My Soul to Take (Soul Screamers Series #1)

My Soul to Take (Soul Screamers Series #1)

by Rachel Vincent

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ISBN-13: 9780373210039
Publisher: Harlequin
Publication date: 07/28/2009
Series: Soul Screamers Series , #1
Edition description: Original
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 677,087
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

New York Times bestselling author Rachel Vincent loves good chocolate, comfortable jeans, and serial commas. She’s older than she looks and younger than she feels, but is convinced that for every day she spends writing, one more day will be added to her lifespan. Now absorbed in the dark, tangled loyalties of her UNBOUND world, as well as the travails of a teenage banshee in her SOUL SCREAMERS world, Rachel can be found online at www.rachelvincent.com or urbanfantasy.blogspot.com.

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"Come on!" Emma whispered from my right, her words floating from her mouth in a thin white cloud. She glared at the battered steel panel in front of us, as if her own impatience would make the door open. "She forgot, Kaylee. I should have known she would." More white puffs drifted from Emma's perfectly painted mouth as she bounced to stay warm, her curves barely contained in the low-cut shimmery red blouse she'd "borrowed" from one of her sisters.

Yes, I was a little envious; I had few curves and no sister from whom to borrow hot clothes. But I did have the time, and one glance at my cell phone told me it was still four minutes to nine. "She'll be here." I smoothed the front of my own shirt and slid my phone into my pocket as Emma knocked for the third time. "We're early. Just give her a minute."

My own puff of breath had yet to fade when metal creaked and the door swung slowly toward us, leaking rhythmic flashes of smoky light and a low thumping beat into the cold, dark alley. Traci Marshall—Emma's youngest older sister—stood with one palm flat against the door, holding it open. She wore a snug, low-cut black tee, readily displaying the family resemblance, as if the long blond hair wasn't enough.

"'Bout time!" Emma snapped, stepping forward to brush past her sister. But Traci slapped her free hand against the door frame, blocking our entrance.

She returned my smile briefly, then frowned at her sister. "Nice to see you too. Tell me the rules."

Emma rolled wide-set brown eyes and rubbed her bare, goose-pimpled arms—we'd left our jackets in my car. "No alcohol, no chemicals. No fun of any sort." She mumbled that last part, and I stifled a smile.

"What else?" Traci demanded, obviously struggling to maintain a rare scowl.

"Come together, stay together, leave together," I supplied, reciting the same lines we'd repeated each time she snuck us in—only twice before. The rules were lame, but I knew from experience that we wouldn't get in without them.

"And…"

Emma stamped her feet for warmth, chunky heels clacking on the concrete. "If we get caught, we don't know you."

As if anyone would believe that. The Marshall girls were all cast from the same mold: a tall, voluptuous mold that put my own modest curves to shame.

Traci nodded, apparently satisfied, and let her hand fall from the door frame. Emma stepped forward and her sister frowned, pulling her into the light from the hall fixture overhead. "Is that Cara's new shirt?"

Emma scowled and tugged her arm free. "She'll never know it's gone."

Traci laughed and motioned with one arm toward the front of the club, from which light and sound flooded the back rooms and offices. Now that we were all inside, she had to shout to be heard over the music. "Enjoy the rest of your life while it lasts, 'cause she's gonna bury you in that shirt."

Unperturbed, Emma danced her way down the hall and into the main room, hands in the air, hips swaying with the pulse of the song. I followed her, keyed up by the energy of the Saturday-night crowd from the moment I saw the first cluster of bodies in motion.

We worked our way into the throng and were swallowed by it, assimilated by the beat, the heat and the casual partners pulling us close. We danced through several songs, together, alone and in random pairs, until I was breathing hard and damp with sweat. I signaled Emma that I was going for a drink, and she nodded, already moving again as I worked my way toward the edge of the crowd.

Behind the bar, Traci worked alongside another bartender, a large, dark man in a snug black tee, both oddly lit by a strip of blue neon overhead. I claimed the first abandoned bar stool, and the man in black propped both broad palms on the bar in front of me.

"I got this one," Traci said, one hand on his arm. He nodded and moved on to the next customer. "What'll it be?" Traci smoothed back a stray strand of pale, blue-tinted hair.

I grinned, leaning with both elbows on the bar. "Jack and Coke?"

She laughed. "I'll give you the Coke." She shot soda into a glass of ice and slid it toward me. I pushed a five across the bar and swiveled on my stool to watch the dance floor, scanning the multitude for Emma. She was sandwiched between two guys in matching UT Dallas fraternity tees and neon, legal-to-drink bracelets, all three grinding in unison.

Emma drew attention like wool draws static.

Still smiling, I drained my soda and set my glass on the bar.

"Kaylee Cavanaugh."

I jumped at the sound of my own name and whirled toward the stool to my left. My gaze settled on the most hypnotic set of hazel eyes I'd ever seen, and for several seconds I could only stare, lost in the most amazing swirls of deep brown and vivid green, which seemed to churn in time with my own heartbeat—though surely they were just reflecting the lights flashing overhead. My focus only returned when I had to blink, and the momentary loss of contact brought me back to myself.

