Review – My Soul to Save by Rachel Vincent

  • Title: My Soul to Save
  • Author: Rachel Vincent
  • Series: Soul Screamers #2
  • Previous Book: My Soul to Take
  • Next Book: My Soul to Keep
  • Source: Personal Copy

Description from Goodreads:

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…

Review

I read (listened to) the first book a few months ago and then moved back to reading other books. I was at a loss as to what to read next (as evidenced by my WWW last week!), so since I had the next book in the series waiting on my Ipod, I decided to jump back into Kaylee’s story. And jump in, I did! The action and mystery picked right up in the first chapter!

While I really liked My Soul to Take, I found it to be a bit slow, so I was very happy with the pacing in My Soul to Save. Since it didn’t have the necessity of introduction, it was able to jump right into the story and keep it going.  There was one thing in the book that I saw coming, but other than that, I was not able to guess most of the twists. I also felt that the discovery of information felt very natural. It didn’t feel rushed or too slow.

We get to know the characters a little better in this book.  I like Kaylee, but sometimes she’s a little too typical teenager for my liking. Her relationship with Nash had me rolling my eyes a lot. As much as I liked him in the first book, he just was bugging me in this book. Tod, however, I really liked. He’s a little manipulative at times, but he’s just an amusing character. His moments with Nash crack me up. He really knows how to push Nash’s buttons.

I liked the ending. There was a twist I didn’t see coming, and there was a scene with Tod in the final chapter that I really liked. But the last couple sentences just seemed unnecessary to me. It didn’t really end on much of a cliffhanger, making me HAVE to read the next book, but I liked the book enough to continue on in the series. I give it 4 stars!

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The books say that Twilight fans will love it, and I honestly don’t get the connection. However, if you like paranormal books, and especially if you’re looking for something other than vampires,  I think that you would like this series.

Notes on the audiobook: I am still fairly new to audiobooks, and they are not my preferred format. I tried the audiobook for Anna Dress in Blood and I could not get through it. I couldn’t stand the narrator. However, after reading about how Jac at For Love and Books really liked Amanda Ronconi as a narrator, I “bought” the novella prequel and first book of this series with my free audible credits. I really like Amanda Ronconi’s narration. She does different voices for the characters so you know who’s talking, but I don’t feel like she tries too hard. Her male voices sound male enough, but she doesn’t go overboard with them. I’ve had to cancel my audible membership for money reasons, but even though I prefer reading to listening, I will miss Amanda’s voices as I finish this series.

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