Thursday 17 February 2011

Guest review: My soul to take - Rachel Vincent

Soul Screamers 1
Genre: YA paranormal
Pages: 279 paperback
Published: 2009
Review by Lis

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.


Some of you may have heard me about my perpetual temp jobs that boring doesn’t even begin to describe in the least. Well if the jobs allows, that is to say I don’t have to talk to whiny people and I don’t have to answer a phone, I listen to audiobooks. It’s something that has kept me sane through many a temp job. Well, at my latest job, reading about whiny people and train delays, Rachel Vincent’s Soul Screamers series came to my attention. Since Rachel Vincent is one of my favorite authors, I took a chance on the series and I haven’t been disappointed at all. Of course, to share the glee I asked B. for a review of the series. So get ready to be awed by the first installment: My Soul to Take.

To start, the series is a Young Adult book and it’s told from Kaylee Kavanagh’s point of view. She’s a High School student who doesn’t know about her heritage, about who she really is and what she can do. As a result she spent a week in the Psych Ward of the local hospital. Poor her. Now let me tell you, in the paranormal world there are some freaky cool abilities to have, but the ability to “scream” for the about-to-be-deceased isn’t one of them. Yup, that’s right. Kaylee is a Bean Sidhe. That would be a Banshee. Yes, the women who scream when someone is about to die.

Only she doesn’t know about it. She only knows that she sometimes sees “shadows” around someone and then gets a panic attack.

That is until one night, when you with her best friend Emma, she meets the uber cutey Nash. When she sees a shadow around a fellow dancer while dancing with the cutey, she starts to panic. Only Nash calms her down and it turns out he has a secret of her own.

The ball gets rolling fast and furious from there on out and you’re on a rollercoaster. The story is not all about Kaylee discovering who she really is. There is also something not quite right with female students dropping like flies.

Kaylee and Nash get help from Tod. Now Tod, he be mine. MINE I tell you! So stay away! He’s a Reaper. Yes, that would be a Grim Reaper, one who harvests souls. But like everyone in this story, Tod also has a secret.

The story is fascinating and well thought through. It’s not just your average teenage romance with a lot of angst. It has depth and a great cast of characters. The characters are not perfect, the have their flaws and they make their mistakes and I found that refreshing. While most stories have a tendency for a happy ending, this ending is happy with a flaw. It’s realistic in that the story shows that not everything always ends with the hero and heroine on top. No worries. No one dies, well no one who isn’t already dead or important!

The only real flaw I found in the story is the theme of predestine or pre-destiny. It’s actually a religious/Protestant term that says everything is preordained. When you’re born, when you die, what you do. It comes back in this story with the “list of the dead” Tod has. He gets a list with names of who dies and when. It’s probably there for the story and the existence of Reapers, but I’m a firm believer of making your own destiny. I don’t think all is ever so easy. Especially not a list of the dead.

Despite this My Soul to Take is a book that is most definitely recommended! It’s quirky, witty and has you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end! My Soul to Take sure made my job a whole lot less boring and caused some funny scenes! (If you ask, I might just tell you!)

Btw, the covers are also very beautiful!

Go get it! 

Thank you Lis!


  1. Although I totally agree with you on the predestination thing (if it was true no criminal should be imprisoned - he was born like that after all, it was planned for him to become a criminal, what could he do?)I think I will read this one - thanks for an awesome review (and I wish you better jobs in the future!)

  2. Sounds really good. I'll keep an eye out for it. Great review!

  3. I still haven't read any of her books. I might try this one first as it is a new series.

  4. Great review! This sounds like something I might like although I really shouldn't collect any more series. lol.

  5. Ana: thanks!! :-) yeah, it just has too many complication. Though to be fair, I think it was mostly for the story's sake! Let me know what you think of the book!

    Linda: Oh it does!! It's well worth the read!

  6. Sounds interesting. There is also another theory about death moments like that. There are times when a person "can" die, but it isn't certain. Only that events lead up to that moment and a decision in another direction takes you to a different outcome. That might have made the book seem different. Hm... now I'm curious. Thanks for the review!

  7. I've got this in my TBR but might bump it up now!

  8. I like quirky and witty...sounds good!

  9. Thanks Lis! :D I so gotta read these books, cos I really like Rachel Vincent so why not her YA books too.

  10. @Ana
    Do read it and tell me later if it is good ;)

    Sure sounds good!

    I love her adults UF books, they are worth reading :)

    Lol, I know the feeling ;)

  11. @Melissa
    And now that comment made me even more curious...I do wonder

    I hope you enjoy it !

    You and me both :)

  12. Sounds good. This is an author I've been wanting to try for awhile.

  13. Great review hon!! I LOVE this series! One of the the few YA I follow religiously! =D

  14. I really liked this book. I am going to reread it very soon for a challenge that I'm participating. Glad to hear you enjoyed it. And yes, indeed, the covers are wonderful! :)

  15. i have to read this. i read the novella Reaper which was about Tod and decided i liked him best too ;-D

  16. Thanks for stopping by JuJu

    She is great (well her Adults books that I have read) So give her a go

    Now I am really tempted to read these

    Looking forward to your review!

    Ah yes that novella...should check it out

  17. I have the first three but I haven't gotten around to reading them yet. I hope they're as good as I want them to be.

  18. Or was this the JUST GO GET IT post that you didn't want to write the review for because it was just that good??!! It sounds like another great book. :-D Fabulous review!

  19. Ladytink
    Can't help you there, you just gotta read, and tell me if they are good :)

  20. Deanna
    Nope, not this one either, considering it was not written by me ;)

  21. Sounds good and a great way to pass the time at your temp job :)

  22. i love those angsty teen romances!! great review!

  23. Carrie
    Evil evil Lis, I so want this one now ;)



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