Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Review: My Soul to Take by Rachel Vincent

Gosh, when the handsomest, most popular guy in school is both a banshee AND named Nash Hudson, you know you're in for a doozie of a YAF novel (just LOOK at that cover, for Pete's sake...). In Rachel Vincent's first novel of her Soul Screamer series My Soul to Take:

She doesn't see dead people, but…

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…

It's pretty hard to take this book too seriously, when the first review on Amazon is "Twilight fans will love it." This is what YAF is striving for now? Yikes. Somebody call John Green, stat.
  • Originality: 6 - I haven't met too many folks, in literature or real life, who a) knows when people will die, b) screams for upwards of 20 minutes about it or c) has figured out how to swap out one soul for another if they think the Reapers have made a mistake and taken the wrong person. So this one will receive a solid 6.
  • Absurdity: 8 - I don't know, this book kicks right off with Kalee and Nash meeting in a club and there's all sorts of insta-attraction, blah blah, oh yeah and then someone dies (Kalee of course both knew this and screamed about it - you know, cuz she's a banshee and all). From the get go the whole plot is somewhat of a "yeah, just go with it," type of feel and luckily I was feeling like going with it for the couple of nights I read this book.
  • Level of Paranormal Romance: 5 - Rachel Vincent really tries to make this book romantic, even trying to introduce a love triangle with the mysterious Tod, but I just never really felt it. That being said, I never felt the (G-rated) heat between Edward and Bella either, so yes, Twilight fans really may love this book.
  • Level of Harry Potterness: 3 - No, just no. That being said, I will end in a slow clap for 10-15 pages describing what a banshee scream feels like (okay, it was probably more like 2 pages, but it felt like an eternity!).


  1. Can I say that I sorta LOVE Nash Hudson (as a name and as a YA love interest?). I was solidly behind that Hudson brother for the first couple of these books...... but now I am Team Todd. Wait for that slow burn!

  2. Sometimes, I love those books that you just have to go with. Like Vampire Academy. I think this is the next series that I'm going to attempt to read through.

  3. If this book induces slow clapping then I'm sold. Seriously. There are so many occasions (mostly inappropriate) where I have the urge to do so, but I'm a total wimp and I don't.

    I also wish I could scream bloody murder for 20 minutes straight only I'll do it every time I read a book that features the love triangle and/or insta-love factor. Actually, I take that back. I like my vocal chords just as they are--in tact--thankyouverymuch.


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