That's when I realized who I was staring at.

Nash Hudson. Holy crap. I almost looked down to see if ice had anchored my feet to the floor, since hell had surely frozen over. Somehow I'd stepped off the dance floor and into some weird warp zone where irises swam with color and Nash Hudson smiled at me, and me alone.

I picked up my glass, hoping for one last drop to rewet my suddenly dry throat—and wondered fleetingly if Traci had spiked my Coke—but discovered it every bit as empty as I'd expected.

"Need a refill?" Nash asked, and that time I made my mouth open. After all, if I was dreaming—or in the Twilight Zone— I had nothing to lose by speaking. Right?

"I'm good. Thanks." I ventured a hesitant smile, and my heart nearly exploded when I saw my grin reflected on his upturned, perfectly formed lips.

"How'd you get in here?" He arched one brow, more in amusement than in real curiosity. "Crawl through the window?"

"Back door," I whispered, feeling my face flush. Of course he knew I was a junior—too young even for an eighteen-and-over club, like Taboo.

"What?" He grinned and leaned closer to hear me above the music. His breath brushed my neck, and my pulse pounded so hard I felt light-headed. He smelled sooo good.

"Back door," I repeated into his ear. "Emma's sister works here."

"Emma's here?"

I pointed her out on the dance floor—now swaying with three guys at once—and assumed that would be the last I saw of Nash Hudson. But to my near-fatal shock, he dismissed Em at a glance and turned back to me with a mischievous gleam in those amazing eyes.

"Aren't you gonna dance?"

My hand was suddenly sweaty around my empty glass. Did that mean he wanted to dance with me? Or that he wanted the bar stool for his girlfriend?

No, wait. He'd dumped his latest girlfriend the week before, and the sharks were already circling the fresh meat. Though they're not circling him now… I saw no one from Nash's usual crowd, either clustered around him or on the dance floor.

"Yeah, I'm gonna dance," I said, and again, his eyes were swirling green melting into brown and back, flashing blue occasionally in the neon glow. I could have stared at his eyes for hours. But he probably would have thought that was weird.

"Let's go!" He took my hand and stood as I slid off the bar stool, and I followed him onto the dance floor. A fresh smile bloomed on my face, and my chest seemed to tighten around my heart in anticipation. I'd known him for a while—Emma had gone out with a few of his friends—but had never been the sole object of his attention. Had never even considered the possibility.

If Eastlake High School were the universe, I would be one of the moons circling Planet Emma, constantly hidden by her shadow, and glad to be there. Nash Hudson would be one of the stars: too bright to look at, too hot to touch and at the center of his own solar system.

But on the dance floor, I forgot all that. His light was shining directly on me, and it was sooo warm.

We wound up only feet from Emma, but with Nash's hands on me, his body pressed into mine, I barely noticed. That first song ended, and we were moving to the next one before I even fully realized the beat had changed.

Several minutes later, I glimpsed Emma over Nash's shoulder. She stood at the bar with one of the guys she'd been grinding with, and as I watched, Traci set a drink in front of each of them. When her sister turned around, Emma grabbed her partner's drink—something dark with a wedge of lime on the rim—and drained it in three gulps. Frat boy smiled, then pulled her back into the crowd.

I made a mental note not to let Emma drive my car—ever— then let my eyes wander back to Nash, where they wanted to be in the first place. But on the way, my gaze was snagged by an unfamiliar sheet of strawberry-blond hair, crowning the head of the only girl in the building to rival Emma in beauty. This girl, too, had her choice of dance partners, and though she couldn't have been more than eighteen, she'd obviously had much more to drink than Emma.

But despite how pretty and obviously charismatic she was, watching her dance twisted something deep inside my gut and made my chest tighten, as if I couldn't quite get enough air. Something was wrong with her. I wasn't sure how I knew, but I was absolutely certain that something was not right with that girl.

"You okay?" Nash shouted, laying one hand on my shoulder, and suddenly I realized I'd gone still, while everyone around me was still writhing to the beat.

"Yeah!" I shook off my discomfort and was relieved to find that looking into Nash's eyes chased away that feeling of wrong-ness, leaving in its place a new calm, eerie in its depth and reach.

We danced for several more songs, growing more comfortable with each other with every moment that passed. By the time we stopped for a drink, sweat was gathering on the back of my neck and my arms were damp.

I lifted the bulk of my hair to cool myself and waved to Emma with my free hand as I turned to follow Nash off the dance floor—and nearly collided with that same strawberry blonde. Not that she noticed. But the minute my eyes found her, that feeling was back in spades—that strong discomfort, like a bad taste in my mouth, only all over my body. And this time it was accompanied by an odd sadness. A general melancholy that felt specifically connected to this one person. Whom I'd never met.

"Kaylee?" Nash yelled over the music. He stood at the bar, holding two tall glasses of soda, slick with condensation. I closed the space between us and took the glass he offered, a little frightened to notice that this time, even staring straight into his eyes couldn't completely relax me. Couldn't quite loosen my throat, which threatened to close against the cold drink I so desperately craved.

