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Posted December 4, 2009
Reviewed by Jennifer Rummel for TeensReadToo.com
Six weeks after Kaylee discovers her true identity, she and her boyfriend, Nash, attend a rock concert of a mega-star. Thanks to Tod, they're able to score backstage passes.
While watching the performance from the wings, they view the lead singer collapse on stage. When Kaylee doesn't start singing, she believes the singer will survive.
She is wrong.
The singer dies without a soul. When Kaylee, Nash, and Tod talk with the oldest reaper in history, they learn she's coming back to take the opening act, Addison's, soul. Addison and Tod used to date. He convinces Kaylee and Nash to help save Addy's soul.
When someone signs away their soul, there's a loophole - you can attempt to bargain with the hellions.
Kaylee can't willingly let someone suffer for all eternity. Soon she's lying to her father, tricking Harmony into teaching her tricks to use in the Netherworld, and sneaking out to uncover answers. Before long, Addy's sister signs a contract. Now the problem deepens and it's a race against time to save two souls.
Rachel Vincent writes another thrilling tale in the SOUL SCREAMERS series, filled with danger, adventure, and romance. It's a perfect paranormal romance series.
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Posted June 15, 2010
My Soul to Save
Chilling. This book is hands down chilling. Not in a bad way, in the suspenseful, edge of your seat what the heck is going to happen next way. I liked Nash's Reaper brother Tod in My Soul to Take. He was certainly morbid, but considering his job, I don't blame him. I didn't quite understand Nash or Kaylee's father's objections to her being friends with him, at least not until this book.
Tod is a curious blend of selfish and selfless. It almost seems like he has a hierarchy where everyone he is friends with or cares for is placed on a certain rung. Unfortunately Kaylee doesn't matter quite as much as his ex-girlfriend Addison, so she pays the price to get Addison safe again.
Not that I blame him, Kaylee volunteers herself (and Nash since she knew he wouldn't let her go to the Netherworld by herself) against a lot of opposition. I admire Kaylee for the fact that she's willing to risk everything to help save Addison's soul. Do I wish she had asked more questions before venturing into a place that could lead to her death? Sure, but she went in with the best of intentions.
The pacing of this novel is faster than the first book--once the ball gets rolling on the group's game plan things continue to happen one after the other like dominoes. I sometimes wished we could have seen into Tod's head, especially as his actions seem to get shadier and shadier. What we as readers notice about his behavior, Kaylee doesn't. The gradual change in Tod's personality was more apparent to the reader, since we are on the outside looking in.
Nash seemed less on top of things in this book, less sure of himself and how to do things. He obviously still wants to believe in Tod, despite the inherent animosity between Reapers and bean sidhe, but is finding it harder and harder. Part of it seems to be jealousy, because Tod pops up and will talk to Kaylee but not show himself to Nash, but some of it is also his protective instincts.
The uber-Reaper, Lily, is a hoot. I want to see her again more than any other character.
The end is bittersweet, with plans being foiled for everyone. Like the end of My Soul to Take, the answer to the problem seems easy, but the end result is devastating. Its painful to think about what happens to the souls honestly, the ones that are bought/bartered/sold to hellions. With the third book, My Soul to Keep due out in June 2010, I'm glad the wait isn't so long. I want to see more of Kaylee and Nash as well as the consequences of their time in the Netherworld.
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Posted January 15, 2010
Loving this series!
I am having so much fun reading this series! My Soul to save captured my attention from the beginning and left me wanting more. This was definitely worth my time!
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Not any where near as good as the first but still worth reading
I have to admit I didn't like this nearly as much as My Soul to Take. It's probably 3.5 stars worthy more than 4. I really fell in love with the characters in the first one but it sort of annoyed me that Kaylee, who is the amateur in things Other, is the one that figures everything out. It also annoyed me that Nash just seemed to be along for the ride. He didn't really contribute anything significant to the plot or story. He seemed to just fill the part of a pretty face and that was quite disappointing. In spite of the aforementioned, I still believe My Soul to Save to be worth the time to read but I do hope that Vincent steps it up in the remaining books in the series!
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Posted September 14, 2009
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Posted June 20, 2013
Another good book by Rachel Vincent. Just enough suspense and my
Another good book by Rachel Vincent. Just enough suspense and mystery to keep you interested, and the storyline is believable; I mean, I can see pop princesses selling their souls to get where they are!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
There were a few moments when I wanted to tell them they were being stupid, but something else would distract me and I'd forget about it.
All in all it was a good book and I plan to read the next one to see what happens.
