[REVIEW] My Soul to Take – Rachel Vincent

Rachel Vincent
My Soul to Take (Soul Screamers, Book 1)
HarlequinTEEN (US: 1st August 2009)
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What could be illness – neurological or otherwise – may be something much deadlier in Rachel Vincent’s first young adult urban fantasy Soul Screamers novel, My Soul to Take.

Shadows blanket a girl who’s about to die. Kaylee Cavanaugh wants to warn her, but can’t. Withholding Kaylee’s growing grief-stricken shriek is more than she can handle alone, so having Nash Hudson calm her is some relief. Except that he knows too much about Kaylee: not just who she is, but also what she is. Together, they may be able to save potential victims of an unseen-to-the-human-eye serial killer, but there’s always an exchange rate. If one person is saved, someone else will still die…

I’d heard this was a good book, but didn’t expect it to make me cry. Too personal to share why here, but it just goes to show that the most powerful fiction is that which strongly resembles real life. However, once 100 pages had gone and the story became more paranormal, I was fine. I could distance myself from it, and should be able to read the following novels in the series tear-free.

The twists and turns are intriguing, and form an engrossing read. A truly outstanding novel, it’ll be a hard act to follow but one to watch, come My Soul to Save‘s release in January 2010.

10 responses to “[REVIEW] My Soul to Take – Rachel Vincent

  1. I…want this XD The cover is just gorgeous and when I first read about it on the Harper Teen site I was like ‘want now? please?’

  2. Wow, I really want to read this book now. Great review Tez!

    ~ Popin

  3. If I hadn’t of already wanted to read this before you definitely got my attention now. Excellent job, so glad you liked the book =)

  4. Hey Tez, the HQ Teen team is so glad you enjoyed the book. Also wanted to let you know there will be an online prequel to the story available in July–I wonder if it might not have some of the same emotional impact on you, as it focuses on the tough part of the “before” time, so, if you do read it, be forewarned! It adds depth to Kaylee’s experience and sets up another thread to come. Title is My Soul to Lose. Thanks for reading and for the early review!
    –Natashya Wilson, Sr. Editor, Harlequin Teen

    • Many thanks for the warning, Natashya – I definitely plan to read the prequel, and will keep the tissues handy 😉 Here’s hoping the story will be in PDF, DOC, RTF or HTML… (I don’t have an eReader.)

      Have about 300 pages left to read of Intertwined, so my review for that should appear in the coming week.

      Thanks for everything, and have a lovely day! 🙂

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  6. I can’t wait to get my hands on this book. 🙂

    The cover is stunning!

  7. You lucky thing! How did you get hold of such an amazing ARC?

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