Author: Rachel Vincent
Publisher: Mira Ink (2011)
Something is wrong with Kaylee Cavanaugh…
She can sense 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 boy in school. But a normal date is hard to come by when Nash seems to know more about the dark forces behind Kaylee’s power than she does.
And when classmates start dropping dead for no apparent reason and only Kaylee knows who’ll be next, she realizes that finding a boyfriend is the least of her worries!
Kaylee Cavanaugh is not an ordinary teenage girl – actually she is everything but normal. Whenever someone near her is about to die, she has these uncontrollable panic attacks that take her over and give her the sensation that all she can do is to scream them out. And although she tries to repress them as much as she can, once she finds out what she and her family really are and represent, she understands how her ability can help other people – especially when girls are dropping dead on a daily basis.
I truly loved this book. Vincent’s writing is delicious and vibrant as it is welcoming, which is amazing for someone who is reading a full book in English for the first time – like me. I felt compelled and bonded to the story since the very first chapter and Kaylee was a big part of the reason why I couldn’t take my eyes off this book.
As readers we are guided through her troubled life without feeling the need to skip over some pages or thinking how much of a teenager she still is. Her maturity was surprising and her curiosity towards her origins and other supernatural creatures that walk among humans was strongly addictive. For a main character, Kaylee was great and I loved both her personality and energy. The only less good thing I found was that, for me, she accepted her fate very quickly. There wasn’t any screaming or crying, any fighting against it, any disbelief… and I kinda missed it. Of course it is understandable in one way, seeing she was desperate to have the certainty that she wasn’t going crazy… and even though the explanation given to her was a bit insane, believing it was the only way she had to avoid loosing her mind. But still…
Also loved Aunt Val, who made me laugh almost every time she appeared. There was only one thing I disliked about her and that was what she did to try and achieve something that clearly was out of her league. But despite that, totally liked her! As for the rest of the characters, My Soul to Take wasn’t enough for me to really get to know them so I hope I’ll see them again in the following books.
Besides great characters Vincent also created an amazing worldbuilding, developing supernatural and mythical creatures that I had never read on a novel before. So everything ended up being kinda new to me, which was absolutely spot on. Definitely, this is a book and an author I totally recommend! And that I’ll keep reading for sure.