Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Book Review: My Soul to Take

My Soul to Take

by Rachel Vincent
Series: Soul Screamers #1
Release date: 1st August, 2009
Publisher: HarlequinTeen
Pages: 279 (paperback copy bought by me)

Summary from Goodreads:

She doesn't see dead people. 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.

Review By Alaiel Kreuz:

Kaylee Cavanaugh has a big secret. One that already led her to a mental institution after screaming like crazy in the middle of a shopping mall.
But somehow she knows she is not nuts. She knows, deep inside her, that she feels something when someone is about to die... Or at least that's what she needs to believe because the only other option is just too frightening...

Her questions finally get an answer from the most unexpected person: Nash Hudson, the handsome and popular guy at her school who knows everything. Despite her initial doubts about him, Kaylee decides to risk it after Nash, in the middle of a meltdown, helped her control the scream that was trying to escape her mouth.

But her premonitions will come very handy when she learns that there's some kind of problem going on: the teenager she saw while talking with Nash at the bar is dead and she knew it was going to happen... and now another teenager just drop-dead too out of nowhere. Could it be possible that she can prevent them from dying? How can she do it when the only thing she does is scream her heart out every time she is close to them?!

Now there's only two questions left: is Kaylee ready to learn the truth about herself? Does she understands that by learning the truth a whole new world full of danger, premonitions and new questions will emerge?
Most importantly, is she ready to meet Tod?

Personal opinion:
Where to begin with? I think I'm still too amazed to be able to offer an impartial review. That's how GOOD and AMAZING it was. The whole concept that the soul songs encircle is so... romantic, so personal and sweet that it makes me smile; and that's the only little spoiler you are going to get from me, hopefully it will make you want to know what I'm talking about.

But first things first. The mythology surrounding My Soul to Take was not only refreshing but also perfectly developed and told. I've read already too many books about angels, werewolves and, obviously, vampires; and although I'm not going to stop reading about these amazing creatures I have to admit that the world Rachel Vincent has created captured me from page one.

Kaylee's screams make me ache for her, make me want to give her a tight hug and help her believe she wasn't crazy. But most important, I can't even explain how much I liked her strength and courage during the whole book. Now she only needs to improve her low self-esteem a little bit.

Now for the romance part of the book I have to admit -hands down- that Rachel did an amazing work. I mean, I can't even think of choosing between Nash or Tod. I may need to read more books or I may never know who to choose. So far all I can say is: Can I keep them both? Because together they would be the perfect combination.
In one side we have Nash, the handsome guy at her school that begins to talk to her for no apparent reason and guides her through her fears out of pure kindness. He is just too caring, sweet and hot.
Then we have Tod, the Tod I've been hearing about a lot and now I understand why. He is the bad-sexy-dark-handsome guy who has a soft spot that only shows to Kaylee.

To finish I want to say two things: If you haven't read this series yet order the books right now, all of them if you can, I assure you you are going to love them all. And second: I have to keep my hands -and thoughts- occupied so I won't read My Soul to Save right now and keep the pace of the Soul Screamers Challenge hosted by Rachel @ Fiktshun.

Alaiel's Rating:

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  1. I'm so glad to see you liked it so much! I have this book waiting for me on my Kindle since last month but I don't want to read it in case it will be a let down. I'm really excited about it though. Great review!

  2. @Nicola: I really hope my review will encourage you to read it soon because, believe me, I bought the book months ago and the first thing I thought after finishing the book was "why did I wait so much?!" xD So, yes, I'm sure you are going to enjoy it :]
    @Shelagh: I'm so glad too! I was scared the book wouldn't meet my expectations but oh boy, was I wrong xD I so want to read the next one!

    I'm glad you both liked my review :D

  3. This book has been on my to-reads list for quite sometime now but I always find a reason to start other books rather than this one.
    It seems I need to have a copy of this soon!
    Thanks for the great review! :)

  4. I have this series on my wish list and it sounds great. Thanks for sharing your review!


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