Kaylee and Nash discover that one of his football teammates is addicted to Demon's Breath, a dangerous Netherworld substance that shouldn't even be available in the human world. Now they must somehow dispose of it and cut off the supply--without socially alienating themselves.
My Soul To Keep (Soul Screamers #3)
The mystery du jour concerns a drug trade for hellion’s breath, which, in case you don’t know from the second book, does terrible things to humans. Huffing demon’s breath results in a high, but is immediately addictive and leads to one of two futures: insanity or death. The message here is that drugs fuck up interpersonal relationships and have no good intermediate or long term affects. Common sense says not to go there. The message is not heavy-handed, though, which is extra good.
Mostly what I got out of this installment from an overarching plot perspective is the destruction of the Nash/Kaylee ship. Now, don’t start yelling spoilers, because this isn’t a canon thing. This is a Christina no longer remotely approving thing, regardless of where the series goes with it from here, at least this is what I say now. A talented author can be quite convincing, so I guess you’ll see how accurate I was as these reviews progress.
The world building continues to be really cool, complex, and filled with mythological awesomeness. I still maintain the potential here. However, Soul Screamers remains a largely fluffy series with occasional dark elements, when I would like to see those two things reversed.
Though this is my least favorite so far, I think, I’m still excited about continuing onwards, as the ratings get really good in the next few books. Will Vincent start doing sadistic things to her characters? One can only hope.
Anyway, this time the plot deals with drug use. Well, technically it deals with addiction to Demon’s Breath, which is probably worse than most human drugs. Kaylee has once again taken it upon herself to save her classmates from impending insanity caused by the “drug,” dragging a reluctant Nash with her. While I admire Kaylee for standing up for what’s right and doing what she can to help others, I’m starting to feel a little bad for Nash since he never seems to want to get tangled up in these Netherworld problems, but feels obligated to in order to keep Kaylee safe. He does know an awful lot more about the paranormal world than she does. But in this book you can definitely sense the strain this is putting on their relationship, or it something else? Kaylee has no idea just how deep her boyfriend is involved in all this…
While I was suspicious of one of the major plot reveals, I was still shocked when it came out. Poor Kaylee! And dammit, Tod! Even though it’s not totally his fault, I just wanted to say it. :P But seriously, the ending of this is a serious page turner. I couldn’t believe some of things that happened, and in my eyes Nash is completely unforgivable. Not necessarily, nonredeemable, but definitely unforgivable! I’m nervous to find out what the Netherworld has in store next for Kaylee.
Now on to the book. At the beginning I was confused as to what was going on with Nash but as I read, things began to make sense. I couldn't believe that he would do that. (In the first two books of the series, I have to admit, I was smitten with him.) And at the price he was paying? I couldn't imagine doing that. But I lost all respect for Nash. And Kaylee, I was so upset with her. She keeps getting herself in these situations because she thinks she must save everyone. But one day, saving everyone is going to get her killed... Stupid hero complex smh. But even with the characters getting on my nerves and trying to help everyone but themselves, I still felt that same connection to them. Vincent was able to take some real issues that teens deal with and pair it with a few paranormal characters, throw in some romance and made it into a great more "believable" novel.
I also liked how nothing that happened was predictable. I found myself realizing things at the same time as Kaylee which meant it wasn't extremely obvious. It made it even more enjoyable because I got to enjoy all the twists and surprises in the story.
The ending was a doozie. I hated that things had to come to that, but hey he deserved it. Hence the reason, I am now #TeamTod. He stepped up and was there when Nash wasn't and I found myself not even caring if he even escaped with them. Mean I know, but seriously.... Anyway, this was a very enjoyable read. I stayed up until 3:30 trying to finish the last few pages of it and it was worth every minute. (Even if I will pay for it in the morning when the boyfriend wakes up and asks for breakfast before work lol)
Demon breath. No, not the toothpaste kind. The Netherworld kind. The kind that really can kill you. Somehow the addictive substance has leaked its way into the human world. But how? Kaylee and Nash have to cut off the source and protect their friends-some of which are already hooked. But their not the only ones...
Written in Kaylee's point of view, this book gets you addicted and you keep coming back for more.