Monday, March 28, 2011

REVIEW: My Soul to Save by Rachel Vincent

When Kaylee Cavanaugh screams, someone dies.

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….

I recently read (and loved) the first book in the Soul Screamers series by Rachel Vincent, My Soul To Take and I found it be incredibly interesting and readable and I was absolutely gasping to read the next in the series. So a massive thank you to the lovely people at MIRA Ink for sending me My Soul to Save for review! My Soul To Save is an excellent continuation of the story and I'm still so excited about this amazing series of books! The Soul Screamers has just the most amazing characters! Kaylee, Nash and Tod are such a fun group with an interesting dynamic that once I started reading this book I couldn't put it down for anything.

I found My Soul to Save to be very different as a sequel. It's a lot more action-based than I felt My Soul to Take was. But I am certainly not complaining, as I was just as swept up in the plot and the new characters. I do hope for more Kaylee and Nash in the future books in the series though. Rachel Vincent really teased me with the brief glimpses of Kaylee and Nash togetherness in this one (but oh, how HOT are these brief glimpses!). There is still so many questions to be asked and concerns from Kaylee's perspective about their relationship and instead of dealing with them, the two are too swept up into the hazardous dealings that Tod has roped them both into.

In My Soul To Save, we are introduced to another character, Addison. She has sold her soul in order to achieve fame and fortune. When another singer who has traded away her soul dies onstage at a concert, Tod, Kaylee and Nash witness the terrible ordeal. Tod in particular feels very strongly that they must do something about saving Addy's soul. Tod and Addy, have a shared history together and I figure the two Kaylee, still feeling guilty about the events that occurred in My Soul to Take agrees to help Tod and Addison and off they go on this highly dangerous mission to go up against demons and soulless record executives. Kaylee really pushes all of her limits - those were her father, her school and her skill involving the Netherworld and her bean sidhe abilities. There seems to be no end to the amount of sacrifices that she is willing to make for others. It's really a very admirable quality for Kaylee to have, though sometimes as a reader, I didn't feel particularly invested in saving the lives of Addison or her younger sister. I hope that in future books in the series will revolve more closely around the three major characters.

I loved the detail of the Netherworld that is described as well as learning more and more about bean sidhes and the things they can and cannot do. I love the fast pace of the book and the questions that continually pop up. I adore the sexual tension between Kaylee and Nash and in particular the uncertainties that Kaylee feels about Nash's motivations. I love this series and I cannot wait to delve into it more. Bring on the next book!


  1. Ooh 'Forgotten' looks really good! I always wanted to write an original take on the whole amnesia thing... Ah how I miss reading for pleasure :(

    I love your new bio picture!

  2. Fiona - It does, doesn't it! I think memory is a great tool to manipulate for an interesting story!

    And thank you :) Quite an old photo of me and The Boy, but I love it.

  3. I love this series! Glad you're enjoying it. The next book and one after that are really different, though :P. I have to say, I was a little bit shocked at what happened...

  4. I loved My Soul To Take and I can't wait to read this one, my figure has been hovering over the buy button on Amazon for a little while now lol. Fab review :D

  5. Liz - WHAT AN ABSOLUTE TEASE YOU ARE LIZ. What a comment! :) That just makes me so much more eager to read the next books in the series. I hope they're out soon here.

    Jesse - Oh, do it! Do it! I really love this series, it's completely taken me by surprise.


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