5 quick questions with Rachel Vincent

Today we get to share with you the 5 quick questions I got to ask Rachel Vincent – author of the Soul Screamers series (one that Vicki and I both love!!)


Who would you like to see as the main cast if the Soul Screamers series got made into a movie/ TV adaptation?

Oh, I don’t know! That’s always hard to guess at, because people young enough to play the roles would be too old by the time a film sold, was cast, and was shot.

I’m sure you love all of your characters but who out of the Soul Screamers series is your absolute favourite?

Sabine is my favourite to write. She says whatever she’s thinking. That’s fun. Tod gets the most reaction from readers. But I love it when Kaylee is appreciated for who and what she is. She’s strong. Stronger than anyone really realizes yet. I love that about her.

What is your favourite book of all time and why

The Stand. Or Swan Song. I can’t decide. I love post-apocalyptic stories, and those two are the best. Huge cast. Good vs Evil themes. You can’t lose.

Which YA (human) character would you love to be and why

Which of my own characters? One of the ones we hardly see, because she’s never in danger. 😉

Which YA (non human) character would you love to be and why

None! My characters live dangerous lives!

Thanks so much Rachel! We can’t wait for book 5!

Book Review: My Soul To Steal by Rachel Vincent

My Soul To Steal is the fourth book in the Soul Screamers series by Rachel Vincent. It was published by Mira Ink on 21st October and the book is 304 pages long. Thanks to the publisher for providing a copy for review.

Plot
After Kaylee Cavanaugh’s boyfriend Nash became addicted to Demon’s Breath, making up and trusting him again is extremely hard and it isn’t the only thing she has on her mind. Kaylee is a Bean Sidhe, a banshee who screams right before people are about to die! If that wasn’t enough to deal with, Nash’s ex-girlfriend that Kaylee knew nothing about has just turned up in town and enrolled at the same school. Like Kaylee, Sabine is no ordinary teenager. She is a mara… a real life nightmare… literally! In order to stay alive, Sabine must drain energy from people’s nightmares and as people are dying in their sleep, she is at the top of Kaylee’s suspect list.
In order to get Nash back and to get rid of the crazy ex-girlfriend, Kaylee must uncover what is really going on before something extremely bad happens. However, Sabine has other ideas and knowing Kaylee’s deepest, darkest fears and she isn’t afraid to use them against her to get everything she wants!
What I thought
This is a series that has quickly become a favourite of mine. As soon as I finish one book, I am left desperately wanting the next one but they just don’t come out quickly enough! 
This doesn’t happen much but Kaylee is a character that doesn’t really bug me a whole lot. During a series of books, the main character usually has a point where I want to slap her but not with this one. Even after all Kaylee has had to deal with, she is still strong and mostly knows what she wants. This book is a little bit of an exception when it comes to the latter because of her situation with Nash but I could overlook that. As Nash hurt Kaylee so badly, she has a lot going on in her head and this makes it harder for her to make solid choices but I could totally relate to this. Still, even with this going on, Kaylee still tries to be the best she can be and to stop bad things from happening.
What I loved about this book compared with the rest of the series is that it steps up the adult themes a notch. Now, I know this is still a young adult book but it is aimed at the older end of the spectrum and I like that! Too many authors shy away from the topic of sex and relationships in a real way so I was glad to see this explored a lot more in this book. Sex between Kaylee and Nash has been an issue in the previous instalments but I liked the way the story was taken this time around, especially with the addition of Sabine. 
Sabine was really a breath of fresh air for this series and although she causes problems, big problems, for Kaylee, I really want her to stick around. She added a very fresh and new kind of character to an already fantastic series. Due to having a hell of a lot more life experience, everything about her is different; from the way she talks to the way she acts/ reacts to certain situations. I know Kaylee and Emma would never act in the same way but this is why I loved her so much. Sabine also added a real human (forgetting that she is infact not human!) element to the story which hasn’t really been seen in this way before now.
As for the plot, I loved it. I am always astounded by how many different situations Rachel Vincent can come up with for Kaylee and the gang without sounding monotonous. Her imagination is certainly wild but it is also extremely entertaining. The Netherworld is brought back into the plot once again but this time, not quite so much. I do love the parts set in The Netherworld but it is also nice to see the characters react in the real world without having crazy plants or demons to contend with at the same time. The main idea of the plot was interesting and instantly had my attention as soon as things began to happen!
Overall, I think this is my favourite in the series so far. I am so excited to see what Sabine has up her sleeve next and I am really praying that she doesn’t run off any time soon. Once again, Rachel Vincent had me start a book and not move until it was finished!

