Friday, August 3, 2012

Review: My Soul To Take (Soul Screamers, #1) by Rachel Vincent

Title: My Soul to Take
Series: Soul Screamers, #1
Author: Rachel Vincent
Category: Paranormal/Romance
Genre: Young Adult
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
She doesn't see dead people. 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.

My Review:

I am so happy that I finally picked up this series!
I was captivated, engrossed and engaged with this book from first word to the very last page.
Even though it took me awhile to read, due to a busy schedule, I couldn't wait to sit down and devour this story.
And mesmerizing-ly spun.

Kaylee would call herself a somewhat normal girl; she has a best friend the exact opposite of her, school- she takes one day at a time, and a family that's a bit unhinged. However, Kaylee knows she's a bit different from her classmates and friends. I mean, who knows when a person is about to die, and then has the strong urge, compelling emotion to let out a bloodcurdling scream? Well, that's Kaylee. 

She's just a somewhat normal girl. Just trying to get by and not let others know, she can see death.
But things take a little turn for Kaylee when death makes an appearance, and dashing, hotty Nash actually talks to her. When young girls start dropping dead, two of which Kaylee 'sees', secrets are revealed and a new world is revealed.
Kaylee finds out she's a little special, and not only that but the hotty Nash is actually taking an interest in her. Oh, and he might not be at all what he seems.
Kaylee's world just got a little bit abnormal.
And since Kaylee can see death and girls are dropping like flies in her town, she decides she needs to make a stand.
Kaylee's about to make use of her little bloodcurdling gift.

What can I say about this book.. Well, I loved that it's a bit different from other  paranormal books I have been reading lately.
 Different vibe, different re-telling of classic myths.  
The new spin Vincent puts on a classic myth, I just adored!
I also loved how the author describes what Kaylee is and the history or legends behind the myth.
It gave the story more depth, mystery and grabs your attention that sucks you in, pulls you forward and warps you up in words that you have to consume.

I loved learning about the world the Vincent created.
I really liked the concept of the story. The idea is so, so very alluring and fascinating.
I felt compelled to keep flipping each page, to devour each word, each sentence, each chapter.
The story line/plot was interesting. It makes you wanna finish this book, learn and befriend the characters, to understand their situations and be with them till the very last page.

I also found that all characters were likable, the MC, Kaylee, is strong and a fighter.
Throughout the book, Kaylee is determined to help; she tries so hard to use her 'gift' to save others. When she sets her mind to something, she doesn't stop till she reaches her goal.
However, even though I did like most of the characters, something about Nash felt off, or maybe it was me (most likely just me). 
I like him, don't get me wrong, but I felt that later in the series, something is gonna happen to him. That's just the vibe I was getting..I'm probably just assuming things.
Then we have Tod..
Tod.. I loved his character right off,  from his attitude to his humor. I feel he is the character I am going to really love reading about and getting to know. He seems like he's gonna be a yummy boy :)
  I just wish he was in the story more. I can't wait to learn more about him!

Each character's growth was noticeable and nicely paced. Kaylee did grow and change from the first part of the book to the end. She was able to understand and except what she was and I applaud her strongly for that! Even Tod shown a bare minimal of growth, however, it was Nash that seemed to stall out, I didn't feel much character growth within him.

My Soul To Take didn't feel rushed, even though it was a fast-paced book. It had a great flow. It felt and sailed along with an amiably pace. Even with it being a paranormal book, it didn't sound or feel too far-fetched. It's hard to find paranormal books that can keep the balance of normal and not normal even and relate-able, and still  sound amazingly real.
And the ending, it blew my mind! Vincent knows how to throw some plot twists at you!

It was definitely a Whoa moment there at the end. 
And it was a satisfying ending, too. Didn't leave you hanging, but by then the story has captured you, entangled you in a web, so you just have to read the next book.

This is a series I know I am going to love and enjoy reading about. Not just for the characters, but for the story the author has created.
I can't wait to read the rest of the Series!


  1. I think we share the same brain hahaha. You are not alone when it comes to your feelings on Nash, I felt the exact same way! Plus, I ADORED Tod right from the beginning as well. Good news-- he gets better!!!
    So glad to hear that you loved this book as well. Can't wait to hear your thoughts on the rest of the series =]

    Great review, as always.

    Teresa @ Readers Live A Thousand Lives

    1. I'm glad I'm not the only one who had those feelings about Nash! :)
      I'm so excited to start on the next books, hopefully soon!

      Thank you for taking the time and checking out my review!!

    2. The next book is where I really started to fall in love with Tod. Just to give you some perspective, the only characters above Tod are Daemon and Patch- so enjoy him!

  2. Wow, you had a little bit to say about this one huh? ;)
    I so need to move it up on my TBR, I keep meaning to get to it and then get bombarded with review copies...and well...yeah. I am just going to make myself read it in September!!!

    Lovely review,Doll!


    1. *blushes*
      I just really enjoyed the book :)
      I really hope you get to start it soon, I wanna know your thoughts on it! It's a really enjoyable read!

      Thank you so much for stopping by!
      Made my day!

  3. Amazing review Magen! I actually really need to pick up this book soon and I'm now even more excited after reading your review :) Thanks for sharing <3
    xoxo, Mariam @Book-A-Holic


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