Author: Rachel Vincent
Publisher: Mira Ink (2011)
When Kaylee Cavanaugh screams, someone dies. So when teen pop star Eden croaks onstage and Kaylee doesn't wail, she knows something is dead wrong. She can't cry for someone who has no soul.
The last thing Kaylee needs right now is to be skipping school, breaking her dad's ironclad curfew and putting her too-hot-to-be-real boyfriend's loyalty to the test. But starry-eyed teens are trading their souls: a flickering lifetime of fame and fortune in exchange for eternity in the Netherworld--a consequence they can't possibly understand.
Kaylee can't let that happen, even if trying to save their souls means putting her own at risk....
Since the moment I turned the very first page of this book that I’ve been asking myself why it took me this long to catch up on this series. I absolutely loved My Soul to Take (that I read back in the beginning of 2012), and despite having the need of taking some time between readings of the same author or series, I can’t seem to find a good enough reason for why I ‘needed’ almost two years to go back to Kaylee’s world of crazy. One thing I now know for sure: I refuse to take another two-year break until I devour the third instalment of the Soul Screamers series, entitled My Soul to Keep.
In addition to a drop-dead-gorgeous cover, My Soul to Save also embraces a strong plot with a fare share of unexpected twists and turns that maintain the reader in an absolute and exhilarating agony while waiting, wishing even, for the possible solutions to many of the problems encountered, effortless way-outs that could easily save such an adoring group of characters, but also knowing, at the same time, that those will never happen—all due to the particularity that this is not a simple, obvious story. Vincent created an incredible world of bean sidhes, and reapers, and all kinds of terrifying monsters that go perfectly together with the type of characters that populate it. Kaylee is unbelievably charismatic and engaging by the fact that she’s still discovering a lot of what her heritage stands for and that allows the reader to connect with her on a different, deeper level seeing that he/she is also learning along side her. This means that every single problematic circumstance that comes in the way represents a novelty for both main character and reader—and that sensation of forever being on the edge of the seat is undoubtedly priceless in a book like this.
The big surprise in this second book, though, is Tod. The narrative itself might be of great quality—as a matter-of-factly is—, but Tod gives it an extra touch of enigmatic, mysterious and utterly sarcastic vibe. He is such a charming figure, with so many cool ‘powers’ that it is impossible not to feel impressed by him, and when you add an additional dose of personal feelings and worries (actually towards a girl that is alive—well, sort of), he gains a whole new level of sympathy and care. I, for instance, really like the way Vincent has been developing his personality and plan of action, and can’t wait to read more of him.
At last, another aspect that must be mentioned is the Netherworld. It is clear as water that this is a dangerous and cruel world, but I never imagined how much until I actually read this book. Vincent reveals bits of the ‘hows’ and the ‘whos’ of this particular place and I couldn’t be more captivated by it. A creepy, creepy place that I hope to get to know more about in the near future.