'Firelight' was a story I was excited to read, but took me a while to actually get to. Unfortunately it didn't quite live up to what I was hoping to f'Firelight' was a story I was excited to read, but took me a while to actually get to. Unfortunately it didn't quite live up to what I was hoping to find. A story with so much potential, but one that had a main character that frustrated me so much. That being said, I'm curious to see what happens in the next book.
I love books that reach outside the popular trends. It's not that I'm sick of the vampires, werewolves, angels or faeries - I doubt I'll ever get sick of them - but it's nice to read a book without having something to compare it to. 'Firelight' was like that. Draki, a race of beings that descend from dragons, are a rare species that are constantly being hunted for their strength, power and hides. A mix of dragon and human, the draki are an interesting breed. We find out their natural form, one that is sort of like a dragon, dominates; but it's the human form that helps them hide from hunters. And they are constantly being hunted.
I really wanted to explore this race. You don't see a lot of dragon mythology popping up in YA books based in our own human world; they're usually only part of fantasy. But almost the moment we're introduced to the draki race, we're pulled away from them. There's no exploring their cultures and beliefs, and the rest of the book is spent trying to get main character, Jacinda, to suppress her urges to embrace her draki form. Despite being given a reason for this with Jacinda's mother trying to protect her from potential harm, I would have liked to see more of the draki world.
I loved the idea of the hunters. It's not strange to think if there's a rare species alive someone wants to hunt them. But I really liked the mystery of it all. How did the hunters know of the draki's existence in the first place? To top it all off there's another species that appears to be the draki's enemy - the enkros. We don't see anything of the enkros in this book, but I'd like to know more about them too.
The hardest part of reading this book was being inside Jacinda's head. She wasn't an easy character to love. I found her to be annoying. She was repetitive, indecisive and selfish - so I guess she pulled off being a teen pretty well. For someone who has spent her whole life being special and the "rare fire-breather", moving and becoming ordinary was pretty difficult for her. I really hated her mixed thoughts. One minute she wants to stay in the desert town her family has moved to, the next she's plotting her escape and switching between the two for the entire book. She can't make up her mind!
Jacinda's wishy-washy attitude wasn't limited to the setting, but popped up in the romance too. I think part of me couldn't commit to Jacinda's insta-love of the hunter boy Will because I'd heard the series has a bit of a love triangle. It's obvious from the start that Jacinda and Will are drawn to each other, but their circumstances make it tricky to be together. Jacinda's constant "I want him/I don't want him/I can't forget he's a hunter/I won't forget he's a hunter" thoughts made it tricky too. It's hard to love a forbidden romance when the main character can't decide if she wants to commit or not. But lately I seem to resist the insta-love option if there's someone else around. I'm curious to see if the draki prince - Cassian - gets more of a chance in the next book.
Through all those issues, and the wanting more of what we weren't told, I do want to see what happens next. I'll be looking for a copy of the sequel soon.
There is a lot of Tod love out in the world, I see it every time I go searching for new Soul Screamers info. I'm a Nash girl, and I don't think I'll bThere is a lot of Tod love out in the world, I see it every time I go searching for new Soul Screamers info. I'm a Nash girl, and I don't think I'll be changing sides any time soon, but I fell in love Tod in 'Reaper'. He showed so much strength and emotion, both for his family and by choosing a life as a reaper; and it was really touching to see what he had to go through to be where he is in the Soul Screamers series.
I loved getting a glimpse of who Tod was before becoming a reaper: a cheeky, intelligent young man who would do anything to save his brother, and who was very popular with the ladies; something the Hudson boys have in common.
I'll have to reread the Soul Screamers books, looking at Tod with the background I know now.
5 days and 4 Soul Screamers books later and I feel lost without more Kaylee, Nash and Tod. I've barely put 'My Soul to Steal' down and I'm already dyi5 days and 4 Soul Screamers books later and I feel lost without more Kaylee, Nash and Tod. I've barely put 'My Soul to Steal' down and I'm already dying for the next one. I can't begin to explain how addictive this series is and how much it has affected me. It's not just an addiction to the teenage paranormal drama, especially the romance between our bean sidhe couple, but an addiction to the Netherworld action and reading about such a different world to what I'm used to. I read a wide range of paranormal books, but bean sidhes, maras and hypnos are not a common focus of YA novels. I love how unique the series is and can't wait to see what species will pop up next.
