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Review: My Soul to Take by Rachel Vincent

My Soul to Take (Soul Screamers #1) by Rachel Vincent
Young Adult, Urban Fantasy, Fae
Trade Paperback (HARLEQUIN, 384 pages, $9.99)
ISBN# 0373210035
She doesn't see dead people, but…
She senses when someone near her is about to die. And when that happens, a force beyond her control compels her to scream bloody murder. Literally.
Kaylee just wants to enjoy having caught the attention of the hottest guy in school. But a normal date is hard to come by when Nash seems to know more about her need to scream than she does. And when classmates start dropping dead for no apparent reason, only Kaylee knows who'll be next…

Author Site: rachelvincent.com

Young Adult Fic Worth Screaming About! (5 stars)

When Kaylee Cavanaugh gets near someone who is about to die a rising panic grips her mind and an uncontrollable need to scream fills her throat. It's happened before and it's happening again...

Kaylee may have some weird panic attacks but right now she's happy to have caught the eye of Nash Hudson, the hot jock that any girl at school would love to date. But as local girls begin dropping dead for no apparent reason, Kaylee's life gets turned upside down. She knows the odd premonitions she's having aren't normal but not what causes them. Since the death of her mother when she was little she's lived with her aunt and uncle while her dad works in Ireland. When Kaylee overhears them talking about her latest outburst she realizes they know more about what's wrong with her than they are telling her. They've called her dad in to tell her the truth but Nash may already have the answers she's seeking. Can Nash and Kaylee find a way to use her premonitions to stop any more girls from dying?

Okay, my synopsis kind of sucks. There's a lot going on in this book and I read the ebook prequel before it came out so I knew what was coming already when I read this. On that note you won't be missing anything important to the story if you decide not to read the prequel. It helped give a little background but nothing key to the overall plot.

I wasn't sure I was going to like this book. The idea of bean sidhe (banshees) seemed a little silly at first. Fortunately the concept was in the hands of Vincent who has taken the shapeshifter genre and really made it awesome with her Shifters series. While not as lengthy, violent or sensual as her adult work this young adult title doesn't lack in excellent storytelling, solid pace or juicy flirtaciousness. Vincent manages to write a story with great depths of emotion while on the same token not heavily weighted down by dramatics either. I'll refrain from giving spoilers but I cried at one juncture in this story and few books manage to do that.

Though able to make me get a bit weepy this book was still good teen fun. Kaylee manages to feel real but isn't so far at the outcast or popular spectrum of teen life to alienate any reader. There is some underaged drinking in this book but as a parent I didn't feel it was gratuituous enough that I wouldn't want my kids reading it (unlike other YA titles I have read). By the time I finished My Soul to Take I was already excited to pick up the next book in the series without a break between them.

I recommend this book (and the series overall now that I've gotten into the second book) for both young adults and adults looking for something fresh in the slew of vampire, werewolf and faery fiction that is really popular right now. I love all of those too and think this is a great addition to them. Enjoy!

Other Reviews:
Lenore @ Presenting Lenore

Notes: I bought this book at a bookstore.

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