others have been violated and deceived in inexcusable ways, and the few that have managed to grab on to love have left a trail of bitter broken hearts in their wake. And yet, this is the book that promises, and mostly delivers, a happy ending.
With so many personal conflicts left to resolve in WITH ALL MY SOUL, it was surprising how dense the plot was. It would have been ambitious on it’s own without having to pull double duty as a series ender. That being said, I wish the balance had been more skewed towards the characters and less on the plot. As it was, there were a lot of pow-wows. The cast of characters is pretty extensive at this point so all the planning/discussions were pretty drawn out and unfortunately a little repetitive. And the character interactions weren’t as rich as I was hoping and consisted mostly of reassurance conversations. Sabine really does have people who love her, Nash really is loved by Tod, Emma really is the same person she always was, Kaylee really isn’t to blame for all the bad things that happen to everyone, Tod really is the brother that Kaylee wants, and on and on.
The core relationships in this series have always revolved around Kaylee and the Hudson brothers. For a little more than half the series, Kaylee was with Nash, then for the second half, Tod. As much as I liked Tod and rooted for his HEA with Kaylee, I found myself less and less satisfied with their romance in this book in particular and more and more wishing for Nash again. It didn’t help that Sabine has been, and continues to be, one of the most unlikeable characters ever. Every fiber in my being recoiled when Nash was near her and the resolution between them was extremely forced on me.
As for the other character resolutions, I think it’s going to come down to personal preference. I found it rather depressing in a lot of ways. The price Kaylee ends up paying for her ‘happiness’ is so high, so devastating, that it’s hard to move past. And the result is something that divides her from her friends and family in a way that I found incredibly sad. It just made me focus on how stuck she is. That being said, the way the plot unfolded tied the entire Soul Screamers series together extremely well and offered a few juicy twists and turns that made the ending both surprising and satisfying. In the end though, Kaylee has had an incredibly crazy ride. She’s lost and gained so much. I’m happy that she found happiness in the end, I just wish she didn’t have to pay so dearly for it.
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