"What's wrong?" We stood inches apart, thanks to the throng pressing ever closer to the bar, but he still had to lean into me to be heard.

"I don't know. Something about that girl, that redhead over there—" I nodded toward the dancer in question "—bothers me." Well, crap. I hadn't meant to admit that. It sounded so pathetic aloud.

But Nash only glanced at the girl, then back at me. "Seems okay to me. Assuming she has a ride home…"

"Yeah, I guess." But then the current song ended, and the girl stumbled—looking somehow graceful, even when obviously intoxicated—off the dance floor and toward the bar. Headed right for us.

My heart beat harder with every step she took. My hand curled around my glass until my knuckles went white. And that familiar sense of melancholy swelled into an overwhelming feeling of grief. Of dark foreboding.

I gasped, startled by a sudden, gruesome certainty.

Not again. Not with Nash Hudson there to watch me completely freak out. My breakdown would be all over the school on Monday, and I could kiss goodbye what little social standing I'd gained.

Nash set his glass down and peered into my face. "Kaylee? You okay?" But I could only shake my head, incapable of answering. I was far from okay, but couldn't articulate the problem in any way resembling coherence. And suddenly the potentially devastating rumors looked like minor blips on my disaster meter compared to the panic growing inside me.

Each breath came faster than the last, and a scream built deep within my chest. I clamped my mouth shut to hold it back, grinding my teeth painfully. The strawberry blonde stepped up to the bar on my left, and only a single stool and its occupant stood between us. The male bartender took her order and she turned sideways to wait for her drink. Her eyes met mine. She smiled briefly, then stared out onto the dance floor.

Horror washed over me in a devastating wave of intuition. My throat closed. I choked on a scream of terror. My glass slipped from my hand and shattered on the floor. The redheaded dancer squealed and jumped back as ice-cold soda splattered her, me, Nash, and the man on the stool to my left. But I barely noticed the frigid liquid, or the people staring at me.

I saw only the girl, and the dark, translucent shadow that had enveloped her.

"Kaylee?" Nash tilted my face up so that our eyes met. His were full of concern, the colors swirling almost out of control now in the flashing lights. Watching them made me dizzy.

I wanted to tell him… something. Anything. But if I opened my mouth, the scream would rip free, and then anyone who wasn't already looking at me would turn to stare. They'd think I'd lost my mind.

Maybe they'd be right.

"What's wrong?" Nash demanded, stepping closer to me now, heedless of the glass and the wet floor. "Do you have seizures?" But I could only shake my head at him, refusing passage to the wail trying to claw its way out of me, denying the existence of a narrow bed in a sterile white room, awaiting my return.

And suddenly Emma was there. Emma, with her perfect body, beautiful face and heart the size of an elephant's. "She'll be fine." Emma pulled me away from the bar as the male bartender came forward with a mop and bucket. "She just needs some air." She waved off Traci's worried look and frantic hand gestures, then tugged me through the crowd by one arm.

I clamped my free palm over my mouth and shook my head furiously when Nash tried to take that hand in his. I should have been worried about what he would think. That he would want nothing else to do with me now that I'd publicly embarrassed him. But I couldn't concentrate long enough to worry about anything but the redhead at the bar. The one who'd watched us leave through a shadow-shroud only I could see.

Emma led me past the bathrooms and into the back hall, Nash close on my heels. "What's wrong with her?" he asked.

"Nothing." Emma paused to turn and smile at us both, and gratitude broke through my dark terror for just an instant. "It's a panic attack. She just needs some fresh air and time to calm down."

But that's where she was wrong. It wasn't time I needed, so much as space. Distance, between me and the source of the panic. Unfortunately, there wasn't enough room in the whole club to get me far enough away from the girl at the bar. Even with me standing by the back door, the panic was as strong as ever. The unspoken shriek burned my throat, and if I unclenched my jaws—if I lost control—my scream would shatter eardrums all over Taboo. It would put the thumping dance beat to shame, and possibly blow out the speakers—if not the windows.

All because of some redhead I didn't even know.

Just thinking about her sent a fresh wave of devastation through me, and my knees collapsed. My fall caught Emma off guard, and I would have pulled her down if Nash hadn't caught me.

He lifted me completely off the ground, cradling me like a child, and followed Emma out the back door with me secure in his arms. The club had been dim, but the alley was dark, and it went quiet once the door thumped shut behind us, Emma's bank card keeping the latch from sliding home. The frigid near-silence should have calmed me, but the racket in my head had reached its zenith. The scream I refused to release slammed around in my brain, reverberating, echoing, punctuating the grief still thick in my heart.

Nash set me down in the alley, but by then my thoughts had lost all semblance of logic or comprehension. I felt something smooth and dry beneath me, and only later would I realize Emma had found a collapsed box for him to set me on.

My jeans had ridden up on my legs when Nash carried me, and the cardboard was cold and gritty with grime against my calves.

