My Soul To Keep is the third book in the Soul Screamers series by Rachel Vincent. It was published on 15th April by Mira Ink and the book is 368 pages long.
WHEN KAYLEE CAVANAUGH SCREAMS, SOMEONE DIES
AND KAYLEE IS ABOUT TO SCREAM HER HEAD OFF…
Kaylee has one addiction: her very hot, very popular boyfriend, Nash. A banshee like Kaylee, Nash understands her like no one else. Nothing can come between them.
Until something does.
Demon’s breath. No, not the toothpaste-challenged kind. The Netherworld kind. The kind that really can kill you. Somehow, the super-addictive substance has made its way to the human world. But how? Kaylee and Nash have to cut off the source and protect their friends—one of whom is already hooked.
And when the epidemic hits too close to home, Kaylee will have to risk everything to save those she loves
What I thought
As soon as I read the first book in this series, I was hooked. Unfortunately, I had to wait quite a while before being able to buy the third book.
Just like the other books in the series, My Soul To Keep gets off to an extremely quick and exciting start. Rachel Vincent doesn’t mess around when it comes to getting the party started and this one goes off with a bang. I really loved how quickly this book got exciting and I could see that it probably wouldn’t be slowing down at any point. I was right. The whole book moves along at a really nice pace, mixing faster more thrilling parts with slower, more explanatory bits but I liked it this way. Just at the right times, the pace slows down enough for you to get your breath back ready for something else to happen.
Although this book has a supernatural twist, it still manages to deal with normal teenage problems albeit in a slightly unusual sense. A theme running throughout the whole book is the use of and addiction to drugs. This is a massive problem to address but Vincent does it really well, making it possible to see this happen in a normal situation. The problems and side effects associated with drug use are shown quite graphically at times but I thought that this helped to show just how serious a matter it is.
I’ve always loved the relationship between Kaylee and Nash and although this may sound strange, it is because I can see things wrong with it. Now I’m not saying the author has missed something out here but more that I can see that they aren’t perfect and even though they have a lot of supernatural issues to deal with, they are also just a normal couple at the same time. Nash has a history with girls so I am just waiting for it to come back and bite him on the arse. In this book, cracks begin to show between Kaylee and Nash and I was glad about this. While it was good to be reminded of them not being perfect, I also wanted to shout at Kaylee and say ‘Get on with it already!’. If you read the series then you’ll know why!
My Soul To Keep reintroduces some favourite characters from the previous books and one I was ecstatic to see was Tod, Nash’s dead brother. He always brings so much to each story and I really hope that he will be around for the duration now. As well as the characters we have already met, it was good to see the addition of new ones, both good and bad. The bad guy in this series creeps the hell out of me and My Soul To Keep didn’t do anything to stop that, it only made it worse. I seriously had chills from this guy.
As this series grows, with each book we get to learn more about the Netherworld. I completely love this aspect of the series because it is so dark and scary and also because of how complex and exciting it is. Something new pops out of the shadows each time we take a trip there and I’m always on tenterhooks to find out what it is going to be. It is always a surprise and not what I’m expecting at all.
This is one of my favourite YA series and cannot praise it enough. I really don’t have a bad word to say so far. I cant wait for the next book in the series now to find out what happens next with Kaylee and Nash.
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.
Released in the UK January 2011 by Mira. Thanks to the publishers for sending me a copy for review.