With all my soul
(Soul screamers, #7)
5 stars out of 5
What does it mean when your school is voted the most dangerous in America? It's time to kick some hellion butt...
After not really surviving her junior year (does "undead" count as survival?), Kaylee Cavanaugh has vowed to take back her school from the hellions causing all the trouble. She's going to find a way to turn the incarnations of Avarice, Envy and Vanity against one another in order to protect her friends and finish this war, once and forever.
But then she meets Wrath and understands that she's closer to the edge than she's ever been. And when one more person close to her is taken, Kaylee realizes she can't save everyone she loves without risking everything she has...
*Warning: This review may contain spoilers if you have not read this book or the other books in the series*
Last books in a series that you become so emotionally attached to are always so bittersweet. With this book, with this series, it is heartbreaking, yet wonderful to see it come to a close. To say goodbye to the characters I have come to love dearly. I have experienced so much with the Soul Screamers books, with the characters; I have grown right along with them. I have laughed, loved, fought, cried, and had my heart broken and found true love within the pages of Rachel’s books. And it has been an amazing and wonderful journey, one I will always come back to.
Being in the Soul Screamers’ world is, to me, amazing, and With All My Soul was even better than all the other books. And to think that the story couldn’t get any better, even more unexpected, I have the rug tugged out from under me. With All My Soul, you really get to see Kaylee fight, Tod love, Nash forgive, Sabine change and Emma shine. You see just how scary their world is, and how brave the characters Rachel created are. I feel With All My Soul, along with If I Die and Before I Wake, are the ones that shine in the Soul Screamers series.
Now I was a ‘resurrected American,” better known, in colloquial terms, as life-challenged. Or undead. Or the Living dead. But I’m not a zombie. I’m just a little less alive than your average high school junior.
With All My Soul, everything is on the table for Kaylee and the gang. Avari isn’t playing around anymore, neither are other demons. They aren’t playing fair, and Kaylee has a lot more to loss this time around. She has to fight, and fight hard for her friends, family and for herself.
Without spoiling the book too much, you really experience the Kaylee’s world in a new light. I got to see just how dangerous and dark it is, and just what kind of evil lurks in the corners. Now, I know you get that in all the books, but I felt that it really came alive in this book. Rachel pulls out all the stops and makes this book a whirlwind of a read. Parts of this book tested me emotionally, and my heart broke. While in other parts, I swooned so hard it was ridiculous.
I also felt that each character is this book grew so much, each and every one of them. Kaylee has always been such a strong character. Always fighting and never backing down. With the first book to the last I have watched and experienced her growth, but when it comes to this book, let’s just say that girl is strong beyond all doubt and the things she does to protect her family, is both amazing and selfless. Yes, she has her flaws, but she learns from them and tries again. I adore her character, and I can honestly say I am proud of who she becomes at the end of the book.
Now, Tod! I love Tod, I've loved that reaper from the moment he opened his cocky, smexy, mouth. Like Kaylee, you do see and experience how much he grows, but with this book, just wow! Lord, he made me breathless so many times, and even brought tears to my eyes. He is a wonderful and enjoyable guy, and his humor is just what the book needed along with the characters. He is strong and, god, wonderful! And to see him and Kaylee together, the moments they share, it was prefect, they are perfect together. I know of only a few characters that belong together as much has they do. And they are truly perfect for each other.
With the other characters, they really all shine in this book. From Nash, Sabine, Emma and even Sophie! Yes, I said Sophie, even though I’m not crazy about her character, she does really take a turn for the better. Each one grows and shows what cool characters they are. I’m even a fan of Sabine now.
'I wondered if Tod and I looked as cute together as she and my uncle looked. My opinion was no doubt biased, but I was pretty sure we were damn near lethally adorable.'
Rachel ties up all the loose end quite nicely. She pulled out the awesome for this book, and it was beyond awesome. With everything that happens, I can say I love this book, I love this series and it will always be one of my favorites. It is also so bittersweet to say goodbye, and yes, I have shed many tears with these characters, I have been through everything they have experienced right along with them. In a way, I feel like I was a part of Kaylee’s gang.
I do wish this series would never end. But alas, that can’t happen. But I know I will be reaching up to my shelf and pulling this series out again, and re-experiencing the wonderfulness that is the Soul Screamers.
“I don’t care if it takes forever, Kaylee,” he said, and warmth trailed down my spine to settle in a dozen pleasant places. “The universe owes us forever. And our eternity starts now.”