Friday, July 27, 2012

Book Reviews: Soul Screamers: My Soul To Steal, If I Die, & Before I Wake 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 fourth, fifth, and sixth books in the series. Also, please note that the sequel reviews, may contain spoilers for the previous books.


My Soul To Steal



Release Date:January 4, 2011 from Harlequin Teen
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Summary:

"Trying to work things out with Nash—her maybe boyfriend—is hard enough for Kaylee Cavanaugh. She can't just pretend nothing happened. But "complicated" doesn't even begin to describe their relationship when his ex-girlfriend transfers to their school, determined to take Nash back.

See, Sabine isn't just an ordinary girl. She's a mara, the living personification of a nightmare. She can read people's fears—and craft them into nightmares while her victims sleep. Feeding from human fear is how she survives.

And Sabine isn't above scaring Kaylee and the entire school to death to get whatever—and whoever—she wants."


My Thoughts:


So I know I am getting redundant when it comes to this series, but My Soul to Steal was incredible. Rachel Vincent has created a story that is effortlessly easy to get sucked into. The plot is always fascinating and it always surprises me in one way or another. The characters continue to grow and they get better as the story goes on. My Soul to Steal did not disappoint and fans of this series will enjoy this book just as much as the previous books.

The last book left us with Nash and Kaylee in a not-so-good place. Well that place doesn’t get much better with the entrance of Nash’s ex-girlfriend Sabine. Of course Sabine is still hung up on Nash and therefore there to make life a nightmare (literally) for Kaylee. Part of the reason I liked this book was because we got to see Kaylee’s feisty side. She gets jealous and insecure and catty at times. She also gets much stronger. She is finally learning to deal with her bean sidhe side and all that entails. Kaylee is strong and determined and very much capable of taking care of herself.

Nash was a very different character in this book. He is no longer the reliable rock he once was. He is much weaker now, and it shows. His prior addiction has left a mark and it is not one that will go away. Now, enter Sabine, who also has her demons and claims to fully understand Nash. While she truly aggravated me and I did not agree with her methods, I will say that she really does understand Nash. Don’t hate me, but I have to wonder if maybe Sabine is better for Nash than Kaylee is. Sabine can empathize where Kaylee can only sympathize, but she does not even want to do that.

Now, on to my favorite character; Tod. Tod was back in full force and I loved every minute of it. His presence has been steadily increasing and I love every moment where he pops in (literally). Do I spy with my little eye a bit of attraction between Kaylee and Tod, because that would be fine with me. If you read prior reviews for this series, you will know that I was never a huge fan of Nash and Kaylee as a couple.

All in all, My Soul to Steal is another great installment in the Soul Screamers series. Fans of this series will devour this book as well and be left dying to read If I Die.

If I Die


Release Date: September 27, 2011 from Harlequin Teen
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Summary:

"The entire school's talking about the gorgeous new math teacher, Mr. Beck. Everyone except Kaylee Cavanaugh. After all, Kaylee's no ordinary high-school junior. She's a banshee—she screams when someone dies.

But the next scream might be for Kaylee.

Yeah—it's a shock to her, too. So to distract herself, Kaylee's going to save every girl in school. Because that hot new teacher is really an incubus who feeds on the desire of unsuspecting students. The only girls immune to his lure are Kaylee and Sabine, her boyfriend's needy ex-girlfriend. Now the unlikely allies have to get rid of Mr. Beck…before he discovers they aren't quite human, either.

But Kaylee's borrowed lifeline is nearing its end. And those who care about her will do anything to save her life.

Anything."



My Thoughts:


If I Die was by far my favorite book of the Soul Screamers series… so far. I am in love with the world Rachel Vincent has created and now that I am coming up on the end of the books that are currently released, I am already beginning to mourn the loss of the series. If I Die delivers heartbreak, suspense, action, drama, and of course romance.


Kaylee, once again, shows how strong of a character she truly is. When faced with her own death, she faces it head on instead of running and hiding. She accepts that it cannot be changed and tries to tie up all of her loose ends before her time is up. But, this is Kaylee Cavanaugh so naturally things are never going to be that easy.


If I wasn’t already sick and tired of Nash, this book sealed the deal for me. He has just become much too needy for me as of late and hypocritical too. Do I feel sorry for him? Absolutely. However, he is not the same Nash I met and initially fell in love with. This is a very different Nash and this one I cannot really like, let alone love. Plus, Sabine is still around and still infuriating as ever. While I may understand her more now, I still do not really like her.

Now please bear with me as I fangirl all over the amazingness that is Tod. If he wasn’t already in my top ten fictional characters, he is now in the top five. With each book his character continues to get better and better. This book shows a side of Tod that, while I always knew was there, we as readers have yet to see. I have been a fan of Tod since My Soul to Take and the events in this book will leave Tod fans in tears. Happy tears or sad tears? Well I’m not telling. I’ll just leave it at that I was crying like a little baby when I finished reading. But simply, here are my feelings on Tod.


