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My Soul to Lose (Soul Screamers 0.5)

3.8  ·  Rating Details ·  8,618 Ratings  ·  770 Reviews
It was supposed to be a fun day, shopping at the mall with her best friend. Then the panic attack started and Kaylee Cavanaugh finds herself screaming, unable to stop. Her secret fears are exposed and it's the worst day of her life.

Until she wakes up in the psychiatric unit.

She tries to convince everyone she's fine--despite the shadows she sees forming around another patie
ebook, 61 pages
Published July 1st 2009 by Harlequin Teen
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Jossaedotter I read "my soul to take" without reading this one first and I understood it just fine. I think that's why it is listed as #0.5 instead of #1 because…moreI read "my soul to take" without reading this one first and I understood it just fine. I think that's why it is listed as #0.5 instead of #1 because it is not actually needed.(less)

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CerejaCult CerejaCult
Really, really good start to a series. Luv it.


Review 11/06/2011

The Plot - It's original, really original. Kaylee has a secret that no one knows. When she is near someone that is going to die she screams. Not just an 'I broke my foot scream' but a really, really 'tear up your throat scream'.

The Characters - This is a short story, so I couldn't know much of them. Nevertheless, it was enough to know that Keilee is a teen with some really dark secret and has to hide or else she'll be in deep shit.
Dec 06, 2011 Heidi rated it really liked it
My Soul to Steal

Four stars: A gripping prequel that will leave you screaming for more!

Kaylee and her best friend, Emma, chatter excitedly as they peruse the packed mall. Happily, they shop, making plans for the big homecoming dance. Without warning Kaylee begins to tremble and sweat as panic and fear assault her senses. Deep inside she can feel the scream beginning to swell, building and pushing to break free to pierce the air. Desperate, Kaylee gasps for Emma to help her. Quickly, the two girls
Aug 08, 2016 Deyse rated it liked it
Review originally posted here.

I've been wanting to read something from Rachel Vincent ever since I discovered her books, but I never seemed to find the time to do it, so I prioritized started her first (I think) YA series, Soul Screamers, I was a bit wary because it's paranormal and it was published right on the fever of Twilight, so it could go very wrong but a lot of people enjoyed this series.

I'm impressed by this short novella, it doesn't fall into YA paranormal cliches and it didn't read li
Annie Brewer
Jan 24, 2012 Annie Brewer rated it really liked it
This was a relatively quick read. A prequel if you will to the Soul Screamer books. It was a damn good one too. I can already tell I am going to devour this series. It was pretty intense and I kept turning page after page to see what happens next. Wow and what an intriguing concept this was. A different take on the paranormal world. I can't wait to delve into the next 5 books!!!!
Sarah Marie
My Soul to Lose by Rachel Vincent, narrated by Amanda Ronconi

Prequel to the Soul Screamers series

4 stars

Kaylee Cavanaugh was supposed to just have a normal day shopping at the mall, but a panic attack took over and she couldn’t stop screaming. When she wakes up, she finds herself in a psych hospital. As she tries to convince everyone she is fine, another patient seems to be curious about who she is. My first audiobook! I would say it was a success. I didn’t love My Soul to Lose but I really enjo

Stacia (the 2010 club)
Another lazy weekend review. I had but a few stolen minutes to read tonight, so instead of only making a couple chapters of headway on a long book, I figured I'd squeeze in a freebie short.

It's been a while since I've read book 1 of this series, so I thought using the prequel as a refresher course might be a good idea. Eh, not really. I thought this was an okay read, but I don't think it was absolutely necessary either.

I'd say skip this and go right to book 1, then come back and read the preque
Dec 04, 2011 Becca rated it really liked it
Prequels have a very specific job - give you, as the reader, just enough of a taste of a series that you'll pull the bills out of your pocket to purchase the full book. So often, I've been unable to connect with the MC or its premise. Not so with this book! Rachel pulled me into the plot within four pages and created a real sense of empathy with Kaylee.