"Kaylee?" Emma knelt in front of me, her face inches from mine, but I couldn't make sense of a word she said after my name. I heard only my own thoughts. Just one thought, actually.

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bookworm_95 More than 1 year ago
One of the first things that caught my eye about the book My Soul to Take by Rachel Vincent was that it was about banshees, or bean sidhes as they're referred to in the book. In a time when ya literature is swarmed with vampire novels (which I do love)and other paranormal activity, it was nice to find a novel that brought a new subject into the light. Never before had I read a book about Banshees. And I was amazed by this one (I'm a new banshee fan!). This story is about Kaylee Cavanaugh, who is slowly discovering that she is a Banshee. The story continues as she catches the attention of Nash Hudson, a very popular (though surprisingly sensitive) jock. Nash seems to know a lot about what's wrong with Kaylee. He helps her (along with Kaylee's best friend Emma) as they discover that something terrible is happening to teenage girls in their area. And all signs point to the Netherworld, a frightening place that is like an alternate reality where demons roam. As the tension goes on the stakes get higher. Any girl could be next...including Kaylee or Emma. This book was packed with action, romance and thrills and I couldn't put it down! I recommend this book to anyone who loves a good paranormal romance (but perhaps is looking for something fresh).
CatholicKittie More than 1 year ago
OHMYFREAKINGGOSH! I mean wowza. I have not read a story this original since uh hmm? I want to say ever, but that is untrue and unfair. So I will say its been awhile. Generally I have a problem with characters harping on how plain jane they are, unremarkably unattractive they are and/or how so amazing they are but since this is teenage girls, I find it acceptable. And even if I say I don't remember being as hot under the collar as Kaylee, I would be lying if I said I never was. It's just been so long. That said, the only real problem I had with the book was how fast and uneventful Kaylee and Nash established coupledom. And why? There was no time for us to see What they liked about each other, besides the fizzle business in the parts below. But that can be chalked up to my age. I need the substance that builds lasting love not the tingling neither parts that feeds luurve. But again hello, high schoolers. Now to everything else which I love. I loove it wasn't the overdone vampires, werewolves, shape shifters ect. Which even when done right and unique is still sort of like old hat. So kudos right off for that. The characters were believable teens. The loyalty, the cliques, the stereotypes groups. I am a firm believer that cliches are based in facts. Cheer/dance squads are mainly (b)witchy, girls within the same age range in same family have that competition for attention, girls do try to screw each other over when it comes to a high school hottie. So it was all believable. Now the imagery and consistency of it. Now with me I get bored with the scenery and backdrop descriptions. But other than that I sorta skim until I get past it and back to the substance. But that's just me. The netherworld description was well done. Okay, maybe I was a bad kid but if my parents pulled the crap her family pulled, they would not get off the hook that easily. I would be highly P-O'd. Honestly, you chose to have me believe I am crazy rather than tell me what was up? Heck no would they live that down. Kaylee was mad, which I loved but not mad enough. Kaylee was snarky but not nearly enough. Best of all it left me begging for more in the series. And unlike house of night Kaylee is not near the whore of the heart Zoey is. Which is hard to do in a YA novel. YA Girls love boys boys boys! And Vincent adds that hmm nice 3 point dimension to the story. catholickittie.blogspot.com
ChelseaW More than 1 year ago
Kaylee Cavanaugh she is not your average teenager. When someone around her is about to die, she gets an uncontrollable urge to scream. After getting information from her Uncle and new boyfriend Nash, she realizes there is a lot more to learn about who she is and what she can do. The story takes place over a short period of time, but the plot is chock full of twists and turns, with a climactic ending that sneaks up and punches you in the gut. MY SOUL TO TAKE is a great paranormal romance story for teen girls. Kaylee deals with the usual paranormal issues ("Where did I come from and how do I learn to control my powers?") along with the more normal teenage issues ("Does he like me and am I pretty enough for him?") Together with some uncommon paranormal myths, readers will delight in the Soul Screamers series. This book is a great start to the new Harlequin Teen line-up. Vincent has written an engrossing and spooky tale that will leave new readers begging for more action and answers! (While waiting for more, readers can check out the prequel, MY SOUL TO LOSE, available for free download on the eHarlequin site.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read the novellas first... then dive right into the five books in the "Soul Screamers" series! I hope there will be a # 6!!!
LadyJ-NY More than 1 year ago
It has been a long time since a book has forced me to stay up reading, let alone finish in a day. I could not put this book down. I have been trying to find a new series to captivate me the way Twilight has and this has definately done it. Now don't misunderstand me, this is nothing like Twilight. So far no vampire or werewolves, but it does deal with another kind of supernatural being that I haven't seen to often in stories, Banshees or (Bean Sidhes) as it's written in the story. I am a vampire/paranormal romance reader and I am so glad I decided to buy this book, along with the 2nd in it's series, My Soul to Keep, which I will start reading tonight. I love the characters, I like the originality of the story, and I love Rachel Vincent's style of writing which made it easier for me to rlate to the story. Especially when at one point she writes, "Whatever I'd glimpsed was too big to be a rodent-unless we'd stepped into Buttercup's fire swamp-..." Only people who have seen the Princess Bride as many times as I have will understand that line, and I absolutely loved it. Definately will read more from her!!!
