Friday, March 15, 2013

Review: My Soul to Save by Rachel Vincent









Check out the end of my review for links to the Soul Screamers Read-A-Long discussions so far!


My Soul to Save
(Soul Screamers #2)
Rachel Vincent
Release: December 29, 2009
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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...
Review:

My Soul to Save is the second installment in Rachel Vincent's Soul Screamers series. I started reading this series after loving her two adult UF series, both known for their emotional rollercoasters. While her YA series isn't quite as turmoil-filled (YET...I've heard enough to know the turmoil is yet to come), but the plots are fun and fast-paced with enough grit and emotion to pull me in and I'm already obsessed with some of the characters (Read: Tod).

This one picks up just a few weeks after the end of book one, and the book itself only spans a handful of days as Kaylee, Nash, and Tod race against the clock to save a teen pop star from losing her soul forever. Even though Kaylee has a more firm understanding of what she is and what she can do, she's still very much a novice bean sidhe (banshee) and we learn more about her abilities in this one through some tutoring lessons with Nash's mom. Vincent continues to develop the bean sidhe mythology and I love learning about this supernatural element rarely used in this genre.

Nash and Kaylee continue to be attached at the hip and readers can't help but like Nash with his sweet disposition and protective nature. Sometimes he's a little cliched as the over-protective sexy guy but Kaylee sometimes puts others' safety above her own so she kind of needs someone to look out for her. Nash is great and all, but my heart belongs to 'dark and twisty' Tod. I know he's not Kaylee's love interest, but I love every scene with him and I hope we get to learn more and more about him as the series continues. I'm especially looking forward to reading his novella, which takes place after book three. In this book we see a softer side of him as he relates to the girl the crew is trying to save and I enjoyed seeing those emotions from him and the lengths he would go to in order to help her.

From the prequel novella to this second full-length book, the Soul Screamers series has gotten better with each book. Vincent isn't afraid to make difficult plot choices and can see how each book is getting a little darker and a little more emotional. I can't wait to continue the series!

Recommended for fans of: YA series like Vampire Academy and Lux, Vincent's adult series, unusual paranormal elements, and snarky dead guys named Tod.


    
  4 / 5 stars

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February 15 - August 15!
Click HERE for more info!
Discussion #1 - My Soul to Take - HERE


I am co-hosting the Soul Screamers Series Read-A-Long with Laura from Little Read Riding Hood!
It's her turn to host the discussion, so head on over and chat about My Soul to Save with us!

MY SOUL TO SAVE Discussion




And here's the schedule for the rest of the Read-A-Long!


April 15:
My Soul to Keep (#3) and Reaper (novella #3.5)
@ Goldilox and the Three Weres
My Soul to Keep (Soul Screamers, #3) Reaper (Soul Screamers, #3.5)

May 15:
My Soul to Steal (#4)
@ Little Read Riding Hood
My Soul to Steal (Soul Screamers, #4)

June 15:
If I Die (#5) and Never to Sleep (novella #5.5)
@ Goldilox and the Three Weres
If I Die (Soul Screamers, #5) Never to Sleep (Soul Screamers, #5.5)

July 15:
Before I Wake (#6)
@Little Read Riding Hood
Before I Wake (Soul Screamers, #6)

August 15:
With All My Soul (#7)
@Goldilox and the Three Weres
With All My Soul (Soul Screamers, #7)

Join us for the read along, join in the discussions if you've read the book/series, post the button in your sidebar...you know you want to!

4 comments:

  1. I just picked up book three from the library because I'm hoping (fingers crossed) to catch up with you ladies and join in on the chats.

    Thanks for the great review now I want to go figure out who Tod is! I'm excited I swear I just have to get through some review books!

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  2. Ack! I really want to participate in this read-a-long, but I've been so busy! Maybe I can jump in in the middle when you guys read book three. I've got the books, after all!

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  3. Ha, both of you said the same thing! The next discussion isn't until April 15 so you have lots of time to catch up! I am hearing book three is where things start to get crazy so I'm very excited for it!

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