If something could go wrong, it pretty much did in 'My Soul to Steal'. Relationships waver, people die, fears are exposed, people are possessed by hellions from the Netherworld (And the hellion problem is proving to be a lot more trouble than it was before). It's hard to believe a few teenagers could go through so much trouble in such a short amount of time, but they do and they manage to pull through with most of their sanity still in place.
One of the hardest parts to deal with in 'My Soul to Steal' was the relationships. I'm a very big Kaylee/Nash fan, and I want to see them have a few happy moments together and soon. However, we all know Nash has a history of girls, it's not a secret. But apparently Kaylee's not his first non-human girlfriend. I was under the impression part of the bond formed between Nash and Kaylee was because they could truly be themselves around each other. Now with Sabine around, things get a little tricky. All parties to this odd sort of love triangle - not a real love triangle, because there doesn't seem to be much doubt about who each person wants to be with romantically yet - are in agony, and it gets a bit ugly at times. I found myself ready to yell at a couple of our favourite character for words that were said. Hopefully things will settle down in the next book.
I feel really bad for Kaylee and her understanding of the world she's now in. There are so many new aspects that keep surprising her and the shock that goes through Nash and Tod when she once again doesn't know about the secret non-human parts of life angers me for her. She's been kept in the dark for so many years, disadvantaged in knowledge of her "society". Someone needs to start giving her lessons on other species and not just "How To Be A Bean Sidhe" lessons.
Incredible series so far. Dying for the next one. 5/5 Stars...more
If I thought my emotional responses to Rachel Vincent books ended with the Shifters series I was so wrong. Ms. Vincent has a way of getting you so attIf I thought my emotional responses to Rachel Vincent books ended with the Shifters series I was so wrong. Ms. Vincent has a way of getting you so attached to characters that the slightest hint of heartbreak sends you rushing for the tissue box. The Soul Screamers series so far has been action packed and super intense, and now I can add extremely emotional to that list. 'My Soul to Keep' made me want to scream and definitely made me cry at the end.
Nothing seems to be easy for Kaylee and Nash. You think they've made it past the worst troubles and might get a few moments to themselves, but then something new comes along to crush them. I've got to hand it Rachel, she knows how to keep you on the edge of your seat; never a gap in all that action.
I love that we get introduced to more Netherworld activities and creatures. It's a dangerous world, the Netherworld, and it seems to have a lot more influence over the human world than we know. I like that demons and problems from the previous books have also carried over into 'My Soul to Keep'; the stories keep tying themselves together with more than just bean sidhe/reaper problems. With all the times they've crossed into the Netherworld, it makes you wonder if they'll ever make it past the equivalent of their immediate area. There's got to be so many creatures and places that could cause a lot of trouble in the future.
My worries about *someone* coming between Nash and Kaylee weren't necessary, but *something*...that was heartbreaking. I know it's rare for a relationship to last an entire series without problems, but that doesn't stop me from hoping they'll be relatively happy most of the time. I hope they find a way to work out their issues soon.
Sort of sad we didn't get to see much of Tod this time. While I was wary of him before, I missed him popping in and out of existence, bugging Nash and Kaylee. But he helped save the day, so that definitely made up for his lack of scenes in the beginning. I like how much he cares for the people who he allows to see him. He might hide his emotions most of the time, but he truly cares for his family, Kaylee and especially Addy.
I cannot believe 'Alpha' was the final book in the Shifters series. I feel like I've been living, breathing and dreaming about Faythe, Marc and the gaI cannot believe 'Alpha' was the final book in the Shifters series. I feel like I've been living, breathing and dreaming about Faythe, Marc and the gang for ages and can't imagine moving away from them all now. 'Alpha' was just as intense and action packed to the very last word. While part of me wishes there'd been a few more chapters, to wrap up the story a bit, I'm so happy with the way it ended. Despite how emotional the story was, I love that there was never a dull moment (not in 'Alpha' or the entire series as a whole). Whether I'm crying, laughing or holding my breath. Shifters has been a fantastic read.
Heartache was not lacking in 'Alpha'. You'd think the Sanders family had been through enough disaster to last 10 lifetimes, but unfortunately their problems keep going. Malone's evil reign of terror continues and it's horrible to think of how much he got away with, but exciting to see the fight against him going on through so much destruction.
I love the way Faythe gets a happy ending of sorts. It may not be happily ever after 24/7, especially since her problems haven't all disappeared just yet, but she's going to have a life she loves with the person she loves with all her heart.