ShezWickedBabii More than 1 year ago
When I first got this book about three weeks ago, I was definitly kinda stepping away from the Vampire werewolf theme...But Rachel Vincent is one of my favorite authors...After actually reading this book I couldn't put it down and I finished it in one day...It was that good...Its something different but still in the paranormal section...It reminds me of that show "Dead Like me" But ten times better...I loved the whole Banshee and grim Reaper thing! I just wished it was more thicker...But other than that it was worth the money and time!
Asmita More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading this book. And i m craving for the second one to come. It is now in my top list of books.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Kaylee Cavanaugh is not your average teenage girl. There's something a bit off about her. Whenever she's near someone who is about to die, she can sense it. When that happens, she feels the urge to scream loud enough for everyone to hear. Kaylee wants to be a normal girl. Being a normal girl to Kaylee is going out on a date with her crush, Nash, who also happens to be the hottest guy in school. But going out on that date has to take a backseat when classmates start dropping dead for no apparent reason. Nash doesn't seem as in the dark as Kaylee feels, and she needs to know why. Who will die next? Only Kaylee knows for sure. Wonderfully written characters that are portrayed as typical teenagers that possess extraordinary powers. A fast-paced, engrossing read that you won't want to put down. A story that I wouldn't mind sharing with my preteen, although she'll have to wait until I am done. MY SOUL TO TAKE is a wonderful beginning to a series that fans of Ms. Vincent's adult SHIFTERS series will definitely be rushing out to buy. A book like this is one of the reasons that I add authors to my auto-buy list. This is definitely a keeper.
ljldml on LibraryThing 24 days ago
Amazing book. The Bean Sidhe have long been part of Celtic lore. I don't know of any other author who has created an entire series about the bean sidhe. The characters in this book are incredible. Kaylee and Nash are a great couple. The intensity of Kay's feelings as the Bean Sidhe are wonderfully displayed by the author. I have to say, one of my favorite characters is the grim reaper, funny and cute at the same time. Can't wait to read the rest of the series
HarkiQuinn on LibraryThing 24 days ago
Kaylee Cauvanaugh is just a regular high school Junior. She has a best friend that she loves, she has a crush on the hottest boy at school and she knows when someone will die. Kaylee's life is turned upside down when a bunch of girls from her high school starting dropping dead and she may be the only one who can save the next intended victim. I was not expecting this book to go down the urban fantasy road. I expected something along the lines of The Body Finder where an everyday girl learns that she has a special talent and has to solve a bunch of murders while keeping others in the dark to her involvement. Not with this novel; it's full of rich mythology and paranormal characters. And I loved it! I enjoyed Kaylee's perspective and her narrative. She's a typical high school girl with typical high school actions. All of her actions and emotions felt real and I enjoyed hearing the story from her perspective, especially when it involved Nash. I was taken aback by how much I enjoyed their relationship; I usually enjoy relationships that take time to build, but I was rooting for Nash and Kaylee to hook up from page 1 and I loved every interaction they had throughout the novel. Lastly the plot was enticing. I wanted to know more about each character that popped up and I was dying to know who was behind the mystery deaths. The novel kept my full attention and I was surprised by how short it was (another hundred pages please Rachel!) but I am ecstatic to read the rest of this series and learn more about the new creatures that are sure to pop up in Rachel's world!
fredamans on LibraryThing 24 days ago
I'm so glad I finally read this book. It's been sitting around here for a long while and I finally made the time to sit and read it.It didn't disappoint. A very edgy and gripping story from start to finish. I enjoyed the little bits of romance too, but especially loved learning about bean sidhes. Interesting characters they are.Add me to the list of people who loved this book!
thenightbookmobile on LibraryThing 24 days ago
The Soul Screamers series approaches supernatural beings that I haven't yet encountered before in my reading. The concept of Banshees (Bean Sidhes) is new to me and so it was definitely a refreshing subject to read about. I absolutely love the world Rachel Vincent crafts here. I was initially drawn to this series by the prequel, My Soul to Lose, and if I'm being honest, I enjoyed the prequel even more than I enjoyed this first book in the series. The prequel introduced us to Kayleigh's need to wail when someone near her was about to die. I was fascinated and excited to pick up the first book. Unfortunately, as I kind of expected, the first book was bogged down by an instant romance, taking away from the world that Rachel Vincent was building, which is a shame since the mythology only gets even more involved and interesting here.The Grim Reapers and Tod as a character were really great additions to this story. I love the explorations into death and learning about the details of the involvement of the Grim Reapers and the different parts male and female bean sidhes can play. The plot was fast moving and the ending was satisfying. It did not feel like a cliffhanger but a complete story, which is very important for a series, but it still managed to leave me wanting more.The one thing that I really didn't like about this novel was a prominent enough part of the book to affect my rating. The romance between Nash and Kayleigh was formed too quickly to be