Review: My Soul To Take by Rachel Vincent

Posted December 4, 2010 by Carmel in / 5 Comments

My Soul To Take
Title: My Soul to Take
Author: Rachel Vincent
Publisher: Harlequin
Release Date: 2009
Pages: 384

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 her need to scream than she does. And when classmates start dropping dead for no apparent reason, only Kaylee knows who’ll be next…

High praise for the Soul Screamers Series! Well, for book one of it, the rest is still to be determined. Rachel Vincent’s Soul Screamers world is so detailed yet graspable. The story progresses at a perfect pace right on par with the characters’ development. I was absorbed from the very beginning and only became more so as I dove into this unique and captivating story. This book was definitely worthy of my attention!

I’m always a little hesitant whenever I begin reading a YA novel. The characters and story can sometimes be a little flighty. In this case though I was pleasantly surprised by how believable their personalities were. Then again, how could the author of the killer Shifters Series write a bad book? I should have had a little more “Faythe”! Ha! Fellow fans will get my corny reference, the rest of you; look it up!

I’m a sucker for Irish mythology so this book drew in me even more after I discovered what Kayley is. It’s hard to describe the world that Vincent builds in this novel without giving away too many spoilers so I’ll refrain. But for anyone who’s ever wondered about what happens after we die, the possibilities explored in this book are pretty cool. Then there’s the added bonus of it having a teenager who’s faced with all of this life altering new information and getting to see how she deals. I think Kaylee did quite well considering!

All of this crazy Netherworld stuff doesn’t stop Kaylee and Nash from falling in love. I really enjoyed witnessing the evolution of their relationship. Young love! It brought back so many memories of how my problems at their age were so trivial but at the time seemed like a matter of life or death. How I would love to go back to those days! Kaylee and Nash’s relationship is so new and they’re so innocent. It just made me all warm and fuzzy inside and they didn’t even make it past first base!

Sophie is the only character that really got on my nerves but then again she fits the popular high-school kid stereotype. I didn’t like those kids back then and I still don’t like them now but it wouldn’t be high school without them. So I endured her, it was just unfortunate that Kaylee lives with her. I guess it’s also not entirely all her fault because everyone is keeping things from her. Her reactions would probably have been very different if she knew what was really going on.

The ending was like the cherry on top of a delicious sundae. Once it started unfolding I couldn’t put the book down; I had to read it until the very end. I was hit with revelation after revelation. My head was spinning but in a good way! My Soul To Take is an easy read with an awesome story and fantastic characters. I think it appeals to a variety of different readers not just fans of YA. It’s nothing like Vincent’s Shifters Series but the writing is equally as good. I’m looking forward to seeing where Kaylee goes from here in My Soul To Save.

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5 responses to “Review: My Soul To Take by Rachel Vincent

  1. I’m glad you liked it!! I am sure you will love the next two as well. I can not wait until January 1 when the new book comes out 😀

  2. Glad you liked this one! I love this series! Be sure to check out her novella Reaper online! It’s currently free right now! Her other prequel My Soul to Lose you can read for free at her website!

  3. Megan Marie & Jessica — Just goes to show, don’t judge a book just because it’s YA. I’ve already d/l The Reaper but thanks for the heads up anyway!

  4. I will have to put this one on my TBR list! I think I am going to finish her other series first, but you made this one sound so good too!