Adele’s list may be YA only, but I’m including all age brackets. Oh, and these aren’t all published in 2010 – I just read them in 2010. Better late than never 😉
Anyhoo, here we are, counting down from 5 to 1 – yes, I do play favourites:
There’s a new drug in Eastlake, Texas. Its street name may be frost, but those with Netherworld connections know it better as Demon’s Breath. One student is well on his way to a psych ward, and if bean sidhe Kaylee Cavanaugh can’t track and stop the source of the drug, the whole student body is doomed to become food/torture subjects for the big-wigs in the Netherworld.
The subject matter raises the tension for a plot with continuous twists and higher stakes. At the end of the book, Kaylee has more problems to solve in the next instalment than she does at the start of this one. Tod is still the most awesome character here, providing refreshing – and, thankfully, not twee – comic relief. Kaylee’s uncle Brendon seems to have a good head on his shoulders, and proves that not all adults are incompetent in YA novels. There’s even a new type of Netherworld creature introduced.
I didn’t connect with My Soul to Keep as much as earlier parts of this series. Turns out I love reading about the Netherworld when it doesn’t have so much involvement, and the teens at school seem rather flat and stereotypical. My Soul to Take affected me with Kaylee’s panic attacks and mental illness issues, whereas Keep focuses more on how she reacts to other people’s psychological problems. Until the very end of the novel, where she has to cope with serious betrayals, making January 2011’s My Soul to Steal a must for any reading wish list.