believable. Kayleigh found herself wondering if Nash only had feelings for her because of what they have in common, and I did too, because what else was there? Kayleigh spends much of the story getting distracted by Nash's arms, hands, mouth and the swirling depths in his eyes and it caused me to roll my own non-swirly eyes on several occasions. She also frequently wonders what he could possibly see in her because of course he is ~beautiful~ and the most popular guy in school. Do we really have to keep writing heroines this way? Heroines who spend the entire day thinking about a boy and wondering how they could possibly deserve him? Can't our supernatural heroine have a little more confidence and focus on the much more important things she has going on without constantly thinking about a boy's "gravelly chuckle" and how it sent a "bolt of heat" blazing through her? At this point when it comes to a lot of YA romance I am hoping someone does a follow up. Can we look in on these romances a few years down the line when she's had to listen to him snoring at all hours and watched him forget to wash his hands after pooping a few times? Because I think the inner monologues would really align with reality then.I will definitely be continuing on with this series. Romance aside, the story is one of the most original I've come across in the paranormal genre lately. I hope that future books focus more on everyone's abilities and the Reapers instead of pretty boys.Recommendation: Anyone in the mood for some paranormal candy that ventures away from the usual vampires/werewolves. You can check out the prequel for free if you go to its Goodreads page.
Mersadies on LibraryThing 24 days ago
This book Follows Kaylee a Bean Sidhe (a.k.a banshee) through her journey of discovering her family heritage that she believed to be nothing but old folk tales. She lives with her aunt and uncle because her dad left after her mother's death... and she has been seeing things nobody else can see and her aunt and uncle lead her to believe she is crazy. Later thanks to a hot guy named Nash, who is more clued in on who and what kaylee is than she is, Kaylee realizes she isn't crazy,she's a banshee and is hurled into a world of grim reapers and netherworld creatures she only ever thought existed in fairytales. This book is the first in a series entitled soul screamers.I love this book! I have never read a book about banshees or should I say Bean Sidhes. Rachel Vincent is an amazing author and I love how she makes the characters relatable. I found this book to be a page turner, I didn't want to put it down and am excited to read the other novels in this series.
graceschumann on LibraryThing 24 days ago
I will honestly say that I'm surprised that I liked this book as much as I did. I mean I've been reading Rachel Vincent's stray series about werecats (which I have thoroughly enjoyed I might add), so when I saw this series by her, I figured I would give it a try. I wasn't really expecting much because the summary sounded so generic and flaky. Fortunately, it was anything but.When Kaylee sneaks into a club with her best friend, Emma, she is met with a chilling sight. A girl there is enshrouded in dark shadows, and Kaylee can't look at her without wanting to scream her lungs out. She thinks this girl is going to die and she's right. But where do these odd premonitions of Kaylee's come from and what is the outcome when she gets mixed up with banshee's, grim reapers, and the Netherworld?I loved the idea behind Kaylee's character. The whole soul screamers thing was brilliant but I did feel like her character could have been developed a little more. As could Nash's character. Really the only problems I had with the book were the character development of those two and how their relationship came to be. It just happened with no lead up to it. *Bam* they're in the club and he helps her through one of her screaming episodes. Next day they're basically an item. It was kind of too sudden to be realistic.Other than that it was very well done. I have to say that Vincent does have a certain flair that makes her books stand out. I can't wait to read the next one. And I hope they go more into Tod's character! He was my favorite!
Dukiebri on LibraryThing 24 days ago
I LOVED this book. To be honest, I am actually pleasantly surprised by how much I loved it. Based on the synopsis, I was expecting something about a girl hung up on the ¿hottest guy in school,¿ with some awkward standard paranormal elements added in to make a typical YA paranormal+romance story concoction. However, this book had none of that, for which I am very grateful. My Soul to Take is refreshingly original, beautifully written, and something you should not miss out on. My favorite thing about this book was the paranormal/mythology components present. This is my first time reading a book about banshees, and it proved to be a very enlightening and entertaining read. I liked learning the mythology behind banshees (view spoiler), and it is nice to have some deviation from the typical vampire/werewolf/faerie/[insert any other common fantastical being here] stories found in abundance nowadays. The characters were well-crafted, and for what feels like the first time in a long time, none of them annoyed me. Kaylee is definitely one of the better female leads out there, and she is smart and quick on her feet. I am partially in love with Tod and his snarky demeanor, and I hope we get to see more of him in the next book. Nash was a little too one-dimensional for my tastes, but I did not mind him so much. The romance between Nash and Kaylee suffers from insta-love, and it was my least favorite part of the book. I am actually hoping for something to happen between Tod and Kaylee myself, since Tod actually has some (interesting) depth to him and I loved the interactions between the two of them. However, this book does not focus on the romance that much, so Kaylee and Nash¿s relationship was bearable. Maybe I am just over the whole `popular playboy who falls for the unnoticed one¿ dynamic, but nonetheless, I am hoping something to develop between Kaylee and Tod. *crosses fingers* Maybe I should just be happy with what I get and be appreciative of the fact that there is no love triangle. A bad romance trumps a love triangle any day. This book has become one of my new guilty pleasures. I am almost embarrassed to admit how much I am looking forward to reading the second book! My Soul to Take was SO GOOD, and if the next book, My Soul to Save, is even half as good as this one, then I am sure I will love it. This story is imaginative and rather unprecedented, and I cannot wait for more. Here¿s to finding a new series to obsess over.
