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'l be next.
Title: My Soul to Take
Author: Rachel Vincent
Series: Soul Screamers- 1
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Date of Release: August 1st 2009
Firstly, I love the cover. Its so dark and mysterious, the red also works well and in a way, its like the souls are spiralling, you know what I mean?
Kaylee hasn't had the easiest life. Her mum died when she was young, then her dad abandoned her and moved to the other side of the world, leaving her with her aunt, uncle and evil cousin. She puts up with a lot, but not all is doom and gloom. She has her amazing best friend Emma who always keeps her on her toes and having a good time. Then, she finally meets handsome Nash, and finds out the truth, she's a Bean Sidhes / Banshee which explains her murderous screaming every time she goes near someone who is about to die. But there is more than meets the eye, as they slowly uncover the truth about the girls dying, one a day with no cause of death, just the drop of the bodies and the stillness of their hearts... it may be more than a coincidence and history repeating itself behind closed doors.
Kaylee was a very likeable character, she is strong, independent and got straight-to-the-point and did not, I repeat did not hold back any of her insightful questions. She has been held in the dark about her families past for too long and you can easily see her frustration, betrayal and her un-trust throughout the book to uncover them, but she is very persistent and listens carefully to all information supplied to her. She is also very caring, which we see repeatedly throughout with her unhappiness and unwillingness to not warn those who are about to die. However, she did jump to conclusions very quickly which is understandable due to her lack of knowledge of her species but it did get a little annoying sometimes. I also found her relationship with Nash to be very quick, even though she kept trying to keep her distance, it sort of went to pot when she found out... you will have to read it to find out, sorry!
One of my favourite characters was Tod, he was very funny at times with little sarcastic comments and was all about the secrets. But, you could also see some vulnerability from him at one time which really made his character blossom, but thats all I'm telling you otherwise he will come after me. That won't be good, he scares me enough with the list stuff as it is, let alone be on it... oops!
I loved the originality and uniqueness of the plot, I have never ever read a book about banshees before and it was really interesting to see Rachel's take on the new species. It was also really engaging about the Irish Folklore and how it snakes its way into the story.
I really enjoyed this book with all its twists and turns it was much darker than I originally expected, it was also a page turner which left me wanting to read more and find out who was responsible and most importantly, why?
I look forward to reading the next book in the series, My Soul to Save.