Monday, July 23, 2012

Book Reviews: Soul Screamers: My Soul to Take, My Soul to Save, & My Soul to Keep by: Rachel Vincent

Note: Since I flew through this series extremely fast, I decided to post my reviews in two giant mega-posts. So this post contains reviews for the first three books in the series. Also, please note that the sequel reviews, may contain spoilers for the previous books.

My Soul To Take

Release Date: August 1, 2009 from Harlequin Teen
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Summary:

"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."


My Thoughts:

This book is simply made of awesome. It is one of those books that is physically painful to put down and will keep you guessing from beginning to end. The plot is great, the characters are great, and the writing is great. I was worried going into this book because I had read so many positive reviews and therefore my expectations were pretty high. I am happy to say that this book not only met but exceeded my expectations. 

I need to start by saying that this book really surprised me. I truly did not see most of the events coming, and the characters I had pegged for villains turned out to be okay. Likewise, some of the characters I thought were trustworthy turned out to be a problem. Also, and I feel kinda stupid about this after the fact, I legitimately had no idea what Kaylee was. It is clear she is more than human from the start, but I could not guess what it was. I’m not going to spill the beans in case there are others out there like me who do not figure it out right away. I will leave it at this: I was surprised by what she was, but then mad at myself for not getting it because it really made sense once I found out.

Kaylee is a great lead and I truly enjoyed reading from her perspective. Her voice was easy to read and it was enjoyable. I found her thought process to be quite amusing and her inner monologue was priceless. It was the way I imagine most people to actually think, well at least I think like that. 

Nash was a likable character, but I think he was just too serious for me. I am more of a Tod kind of girl. He was funny and sarcastic and I think I may have kinda sorta fell in love with him. He wasn’t even in this book that much and I’ve already pegged him as my favorite. I just think his character has so much potential. Nash was just way too “these are the rules and the rules you must follow” kind of guy. I don’t know if I’m explaining it right, but long story short Tod=awesome sauce Nash= okay sauce.

All in all, My Soul to Take has introduced me to another series I just know I am going to love. I just know I am going to read all of the books and novellas that are currently out one after the other. So I need to thank the wonderful Jennifer L. Armentrout for loving this series and therefore prompting me to read it (because if my favorite author loves it, then it only makes sense that I will love it) and for introducing me to this wonderful story.

My Soul to Save

Summary:
Release Date: December 29, 2009 from Harlequin Teen
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"When Kaylee Cavanaugh screams, someone dies.

So when teen pop star Eden croaks onstage and Kaylee doesn’t wail, she knows something is dead wrong. She can’t cry for someone who has no soul.

The last thing Kaylee needs right now is to be skipping school, breaking her dad’s ironclad curfew and putting her too-hot-to-be-real boyfriend’s loyalty to the test. But starry-eyed teens are trading their souls: a flickering lifetime of fame and fortune in exchange for eternity in the Netherworld—a consequence they can’t possibly understand.


Kaylee can’t let that happen, even if trying to save their souls means putting her own at risk..."


My Thoughts:


I think I may have a new author crush, and her name is Rachel Vincent. Before I picked up My Soul to Save I read a bunch of reviews just to get some sort of idea of what the books was like. I was surprised to see that most people felt it was not as good as My Soul to Take, so naturally I was a bit worried. However, I was worried for no reason. In my opinion, I thought that My Soul to Save was just as good, if not better, than My Soul to Take. However, I realize this might be because I am a huge Tod fan, and this book had a lot more Tod in it.

While I saw numerous complaints that Kaylee and Nash’s relationship lacked presence, I was actually okay with this. I enjoyed reading about the events that were happening as opposed to just the romantic aspect. I liked that there was action and drama and life threatening danger and not just simply romance. Also, and please don’t hate more for this, but I am not a huge fan of Nash and Kaylee together. Yes they are sweet and cute, but something just doesn’t sit right with me. I share a lot of Kaylee’s doubts.

Speaking of Kaylee, she continued to be a likable heroine in this book. She is climbing the ladder of my favorite heroines. She is just a genuinely good person and is always willing to help. While I sometimes questioned her choices, I also completely understood the reason for those choices. She always tries to make the right decision, even when the right decision leads to less than desirable outcomes. She cannot turn her back on anyone and is always willing to help. While this may seem like a weakness, I feel that it really just makes her stronger.

Nash, while likable, is not my favorite character. He kind of grated on my nerves in this book. I don’t really know what it was, but he came across as mean. Kaylee would want to help, and he would not want to get involved and be annoyed at Kaylee. I know he was just trying to look out for Kaylee’s best interests, but it seemed like he was trying (and failing) to be controlling. Tod, on the other hand, made me love him more. I really do not know what it is about him, but I just really like his character. He was willing to go to extraordinary lengths for someone he cared about. He is also simply funny and witty, and we all know I am a sucker for characters like that. Yes he is dangerous, but he is also a good friend to have.

All in all, this series has me hooked! It is hard for me to adequately describe how much I love this series. I had a very hard time putting this review together, because I simply did not know what to say, except that the book is awesome. So in conclusion, I love My Soul To Save and I hope you do too.