alaiel.kreuz on LibraryThing 24 days ago
Kaylee Cavanaugh has a big secret. One that already led her to a mental institution after screaming like crazy in the middle of a shopping mall.But somehow she knows she is not nuts. She knows, deep inside her, that she feels something when someone is about to die... Or at least that's what she needs to believe because the only other option is just too frightening...Her questions finally get an answer from the most unexpected person: Nash Hudson, the handsome and popular guy at her school who knows everything. Despite her initial doubts about him, Kaylee decides to risk it after Nash, in the middle of a meltdown, helped her control the scream that was trying to escape her mouth.But her premonitions will come very handy when she learns that there's some kind of problem going on: the teenager she saw while talking with Nash at the bar is dead and she knew it was going to happen... and now another teenager just drop-dead too out of nowhere. Could it be possible that she can prevent them from dying? How can she do it when the only thing she does is scream her heart out every time she is close to them?!Now there's only two questions left: is Kaylee ready to learn the truth about herself? Does she understands that by learning the truth a whole new world full of danger, premonitions and new questions will emerge?Most importantly, is she ready to meet Tod?Personal opinion:Where to begin with? I think I'm still too amazed to be able to offer an impartial review. That's how GOOD and AMAZING it was. The whole concept that the soul songs encircle is so... romantic, so personal and sweet that it makes me smile; and that's the only little spoiler you are going to get from me, hopefully it will make you want to know what I'm talking about.But first things first. The mythology surrounding My Soul to Take was not only refreshing but also perfectly developed and told. I've read already too many books about angels, werewolves and, obviously, vampires; and although I'm not going to stop reading about these amazing creatures I have to admit that the world Rachel Vincent has created captured me from page one.Kaylee's screams make me ache for her, make me want to give her a tight hug and help her believe she wasn't crazy. But most important, I can't even explain how much I liked her strength and courage during the whole book. Now she only needs to improve her low self-esteem a little bit.Now for the romance part of the book I have to admit -hands down- that Rachel did an amazing work. I mean, I can't even think of choosing between Nash or Tod. I may need to read more books or I may never know who to choose. So far all I can say is: Can I keep them both? Because together they would be the perfect combination.In one side we have Nash, the handsome guy at her school that begins to talk to her for no apparent reason and guides her through her fears out of pure kindness. He is just too caring, sweet and hot. Then we have Tod, the Tod I've been hearing about a lot and now I understand why. He is the bad-sexy-dark-handsome guy who has a soft spot that only shows to Kaylee.To finish I want to say two things: If you haven't read this series yet order the books right now, all of them if you can, I assure you you are going to love them all.
indymia on LibraryThing 24 days ago
This novel surprised me so much! For the first few chapters it seemed like it was just going to be the atypical YA novel. Average girl meets hot guy, hot guy knows secret about average girl, they fall in love and badda-boom! End of story. But whoa. It so took an unexpected turn. I won't lie, Kaylee and Nash's relationship still developed way too fast. Unnaturally fast. I'm not sure whether I like them together or not because I've yet to seen any sort of depth or evidence in their relationship that makes me want them to be together. Unless you count their frequent hot kisses, but I don't so I need a little more emotional evidence which is something Kaylee wants too. She doesn't just go, "Oh to hell with it. I'm kissing a hot guy, I don't care if we barely have any emotional connection what. so. ever." She questions the authenticity of their relationship. Something that bothered me was she never really discussed the relationship with Nash but there's so many other things going on I don't really blame her.Kaylee's a really strong lead. She's totally kick-ass. I can really see her standing her place and growing with every book. She's a character to watch for, one I personally am excited to see more of. My biggest complaint with her is when she's with Nash. I'd just hear over and over how comfortable he made her feel, how calming he was, and how he-- yea, okay, I get it. Nash is freaking awesome but can we move on? I didn't really fall in love with Nash either. He's the typical male lead. Hot, soothing, and his kisses are out of this world. He does have some personal demons but they don't make him a brooding emo which was nice. I would just like to see more of his personality, which hopefully will happen with the next book.Now to the plot. Oh my freaking ninjas, I'm in love with this plot! This is one of the most original plots in YA I've read in years, folks, years. It had so many twists and turns I just did not see coming. Rachel Vincent did a fantastic job with it. The ending was just whoa and a character I once hated, then sympathized for, I ended up hating but then sympathizing for all over again. Jury's still out on whether or not I feel sorry for that character or if I hate them. Probably little bit of both. But still, I love the new elements Vincent brought and making me think twice about a creature I once just completely ignored. The things that bothered me though were the overuse of italics. A certain word (you'll know which one when you read it) was often italicized, then it wasn't italicized. Which confused me. Also I feel like there were just one too many ellipses in here. But that's just me. Rachel Vincent's writing is fantastic though and I could easily see it becoming one of my favorites. Soul Screamers was a pleasant surprise. I was so wary when I started it but man, once the plot starts it don't stop. It's a full on ride that I enjoyed every bit. I'm definitely picking up the next book at my next Border's trip. Well done, Ms. Vincent!
