Author: Rachel Vincent
Series: Soul Screamers #1
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Age Group: Young Adult
Published: 2011 (UK)
Source: Personal copy
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First sentence:“Come on!” Emma whispered from my right, her words floating from her mouth in a thin white cloud.
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…
Okay, I see what the big deal is with the Soul Screamers series now. I was a little worried for a while with all the hype swirling around the series but now that I’ve read My Soul to Take I totally get it. I wasn’t really sure what to expect but I was not disappointed. This is a book that hooks you in and pulls you into the fast-paced story so deep that you lose hours reading it. It was such a pleasure to read that it broke me out of my reading slump and straight back into “oh god give me more please”. The writing style is so easy to slip into and enjoy, so even with the slightly familiar, yet simultaneously unique, young adult story I just didn’t want to put it down, not even to take notes for this review! ((Though I did. Promise. *grump*))
I imagine that by now, most of you know that My Soul to Take features banshees. In this case, we are looking at Rachel Vincent’s intriguing take on the Irish-Celtic myth of the bean sidhes, pronounced ‘banshees’, also known as ‘woman of the faeries’. In the Soul Screamers series, a female bean sidhe wails when somebody nearby is close to death. However, there are also male bean sidhes who mythology didn’t know about. Together, female and male bean sidhes can do fantastic things, which I won’t tell you about because it’s a pretty interesting section when Kaylee learns about her heritage and I’m not going to ruin that for you.
Kaylee is the kind of character that is very easy to connect with. She’s no goody two shoes, which we see from the very first page as underage, her and her friend Emma sneak into a night club through the back door. Yet she’s neither popular or entirely unpopular either. She’s also an extremely caring person and has pretty low self esteem, though at times that can get a little annoying when she’s constantly harping on about it, and to Nash despite all he does for her which proves otherwise. But I like her. Aside from the whole being a banshee thing, she is a relatively ordinary teenage girl and a likeable ((Did you know that ‘likeable’ can also be spelt ‘likable’? *shakes fist*)) character. And speaking of Nash: he is nice. Strangely, though it usually does, the fact that he’s a hot jock character who has the reputation of sleeping with many, many girls didn’t really bother me. He clearly has an attraction to Kaylee and he is compassionate. What’s not to love?
All in all, the Soul Screamers series is definitely a new favourite for me and I can’t wait to read the rest. Go pick it up if you haven’t already!
The Soul Screamers series: