July 11th, 2009

My Soul to Take (Soul Screamers, Book 1) by Rachel Vincent

My Soul to Take (Soul Screamers, Book 1) by Rachel Vincent
Harlequin Teen (August 1, 2009)
384 pages (ARC is showing only 282)
$9.99 (Amazon.com, 07/11/09)
My Soul to Take (Soul Screamers, #1)
Plot: 5
Setting: 5
Writing: 5
Originality: 5
Characters: 5
Passion: 4
Overall: 29/30 – 96% – A

Cover/Title Bonus: 5

I picked up MSTT at BEA in May. It was the first book upon my arrival back home that I read. I even picked up a very cute shirt that matches the cover! And the best part? Meeting Rachel! She was signing these at the Harlequin booth. I just wish I could have had a conversation with her but alas, there was a line and I also had to get into Gena Showalter’s line for a copy of Intertwined (review coming VERY soon).

Rachel will be featured here in a few weeks to celebrate the release date for My Soul to Take. There will be a contest for a signed copy as well as for an ARC because I just received another copy from the publisher! Maybe I’ll start that contest a bit early that way someone will be lucky and get their hands on it before the release date! Stay tuned! On with my review.

There’s an excerpt on Amazon.com but it’s really long so click and go read! :)

Or you can read the first chapter on HarlequinTeen.com!

Plot:

The plot was great. It mixed together the paranormal element of Kaylee being able to tell when someone was going to die, the angst of just being a teen, and twisted in the mystery behind the teens that are dying. Everything flowed very well together. I was very interested in figuring out how it would all end.

Setting:

It was set in a pretty typical town. Most of it took place in their high school with side scenes in Kaylee’s house and Nash’s house. Nothing really paranormal about the setting.

Writing:

This was Rachel’s first YA novel. I’ve read all of her previous adult novels. She did very well I thought. I believe it will be a well enjoyed book by both YA and adult readers. It has all the elements of her adult novels just with out intimate scenes and less blood scenes, which is very typical of her adult novels. I thought it ended too soon though, as in too short. I wanted to keep reading. I’m glad there will be more books in this series!

Originality:

Now, this is were Rachel rocked. Soul screamers!?!? Never read a book about them! I did a little research after reading this because I was just like “What?! Where did they come from?”. I’ve heard of banshees, of course, but I didn’t understand them like I do now. So by picking this very original topic Rachel not only made it very interesting to read about but it was a teaching session too. Learning IS fun!

Characters:

Kaylee is the main character. She can “see” when someone is about to die. It’s actually very sad. I would HATE to have that ability. Luckily she meets Nash. He’s a cute guy from her school who helps her through this odd time in her life. He’s really a sweetheart and I couldn’t have liked him any more than I do.

Emma is Kaylee’s best friend. She was cool too. There’s also a character named Tod. I can’t say much about him but I really enjoyed him in this story and I’m really hoping to see more of him in the next books!

Kaylee lives with her Aunt and Uncle in his book. Her father does make an appearance and I’m thinking he’ll be in the next book too. I’d like that too. He seemed genuinely interested in forming a relationship with Kaylee. And Rachel does an amazing job at writing the characters dad very well.

Passion:

Kaylee and Nash do have a budding relationship in this book. It’s not a typical teenage relationship because of what’s going on but it does have a lot to relate to. Nash is the sweetest. He and Kaylee make a very good pair. I took off a point in passion because I felt it got pushed to the side a bit because of the big mystery going on. Therefore, it’s more of a mystery than a romance, so keep that in mind.

Overall:

It was a very good read. Rachel did not disappoint at all. I’m really looking forward to the next installment My Soul to Save (Soul Screamers, Book 2), which is set to release January 1, 2010 (yikes! That’s 6 months away!), and can’t be pre-ordered yet (WTF!?).

Cover/Title:

The cover is gorgeous. The title is good. I do get them confused though, when I’m trying to think of the prequel and the second book title I usually switch them up.

My Soul to Save (Soul Screamers, #2)
Rachel released a prequel to her Soul Screamers series called My Soul to Lose. You can download it free at just about any ebook store and even get the Kindle version or you can just read it from her website.

My Soul to Lose (Soul Screamers)
My Soul to Lose for Kindle:

To Rachel:

Thanks for writing a great YA book! You have nothing to worry about with this one. It was perfect and I can’t wait to read the next one!


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