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My Soul to Take (Soul Screamers Book 1) (edition 2009)

by Rachel Vincent

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Title:My Soul to Take (Soul Screamers Book 1)
Authors:Rachel Vincent
Info:Harlequin Teen (2009), Edition: Original, Paperback, 384 pages
Collections:Read but unowned
Tags:fantasy, banshees

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This was an interesting twist on banshees and fae. I really enjoyed it. There were some of the things that are cliche in YA fantasy fiction, but overall I thought it was a fun and entertaining read. I'll probably read the rest of the series. ( )
  a.happy.booker | Mar 14, 2014 |
This was an interesting twist on banshees and fae. I really enjoyed it. There were some of the things that are cliche in YA fantasy fiction, but overall I thought it was a fun and entertaining read. I'll probably read the rest of the series. ( )
  ahappybooker | Feb 7, 2014 |
This was an interesting twist on banshees and fae. I really enjoyed it. There were some of the things that are cliche in YA fantasy fiction, but overall I thought it was a fun and entertaining read. I'll probably read the rest of the series. ( )
  ahappybooker | Feb 7, 2014 |
I liked this book. It was interesting to read a book about a being that's not a vampire, werewolf or shapeshifter. I like the whole banshee and reaper mythology that was created in this book. It was interesting to read about each being's abilities and skills.

I liked Kaylee well enough. She's not my favorite character but I could relate to her and her feelings. I like how she took the information that she was a banshee in stride and how she dealt with being able to predict people's death. I probably would have dealt with it as well as her. I also liked her inner strength when she would hold her screaming back as much as she could even though it caused her physical pain. When she held back the scream, it caused her sever head and chest pain as well as tearing pain in her throat. I don't think I would have been able to hold the scream in that long in that much pain.

Nash was ok. He wasn't anything special for me. I like how caring he was with Kaylee and how he helped her with holding back her screaming. Even the very first time he talked to her in the club and she was holding back the scream, instead of running away from her, he stayed with her and helped her through her "panic attack" (this was before she knew she was a banshee). He was a great source of comfort for Kaylee and it was clear that he would be there for her no matter what Turns out Nash is a male banshee and he tells Kaylee what she is. That being said, I like Tod the reaper better. Hes sarcastic, funny and sneaky. His personality just clicked better with me than Nash's. I like how he also cares about Kaylee which become evident in some scenes from the book. I'd rather have Kaylee in a relationship with Tod than with Nash (even though Tod is dead.)

I really like Emma, Kaylee's best friend. She knew about Kaylee's panic attacks (not the real cause) and she helps her with them. Emma automatically knows when Kaylee is beginning to have a panic attack and she immediately stops what shes doing, no matter what it is, and goes to Kaylee to help. She takes Kaylee away from the source of the panic attack and takes care of her, no questions asked. Even when Kaylee reveals that she knows when people are going to die, Emma stays by her side, believes her and helps her without asking for any explanations. That's a true friend and I hope we see Emma in the future books of the series, without having her fade in the background which usually happens in paranormal books.

The plot was interesting. While this book focused on Kaylee finding out what she was and her abilities, it also included a mystery that was another focus of the book. Young girls are dying without any reason or any real cause of death. The girls just collapse dead. Kaylee becomes involved because she predicts 2 of the deaths with her banshee abilities. After she finds out that she is a banshee, she investigates the mysterious deaths with the help of Nash and Tod the reaper. Its very interesting to see how this part of the plot. There's a lot of action that takes place later on in the book.

I know this review is very vague and its missing a lot of information but I don't want to give away any parts of the book. I suggest anyone who wants to know more to read the book. Its worth it and I recommend it.

This review is also posted on Spantalian's Book Reviews ( )
  spantalian12 | Jan 10, 2014 |
First and foremost, the paranormal aspect in this series is so new and refreshing! No vampires, angels, or werewolves here. Not that there is anything wrong with those, I enjoy them as well. But I have not read any book like this. And it’s killing me! I really want to tell you the paranormal aspect, but I really don’t want to give it away either, so I’m going to just say that has Irish origins. Which made me the happiest reader alive when I came upon this revelation.

Kaylee is a character that I like, but not love. She partially orphaned and then abandoned, left to be raised by her aunt and uncle. Suffice it to say, the girl has trust issues. Enter Nash. Good looking senior love interest. He has quite the reputation for being intimate with the ladies. Lots of ladies. When he shows an interest, she is shocked. Even more shocking to Kaylee, is his ability to be able to calm her “panic attacks” that leave her throat raw and chest about to explode. I wish Emma, the best friend, had more of a role to play. She has one major “scene,” if you will, but most of the book was focused on Kaylee and Nash and their paranormal aspect.

The plot of this book is really fast paced and I loved the world building. It didn’t take too long to be told about this new world, but it also wasn’t thrown at you. One of my favorite parts of this book is when we are introduced to Tod. He is probably my favorite character. Also, I am kind of hoping for a love triangle. I normally hate them, but I feel like he’d be a worthy part who can stand on his own. I just hate when it’s obvious that one guy is the right now. But that’s just me.

Also, the family dynamics of this book actually exists! I am always disappointed when family is left out of the young adult novels. I feel like this book actually pushed Kaylee to her family, instead of them just being there in the background, as is usual of YA novels.

The only problem I have with this book, is the insta-love. I am getting really burned out on it. But aside from that, the whole “I’m so average, I’m not good enough for someone like him” is seriously making me mad. Kaylee has a great personality. She is loyal and does what she believes is right, even if there are consequences. And I’m sure her appearance is pretty! It really kills me that main female “heroines” are so self-reliant on their boys, and that they only qualify as being average.

Other than that last lit bit, I really, really enjoyed this book. I hope throughout the series, Kaylee gets more confident and realizes that she is hot stuff. Anyone with Irish paranormal ties have to be hot stuff. ( )
  Ashley_McElyea | Dec 15, 2013 |
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Great book. Refreshing new concept in paranormal YA!
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Kaylee has become a "soul screamer"--she knows when someone is going to die and is compelled to scream, as if in warning. But her classmates keep dying!

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