Friday, December 10, 2010

Soul Screamers: My Soul to Keep

My Soul to Keep
Soul Screamers, #3
Author: Rachel Vincent
Reading level: Young Adult
Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Harlequin
Released: 6/1/10

Summary: Soul Screamers is a young adult urban fantasy series narrated by teenage bean sidhe (banshee) Kaylee Cavanaugh. Join Kaylee as she tries to balance a normal high school experience with the threat of the Netherworld, a terrifying, hidden world full of reapers, hellions, and countless other mythical monsters out to possess her, body and soul.

My Soul to Keep is a book every teenager should read, especially if they are in a relationship, or considering one. I remember the hormone induced urges as I became aware of my sexuality. When you combine that with wanting someone to love that will love you back, things become intense and confusing. It's no wonder that our teenage years are some of our toughest.

I loved the character of Kaylee as she struggled with school life, her friends, her boyfriend, her father and her supernatural issues. Things are tough enough but when a supernatural drug starts ruining her classmates lives she knows she has to do something about it. She's compassionate, tough, and she's willing to face her fears to do what is right. I love that she holds on to her virginity, even though a part of her wants to give in to her feelings for Nash. Every teenage girl should view her virginity as Kaylee does, as something precious that should only be shared when it's right, not because of peer pressure, or a need to keep a boyfriend happy. Once you lose it, you can't get it back. That message alone is so important. My Soul to Keep has many important underlying themes in a face paced, action filled plot that literally keeps the reader in suspense through most of the story.

Addiction is something so many teenagers and adults struggle with at some point in their life. Some are lucky, and stop themselves before hitting rock bottom. Others can't stop, and hurt themselves and the people they care about before they ask for help. Whether it's drinking or drugs, addiction ruins lives. For those who are watching someone they care about go through an addiction it can be agony. We can't make them stop, but we can refuse to aide them in their addiction. All of this is weaved into the story of Kaylee and her friends in a fast paced, suspenseful and emotional manner.

Don't get me wrong, My Soul to Keep is a well written, paranormal romance with rich, complex characters. The author has weaved the life lessons among the story so there are no lectures or public service announcements. Rachel Vincent has instead given us a story about love, trust, loyalty and friendship that we won't soon forget. Whether you are 15 or 50, you will love her storytelling and the characters she has created.

Reading the Series
I emailed Rachel to make sure I was getting the order of the stories and the books correct. My Soul to Lose and Reaper happen right around the same time and are perfect reads to start the series if you haven't already. I loved both of them, but Reaper is especially good.

Soul Screamers Stories
1. My Soul to Take (2009)
2. My Soul to Save (2009)
3. My Soul to Keep (2010)
4. Neiderwald: Enthralled anthology (2011)
5. My Soul to Steal (January 2011)
6. If I Die (Fall 2011)

Novellas & Shorts
1.Fearless: Kiss Me Deadly Anthology (2010)
2.Free Prequel: My Soul to Lose (2010)
3.Free Short: Reaper: Tod's Story (2010)

Once you read anything in the Soul Screamers series, you'll want to read everything you can get your hands on. This is a Young Adult series, but I loved it as much as any paranormal adult read.