I really liked that the Thunderbirds were involved again and that we got to see Elias Kellar again. By bringing them back, I felt like there was a good effort to wrap up most of the loose threads, even if some things were left unknown. I still have a lot of questions concerning Faythe's future and the future of the werecats in general (especially the Strays and Territorial Council).
The only downside to reading 'Alpha' were a few name changes. Ed Taylor was mentioned and then 30 pages later he was suddenly Aaron Taylor. After discussing with a friend I'm told he was always Aaron Taylor in her books, so I guess I got a special set of books. Same goes for Ben Feldman becoming John Feldman. But neither minor change hurt my opinion of the story itself.
Rachel Vincent captured my heart and attention from the first sentence until the final word. A Fantastic series that I'm so happy to have read. I can only hope that one day, Ms. Vincent decides to continue some part of the Shifters series; but if not, there will always be endless rereads. 5/5 Stars...more
I had to force myself to go slowly with 'Shift'. After racing through the first 4 books, my body and mind couldn't handle another intense read straighI had to force myself to go slowly with 'Shift'. After racing through the first 4 books, my body and mind couldn't handle another intense read straight away, and having spent so much time with Faythe and the gang I knew it was going to be an intense book. I'm glad 'Shift' didn't crush me emotionally as much as the previous books. There was certainly a lot of action and pain, both physically and emotionally, but I didn't find myself breaking as much as I have in the past. I was still affected by every word Rachel Vincent wrote and every problem Faythe had to face, but not to the point where I was falling to pieces. It was a welcome relief.
I love how the addition of the thunderbirds changed the atmosphere of the series. While the Thunderbird problem was still set in werecat problems, there's something exciting about coming across a different speices of Shifters (sort of like when we met Kellar in 'Pride').
I felt so sorry for Kaci, she can't seem to escape being a possession, an asset to the most forceful enemy that can get their hands on her. I realise Faythe has come under similar attack in the past, but at least she's had more years and training to understand why the Prides act the way they do.
I hate the conflict that is happening within the Prides, but mostly I hate Calvin Malone, because the actual fighting that happens keeps suspence going and the action described is half of what I love about this series. It's captivating and exciting and keeps me wanting more. I just hope they find a way to take Calvin down in 'Alpha'
In terms of romance, while the problems were obviously going to cause trouble I wasn't as heartbroken by it. Shocked, of course, but not to the point of devestation like I thought I would be. As with all love triangles, you find yourself siding with one guy over the other, but the sad part is that bother guys are usually loveable and you never want to see them hurt. I hate that Faythe has to pick between them, but I can't help wanting her with the one I've fallen for.
5/5 stars, can't wait to see how the series ends. ...more
'My Soul to Save' is another fantastic and intense book. So much action that keeps you on the edge of your seat until the last words are said. Kaylee''My Soul to Save' is another fantastic and intense book. So much action that keeps you on the edge of your seat until the last words are said. Kaylee's learning how to control her new powers, and it's strange because she only actually sung the soul song for one death this time. But it is also really interesting to see how she's adapting to her new life with her bean sidhe powers and living with her Dad for the first time in 13 years.
We get to see more of the world bean sidhes exist within, not just through Kaylee's bean sidhe training with Harmony Hudson, but also through the mysterious Netherworld and hellion involvement in 'My Soul to Save'. What better way to discover the secrets of the Netherworld than by attempting to rescue souls that have been sold to demons?
I love that we got to see a lot more of Tod too. I was right in thinking he's been lonely, and we meet the reason behind it. I'm still a little uncertain about him. He's edgy and dangerous still, but also struggles with hidden emotions and it's nice to see bits of it coming through. I'm not sure what to think about the Reapers though, they seem to have some troubles within their ranks. Someone better look into that.
I couldn't help but get a little annoyed every time Tod interrupted Nash and Kaylee's "alone" time, while you know it's not going to go too far straight away, there's always that hope that the characters will get a bit of privacy. I love Nash and Kaylee together, so I really wanted them to have some fun. I admire how detailed the make out scenes were in this book. Don't get any ideas, they were still relatively tame; but YA books rarely go all out, even though it's obvious you're not going to get an adult-rated "first experience", usually characters just kiss a little and feel faint. I like that Rachel doesn't hide what's obviously on teen minds.
