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3.17.2010

Review: My Soul to Save by Rachel Vincent


My Soul to Save (Soul Screamers #2) by Rachel Vincent
Young Adult, Urban Fantasy, Fae
Trade Paperback (HARLEQUIN, 288 pages, $9.99)
ISBN# 0373210043
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…

Author Site: rachelvincent.com

Just as good as the first. (5 stars)

Kaylee Cavanaugh is still pretty new to this whole bean sidhe thing. Learning the female bean sidhe ropes from her boyfriend's mom is certainly helping but there is still a lot she doesn't know. Stuff about the Netherworld and the creatures that inhabit it.

When a teen pop star drops dead in front of Kaylee's eyes but no banshee wail rises from her she knows there's something seriously off. Learning that the only reason she wouldn't sing a soul song at someone's death is because they have no soul puts Kaylee and her pals on a path that will uncover a side of the entertainment industry too scary to be real. Yet there's nothing unreal about what people are willing to give up for fame and fortune. She knows she shouldn't get involved but when Tod, her boyfriend's reaper sibling, finds out a former girlfriend is set to die without her soul, damning her to an eternity as a hellion's plaything she can't say no.

No matter how dangerous the task may prove to be Kaylee is willing to brave the Netherworld to help save a soul, even if it means risking her own...

While My Soul to Take set we readers up to learn about what a bean sidhe is, My Soul to Save shows us what a bean sidhe can do when motivated. There is a whole lot more to the world Vincent set up in the first book to discover this time around. We finally get to learn about the Netherworld and more about what happens to souls, both the good and the bad. Kaylee's dad has set up house for the two of them and Sophie and Uncle Brendan's roles are much smaller this time around. Because this one takes place not too long after My Soul to Take it's reasonable that Sophie is still upset about what happened previously and blame it on Kaylee to a point. Meanwhile, Kaylee's dad is trying to be a better father than he has been all these years but mostly manages to just be frustrating. I definitely did not blame Kaylee for feeling like it was too little, too late on his part.

I can't expound upon how much I loooooved the plot idea for this one. I don't know how timely the same story of tween/teen pop-starlets/television stars will be in ten years but it really was amusing considering current goings-on in the world of young celebrities. The irony is fun to soak up and muse over. Best of all the idea doesn't feel so far fetched when you compare it to reality. That said I wasn't completely satisfied with the ending but maybe that's how Vincent intends it, I haven't read up on what the next book will be about yet so the plot may continue to a point in the next installment.

Overall I loved this one just as much as the first, think the plot was really entertaining and timely and would recommend it for sure if you liked My Soul to Take.

Other Reviews:
Book Love Affair
Once Upon a Bookcase
Christel @ Robots and Vamps


Notes: I received this book through the Amazon Vine program.

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