Publisher: Harlequin Teen
My Recommended Age Group: Young Adult to Adult
Released: June 1, 2010
Other work in series: My Soul to Take, My Soul to Save
From Goodreads: (edited for spoilers)
Demon 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?
I was in a mood to finish a few books this past week that I hadn't been able to before. Top on the list - MY SOUL TO KEEP by Rachel Vincent.
Fans of Vincent's Soul Screamers series, already know that this series is packed with emotion, drama, and action. Kaylee starts out the series by discovering that she is not exactly human. She is a bean-sidhe and has an amazing gift that forces her to wail (think blood-curdling scream) anytime someone is about to die or has just died. While trying to come to terms with this new reality, everything she knows and trusts is suddenly thrown up in the air in a haze of confusion. Book three in the series, MY SOUL TO KEEP continues in this fashion.
While Kaylee is now starting to understand more about her true nature and her gifts, something dangerous is happening around her. Friends are starting to act strange and again, everything that she knows is threatening to topple over. Will she be able to save herself and those she loves or will she end up losing someone in the process?
For me, MY SOUL TO KEEP was a huge turning point for Kaylee. Within this story we get to see not only how much spunk Kaylee has, but also exactly where her limits are. Just like the rest of us, Kaylee can get hurt - both emotionally and physically. Definitely the most emotional of the series so far, there were many points in the book where my heart just started breaking for Kaylee. Sometimes you just want to scream, "Leave the poor girl alone already!" There wouldn't be much of a story if that happened, though. While Kaylee battles her way through MY SOUL TO KEEP, we are left watching helplessly. Ms. Vincent does an amazing job of channeling Kaylee's pain, anger, and sadness through to the reader so that just as Kaylee feels like she's falling apart, so do we.
The best part about MY SOUL TO KEEP, and Ms. Vincent's Soul Screamers series so far, is how easy her characters are to relate to. Although most of us don't see ghostly shapes and experience supernatural occurrences on a daily basis, we are still able to be drawn into the story and experience it with the characters. Each character is molded well so that the reader can easily imagine his or herself in the character's shoes and as we adventure with these characters, Ms. Vincent kicks up the action and adventure, leaving us breathless and begging for more.
My favorite of the series so far, MY SOUL TO KEEP is a definite must read. I recommend it for any fans of Young Adult Paranormal.