Wednesday 23 February 2011

Guest Review: My Soul to Keep - Rachel Vincent

Soul Screamers 3
Genre: YA paranormal
Pages: PB 207
Published: 2010
Review by Lis

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 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 so is someone else…

**Warning this review contains spoilers if you haven’t read the previous instalments of the Soul Screamers series**

Are you sitting comfortable? You sure? Yes? Well then it’s time for the third round in the Soul Screamers series. This time it’s even darker, more gruesome, grueling and heartbreaking than before. Get ready for My Soul to Keep!

Kaylee is back after she was grounded for a month by her overprotective father. Things are up to a rocky start when a jock and a good friend of Nash starts behaving weird at a party. It isn’t long before Kaylee and Nash finds out he is addicted to Demon’s Breath. Yes, that would be the actual breath of a hellion/demon. Highly addictive and hallucinating for humans and someone is selling it in balloons. If you read the second book your spidy sense should start tingling. Kaylee and a reluctant Nash start investigating and the digger Kaylee digs the more she starts digging her own grave…erh…the more she won’t like what she finds.

This third book continues along the dark path it started in the first book. Only this book has a surprising, but also heartbreaking twist. Even heroes fall. No, don’t get your panties in a twist, no one dies. Not yet anyway. But you get to read about how far people would go to keep what they have and what they would do for love.

There is a lot of character development in My Soul to Keep. We also see the first rays of change. There isn’t much more I can say without giving some big spoilers away. Let me just say: get your tissues ready and be ready to be surprised!

There is something that started itching me in this installment though. Rachel Vincent won’t let us forget what happened in the previous books. The more this series progresses, the more she’s about repetition of past events. In some points of the story it is even becoming circular narrative. Though in light of the whole story it didn’t bother me as much, but it is becoming more and more noticeable!

Out of all the books, I liked this one least. This because of out of the four it is the darkest. In a way this makes it also the best book. What Rachel Vincent does is show us that the world isn’t perfect and that there is no such thing as the perfect hero, everyone makes mistakes. However, this also puts the story on a slippery slope. Remember I mentioned Supernatural in the previous review? Well in the series there is the theme of the darker the better. The things Sam & Dean are put through the ringer with one evil dead after another. This is what is it starting to look like for the Soul Screamers series. Though there are more silver linings than in Supernatural!

Every time I reach the end of a Soul Screamers book, I want more. It wasn’t any different with this one. Here’s for hoping you enjoy the series as much as I did!

PS. The winners of A night of Secrets by Lori Brighton were Ing and Maija


  1. I want to read this seris so bad. I really loved the first one and I'm going to reread it very soon. ;)

    ps; I know it was your birthday yesterday, so here's a late Happy Birthday to you! I hope you had a wonderful day yesterday! :)

  2. Congrats to the winners and thanks for another review of the Soul Screamers - have you read my take on the first part, Lis? I don't know whether I will progress to the third one. I might.

  3. Congrats to the winners!

    I have heard that this series does get better as it goes. I only skimmed the review since I haven't read the 1st, but it looks like I may be in for a treat later on.

  4. @Chris
    Lol, I totally forgot to post the winners for two days, well at least I emailed them back on Monday

    I sure wanna read the books too now :)
    Aww thanks! I had a great day with bf

    Your review sure made me wonder if I will like them. oh YA is so tricky

  5. @Melissa
    Skimming is very good in cases like this, especially when it comes to me who just stumbles upon spoilers

    It sure looks that way :)

  6. Congrats to the winners. This one sounds like its darker than the rest in the series so far.

  7. I really liked Rachel Vincent's Shifter series. I'm going to have to try her YA stuff soon. Nice review.

  8. This is a series I'd really like to get to.

    Congrats to the winners!

  9. Great review!

    This was one of my favorite books in the series... I like that Rachel was not afraid of creating such imperfect characters =)))

  10. Oh thanks. I think you are teasing me with this series. ;D I need to get to it and all these reviews in it. Well, what am I going to do?

  11. @Naida
    I like darker :)

    Her shifter series were so good, I still have book 6 to read but I don't want it to end

    I hope you do :)

  12. @Larissa
    Hm, perhaps I would get my library to get these..I am sure they would think the twi fans would enjoy it

    It truly is horrible, I am getting teased too, on my own blog :)

  13. I swear I wanted to read your review but you had spoilers and I am still looking forward to this series.

    Congrats to the winners

  14. Inked
    There are always spoiler things when there are many books in a series, so gotta be careful

  15. Nina: It's well worth the read! It's refreshing to!

    Ana: Yes I did. Unfortunately I'm woefully behind on commenting! Predestination is not my thing either, but i believe it's convenient for the series and it doesn't bother me that much. But you should. It doesn't play that big a role further on in the series and the book are seriously good!

    Melissa yes it does! Not one book is the same! It's worth the read!

    Carrie: it's wonderful!

    Naida: it is, but it's also a lot better!

    Vixen: if you liked the shifters, you'll definitely like this one!

    Yvonne: put it on the list *grin*

    Larissa: Yes and it only gets better in the next one! Same here it's very refreshing!

    Melissa: go get the books! Right now!!!

    Cleverly: yes, because it's hard to keep them out if you haven't read the first book. It gives too much away! :-)

  16. Thanks for your answer Lis. Let's hope you will comment next time ;p

  17. LOL! Oh, I feel for you Blodeuedd. Lis has done a wonderful job with these reviews. :)



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