Title: My Soul to Take
Series: Soul Screamers #1
Author: Rachel Vincent
Publisher: Mira Books
Publication date: July 29th 2009
Source: I own a copy
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…
So, I finally finished My Soul to Take after I’ve had the book for over a year. *cringe* Initially, I started around 12 months ago, but life sidetracked me, along with the Black Dagger Brotherhood, and my flighty mind misbehaved. Anyhoo, thanks to strong encouragement from Lolita of K-Books when I was trying to decide on my next read, I picked it back up again—though I did go all the way back to the beginning.
And I’m glad I did.
No, this doesn’t quite have the kick-a$$ persona to it we get from Rachel’s adult series’. And no, it didn’t have her usual tension until around 85%.
However, there is no denying the author’s ability to create extremely cute guys (or hot blokes), and sensual tension, and great relationship dynamics, and intrigue.
Though I will say, I kind of saw a fair bit of it coming. No, I didn’t guess for one minute who was behind it all. I’d have a liked a little more depth to that maybe—or even a recap from her dad/uncle of the conversations happening around her when she was unable to hear (being cryptic on purpose for spoiler-free reasons)—but the revelation still left me surprised. I also had my suspicions pretty early on about a certain relationship that later comes to attention—but still, suspecting it to be so didn’t really ruin it for me when it turned out to be so; it was more a case of self-smugness for being right.
I think my biggest gripe in here was that there were places where the pacing felt a little off, because there was some inconsistency to that, which meant some scenes seemed to drag on a little bit too long—but that didn’t really mar my enjoyment of the read. Rachel has created a unique addition to the paranormal genre, and I absolutely loved how she handled that. Because this author is awesome at world building—seriously awesome. I’ve yet to read one of her tales where I didn’t understand, where I didn’t ‘get it’. Every aspect of Kaylee’s gift, I followed with ease; every time she/they were performing, I understood exactly what was happening; and (just like all her other titles) I knew just where these ‘beings’ stood amongst the human world. Rachel Vincent deserves commendation for that.
So, yes, I enjoyed it even though I’d have preferred the pace to be a bit brisker. And yes, I am planning to read on.
Though my Goodreads rating was actually 3.75, I’ve rounded it up to:
Have you read this title? What’d you think?