ShadowKissed on LibraryThing 24 days ago
Teen series about a girl who screams bloody murder when someone is about to die. While trying to discover who she is and why she does this, she meets a very handsome guy who she falls in love with. A nice story that is about something different then the normall paranomal read.
ahandfulofconfetti on LibraryThing 24 days ago
Yay, something different from the usual faerie/vampire/werewolf/fallen angel YA's populating the shelves! I really enjoyed this look at something new, and the mystery and characters weren't too shabby, either. Definitely going to continue reading this series to see where else the author takes her mythology. And I'm looking forward to more Tod! He's the most intriguing character for me personally, by far, and I definitely want to know more of his story.
Annesanse on LibraryThing 24 days ago
I really liked My Soul to Take! It was interesting and fun as well as pretty suspenseful. I liked Kaylee a lot and thought that the paranormal aspect was really unique. At least I've never read about Banshee's before. ;) Some parts were extremely touching and well written. I almost cried during one particular scene. I had figured out one of the "secrets" pretty early on, but I definitely didn't see the ending coming. Overall, I really enjoyed both the prequel and this first full-sized novel, and I'll definitely be reading the rest of the Soul Screamers books. Additionally, I thought the narrator did a great job on this book. (Amanda Ronconi) I've heard her read a few other books as well and almost couldn't believe she was the same person. She is a very talented reader.
rrhsmichelle on LibraryThing 24 days ago
So I kind of lurved this book, mostly. Except WHY ARE TEENAGERS ALWAYS FALLING IN LOVE IN LIKE, TWELVE MINUTES?! Seriously, go on a date or do something other than have a nervous breakdown first, yeah?
Mortumi on LibraryThing 24 days ago
I didn't expect myself to like this, but I really did. I am not a fan of romances, but this was really good. Rachel Vincent has taken a well worn genre, and made it something very new and interesting. I loved all the weirdness and strange plot twists.
bkwormblogger on LibraryThing 24 days ago
Synopsis: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.Review:Wow! Kaylee is one of those heroines who you just want to be like. She's smart, funny, completely adorable, and has the most awesome friendship with her best friend, Emma. Plus, brand new boyfriend, Nash, is so devoted I almost have a crush on him myself.This book takes on the Banshee element of Paranormal and its not one I've read about before. The whole premise of Irish Banshees was fully covered, and understandable. Wrapped into a likeable story and realistic situations this action packed adventure is definitely one to get your hands on.
ericajsc on LibraryThing 24 days ago
This is a breath of fresh air in what can sometimes seem to be a stuffy, overcrowded room of paranormal/urban fantasy books. Despite the fact that a lot of the book is about Kaylee discovering who she is and what that means to her, it manages to tell a story in which the paranormal is only one factor, not the driving force behind it.For some reason, Kaylee is the only person who notices that there is a pattern of young, beautiful girls in her area dying when they are relatively healthy. Well, she may not be the only person, but she¿s actively trying to find the connection between the girls when there doesn¿t seem to be one. I love a good mystery, so this is the part of the book I liked the best, and it didn¿t disappoint. This is partially because I didn¿t have any expectations of what she could and could not do because this is the only book I¿ve ever read that features this particular branch of paranormal. But it¿s mostly because it was just well written and I was blindsided by the truth ¿ which I love (assuming I¿m not blindsided because it makes absolutely no sense with the rest of the story; but this does, so it¿s excellent).I¿m a little torn on whether or not I like the Kaylee/Nash relationship. The ¿Look what we can do together, We¿re perfect for each other¿ storyline is okay, but there¿s a part of me that finds it just a little too sappy. I mean, I like the idea of him singing to calm Kaylee down when she starts screaming; that¿s definitely swoon-worthy stuff right there. I think I could like it more, but I¿m not completely sold on Nash yet. Right now he¿s kind of too perfect to be entirely interesting. There¿s this whole competitive kind of thing between two of the male characters, and usually I find those to be blah but, like the rest of the book, it surprised me. The best part of it is that there is information revealed near the end of the book kind of made me laugh evilly with glee.For anyone looking for something fresh and new in the paranormal realm, this book does not disappoint.
amberic on LibraryThing 24 days ago
Kaylee knows there is something different about her but she just thinks typical stuff like she is crazy or has a brain tumor. Her family has kept her in the dark about what she is. But her new boyfriend Nash knows and he is going to let her in on her own secret because he too is one. She then discovers exactly what it is she does and can do. And with all these girls dying around her it may be something she can do to help them..This is an awesome book. So original. I never seen what happened coming. If you are into YA paranormal then you are definitely going to want to read this, And once you do I think you will be hooked!!