My Soul to Save (Soul Screamers #2)
So when teen pop star Eden croaks onstage and Kaylee doesn’t wail, she knows something is dead wrong. She can’t cry for someone who has no soul.
The last thing Kaylee needs right now is to be skipping school, breaking her dad’s ironclad curfew and putting her too-hot-to-be-real boyfriend’s loyalty to the test. But starry-eyed teens are trading their souls: a flickering lifetime of fame and fortune in exchange for eternity in the Netherworld—a consequence they can’t possibly understand.
Kaylee can’t let that happen, even if trying to save their souls means putting her own at risk...
Kaylee feels bad for them but has enough on her plate besides being grounded. Then she gets a visit from her boyfriend Nash's grim reaper brother Tod. His ex girlfriend Addison just happened to sign one of those contracts and her little tween sister is in danger of doing the same thing. Can Kaylee help? Or has she taken on more than even she can handle?
This story continues the Soul Screamer series. I really enjoyed the twist on the usual paranormal, I see dead people premise. In this case a girl screams to announce the death of a person, which reminded me of ancient Greek mythology.
Kaylee has just found out she has the ability to sense when someone dies. I liked how this story unfolds with twists and turns. The consequences of selling your soul are showed in surreal, scary detail. I couldn't help but think of Holly Black's faery world where creatures that are horrific live right by our side. The same thing with the Netherworld. I wanted to see more of this world! The description of the Netherworld had Clive Baker elements. Haunting and scary. I hope the third book shows us more of Kaylee crossing over into that world.
One plus of this book is the romance between Nash and Kaylee. Each is a bean stidh with abilities that compliment each other. Some scenes sizzle with emotion but still are tame enough to appeal to Twilight fans.
The combination of mystery and romance makes this a book paranormal fans will enjoy. I can't wait for the third book in the series, My Soul to Keep, coming out June 2010.
After failing to save the souls of the girls in the first book, Kaylee is determined to help pop-star Addison Page get hers back after trading it for fame and fortune. Kaylee is a bit too compassionate and determined for her own good, since this venture puts her, Nash and Tod in danger. However, it also gives her (and us) more information about her heritage and the Netherworld. It was nice to see Kaylee develop her abilities and become more confident in what she can do.
Kaylee’s relationship with Nash is getting steamy! Seriously, hormones are raging between these two whenever they’re left alone together. I’m wondering if their intense chemistry is due to being the same, or if it truly is a speedy romance. Either way, I’m surprised those two managed to keep their clothes on! I was proud of Kaylee for knowing she wasn’t ready to go all the way yet, and for Nash for not pressuring her into it.
There’s just one thing in My Soul to Save that wasn’t clear and it nagged at me throughout the entire book. Why was Tod so determined to save Addy? I know they had dated in the past, but was she the one that got away? Is that why he was so desperate to retrieve her soul, that he’d put his and everyone else’s lives at risk? I just wish there had been more to that, so it would feel like Tod was just featured as a convenient plot device. But overall, this was another quick, fun addition to the series and I’m excited to know what Kaylee will face next.
Most movie sequels are not as good as the first (especially true for
Disney sequels, like those for Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, Bambi,
etc.), and unfortunately this was the case with My Soul to Save. When I read My Soul to Take last week, I was captivated and thrown
into Kaylee's banshee adventures. But with the second book in the Soul Screamers trilogy, I wasn't that
impressed with the plot or the characters. It all seemed a bit dull to
But I did keep
reading it. And that's saying something, because when I really don't
like the book, I don't torture my brain by continuing.
wasn't interested in Nash's character in both of the books. I thought
that Tod was way more intriguing, with his sharp comebacks and sarcastic
wit. Nash was a bit of a flat character.
Kaylee brings back
memories of Bella in the Twilight
saga. She is not confident in herself. Yeah, I realize she's a teenage
girl and is self-conscious, but in a book it gets rather annoying when
she's always putting herself down. Kaylee was also wondering numerous
times why Nash would want to be with her when he's so much better
looking and can have any girl he wants. (Ring any bells?)
will, however, look out for My Soul to
Steal, the third (and last?) book of the series, which comes out
June 1, 2010. I can only hope that the series gets better rather than
How I loved entering the wonderful world Rachel Vincent has created with the Soul Screamers again! My Soul To Save picks up Kaylee and Nash's story several weeks after where My Soul To Take left off, and draws you in just as quickly a book 1. My Soul To Save is a book filled with the fascinating lives of banshees/bean sidhes, romance and a bit of mystery.
Nash and Kaylee's relationship really grows in My Soul to Save. All those moments that seemed awkward in their relationship in book 1 are long gone. My Soul to Save wasn't as easy to connect with. I found myself connecting much more with all the characters in My Soul To Take, but I wasn't feeling for the popstars as much in My Soul to Save.
My Soul To Save really introduces you to more and more of the Bean Sidhe's power. That was simply fascinating. Along with learning about Bean Sidhe's power, you learn all about the world and Netherworld.
Overall, My Soul To Save is a wonderful continuation of My Soul To Save. It has me impatiently awaiting June, so My Soul to Keep can come out!