Book Review: My Soul To Keep by Rachel Vincent

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.

Plot
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.

Book review: My Soul To Save by Rachel Vincent

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!*

A couple of months ago I read the first book in Rachel Vincent’s Soul Screamers series, My Soul To Take and really enjoyed it. It was fresh, exciting and an all round great read. So I was very keen to read the next book in the series and settled down hoping for another fast paced read.

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.

Book Review: My Soul To Take by Rachel Vincent

After all the YA paranormal books I’ve read this last year, I thought I’d seen it all and nothing could surprise me. Then along comes Rachel Vincent’s My Soul To Take, first book in The Soul Screamers series, and completely blows me away.
Kaylee Cavanaugh just wants to get on with being a normal teenage girl. Things have been rough for a while, she lost her mum when she was only small and her Dad bailed out on her leaving her with her aunt, uncle and cousin. It’s hardly surprising she had that mini breakdown and ended up in hospital recently. But that’s behind her now. Or so she thinks. When she catches the attention of Nash Hudson, hottest guy in school, things definitely seem to be going Kaylee’s way, until young girls around her start dropping down dead for no apparent reason and Kaylee seems able to predict the impending death by screaming, very loudly. Rather than putting him off, Nash seems to know more about Kaylee’s screaming than she does, but what secrets is he hiding? Is anything in Kaylee’s world as it seems?
I LOVED this book from beginning to end. Right from the start I was absolutely hooked by the original and unique plot and Rachel Vincent’s easy, sassy writing style. I love anything with mythology or folklore at the heart of the story and My Soul To Take is packed with both. I’ve heard the term Banshee before, mostly in relation to loud-mouthed women, but that’s as much as I knew. Vincent’s take on the Banshee, or Bean Sidhe, was like a fascinating breath of fresh air.
Along with the intriguing plot lines, what really drove this book for me was the sassy and fast paced writing style and dialogue between characters. Kaylee herself has a tragic enough past that’s easy to sympathise with, but she’s just the right amount of feisty and strong as to not become a victim – or too snarky it borders on aggressive (something that really turns me off about a character). Kaylee’s best friend Emma made a big impact on me despite having a pretty minor role, as did Emma’s mum who we only meet through telephone conversations but sounds like a great character. I’d love to see more from them in future instalments.
There’s plenty of mystery in there too: Why are the girls dying? What’s her dad doing in Ireland rather than with his abandoned daughter? And of course what is it that Nash knows about Kaylee and her wailing abilities? I couldn’t work out if he was a good guy or bad, but really loved the interactions between the two. Mostly this is an unpredictable book and despite trying to guess where things were headed, I had no idea. There is one plot twist I did guess involving Tom, (a reaper!) however this didn’t affect my enjoyment of the book at all and he remains one of the most intriguing characters in the book.
There’s a lot to like about My Soul To Take. It’s fresh, it’s different, it’s fast paced and punchy, packed with mystery and mythology. I have one gripe, which isn’t to do with Rachel Vincent’s writing but the tag line on the front of the book saying ‘Twilight fans will love it’. Sure, they probably will. But this book is nothing like Twilight, in my opinion it’s better and I’m pretty certain people who didn’t love Twilight will very much enjoy this book too! My Soul To Take is in a class of it’s own. I loved every page, couldn’t put the book down and can’t wait for the next instalment released in February this year here in the UK. If you’re a fan of YA paranormal but feeling a little burned out, then this is definitely the book for you. 






Released in the UK January 2011 by Mira. Thanks to the publishers for sending me a copy for review.