Goodreads summary: "It was supposed to be a fun day, shopping at the mall with her best friend. Then the panic attack started and Kaylee Cavanaug
Danielle Smiley
Dec 16, 2011 Danielle Smiley rated it really liked it
This was a really well done short story. Even as a stand-alone story, without the rest of the series, this was so worth the read. This prequel is about Kaylee having an "episode" and ending up in a mental health ward. It's really intense, but has it's humorous moments. Kaylee meets a girl Lydia, whom I can't tell you much about without giving too much away. Lydia is my favorite in this story. This is definitely a great way to start the series.
May 03, 2012 Nicola rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, novella
My Soul To Lose is a prequel novella to Rachel Vincent's popular series, Soul Screamers, which I have yet to read! While I think it probably isn't absolutely necessary to read this novella before the rest of the series, I found it to be a lovely introduction to the world and characters. It left me with a huge urge to read the first book which hopefully I'll get to do really soon! Sometimes novellas can be lacking in substance or feel like they were cut short but this one certainly wasn't.

The sto
Kayleigh {K-Books}
My Soul to Lose Review on K-Books

After having this series for a long time I finally decided to pick it up and start it. I did read the first book in this series, My Soul to Take, last year but never got around to reading the others so decided to start it again from the prequel.

Kaylee is having a normal day shopping at the Mall with her best friend Emma. But then she feels the dreaded feeling that causes her to scream uncontrollably. Waking up in a mental hospital, Kaylee knows that she is not cr
Sep 16, 2011 Rose rated it really liked it
"My Soul to Lose" is the prequel novella to Rachel Vincent's "Soul Screamers" series. I haven't read the series to date, but I have to say that it's a wonderful, eerie introduction that piqued my curiosity and interest in the series. The story centers around Kaylee Cavenaugh, a young woman afflicted with an odd series of panic attacks. Unfortunately, after a panic incident in the middle of the mall (and seeing shadows closing in over a boy in a wheelchair), Kaylee ends up in a mental institution ...more
The Flooze
Having never read anything from Vincent before, I was pleasantly surprised by the prequel to her Soul Screamers series. The writing was tight, the character of Kaylee felt very real, and the terror of her "panic attacks" was so well described, I felt my own throat closing uncomfortably. For an introduction to a new UF universe, it did its job of peaking my interest--I'll seek out the book.
Mar 23, 2016 Asia rated it really liked it
Danielle Folker
Sep 20, 2016 Danielle Folker rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-library
Great story in 61 pages. Onto My Soul to Take.
Jan 22, 2012 Andrea rated it really liked it
Shelves: re-read
I am re-reading the Soul Screamers series as part of the Soul Screamers Reading Challenge, hosted by the awesome Rachel at Fiktshun. I recently read the entire series, including the novellas and, I believe, all of the short stories found in various anthologies. But this reading challenge was too good to pass up.

My first introduction to the Soul Screamers series was an audiobook of My Soul to Lose (Soul Screamers, #1) that I found free on Audible. I loved it and quickly downloaded My Soul to Tak
My Rating: 4.5 / 5

What I thought about it:
When I decided to join the Soul Screamers Reading Challenge to finally start this series, I thought it would be a good idea to read the novellas and novels in the right order and start with My Soul to Lose. I definitely didn't regret this decision, because this little novella was a perfect introduction into the series.

While we don't get to know many characters, reading this was a good way to get to know the main character Kaylee and witness how she strug
Jannat Bhat ( Obsessive Compulsive Reader)
That's some way to start a series. It was so damn intriguing. I sure can say that I did like it but then I have so many questions and it left me wanting more. In this short prequel, we meet Kaylee Cavanaugh and her best friend Emma. Kaylee was a very normal teenager, she has a best friend and of course teenage dilemmas. Talk about plotting revenge with the help of the best friend. Everything was fine until she had this weird feeling. Her panic attack started happening and she started seeing this ...more
3.5 Stars

I had never heard of this series going in and I'm kind of glad that I went in blind. My Soul to Lose is a prequel to the Soul Screamers series and introduces the character of Kaylee. What we learn fairly quickly is that Kaylee suffers from panic attacks. But they aren't normal panic attacks. These attacks quite literally take control of her body, overriding all of her senses until there is nothing left but fear and she has no choice but to let it out in a soul shattering scream. Unfortu
Lady Jaye
*You can download/read this novella/novellita(?) free on goodreads*

Ms. Vincent is a first-time author for me, and I'm really glad I got this book. I like the cover a lot too. It's a really short piece - only about 53 pages, and what a 53 pages it was!

I was completely intrigued the entire time I was reading it.