My Soul to Keep

Release Date: June 1, 2010 from Harlequin Teen
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Summary:


"Kaylee has one addiction: her very hot, very popular boyfriend, Nash. A banshee like Kaylee, Nash understands her like no one else. Nothing can come between them. Until something does. Demon breath. No, not the toothpaste-challenged kind. The Netherworld kind. The kind that really can kill you. Somehow the super-addictive substance has made its way to the human world. But how? Kaylee and Nash have to cut off the source and protect their friends—one of whom is already hooked. And so is someone else…"


My Thoughts:


Teresa has one addiction: the Soul Screamers series. The Soul Screamers series has sucked her in like none other. Nothing can come between us, not even sleep, nourishment, or a life.  This is the kind of book that really can kill you. It has made its way into everything about my world. How? It is all I talk about, and my family tries to cut me off and protect me- but I am already hooked. And you should be too… 

Okay, now that I have had my fun, I am moving on to the real portion of the review. My Soul to Keep was another wonderful installment in the Soul Screamers series. While I liked the previous novels better, this one did not disappoint. I was a little bummed during the beginning of the book, due to a serious lack of Tod, but the book made up for that in the end with much more of his yummy-ness.

Once again, Kaylee proves to be kickass while Nash proves to be a jackass. It kind of amazes me how good of a person Kaylee really is. Despite all the bad stuff that has happened to her, she still strives to help everyone and anyone, even people she does not really like. However, I will say this; she needs to stop feeling guilty about everything that goes wrong. Most of the time it is not her fault, but just a culmination of bad choices by numerous different people. Now, back to Nash being a jackass- I don’t really mean it that way. I like Nash, I really do, and I feel for him, but sometimes he just makes me crazy. He is always trying to keep Kaylee from doing what she feels is right and I do not agree with that. However, normally I can understand that he is just trying to look out for Kaylee, in this case though his motivations were selfish and I had a hard time looking past that. Now here is the part where I fangirl about Tod. I LOVE HIM. It really is that simple. I went on and on about him in the two previous reviews, so I will spare you here. But I have to say that he just keeps getting better and better as the books progress.

Now I do have one teeny tiny complaint (gasp I know, I didn’t think it was possible), and that concerns one of the plot twists. There is a major plot twist within the novel that I was able to see coming from chapter one. I literally had it pegged from the get-go. While I think it was meant to be figured out along the way, I do not think I was supposed to notice immediately. Maybe I was able to discover it because I jumped right from My Soul to Save to My Soul to Keep or it is possible I just read too much. Either way, it was a bit of a deterrent for me, because I spent a lot of time just waiting for this bomb to be dropped- if you read the book you probably know what I am speaking about. While it did bother me, the rest of the story-line surprised me and once the plot twist was exposed I was much happier.

All in all My Soul to Keep, while not my favorite, was a great addition to the Soul Screamers series. Rachel Vincent has created a world that I have been shamelessly sucked into and I REGRET NOTHING. 



15 comments:

  1. I really need to read this series. The other day I was shopping on Amazon and found a copy of My Soul to Take for only one cent, so I ended up buying it, haha.

    I've not yet gotten to it, but it's good that Kaylee is a likeable character. You don't see many of those around of late. :)

    I predict that in the future the Soul Screamers series will be one of those bind-ups. That would be awesome. :)

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    1. A bind up would be awesome! I have already resigned myself to the fact that I have to buy print copies of these books cause I just love the covers! Hope you love the book!

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  2. So far, I am freaking loving My Soul To Take! *dances around*
    I am so glad you kept tweeting/talking/blogging about it 'cause then I probably wouldn't of pick it up so soon.

    And your amazing review just makes me all the more excited to read the series!!!

    XD

    I can tell it's going to be pure awesome-sauce!

    Magen Corrie
    ~Corrie the book,crazed girl

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    1. Haha yea I did get a teensy bit obsessive over it, but I could not help myself. I'm so glad you are loving it because they just keep getting better and better as the series goes on. Just wait until you get to Before I Wake (aka my favorite). If you finish before 7/28 there is a Before I Wake spoiler chat happening!

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  3. So many people seem to be reading these right now :) Glad you enjoyed them. I'm a new follower.

    Ashley
    Booksaremylove.blogspot.com

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  4. Wowowowow!

    This sounds so gooood!

    "The Soul Screamers series has sucked her in like none other. Nothing can come between us, not even sleep, nourishment, or a life. This is the kind of book that really can kill you. It has made its way into everything about my world. How? It is all I talk about, and my family tries to cut me off and protect me- but I am already hooked. And you should be too… "

    That was just so funny :D But, I get what you're talking about. If this is a series that can do this to you, I have to go read it!

    You have me totally convinced!

    Awesome reviews right out from the very bottom of your heart ;)

    New follower :D

    -Sel @ mystorywithyouandher.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks so much for following and for the great feedback! I hope you enjoy these books as much as I did when you read them! The reviews for the rest of the series go up on Friday =]

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  5. Woah, all of them in one review! That's a really good idea, and it also gives a good insight of the whole series. It's like learning about how the plot develops without giving away too much, which is nice Great review - I think I might want to read this one :)

    Could you take a little look at Teenage Fiction ? Thanks!

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    1. This is actualy only half of the series, the next three reviews are going to post on Friday. I figured 6 books was too much for one post haha.

      Thanks for the feedback and I hope you enjoy this series!

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  6. Well my comment went into a black hole LOL so I will try again. Thank you so much for sharing your view with us today. I am glad you enjoyed these. I have several in my TBR and am looking forward to the adventure.

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    1. I just love when Blogger eats things! (note my heavy sarcasm)

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  7. Why have I not read this series yet???? Love this review and I sooo need to get started!

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    1. I hope you love them as much as I did!

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