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…. (From Goodreads.com)
*Warning! Possible Spoilers if you haven’t read the first book in the series!*
The book starts a few weeks after the first book ends, with Kaylee coming to terms with her Bean Sidhe heritage, getting to know her father once again and spending lots of time with boyfriend Nash. I liked how the books flowed well from one to another easily and with subtle reminders I was able to slip back into Kaylee’s world seamlessly.
Again I really liked Kaylee, who’s compassionate and feisty, but overall a pretty normal and relateable character. The new dynamics between Kaylee and her father were interesting, him being overprotective after missing out on most of her childhood. I laughed at her being grounded when she had a life or death situation to deal with and her frustration at not being able to tell her dad why she shouldn’t be. It was just so normal in an abnormal situation and a great touch.
This time rather than girls around Kaylee dropping dead and a mystery to solve, we get a glimpse of the cold and calculating world of the child star. This was a stroke of genius, if ever there’s an industry likely to be caught up with the selling of souls it’s got to be the ruthless entertainment business. If you manage to read this without screaming ‘Disney’ or ‘Hannah Montana’ then obviously you haven’t seen TV for a long time! It was scarily believable! We also get to visit the Netherworld which is terrifying and chilling, and are introduced to more baddies in the form of Hellions *shudders*…they’re nasty! While this book is a little slower paced than it’s prequel and not so action packed, it’s certainly more sinister and scary.
What disappointed me though this time round was the relationship between Kaylee and Nash. Or to be more precise, Nash. He bored me a bit, there wasn’t any real chemistry between the two and he didn’t develop as a character as much as I would hope. He certainly didn’t have my pulse racing the way I want it to from a lead male. Thank heavens then for Tod, Nash’s brother who as well as being a bean sidhe is also a reaper. I loved him and felt there was more chemistry between him and Kaylee, though I’m not sure if that was deliberate or not. I really liked learning more about the Reaper world and think this is one of the strongest aspects of the book.
While I didn’t love My Soul To Save as much as the first book I certainly liked it a lot and will definitely be sticking with the series. I love the unique plot lines and how Rachel Vincent constantly keeps the reader on their toes. Despite being disappointed, I’m hopeful for more chemistry between Kaylee and Nash in future (though I can see Tod’s going to have a big part to play, and I have no complaints about that!) I’d strongly recommend the Soul Screamers series to fans of paranormal YA, who I’m sure will love it.
Published in the UK by Mira Ink February 2011
Thanks to the publishers for providing me with a copy for review.