Kaylee knows she can't scream because something bad will happen. The one time she does scream, it's so horrific she ends up in a psychiatric facility. One inmate there seems to know what
Oct 27, 2015 Taschima rated it it was amazing
I figured if I am to re-read the Soul Screamers series I best read all the novellas as well. And I really liked this one. I found it to be terrifying the way that Kaylee has to deal with her issues and not let anyone around her notice. The ending is very ominous. I like that we get to meet Lydia for the first time and see how she deals with everybody's pain, how good a person she is by taking it on herself while helping those around her continue on with their lives. I wouldn't read this one howe ...more
Inspired Kathy
Feb 09, 2012 Inspired Kathy rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012
My Soul to Lose is a short Prequel to My Soul to Take.

I'm actually glad I read My Soul to Take first. This could have been a prologue to that book but I liked not knowing what was in this book when I read My Soul to Take. I think you can honestly go either way, read this first or the book first but I would recommend reading My Soul to Take first.

There is really nothing more I can say that won't be a spoiler. A must read for Soul Screamers fans.

Rating: 4 Stars - Great Book

Content: language, innue
Nov 06, 2011 AH rated it liked it
Nice, short story setting up Rachel Vincent's Soul Screamers series. I enjoyed this story and will definitely be reading the rest of the series. I loved the heroine Kaylee and how she struggled to deal with her ability to sense impending death.

She has a rather wry sense of humor and when her aunt sends her some clothes to the mental health institute, Kaylee puts on the clothes. Later, she notices that the sweatsuit is made of a sparkly material. She comments to herself: "Great. I'm psychotic an
Kelley Anne
Jul 24, 2009 Kelley Anne rated it really liked it
This was a great short story! It's the prequal to a new series by one of my favorite authors. I'll admit that before I read it I thought that I probably wouldn't be interested. But I found that not only was I pulled in by the story, now I can't wait for the first book to be released. For those interested, you can download a free copy off of Vincent's website. I got a copy of the audiobook for free off of This seems to be the start of a great new series!
Dec 28, 2013 Joana rated it liked it
3.5 stars

Interesting start to the series. :D

Jul 13, 2010 ~Tina~ rated it really liked it
Definitely different! I likey!
May 09, 2016 Paula rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-read
Great narration!
May 03, 2011 Sarah rated it really liked it
My Soul to Lose is a prequel novella for the Soul Screamers series that can be read for free on Rachel Vincent's website. I'm a massive fan of Rachel's adult Shifters series so have been looking forward to starting this new series for a long time now and I can tell you now it doesn't disappoint - I can't wait to get my hands on the rest of the books!

I don't want to go into much detail about what happens as it would be very easy to give spoilers for a short story so I'll just say that as a prequ
Jan 01, 2012 Elena rated it really liked it
Es sollte ein schöner Tag im Einkaufszentrum werden: Shoppen und herumalbern mit ihrer besten Freundin Emma. Doch dann bekommt Kaylee Cavanaugh eine Panikattacke und kann nicht mehr aufhören zu schreien. Bis sie in einer psychiatrischen Einheit aufwacht. Wie kann sie die Ärzte davon überzeugen, dass sie bei klarem Verstand ist?

Der Prequel zu der “Soul Screamers”-Serie erzählt die Geschichte von Kaylees Aufenthalt in der Psychiatrie. Ihr Ziel ist es, so schnell wie möglich daraus zu kommen. Schli
Jun 29, 2012 Shirley rated it really liked it
Well, this started the series off with a bang. There is no possible way to not continue reading once you get a taste of what Rachel Vincent inevitably has in store for readers in the Soul Screamers Series.

Kaylee is a character that you automatically sympathize with. The scenario is set and you have no choice but to keep reading. This is a really quick read and easy to finish in one sitting. You get to know just a couple of the characters, but that’s enough. The author leaves you with just the ri
Jul 02, 2012 Rola rated it it was amazing for more reviews ! :D

For a novella, this was fricken amazing. How weird is it that on page 19, i was on the edge of my seat, flipping like a maniac?
I got a copy of this in the Soul Screamers Volume 1, but i have decided to review each one of the books seperately. But after finishing My soul to lose , i was SO excited to get started with the actual first book in the series, its just so damn good. The concept is amazing & a breathe of fresh air to YA.
I really loved Ly
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“Em didn't truly understand about my panic attacks - no one did. But she'd never pushed me to explain, never tried to ditch me when things got weird, and never once looked at me like I was a freak.” 45 likes
“Kaylee do you know why you are here?"
"Yeah. Because the doors are locked.”
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