Saturday, November 1, 2014

Review: My Soul to Keep (Soul Screamers #3) by Rachel Vincent

Title: My Soul to Keep
(Soul Screamers #3)
Author: Rachel Vincent
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Published: June 1, 2010
Purchase: Amazon  |  B&N

Summary: 

WHEN KAYLEE CAVANAUGH SCREAMS, SOMEONE DIES AND KAYLEE IS ABOUT TO SCREAM HER HEAD OFF...

Kaylee has one addiction: her very hot, very popular boyfriend, Nash. A banshee like Kaylee, Nash understands her like no one else. Nothing can come between them. Until something does.

Demon’s breath. No, not the toothpaste-challenged kind. The Netherworld kind. The kind that really can kill you. Somehow, the super-addictive substance has made its way to the human world. But how? Kaylee and Nash have to cut off the source and protect their friends—one of whom is already hooked. And when the epidemic hits too close to home, Kaylee will have to risk everything to save those she loves.

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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.

Rating:  ★★★

                                                                                   
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9 comments:

  1. Mckenzie you are so so smart and I love that entire first paragraph! This was such a great book and really a major turning point in the series. Nash makes some serious mistakes and they change pretty much everything. I loved that this was the one where Tod getting more face time too. And I love that you mentioned that about Emma! I love Emma! She is so different from so many other BFFs in books and I love her all the more for that. Great review Mckenzie!

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    1. Thank you so much, Ms. TeresaMaryRose! That is so true -- this book sets the scene for so many other things to come later in the series. YES, I loved that he had a bigger part :D Thank you for stopping by! *hugs*

      ~Mckenzie x

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  2. Great review!

    I just adore this series and the growth of the characters, which is very present throughout each book. I think Vincent did an amazing job with the growth of her characters, especially testing them! I'm glad you enjoyed this book so much, and I can't wait for you to read the next ones! Each one gets better! :D

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    1. Thank you, Ms. Magen!

      I agree completely -- these characters are some of my favorites, and I love that they're growing throughout the series, too. I really did; it was so amazing! Thanks for stopping by! :-) *hugs*

      ~Mckenzie x

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  3. This series does sound like it's really good. I keep picking book up from e-library and never had the time to read it :( glad to hear this one holds such an important situation and handled well.

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    1. It really is! I've adored every book in this series. I hope you get to read it soon! :-)

      ~Mckenzie x

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  4. I love that you were able to strike up conversations with you Mom. I read everything my kids read and we had such fun conversations about the characters and situations. Glad to hear the protagonist is strong and confident.

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  5. Oh, McKenzie, what a terrific review!! You were so detailed and objective in your observations, and have really interested me in this book, as well as the whole series!

    I really like your take on the characters as well. And how nice that you and your mom buddy-read books! That's something you don't see every day. You're a very lucky girl! But then, you have a very nice mom!

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts!! : )

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  6. Oooo I love when the heroine saves herself! Thems my jams! Amazing review by an amazing woman! You teach me something new everyday with your incredible insight!! <3

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