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…
“Wait, Saturday night?” he leaned forward to eye me in growing suspicion. “I thought you stayed home.”
I shrugged and raised one eyebrow at him. “I thought I was human.”
My Soul to Take is a great start to the Soul Screamers series. It sets up everything we need to know in a very entertaining and even emotional way. The story is woven together very well, and it even managed to throw me some curveballs I wasn’t expecting. And that is saying something, because I’ve read this series before! My Soul to take was a nice, quick, easy read.
I honestly feel quite sorry for our main character, Kaylee. She was put into a position she never should have been put into. She was told nothing about who or what she was all her life. She was lied to constantly for the last several years as her “panic attacks” made her anxious all on their own. She was allowed to believe herself insane rather than be told the truth, simply because her uncle believed her dad should be the one to tell her. Every single one of the adults in Kaylee’s life failed her, and it honestly makes me mad. The fact that she holds it together so well throughout this book just makes me like her even further. Even if she does have the same name as my sister, which really weirds me out. Kaylee is doing the best with what she was given throughout the book.
As her family let her down so much, the one to tell Kaylee everything about herself was our love interest, Nash Hudson. He is a bean sidhe as well, though the males and females of the race differ quite a bit in their powers. He has grown up knowing exactly what he is, and is the one who knows everything compared to Kaylee. He introduces us to the entire world. Also, for some reason he likes Kaylee, though I’m not exactly certain why as of this moment. He mostly seems to like her because they are the same, and she is the only bean sidhe around.
There is a lot of room for growth in the world. While we’re introduced to the main elements, mostly the bean sidhe, grim reapers, and demons. The rest are either thrown in for a mention or just alluded to in general. Both the story and world are open to whatever Rachel Vincent wants to add in later. While I don’t love that, I can respect it.
This was just a great start to the series, I forgot how much I actually liked reading this the first time around. I’m really looking forward to reading the rest of this series.
My Soul to Lose, prequel novella
This is a short novella that takes place before the first book. It isn’t strictly necessary to read, because you learn everything that happened during the course of this novella later on just fine. It is, however, a decent read and start to the series. The events in this do come up later in the series, but everything is told later on to the point where you don’t feel lost. I do recommend it, if you decide to read the series.
My Soul to Lose is really rough to read, because of all the emotions Kaylee is throwing around. It is always hard to read about a character who believes they have gone crazy. This definitely isn’t the first time I have read or seen or heard this basic premise, but this was done well.
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