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This book is a keeper!
My Soul To Keep - Rachel Vincent
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My Soul To Keep - Rachel Vincent
Advantages: Deals with real issues
Disadvantages: Kaylee at times
== 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.
Summary: A great third book in a series