Thursday, December 15, 2011

Book Review: My Soul to Take by Rachel Vincent

My Soul to Take by Rachel Vincent
Series: Soul Screamers #1
Published: August 1st, 2009
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
279 pages (paperback)
Genre: YA paranormal romance/urban fantasy
Acquired this book: From the library
Warning: may include spoilers

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’m always interested in books that try to incorporate mythology or folklore into the story. I’m obsessed with all things Irish, and I’ve never read anything about banshees in fiction, so I was excited about this book. My Soul to Take had a fantastic concept - bean sidhes (more commonly known as banshees) - but I thought the book dragged quite a bit.

But, like I said, I thought it had a fantastic concept. I loved the twist and new ideas about bean sidhes, and thought the idea of grim reapers was terrific and fresh, and added more depth to the story. The mystery of the girls’ deaths kept me curious throughout, and I was shocked in more than one place, especially the ending.

I enjoyed the relationship between Kaylee and Nash, but it annoyed me after awhile how Kaylee couldn’t do anything without Nash there. She had to know he was within reach, feel him at her back, be touching his hand, etc. I realize that he brought her a lot of comfort and that she was going through a lot and it must have been scary, but it just seemed like it could develop into an unhealthy, dependent relationship. That being said, I did think they were sweet together, and I thought Kaylee’s feelings were realistic and relatable - at first wondering why the hot guy wanted her and what his ulterior motive could be, and then just trying to figure out their relationship. They worked well together, and not just because of what they had in common; Nash grounded Kaylee in more ways than one, and I liked watching their relationship progress. 

I also liked how there was no beating around the bush with their relationship - it was straightforward and simple - I like you, you like me, let’s be together. No waiting and wondering, no second-guessing, and no love triangles - very refreshing, especially in a paranormal book!

Overall, despite the fact that the book dragged quite a bit for me, I enjoyed it and I will likely continue with the series.



  1. I still haven't started this series but I keep hearing how amazing it is I'm really curious about it. I love the fact that there's no messing around with the romance I hate when they just drag it on for the sake of a book! Awesome review my dear!

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  2. Thanks so much Giselle! I've heard the series gets better and better, so I'm really looking forward to has so much potential! I'll also look forward to seeing what you think when you do read it! ;-)

  3. I liked this book, but if you're all about Irish folklore, you'll probably really like The Iron Druid Chronicles by Kevin Hearne. The first book, Hounded, is really funny and it's an urban fantasy series starring an adult male protagonist. So long as that doesn't bother you, you'll love him and his amazing Irish wolf hound!


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