Posted March 11, 2012
Teens are selling their souls for fame and fortune without readi
Teens are selling their souls for fame and fortune without reading the fine print of their contracts. Tod's ex-girlfriend is one of them. Kaylee, Nash and Tod are going to try to get it back.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
I like this book, but I am wavering between giving it 3 stars or 4 stars because a inconsistency at the end of the book. So I guess it gets 3 1/2 stars. I bumped it up to 4 instead of rounding it down to three because I did tear-up at the end.
Kaylee is very likeable and tangible character. I like Nash, but I am hoping his personality gets flushed out a bit more in the next book. Tod.....I don't know if I like him or hate him, which actually makes him fun to read.
The one great thing that I am growing to like about Rachel Vincent is that she doesn't wrap up her books in a big red bow with rainbows spilling out the sides. There is collateral damage.
Posted February 25, 2012
Posted December 29, 2011
Posted December 4, 2011
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As the previous book in the series, I love this one¿s cover .
It¿s the British cover version of the book and it¿s my favorite one . Though one thing to keep in mind, it has everything to do with the story and I mean the girl¿s eyes¿ color, not the color itself .
The story and the characters:
I¿m a huge fan of Rachel¿s style of writing XD. It¿s like you¿re in the character¿s mind! Which is usually, as far as I know, is not a common things among books. I loved everything about it, from the settings to the characters to the secondary ones to the fiends (loool ) to Avari¿
It was twisted and weird and funny and romantic (a lot, but not enough for me to leave the book) and I couldn¿t put it down once I really got into what was going on.
What I love about these books is that they¿re connected, in each sequel you read what happened in the previous book and how it¿s affecting the current story. Very interesting!!!
The ending was sad but good in the same way . I¿m proud of how strong the characters are especially Kaylee.
I know this review is somehow short but when I love a book and don¿t have anything bad to say about it, I write only what¿s important and what I liked . The rest comes to your own personal taste.
It¿s a must read!!
Posted November 11, 2011
Posted October 19, 2011
Review for Rachel's Book Reviews
Soul ScreamersWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
By Rachel Vincent
"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."
I have a lot to say about the series. I wish I could write my own synopsis, but I can't come up with anything better, one that says it all in less than 100 words. First, I'll go over the series negatives: cussing, explicit situations, drugs (well..of the supernatural variety.) I think that covers it.. Anyway, What I want to say about the series that's positive: It's a fantastically unique series. I love it. I think it's worth it's negatives, it has good plot, good contrast, I mean, it has those negatives, but it has some really amazing positives. I need to finish 'If I Die' but it's just a really original series. No ripped off plots here. I recommend it to all paranormal lovers (like me :)
Posted July 5, 2011
Posted June 12, 2011
Awwwwwwwww I loved seeing Tod's soft side. It's a great story and the ending tells you that there are more awesome adventures to come. Although I don't think Kaylee would mind if there weren't any adventures for a while.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 29, 2011
finished this book!!!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Kaylee has BIG decissions to make...
her life??her soul??or 2 other souls??
who to save??
who to trust??
and...let's just say...that DADDY is no helping much with grounding and stuff...
hey...but Nash's there...so that's a pluss...
welcome to the most weird wednesday of Kailee's life...in the 2nd book of the soul screamers series...
Posted April 25, 2011
Posted February 20, 2011
review taken from One Book At A Time
I have mixed feeling on this addition to the series. Kaylee really annoyed me but I enjoyed the story. Go figure!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
I'm still really enjoying the Bean Sidhe elements of this story. I liked learning about Demon's Breathe and how people can trade their soul. It was also interesting how demon's can get away with not fully explaining the contract's humans are signing. I liked the explaining of the otherworld and how it's the same and different from the one we live in. I also really liked Libby and the character she represents. So, basically if it dealt with the supernatural in this story, I loved it.
But, the actual characters really grated on me for some reason this time. I wanted to smack Kaylee. I didn't like her attitude towards her dad. In my eyes she hadn't done anything to earn the freedom she felt like she deserved. I also disliked the talk of how Nash was 18 and didn't have to follow any rules because he was an adult and that Kaylee was looking forward to the same. Didn't work like that when I turned 18 and it certainly won't when my kids do. I also got really tired of the sexual tension between Nash and Kaylee. The author kept making it seem like that if Kaylee doesn't give in soon, Nash is going to walk out the door. I don't agree with that storyline.
So, basically, I will be continuing this series. I really love the supernatural elements the storyline has. I'm hoping the characters grow up a little in the next one though. Sometimes parents really aren't out to get you!
