Monday, January 16, 2012

My Soul to Take (Soul Screamers #1) by Rachel Vincent

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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.

Type: Young Adult, Paranormal, Bean Sidhe/Reapers
Heat: 1 out of 5
Rating: 4 out of 5

This was my first time reading My Soul to Take by Rachel Vincent. I've read her shifter series and loved it but wasn't sure what to expect from her YA series. I didn't read anything about the series before starting so had no clue what to expect. And I LOVED it! It was a very easy world to fall into and a great start to the series. I enjoyed nearly everything from the cover (which is just gorgeous) to the surprise villain. I really did not see the bad guy coming at all. Fantastic twist! 

If you haven't read about the series...Kaylee is a teenager who  is able to predict death right before it happens and is overwhelmed by panic and the urge to scream every time she sees someone wrapped in "darkness".  Lately it's a number of healthy, beautiful teenage girls who are falling down dead with absolutely no warning. Her family is treating her like she's crazy as they do every time she has one of these episodes. Only her best friend and new boyfriend, Nash, are on her side and trying to help. Nash bringing secrets of her true self and life with him and introducing her to the world of paranormal creatures. 

The two main characters, Kaylee and Nash,  were both enjoyable. There wasn't a terrible amount of whining or teenage angst from either one. My only problem with Kaylee (and the book in general) was her constant guilt the first third of the book when she wasn't able to save someone. Yes, I know that would be difficult but she was being so hard on herself when there was nothing she could have done. She kept wanting to warn people but what good would that have done? They had absolutely no way to protect themselves from dying when there weren't natural causes for it and they were literally falling down dead.  After a while it really started to grate on my nerves. Thankfully mention of her guilt did lessen as the book went on.  And then there's Nash.  He's pretty damn great in my opinion. Where were boys like this in high school?? Now, I do like a good fiery relationship complete with attitude, bad boy, tension and drama. But I loved this just as much. Someone who soothes and comforts.  Hell, just reading about him made me feel more at ease. Impressive. 

I'm betting grim reaper Tod is going to bring some drama into the relationship eventually. I'm enjoying him as well though and how he connects to  Nash. Yeah. I'm definitely seeing some drama happening.  Really did not see the ending coming.  Love that Vincent kept me guessing and entertained the whole book. I had a hard time putting it down for any amount of time and actually getting any work done. It's going to be torture not reading book two until next month!

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