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Sunday, 22 January 2012

Review: My Soul to Save by Rachel Vincent

Title: My Soul to Save
Author: Rachel Vincent
Series: Soul Screamers
Book #: 2
Pages: 279
Reading Level: YA
Book Rating: 
Goodreads Rating: 4.00
Published: Aug. 01, 2009
by Harlequin

When Kaylee Cavanaugh screams, someone dies. 
So when teen pop star Eden croaks onstage and Kaylee doesn't wail, she knows something is dead wrong. She can't cry for someone who has no soul. 
The last thing Kaylee needs right now is to be skipping school, breaking her dad's ironclad curfew and putting her too-hot-to-be-real boyfriend's loyalty to the test. But starry-eyed teens are trading their souls: 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…
Taschima's POV:


My Soul to Save was an interesting sequel to My Soul to Take for many reasons. One, it shows us how the series will be progressing from now on, two, it showed us a new side to Tod (pretty sure Nash and Kaylee are the same people they were when they came in) and three we got to see more into the Netherworld.


The series has this vibe of being pretty adult while still maintaining everything it needs to remain Young Adult. I like this, because the characters all seem more interesting and not so childish.  I guess the whole 'adult' vibe comes from the author being an adult novelist first and foremost (I seem to like when adult novelists turn to YA -Richelle Mead (Vampire Academy, Georgina Kincaid), Sherrilyn Kenyon (Chronicles of Nick, Dark Hunter)... Imagine the possibilities if Jeaniene Frost (Night Huntress Series) turned YA *.*). That affects the character, and it also affects the plot. How The Soul Screamers series seem to be going it's going to be one adventure after the other with no 'one' clear path easily sketched. The future of the series could go anywhere the author wishes. Good because it keeps us on our toes, bad because sometimes I just like to read with a definite goal in mind.


Tod. Oh Tod. You were a little shit, for what you almost did. But, somehow, I still forgive you. Because I know why you did it. I know what was going on in that little head of yours, and it was all mostly good intentions. Tod is just a complicated character all around. You want to read about Tod, because sometimes he does some things you might not necessary like, but you still want to forgive him and see him do better. Nash on the other hand didn't seem to grow (lost a few cool points with me when he wasn't on board with helping the girl recover her soul) much, he is just the same know-it-all horny dude of the first book. He has his moments true (there was this particular scene where he spoke more than his few share of words and was angry as all hell where I looked at him and went 'there's where your balls went!') but they aren't enough to make me switch teams.


The Netherworld. Kaylee is taking Banshee classes with Nash and Tod's mother (yeah if you have read the first book then you already know they are brothers) that will potentially help her control her scream and accidentally the mother lets slip how to get into the Netherworld. The whole mechanics are a little boring, but once you get there? Oh lordie, the grass would be able to kill you. That's how hardcore the place seems to be, nature is even out to get you. The thing that keeps amazing me is how Kaylee is still alive. She keeps being my favourite (she has spunk) but her powers? Other than being a bridge between here and there they are pretty much worthless. The only thing that has kept her head above water is being a VERY clever girl. The powers are there to help her get to her goal, but everything else is inside her brain. She can think under stress and come up with the most clever plans (that one one else seems to think of, idiots).


All in all, great sequel. It is still missing that thing it needs for me to give it 5 stars, but it is a solid 4. I have the third book, and will start reading it as soon as humanly possible.

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6 comments:

  1. This was probably my least favorite book of the series. Glad you made it through this one. It only gets better from here :)

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  2. I've been hearing so much about this series lately and I heard that Rachel released an Omnibus Volume I with the first three books in it, so I'm thinking I'll get that soon and start this series. I think there are more Team Tod members out there than Team Nash. I look forward to choosing my team:)

    Sarah

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    Lois

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  4. I love that there's a series about banshees--you rarely see them in YA fiction. I've heard lots of great things about this series and really need to grab My Soul To Take so I can catch up to where the series is now.


    Smiles!
    Lori

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  5. I LOVE the Soul Screamers series! Warning! So much drama to come!

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  6. I haven't read anything by Rachel Vincent but I have to admit this series sound interesting!

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