Posted February 6, 2011
I still like this series, although the first book was a little better. I think the main reason for that is that I was hoping for a little further relationship development with Nash and Kaylee, and I feel like that got sidelined a little bit. Although, there were a few hot scenes which were hopefully a prelude of what's to come in the third installment. The story line was different from the first book, and well done, to be honest I was wondering how many Banshee related story lines Vincent could come up with since she wrapped the first book up so cleanly but I was pleasantly surprised.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 17, 2011
Kaylee is back & in more trouble :)
The second novel in the Soul Screamers series finds Kaylee adjusting to living with her newly returned father. She is taking lessons from Nash's mother, Harmony, on 'how to be a bean sidhe' in order to avoid the kind of trouble she got into in the past. The problem is, Kaylee seems to be looking for trouble or, at least, trouble finds her pretty easily. She and Nash, with some help from Tod, stumble upon a system where a Dekker media, bearing a very recognizable resemblance to Disney, sells the souls of young entertainers to an avarice demon in order to guarantee financial success and market domination. Kaylee and Nash are thrust into the middle of the whole ordeal when we learn that Addison, Tod's old girlfriend and rising teen star, has sold her soul for fame and fortune. Tod, who clearly still cares for Addy, plays upon Kaylee's sense of righteousness and convinces her to help him find a way to reclaim Addy's soul. Of course, things can't go smoothly. Kaylee finds herself in a mess with her father and, along the way, Addison's sister Regan sells her soul as well, so Kaylee is faced with having to save two souls instead of just one.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
In the end, all doesn't end happily. But, I think that's one of the things I like best about Vincent's writing. She's not afraid for her characters to fail--or, at least, not succeed entirely. I would have liked more of the story to have taken place outside the main plot line. Kaylee's character is facing some major changes and I'd like to see more exploration of that. Also, I hope that, in the future, Aiden's character, Kaylee's father, is more developed. I'm sure that Kaylee and Nash's relationship will be explored in more depth, as things progress and the characters grow.
My Soul to Save (Soul Screamers Book 2), overall, is a good story. I feel like it was focused a bit too much on the main plot, to the extent that character development was minimal. Aside from some insight into Tod, I don't feel like I learned a whole lot more about the story's characters. I didn't really care for Addison or Regan, so it wasn't easy to empathize with Kaylee's desire to help them; though I easily understood Nash's reluctance to have any part in helping them. I am looking forward to reading My Soul to Keep (Soul Screamers, Book 3), and I hope that I'll learn more about Kaylee and her family/friends in the books to come.
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Posted October 23, 2010
Soul Screamers still great
When last we left Kaylee Cavanaugh, she'd come to terms with her status as a bean sidhe (banshee), helped stop people's sudden bouts of dropping-dead-for-no-reason, and began dating Nash Hudson, a bean sidhe with looks, brains, and sweetness.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Now, in book two, Kaylee steps more fully into the heroine role, because now she's coming into her own as a character and actively harnessing her power to help others. Nash's brother Tod, a grim reaper whose day job is harvesting souls, scores concert tickets for Nash and Kaylee, but they're floored when the headlining singer dies in the middle of a song. When Eden collapses, Kaylee doesn't scream her lungs out as a female bean sidhe always does when someone dies, and they learn that this is because Eden was soulless. She traded her soul to a demon in exchange for fame, and the demon sustained her life-force until it was time to collect on her debt.
Then Kaylee and crew learn that Eden's opening act, Addison Page, who incidentally happens to be an ex-girlfriend of Tod's, has also sold her soul to a hellion and has only five days before her time is up. Kaylee's not the kind of girl to sit back and allow reasonably-innocent people to lose their souls without a fight, so she's got to travel to and from the Netherworld in order to find a way to break the hellion's contract and save the young pop star's soul.
High points: 1. As previously stated, Kaylee's personal growth. She's taking bean sidhe lessons with Nash's mom and learning how to use her wail, rather than letting it use her. Atta girl! I love seeing effort, discipline, and determination in an MC. 2. We learn so much more about the Netherworld and its quirks and inhabitants--the world-building is starting to get really detailed, and it's introduced in little glimpses that pique reader curiosity. 3. Kaylee and Nash's relationship develops, but she's still plagued by doubts that her gorgeous boyfriend is only with her because she's a bean sidhe. The only downside to the story is the fact that there's not quite enough Nash/Kaylee interaction and dialogue in the book, since they're focused on saving other people's souls. 4. Tod. I love him muchly. He's snarky and dangerous, and he also has a heart of gold. Is it too much wishful thinking to hope that he'll eventually hook up with Kaylee's best friend Emma, so we can see him 24/7?
My Soul to Save is a great second installment in what is shaping up to be a truly scrumptious YA series