When you read a young adult book where young girls are interested in the attentions of the most popular boys, talking about the last high school game, or taking part in your favorite school group like dance, you begin to remember or appreciate those times spent in school. Rarely, however, do events happen like they do in the weirdly wonderful My Soul to Take by Rachel Vincent!
Take for instance when Kaylee and Emma were standing, cold and worried, that Emma's older sister had forgotten she was supposed to sneak them into the club where she worked--and for which they were too young to be admitted...
It never entered their minds that one of the beautiful young girls there that night would fall...dead...
Especially when Emma was off dancing and Kaylee was in a daze since Nash Hudson had just called to her and started talking, and she was trying to maintain some semblance of "cool" because she hadn't even realized that he knew her name!
But then it happened...Kaylee saw the girl, and realized she was shrouded in gray. The question was now only, "When would she die?"
But Kaylee couldn't say anything because she was trying to keep herself from screaming. She wanted to say something to the girl, try to get to her and possibly save her...but she couldn't move, could only try to keep her mouth closed and prevent everybody from once again thinking she was crazy...
Nash started talking to her and Emma rushed to her, mentioning to those watching, that she was having a panic attack and the two of them got her outside...but, inside, in the meantime, Heidi Anderson, aged 19, was found on the restroom floor at the club...
Emma had started calling what happened to Kaylee panic attacks so they could help others understand. Kaylee never wanted to go back to the psychiatric hospital where her aunt and uncle had placed her one time when she had allowed her screams to escape. Since then, she had done as much as possible to prevent this happening, even though neither she nor her psychiatrist could explain it.
But Nash could. In fact, Kaylee had been afraid that Nash wouldn't ever want to talk to her again, but he kept coming back and soon they were seen as a couple. And he was the one that finally told her...
Two more deaths of young girls had occurred, the last one a member of the dance club in which her cousin danced. Kaylee had been around two of those girls and knew they were going to die. Now she, with Nash's help were searching for some way that her knowing could help prevent future deaths!
Rachel Vincent has given a whole new face to our mythology characters of the past and has created an exciting tale of wonder for young adults (and mystery/suspense fans of all ages) This book is first in a series, so if you like a little spookiness along with a great whodunit, of the supernatural kind...read My Soul To Take and prepare to enjoy!
Review courtesy of [...] I have been wanting to read this series after getting a tantalizing glimpse into Rachel Vincent's popular Soul Screamers universe with her short story Binge (from the anthology Immortal: Love Stories With Bite). And after finishing MY SOUL TO TAKE, the acclaim is well deserved. Kaylee and Nash are relatable, likeable characters. The other teenagers in this book are fairly stereotypical. Kaylee's cousin, Sophie is the obligatory … more
Something is not right with Kaylee Cavanaugh. For nearly as long as she can remember, there have been instances where she has been somehow compelled to scream because of a horrible feeling she gets about some person--a person who then dies. And without fail, all of Kaylee's premonitions have come true. Kaylee doesn't want to know why these strange things keep happening to her; she only wishes they would go away because she's tired of being the freak in the family. But things do quite smooth over … more
Why yes I'm a sucker for a book that wants to deal with a paranormal element not previously done to extremeness--in this case the bean sidhe, or Banshee. Its not that I'm not still into vampires, werewolves, the Fey, witches...its just that it seems every time I turn around there's a NEW series or book or trilogy out dealing with one of the above. Technically the bean sidhe are part of the Fey, but when I say 'the Fey' I mean fairies. I grew up on tales of Underhill and Fairy rings and banshees … more
Kaylee and Emma are underage but that doesn't keep them out of Taboo. Thanks to Emma's bar tending sister, Traci, they are able to sneak in the back door. While Emma is busy shaking her groove thing and stealing gulps of her new dance partners drinks, Kaylee has been spotted by Nash. Nash is a sexy senior from school and he's set his sights on Kaylee. Dancing with Nash, Kaylee is in heaven. Until she sees a girl in the club and knows something is wrong. Then the screams come. … more
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