Series: Soul Screamers, #1
Author: Rachel Vincent
Pages: 279 (Paperback)
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release Date: August 1, 2009
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.
I am now joining the Rachel Vincent fan club! She created great characters, an interesting plot, and introduced a unique paranormal entity. I absolutely loved how she integrated banshees, or bean sidhe as they're called in the Irish lore, into the modern world. Sure they might be just another non-human species hidden among humans, but they haven't been overdone at all. In fact, I haven't read about them before, and haven't heard about any other books feature them.
Kaylee is great and believable. She's honest, and determined even when things aren't exactly going according to plan. She's a (mostly) normal teenage girl, flies under the radar, and is just trying to keep a grip on some normalcy. However, it's hard to appear normal when you start wailing at the top of your lungs as someone is about to die. She's able to hold it in even though it's a struggle, and her best friend, Emma just thinks she's having a panic attack. That is, until girls start dropping dead all around them.
Enter Nash! The super hot, popular guy, who pays Kaylee no attention until he witnesses one of her "panic attacks." He should be freaked out, or think she's a freak, but instead, two days later they start dating. Yep, that's fast! I could understand him taking an interest in her due to her weirdness (especially when we learn something later in the book), but romantically? I wish that could have had more development. It was very rushed and very unbelievable, but it didn't keep from enjoying the story as a whole. In fact, once the mystery of random girls dying from unknown causes really gets going, I forgot all about the rushed romance. I was completely intrigued by the idea of banshees and grim reapers, and engaged in the story. I just wanted to know what the heck is going on, what Kaylee has to do with it, and how Nash is going to help her!
My Soul to Take is a fun read, and it moves at a fairly fast pace once the plot gets going. I loved learning about bean sidhes and the other otherworldly creatures right along side Kaylee. Thankfully, I have the next three books right here, and I'll be jumping right into the second one!