Kaylee has one addiction: her very hot, very popular boyfriend, Nash. A banshee like Kaylee, Nash understands her like no one else. Nothing can come between them.
Until something does.
Demon's breath. No, not the toothpaste-challenged kind. The Netherworld kind. The kind that really can kill you. Somehow, the super-addictive substance has made its way to the human world. But how? Kaylee and Nash have to cut off the source and protect their friends--one of whom is already hooked.
And when the epidemic hits too close to home, Kaylee will have to risk everything to save those she loves.
My soul to keep by Rachel Vincent is the third book in the rather addictive Soul Screamers series. This time around Kaylee, who is still only beginning to discover and learn about her unusual Banshee heritage has the toughest of challenges ahead of her. In the last book we learn the horrible truth about Demon's breath and the addictive qualities that it posses, and bizarrely enough it has been showing up in the least likely of places. Kaylee along with Nash and Tod have to attempt to save people that don't realise that they need to be or even want to be saved from a fate some might consider to be worse than death.
Personally, I think that My soul to keep is the best one in the series so far (I know I probably said that about My soul to save!), but this one really is my favourite to date and it is definitely a bit darker than the other Soul Screamers books so far. This book deals with some real issues of addiction, betrayal and it just proves that monsters don't just necessarily live in the Netherworld.
Like the second book (My soul to save) the Netherworld features more heavily. The Netherworld is a place that is linked to ours, but only certain supernatural beings have the power to cross back and forth. However, it is not the place that you would willing visit, as everything and everyone is out to eat you. It is a world of monsters, torture and things that only belong in the darkest of nightmares.
As with all the books in the Soul Screamers series so far the writing has been great and I just get completely drawn into the story. This was yet another book that I just didn't want to put down and I read it over a weekend. As well as the writing I think that I enjoy these books so much because of the fast paced plot and there are a whole bunch of main and minor characters that I just love.
My soul to keep certainly isn't as light a read as the other two previous books and certain aspects of it really had me cringing at the thought of what happens to certain characters. I don't want to say more for fear of giving away any spoilers. If you haven't read this book yet then I highly recommend it.
However, this is one series that you MUST read in order to get the most out of it. I really can't wait to pick up the next book in the soul screamers series, My soul to Steal, which was released in Oct 2011 here in the UK.
Rachel Vincent is really becoming a must buy author for me. I can't recommend this book and the Soul Screamer series highly enough, you won't be disappointed, I certainly wasn't.
Overall - Another great instalment and a really easy book to read.
Genre - YA, paranormal romance
Published by Mira Ink (UK - April 2011)
Paperback - 378 pages (£6.99)
Soul Screamers series by Rachel Vincent
My soul to take
My soul to save
My soul to keep
My soul to steal
If I die (released in Feb 2012 - UK)
== About the book ==
My Soul To Keep is the third book in the Soul Screamers series by Rachel Vincent. It was published on 15th April by Mira Ink and the book is 368 pages long.
== Plot ==
When Kaylee Cavanaugh screams, it means that someone is about to die. Kaylee recently found out that she is a bean sidhe, a banshee who screams for the souls of those who are about to die. Nothing has been remotely close to normal since she found out what she really is and things aren't getting any more normal.
Kaylee's boyfriend Nash is one of the most important things in her life, mainly due to the fact he knows what she is, is very similar and can help her through the bad times of screaming for souls. Nash understands Kaylee like no one else can and she really thinks that nothing can get in the way of their super strong relationship. Until it does.
A highly addictive substance called Demon's Breath has made its way from The Netherworld into the human world and it is lethal. One of Kaylee and Nash's friends are already hooked and they must stop it getting to more people before they all end up in grave danger. When the Demon's Breath epidemic hit's a lot closer to home than Kaylee ever imagined, she has to decide how much she will risk to save someone she loves.
== What I thought ==
As soon as I read the first book in this series, I was hooked. Unfortunately, I had to wait quite a while before being able to buy the third book.
Just like the other books in the series, My Soul To Keep gets off to an extremely quick and exciting start. Rachel Vincent doesn't mess around when it comes to getting the party started and this one goes off with a bang. I really loved how quickly this book got exciting and I could see that it probably wouldn't be slowing down at any point. I was right. The whole book moves along at a really nice pace, mixing faster more thrilling parts with slower, more explanatory bits but I liked it this way. Just at the right times, the pace slows down enough for you to get your breath back ready for something else to happen.
Although this book has a supernatural twist, it still manages to deal with normal teenage problems albeit in a slightly unusual sense. A theme running throughout the whole book is the use of and addiction to drugs. This is a massive problem to address but Vincent does it really well, making it possible to see this happen in a normal situation. The problems and side effects associated with drug use are shown quite graphically at times but I thought that this helped to show just how serious a matter it is.
I've always loved the relationship between Kaylee and Nash and although this may sound strange, it is because I can see things wrong with it. Now I'm not saying the author has missed something out here but more that I can see that they aren't perfect and even though they have a lot of supernatural issues to deal with, they are also just a normal couple at the same time. Nash has a history with girls so I am just waiting for it to come back and bite him on the arse. In this book, cracks begin to show between Kaylee and Nash and I was glad about this. While it was good to be reminded of them not being perfect, I also wanted to shout at Kaylee and say 'Get on with it already!'. If you read the series then you'll know why!
My Soul To Keep reintroduces some favourite characters from the previous books and one I was ecstatic to see was Tod, Nash's dead brother. He always brings so much to each story and I really hope that he will be around for the duration now. As well as the characters we have already met, it was good to see the addition of new ones, both good and bad. The bad guy in this series creeps the hell out of me and My Soul To Keep didn't do anything to stop that, it only made it worse. I seriously had chills from this guy.
As this series grows, with each book we get to learn more about the Netherworld. I completely love this aspect of the series because it is so dark and scary and also because of how complex and exciting it is. Something new pops out of the shadows each time we take a trip there and I'm always on tenterhooks to find out what it is going to be. It is always a surprise and not what I'm expecting at all.
This is one of my favourite YA series and cannot praise it enough. I really don't have a bad word to say so far. I cant wait for the next book in the series now to find out what happens next with Kaylee and Nash.