My Soul To Save (Soul Screamers #2) by Rachel Vincent
December 29, 2009
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….
I really liked My Soul To Take, the first book in the Soul Screamers series by Rachel Vincent. This one however was..... a disappointment. The first book was exciting, filled with new twists and suspense. I think the reason I liked the first one so much was because Kaylee was discovering everything new and strange about her life the same time she was. Now we both know why she is special and there is just no mystery anymore. This one was very predictable with only a slightly unexpected ending.
Watching stage side as the pop princess, Eden, struts her stuff, Kaylee witnesses something that is becoming all to familiar. Eden suddenly collapses without warning. But this time it's different. There is no blood curling scream scratching her throat and yearning to break free. Kaylee feels nothing at all actually. So maybe she just fainted and she isn't going to die. Wrong. A cloudy, black mass starts to ooze from Eden in the place of the normal, shimmering soul. Then Kaylee gets it - the reason she isn't singing (a relative term) is because there is no soul to sing for.
When Tod (Nash's reaper brother) learns that Addison Page is the next soulless pop star inline to suffer an untimely death, Tod will do anything to save her. This includes risking both his brother's and Kaylee's lives in the process.
The first 3/4 of the book were somewhat boring. There were a few plot points that could have been interesting if they weren't so predictable. At first I would jokingly guess this was going to happen. Then it did. This quickly became a pattern and I was fighting to finish because I couldn't let the book win - I wasn't going to abandon it. The ending picked up and I even remembered why I liked the first so much. Some of the excitement returned and I was pleased to see that the ending was not as predictable as the rest of the novel.
Just a note on the romance in this installment.... I thought we would finally get to see something happen between Kaylee and Nash. Ever since their relationship started in the first book there was an extremely insecure Kaylee. She kept thinking that she was only Nash's current item of interest and he would soon leave her in seek a new challenge. Okay, I get thinking that at first. But carrying it with you through a whole other installment? It got old quickly. And then there was the fact that every time things between the two got a little steamy, Tod would pop in. Um, gross. Note to Tod- just pop out again unnoticed!
With all that said, the book was not a total loss. I still like Rachel Vincent's writing. She is very good at comic relief moments and character development. There were many times where I would think " he would to that". I liked how I was able to understand and really get to know all the characters. In some novels the characters are all sort of extensions of each other because the author's style is clearly in all of them. These books aren't like that (so far), each character is distinctly unique and I liked that.
Just one more thing, and this is something that bothered me from the first book as well. I hate when people write things like "sooooooooooo bad". "So" has one "o", if you want to accent it try italics, or capitals, like so - that bothers me so SO much.
So bottom line: not nearly as good as the first but not a total loss, if you've read the first, give it a shot. Luckily I've heard that the third is 100X better than both of the books, so I will be giving trying that one after a short break from the series.