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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Book Review: My Soul to Take (Soul Screamers 1) by Rachel Vincent

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.
     Finally getting around to this. I finished this book about month ago. Not slow, just lazy (American motto). Anyway, this is the official first book of the series. Before reading this, it would help to read My Soul to Lose, which is the prequel to the series. There are things that will be referenced in this story and it helps to know a little more about Kaylee (main character).
    So to start off, this is a Young Adult book, but I can tell you, you will love it no matter the age. It is actually quite unique in style and story. Rachel Vincent did a wonderful job of creating an urban fantasy based around teenagers. The dialogue is smart and witty even though they are teenagers. Kaylee reminds me a lot of how I was when I was in high school (minus the paranormal stuff. Though I truly do believe some girls were all kinds of beasts, two-faced, bitches most likely to stab you in the back with their tails. Yeah, you have met those kind).
    The beginning of this book starts with Kaylee getting dragged to a club with her party hard, equally minor best friend, Emma, who has her cousin, Traci, sneak them into the place. So of course once they enter, Emma gets swamped with dance partners on the dance floor (damn you pretty, leggy blondes) and Kaylee is stuck by herself sucking down coke at the bar. Until the hottest and most popular guy in school, Nash Hudson, notices her and sits down next her. Kaylee, thinking she is not the kind of girl that usually gets his attention is very floored by the revelation. But her dream quickly becomes crushed when she notices the shadow over a young, pretty girl on the dance floor. Kaylee knows what is about to happen and has to bolt quickly before she embarrasses herself in front of Nash and the entire club. You see Kaylee has a talent (curse) where she can tell when the next person will kick the bucket. They get overshadowed by, well, a shadow and Kaylee screams until her throat is raw when it happens. Everyone thinks she has some kind of seizure or something, but that is far from the truth. But she quickly finds out that her secret is fine with Nash because he knows more about her condition than she does. Kaylee, being an actual smart teenager, she gets suspicious of Nash and his attention towards her. She finds it strange that he is not running and heading for the hills.
Then later after her "brush" with death, she is shaken up (naturally). But to make matters worse, Kaylee overhears her Aunt Val and Uncle Brendon talking in the kitchen after one of the incidents and they say that Kaylee is on borrowed time. So after being sent in a psych ward and put on zombie drugs, her own family knew that she wasn't crazy (Read prequel My Soul to Lose, found here).They know exactly what she is. So after the shadow appears at Kaylee's school where her and her shallow cousin, Sophie, goes to. Then it becomes clear that something very strange is going on around Kaylee. All girls that have dropped like flies were about the same age and very pretty. Kaylee and Nash realize the strange pattern. So they need information.
     Nash and Kaylee end up going to a hospital to meet a guy named Todd. Todd, in my opinion, was the best character in the book. He seems like a little egotistical but you find out more about him and why he follows Nash around and why they aren't the best of friends. Won't say too much here because it is quite intriguing. But Todd decides to risk helping Nash and Kaylee by getting the list his boss has. This list consists of everyone's "due dates". It is suppose to show when everyone is suppose to die a d they want to find out if those girls went at their correct times because it doesn't seem like they did.
Then the unthinkable happens when they go to the funeral of the girl who dies at school (someone close to them is about to be "taken", won't say who), but when Kaylee and Nash work to try and help keep them alive, they get a visit from the unexpected. An actual shadow decides to make themselves known and they have their eyes on Kaylee and Nash. They soon find that shadow is more familiar with them then they'd like to think.
     This is one of the best Young Adult books I've read. It is smart, modern, and creative. It takes the very real and frustrating world of an everyday teenage girl with some scary paranormal flavor. The story really does grab you. I couldn't put this down. The last 20-25 pages will hit you over the head though. The twists will really have you floored. I was so into beforehand, but I really, really loved the last bit of the book. I love that it is also of an urban fantasy genre, which is very different for most Young Adult books. All in all, if you are not the biggest fan of Young Adult (here, here), make an exception with this one. You are sure to get lost in a different kind of world.

Oh, P.S.- There are actually no vampires/werewolves in this book which is even more intriguing. Enjoy!


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