My Soul to Save by Rachel Vincent - When teenager Kaylee screams, someone dies...So when teen pop star Eden dies 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. From Amazon UK.
WARNING! This is a re-read review for the Soul Screamers Reading Challenge. Although this is the first book in the series, I will be discussing it in relation to my first read and the later books in the series. There will be major spoilers for ALL books! You may read my original, spoiler-free review of My Soul to Save, but do not read any further if you don't want this series spoiled for you.
I think I enjoyed this book so much better the second time round. As with my re-read of MSTTake, I had forgotten most of the story; I knew Addy had sold her soul, I knew Regan eventually would too, and I knew how it ended for them both, but the bits in between I was kind of vague on. I actually found it really exciting! Being a bean sidhe with a good heart is risky business! However, the excitement level doesn't quite reach MSTKeep, so I can still see why it originally took me so long to pick up the third book. I did find it a much better read knowing where things were going to go.
Knowing how the series progresses, there was one very particular event I was looking forward to reading about - the balloon containing Demon Breath bursting, that causes Nash's addiction in the next book. It was great to read that moment, knowing what it would lead to. How things could have been so different if he just hadn't staggeredback and popped the balloon! But I think something would have happened anyway.
There was another part of the book I was looking forward to reading; Kaylee's first meeting with Avari, just to remind myself why he ends up so obsessed with her. She challenged him, she made demands, she refused his. Not things a hellion is used to, and he obviously decided she had to pay. So it was great to be reminded of that.
I also LOVED seeing how loyal and caring Tod is in this book. It just caused major "aww!" from me - even if he was less caring about what Kaylee and Nash had to risk to help Addy. And oooh, scary when he doesn't tell her how bad her injury could get, and how he dealt with John Dekker. But I think it shows just how he treats people who hurt those he loves, and some foresight to what will eventually happen.
An awesome read! I really, really enjoyed it!
Published: 18th February 2011
Publisher: Mira Ink
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Rachel Vincent's Website
Other reviews of the series:
My Soul to Lose (Soul Screamers Prequel)
My Soul to Take (Soul Screamers Book 1)
My Soul to Save (Soul Screamers Book 2)
My Soul to Keep (Soul Screamers Book 3)
My Soul to Steal (Soul Screamers Book 4)
Niederwald (Soul Screamers Short Story in Enthralled Anthology)
If I Die (Soul Screamers Book 5)