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Book Review: My Soul to Take by Rachel Vincent

My Soul to Take (Soul Screamers, #1)Title: My Soul to Take
Author: Rachel Vincent
Series: Soul Screamers
Publisher: HarlequinTeen
Published on: August 1, 2009
Source: own copy
My rating: 

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’ll be next.

My Thoughts:

The story is nothing I’ve ever read before, and has me captured from the moment I started reading page 1.

The story itself is about “bean sidhees”, which I learned is read as “banshees”. Bean Sidhees are mythical creatures famously wearing white long gowns, who can sense imminent death and scream when it happens. But more of like mourn, which involves a lot of screaming. However, in this novel, they refer the scream as a “song”, and for another bean sidhee, they hear a beautiful song. There are guy bean sidhees too, but their gift is different, and they don’t have this urge to scream when sensing incoming death.

So, our main character, Kaylee, experiences “panic attacks” and when these happens, she knows someone’s going to die. She doesn’t know who she really is, until a lot of weird things happened. Young beautiful girls mysteriously drop down and die with no apparent reason. And you must be a statue if you won’t render that circumstance as not normal. I love how there is a crime mystery involved in the story (i absolutely love them!), it makes it more suspenseful. Plus, you can see the constant building up of the story.

As for our characters, there’s nothing entirely distinct about them. We have the nosy girl protagonist, the protective boyfriend, the guardians (mom,dads, uncles,etc) who always say “no”, which is fairly understandable. But I’m not saying I don’t admire Kaylee for being a humanitarian and helpful to others, because I would have done the same if I were on her place (at least that’s what I think,lol).

I know the story is just starting in this book, and just from reading the first one, I know in my heart I will keep on reading the books in this series, until the very end, because the story has me. The story has a strong foundation, lots of potential I can feel coming, and l want to read what more can happen. Not to mention the writing is good. 🙂

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