This third installment of the Soul Screamers series is action-packed and completely mesmerizing. It’s a bit darker and more mature than the earlier books in the series. But Kaylee is maturing, and her relationship with Nash is growing so it makes sense that the story would focus on those aspects. It may seem a little awkward that I buddy-read this book with my mom considering some of the scenes it contains; but it really wasn’t, and we had some great discussions as we read. We’ve had conversations about peer pressure and saying no when you're not ready for something, but seeing that kind of situation through Kaylee's eyes and seeing how she handled it really put things in perspective for me. I believe this is a really important lesson for young girls. Even though Nash wanted things Kaylee wasn't ready for, she didn't give in just because ‘oh he's her boyfriend and she wants to make him happy.’ She waited because it didn't matter if he was ready – she wasn't. And that's one of the thousands of things that make her such an amazing and admirable main character/heroine. She's strong and she knows where she stands, and I love that about her.
Speaking of Nash, he has a major part of the storyline in this book, and it was pretty intense. Nash is keeping a heavy secret; and though I guessed what it was from the beginning, it was the people who were closest to him that had the hardest time seeing what he was struggling with – something that so often happens in real life. I love that the villain in this book isn’t who the reader expects it to be. I'm not going to say exactly what happened, but I will say that I loved how realistic this book was. Nash wasn't perfect. He made serious mistakes. I really enjoyed seeing a male protagonist that wasn’t flawless in every way and always coming to the rescue. I like that Kaylee had to rescue herself and that she did so without any help from Nash. Heroes can't always be just that. Sometimes they mess up, and Ms. Vincent showed that perfectly.
I adored this book and how real and exciting it was and how it never lost my attention yet kept things moving at a perfect pace. I also adored that we got even more Tod in this one considering he's my favorite character – besides Kaylee, of course. I love all the scenes with him and how he brings humor to the darkest moments of the story. The story just wouldn't be the same without him. And Emma, too. I get so frustrated when the main character's best friend is, in a word, terrible. There are so many book besties that are completely oblivious to and unsupportive of the MC's problems and situation, but Emma is totally different. She may not have the whole story, but she knows enough to know to trust Kaylee; and she sticks by her side even if it means putting herself in danger. I love Emma. Everyone needs an Emma. And a Tod. Actually, can I just have all of them please?
I loved this book just as much as if not more than the first two, and I definitely will be picking it back up in the near future.
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