She doesn't see dead people. She senses when someone near her is about to die. And when that happens, a force beyond her control compels her to scream bloody murder. Literally. Kaylee just wants to enjoy having caught the attention of the hottest guy in school. But a normal date is hard to come by when Nash seems to know more about her need to scream than she does. And when classmates start dropping dead for no apparent reason, only Kaylee knows who'll be next.
Paperback, 279 pages
Published August 1st 2009 by Harlequin (first published July 29th 2009)
Three Stars and a half stars: This is a creative, solid first book to the series.
Kaylee and Emma breathe easier as they sneak in through the backdoor of the club. It is shaping up to be a great Saturday night, for two underage teenagers. Kaylee hangs to the periphery of the dark crowd, watching bodies tangle and writhe to the rhythmic beat. Then her night gets even better when the handsome, senior Nash, actually starts up a conversation with her. Kaylee can't believe her good fortune. Usually, her beautiful best friend, Emma attracts all the hot guys. Without warning, a wave of terrible sadness crashes over Kaylee. Not again! She snaps her teeth shut in an effort to trap the building scream deep inside her. The last time she had an epic, uncontrollable screaming episode she ended up in the mental hospital. There is no way she is going to endure another stint in the looney bin! Then a pretty girl walks into her field of vision and Kaylee can see the dark shadows that shroud her. She inexplicably knows this girl is about to die. Kaylee fights to contain the ear splitting wail, that threatens to burst forth. Thankfully, Emma and Nash rescue her, by dragging her outside. Nash holds her tightly and whispers soothingly in her ear. The urge to scream slowly subsides. Kaylee and Emma call it a night, disaster averted. The next morning, Kaylee is horrified when she turns on the morning news and sees the face of that same girl from the club, she is dead. How can this be? Things are about to get worse when two other girls unexpectedly drop dead. On top of the mysterious deaths, it seems that everyone has been keeping secrets from Kaylee. Why is she able to sense when someone is about to die? What compels her to scream?
What I Liked:
- I loved the use of the old Irish lore of the Banshee and her death wail and the evolution of the scream to a hauntingly, beautiful song. This is a fresh, new take on an old legend. Ms. Vincent does an excellent job reworking this concept into a modern day story. I also enjoyed the inclusion of the reapers and the idea of collecting souls. This is an exciting new entry into the paranormal genre. Move over vampires, zombies and werewolves say hello to the banshee!
- This book had some unique and exciting plot twists. Especially the climax and the end. It builds to a dramatic finish that will leave you stunned. I loved that it draws to a complete conclusion.
- I enjoyed the characters of Kaylee and Nash. Kaylee is on the verge of finally learning her true identity. I appreciated that I was along for all the discoveries that were in store for her. I like that Kaylee is witty but not sarcastic. Nash, is the kind of guy that every girl desires, good looks, attentive and protective.
- Tod, I was drawn to this character especially at the end when I learned his big secret. I am looking forward to getting to know him better in future installments.
And The Not So Much:
- I was completely riveted by the prequel, My Soul to Lose, but for some reason My Soul to Take, didn't grab a hold of me like the prequel did. This book was missing that edgy, what is going to happen next feel. Kaylee's voice comparatively, in this book lacked a bit of the spunkiness that I loved in the intro novella. I was disappointed that some of the lingering questions from the prequel weren't answered in this book. I would highly recommend you read the short novella My Soul to Lose, before reading book one. It gives you insight into Kaylee's scream, plus it is a great read.
- This book starts off interesting but for me, the story lagged a bit in the middle. The action slows down and I wasn't as engaged as I would have liked. However, with that said about three quarters of the way through the activity picks up dramatically and it moves into an exciting climax and a stunning finish. The final payoff is well worth the wait.
- I wanted a little more information on the male banshee, since it was a novel concept to me. I wanted to learn more about Kaylee's father and her uncle, as I was drawn to both their characters. Hopefully, in the next book I will get to known them better.
- This is me being picky here, but I wish that Ms. Vincent had been a little more creative with her descriptions of banshee eyes. It became repetitive to read about churning eyes over and over.
My Soul to Take, is a strong beginning, to what I know is going to be an exciting series. I was on the fence with my rating. This is a good book but the middle dragged a bit. It is a fun ride. I can't wait to see how Kaylee and her scream evolve from here. I will be reading one Soul Screamers book a month, plus the additional novellas, in preparation for the release of book six, Before I Wake, to be released June 2012. If you would like to join our Soul Screamers buddy read we meet in the Bookspark Group, on Goodreads. Feel free to stop by and read with us.
I discovered this week, that there is a challenge for Soul Screams 2012, hosted by [Fikt] shun. The goal to read all five of the Soul Screamers books before the release of book six, Before I Wake, in June 2012. There are some great prizes for participating. See all the details under my 2012 Challenges. This completes book one of the Soul Screamer challenge and the bonus prequel.
"She should never have taught her mother to text. I told her no good could come of that."
"Tables, students, and the school building itself were suddenly leached of their vibrancy, like someone had opened a drain at the base of a rainbow and let all the color out."
"Do you chase after funeral processions in a long, dirty dress, hair trailing behind you in the wind?"
"Even so, dread was a plastic spork slowly diggin out my insides as I pulled open the front door, then the screen,"
"But we don't know there's anything actually wrong yet, and until we know for sure, you're just borrowing trouble."
"It wasn't that I had nothing to say to him. It was that I had too much to say."
"The truth was looming, a great dark cloud on my mind's horizon. I could almost see it, but I refused to bring it into focus. Refused to acknowledge the coming storm until it broke over my head, drenching me with a cold, cruel wash of the answers I'd thought I wanted."