I think the reason I loved this book so much was simply the plot. Events occurred that I have been waiting for since the very first book. While I read this series extremely fast, it was still a build up and I give credit to all of the fans that had to wait in between these books. I don’t know if my poor brain could have taken it. I loved some of the events and hated others, but when compiled together they created a wonderful story. Kaylee was faced with some very tough choices, but ultimately I think she made the right decisions.

Overall, I have yet to be disappointed by this series. Why I waited so long to pick them up I will never know. This series is the definition of addictive, it is more addictive than frost, but there is nothing I would rather be addicted to.


IF YOU DID NOT READ IF I DIE, DO NOT READ THE REVIEW FOR BEFORE I WAKE, THE REVIEW CONTAINS IF I DIE SPOILERS, IT IS SPOILER FREE FOR BEFORE I WAKE.

Before I Wake


Release Date: June 26, 2012 from Harlequin Teen
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Summary:

"I died on a Thursday-killed by a monster intent on stealing my soul. The good news? He didn't get it. The bad news? Turns out not even death will get you out of high school...  Covering up her own murder was one thing, but faking life is much harder than Kaylee Cavanaugh expected. After weeks spent "recovering," she's back in school, fighting to stay visible to the human world, struggling to fit in with her friends and planning time alone with her new reaper boyfriend. But to earn her keep in the human world, Kaylee must reclaim stolen souls, and when her first assignment brings her face-to-face with an old foe, she knows the game has changed. Her immortal status won't keep her safe. And this time Kaylee isn't just gambling with her own life...."


My Thoughts:


So I know I said that If I Die was my favorite of the Soul Screamers series, but that was before I read Before I Wake. This book blew me away and I could not and would not stop reading until I finished it. It is truly a one sitting kind of book. The action kicks up right away and does not stop until you reach the very last page. Also, I absolutely love the cover. By far my favorite cover in the series.



The Kaylee we see in Before I Wake is not the same Kaylee we have come to know and love. Personally, I think she is better. She is still Kaylee in all the ways that matter, but death has changed her. She is finding it hard to hold on to her humanity and sometimes she does not really want to. She is struggling to keep herself in the here and now, and only very strong emotions help to keep her grounded. However, she is still selfless and noble and incredibly loyal to her friends.


In case my previous reviews didn’t make it clear, Tod has officially wormed his way into my heart. The only characters I may like more than him are Daemon Black and Patch Cipriano, and even then they do not beat him by much. There were just so many moments where I wanted to hug him and every time he opened his mouth I just fell for him some more. He is determined, protective, sarcastic, witty, and incredibly sweet.

Nash, in my opinion, has fallen drastically since the first book. While I understand that he is upset, and has every right to be, I also think he needs to put his big boy pants on and move on with his life. Wallowing in misery does nobody any good, especially when there are evil hellions out there determined to ruin your life.

Despite the great plot and interesting character developments, my favorite part of this book was simply the relationship between Kaylee and Tod. They make more sense as a couple then Nash and Kaylee ever did. It is evident simply in the way they are around each other. Kaylee is comfortable with Tod, whereas she was never truly comfortable with Nash. It is clear that they understand each other and know even the tiniest details about each other. Kaylee can always tell what Tod is really thinking and Tod is willing to go to extraordinary lengths for Kaylee. Theirs is a relationship that makes the other one stronger where that did not happen with Nash and Kaylee. I could go on and on about this, but I will stop here.

Overall, I am infatuated with this series (and Tod hehe). Now that I have read them all, I don’t really know what to do with myself or what book I should read next. Any book I read is going to pale in comparison, and that just is not fair to that book. So this is me, sitting here, impatiently awaiting the release of With All My Soul.
 


4 comments:

  1. AH! I really wanted to read this review, but I don't want to spoil anything since I haven't had time to get past the first book (which I will finished tonight, no matter what!)
    So far, I am really enjoying My Soul to Take! But I'm gettin' weird feelings about Nash...Idk about him..

    Anyways, even without reading I know your review was most likely amazing!

    :)

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    1. Haha thanks! The reviews aren't too spoilery but it is probably better to just wait until you have read the first three. I'll tell you this, Nash isnt bad but he is not my favorite character. I just never fully warmed up to him. Tod on the other hand, I loved from the moment he opened his mouth =]

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  2. I'm fangirling right now over this review! I love love looove the books and I'm glad you liked them as much as I did! And I'm a Tod fan too! I just wanted to grab him from the pages and hug him! :D

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    1. Thanks! Tod is just so wonderful. I simply cannot wait for With All My Soul!

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