I’ve been racking my brain and think I can say with a fair amount of certainty that My Soul to Take by Rachel Vincent—the first book in her Soul Screamers series—is my first banshee book. But I can tell you it definitely won’t be my last!!!
The first time I heard the title, I knew this book sounded GOOD. My Soul to Take. It’s got that juicy foreboding quality, like a ghost story, or even a murder mystery.
So it’s especially awesome when the book more than lives up to the title.
My Soul to Take is about Kaylee Cavanaugh. Kaylee’s pretty much your average, ordinary teenager…except…when she sees someone die, Kaylee has an uncontrollable urge to scream. Ok, well that sounds normal enough—I think most of us would have an urge to scream if we saw someone die. But Kaylee gets premonitions, she can tell when death is coming, when someone near her is about to imminently drop dead. And you’ve never heard anyone scream like Kaylee—Even Kaylee is scared by her own screaming.
Kaylee doesn’t know what’s wrong with her, why she can predict when people are going to die. Kaylee’s pretty sure she’s not crazy…but the last time Kaylee started screaming, her aunt and uncle took her to a mental ward. But when girls suddenly start to die for no apparent reason and Kaylee is the only one who even knows what’s going to happen—Kaylee finally KNOWS she’s not crazy—but can she prove it?—And can she stop it from happening again????
Ok, I totally fell in love with this book from page one—where Kaylee and her bff Emma are sneaking into a bar—straight to the super-twisty ending—Everything I hoped for, plus a cute mysterious boy. ;)
Also, I super-loved all the characters, and how the dynamics kept changing throughout the story. When I first read the part about Kaylee’s aunt and uncle locking her in a mental ward after her first “panic” attack—I had some serious dislike for Aunt Val and Uncle Brendan. And as Kaylee talked about her calorie-counting, superficial, aunt, Uncle Brendan quickly became more sympathetic…nice, just not necessarily a lot of backbone. And while Aunt Val seemed all about appearances and social status on the surface, I slowly found myself seeing glimpses of Aunt Val that showed that she really did care about Kaylee. And Kaylee’s snobby cousin Sophie?—Well, she had her moments, too.
One of the other things I loved about the story, is about how Kaylee discovers proof of her unique heritage—She’s not all “#facepalm, of course I’m a bean sidhe,” but Kaylee realizes she’s not exactly normal, and her hidden heritage seems to be the only thing that can explain the unexplainable.
And just in case I’m not the last person to get a hold of this fabulous series, I won’t spoil the end, except to say what an amazing job Rachel Vincent did of building up the story and pulling the reader along, and still saving a couple big surprises for the end!!!
And it’s no surprise that My Soul to Save, the second book in the Soul Screamers series is next on my reading list!!! :D