» Soul Screamers Series, Rachel Vincent

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Soul Screamers Series, Rachel VincentMy Soul to Take by Rachel Vincent
Series: Soul Screamers
Published by MIRA Ink on 2011-01-01
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
Pages: 384
Format: Paperback
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 the need to scream than she does. And when classmates start dropping dead for no apparent reason, only Kaylee knows who'll be next...
My Soul To Save:  “If she were going to die, I’d already be screaming. I’m a banshee. That’s what we do.”

The last thing Kaylee needs right now is to be skipping school, breaking her dad’s ironclad curfew and putting her boyfriend’s loyalty to the test. But starry-eyed teens are trading their souls for a flickering lifetime of fame and fortune in exchange for eternity in the Netherworld—a consequence they can’t possibly understand. Kaylee can’t let that happen, even if trying to save their souls means putting her own at risk...

My Soul To Keep:  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.

My Soul to Steal:  YOU WANT MY SOUL AND MY BOYFRIEND?  Trying to work things out with Nash—her maybe boyfriend—is hard enough for Kaylee Cavanaugh. She can’t just pretend nothing happened. But “complicated” doesn’t even begin to describe their relationship when his ex-girlfriend transfers to their school, determined to take Nash back.  See, Sabine isn’t just an ordinary girl. She’s a mara, the living personification of a nightmare. She can read people’s fears—and craft them into nightmares while her victims sleep. Feeding from human fear is how she survives.   And Sabine isn’t above scaring Kaylee and the entire school to death to get whatever—and whoever—she wants.  I DON'T THINK SO.

 Reaper:   Tod Hudson was a typical teenager. He liked girls, sports, food, and tolerated his younger brother, Nash. In fact, he had his whole life in front of him—and due to his bean sidhe heritage, it should have been a very long life indeed.  All of that changed in one horrible moment and suddenly Tod had to make a choice. Life... Death... or something Between....  

Kaylee Cavanaugh's trip to the mall ends with a brutal panic attack and a brainscrambling shriek she can't stop. Her secret fear is exposed. It's the worst day of her life.Until she wakes up in the psychiatric unit.
But the hospital isn't a safe place for Kaylee, and getting out won't be easy because everyone thinks she's crazy. Everyone except Lydia, who has a secret of her own...


My Thoughts

Green swirlsI had three reviews written and I deleted all of them.  They were full of anger, angst, hope, devastation, elation, and most of all guesses as to what the next installment in the series would entail.

The bottom line is that this series is absolutely phenomenal!  This author has drawn me into this story so deeply that I’ve spent the last three days pondering, whining, depressed and worst of all guessing… I even dreamed about it!!!   It’s amazing!  The thing is from everything that I’ve read in reviews and little blurbs that she writes she’s so completely in denial of how good she is.  She has no freakin’ idea how talented she is.

I adore this series.  After reading books 1-4 and the two novellas plus the short story about Sabine in the anthology I have a better understanding of characters that I originally didn’t even want to see enter the book.  I have a fondness for the badasses and a love for the good guys that goes beyond anything I’ve ever experienced before in reading my books.  Each character is absolutely amazing and so profound that you can’t help but love them all or find yourself hating to love them.  Yep, that would be Sabine again.  I can’t stand her but yet I love her.

I have favourite characters and not so favourite characters and I want things to turn out a certain way and….. I know they’re not going to.  I have a very funny feeling from what I’m reading that Vincent is going to go in the complete opposite direction of what I would like to see.  I can see all the signs leading up to where she’s headed in the 5th book called IF I DIE coming out in September.  I’ve seen a couple of reviews that confirm my suspicions… well, not confirm because they’re not really spoilery but from their flavour of their reviews I just know it’s not going to end the way I want it to.  I have a feeling that these people are on a different “team” so to speak.  I’m not really on a team as such because I love all of the characters but I do have a preference on how it should end and I don’t see it happening that way.

Vincent has been indicating with little hints right from book 1 where she’s headed with this series.  If I’m reading them correctly then it may not end the way I want but I’m left with a sympathy toward where she’s headed, which makes it easier for me to dive into the 5th book with a different perspective and I’ll be able to accept and welcome the change better.  It may be a little heartbreaking for me, but it just might not too.

However, even people who are upset by the ending in book 5, they’re all saying that even though it didn’t end the way they wanted, they’re okay with the ending and accept it because of the way Vincent wrote it.  Whatever her decision is, she made it so that everyone involved is happy regardless of what team they were on.

So, I’m pretty sure it doesn’t end the way I want, but I could be wrong…. either way I’ve come to grips that it might not end the way I want and I’ve gotten passed all of that and now I’m looking forward to it coming out so I can read it.   You see, up until about 8 am this morning I was upset by how things were looking like they were going to turn out and I was scared to death to read the next book (If I Die) and find out that my suspicions were correct and then I’d be upset.

Well, not anymore.   Now I’m coming to terms with the fact that things MAY not turn out the way I want but they will not leave me devastated and upset.  Things will work out the way the author intended them to be and I’m okay with that because if I’m right and she goes the way I’m thinking she’s going to then even though it’s opposite of how I would do it, it’ll still be great.  That’s because I have love for so many characters that I want to see them all win but that’s just not possible.

I’m sure I’ll still be a bit sad, but again, the writing will be amazing if these previous books are any indication.

This is a phenomenal series and I cannot wait for book 5, If I Die and I heard some other good news yesterday too…. it doesn’t end there!!  YAY

Green swirls

Freakin Phenomenal

About Rachel Vincent

A resident of Oklahoma, Rachel Vincent has a BA in English and an overactive imagination, and consistently finds the latter to be more practical. She shares her workspace with two black cats (Kaci and Nyx) and her # 1 fan. Rachel is older than she looks-seriously-and younger than she feels, but remains convinced that for every day she spends writing, one more day will be added to her lifespan.

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