I love the bond Kaylee and Nash have formed. Nash hates when Kaylee's in danger, but rather than fight her about what to do, he sticks by her in order to keep her safe. And who wouldn't want to stay with a sexy guy who can calm you down when you're about to scream (literally)? I still worry that something is going to happen to break them up, I hope I'm wrong.
Loved every word, can't wait to get into the next one. 5/5 Stars...more
I cannot begin to explain how emotional 'Prey' was. My heart didn't stop racing the entire time I was reading and I found myself crying so often. RachI cannot begin to explain how emotional 'Prey' was. My heart didn't stop racing the entire time I was reading and I found myself crying so often. Rachel Vincent's characters have captured my heart and attention so deeply. I'm stuck in a supernatural world unlike others I've read in so long. 'Prey' was such an intense book. I keep thinking the series can't affect me emotionally any more than the previous book, but 'Prey' was way more intense than 'Pride'.
'Prey' is full of emotional and physical pain, the usual mystery and action (which makes every story more interesting) and as always, it ties up loose ends only to create new problems that need solving. I was curious to see Manx's fate determined, though the decision itself was less than ideal and Dan Painter showing up again was an unexpected side to the story, I know he was looking forward to joining the Pride and it was interesting to see his efforts to get there.
My heart was breaking during every incident and fight that Faythe and her Pride had to face. In the past, Faythe's been an intricate part of the problems and it was nice to see that she wasn't the direct cause of trouble this time around. However, I can see that won't last long as her actions are certainly going to rock the boat in the next books. I hate that Marc keeps being put through so much, he hasn't had an easy life and it doesn't look like he'll get to relax any time soon. I'm disappointed with some of the decisions Faythe and others made in 'Prey', despite what the circumstances were, but I hope they can be fixed in the future; especially in the romance/relationship area.
I'm in awe of how well structured the Prides are in the series. While all decisions are placed in the power of the Territorial Council, which we've seen in previous books, the secret political moves happening within the Prides are so well formed that you're captivated and shocked by the betrayal they display. In an ideal world you'd hope for all the drama and fighting to end. Fortunately for all the book-action addicts out there (like me) there's no way these Pride disagreements are going to end peacefully.
Addicted Faythe and Marc. Can't wait to see what happens to them next. 5/5 stars...more
Another amazing book in the Shifters series. Like the previous books, 'Pride' is full of action, excitement and the ever growing trouble of Faythe SanAnother amazing book in the Shifters series. Like the previous books, 'Pride' is full of action, excitement and the ever growing trouble of Faythe Sanders. However, it's the emotional and heartbreaking scenes that have kept my eyes glued to the pages this time. I thought 'Rogue' was an emotional book, but 'Pride' almost killed me. (Let me mention here that I have an extremely high respect for books that affect me emotionally. Most books can make you smile, laugh or get angry; but a book that makes you cry is hard to forget, because the characters have touched you too deeply to distance yourself from them. That is what happened with 'Pride'.)
With the way 'Rogue' ended, I'm so glad I had 'Pride' nearby. Faythe's trial is underway, conveniently located at a mountain lodge in Montana; equiped with log cabins, hiking trails and a forest full of stray toms causing serious trouble (but I don't think they advertise that one in the holiday guides). I'm not impressed with Malone and Blackwell, but every story needs a constant evil person (or people) to stir the pot. At least Faythe gave as good as she got. She's good at creating trouble and I love her for it...most of the time.
I love Greg as a father figure. He keeps impressing me with the lengths he will go to protect his daughter and Pride; and I love him calling Faythe 'kitten', teasing her because she will always be his little girl. I'm surprised with how many tabbies keep popping up. They're supposed to be pretty rare - and they are - but first Manx (in 'Rogue') and now another in 'Pride', at the rate Faythe keeps finding them, she'll start her own Pride of tabbies. There were a few gruesome scenes throughout the book, not overly described but the power of words and imagination turns minor mentions into horrific scenes; so well done to Ms. Vincent and her skill with words.
I have to say I'm really impressed that Jace managed to not get injured this time. He's learning to avoid the bad guys...and Marc's possessive temper.
And like before, I'm drawn to the romance side of the story. More than anything I want Fathye and Marc to be together, but nothing in that simple in the middle of the series. I just hope they get their happily ever after in the end. They better not have been put through hell for nothing.
While the plot may have torn me apart with emotion, it was a fabulous read and I loved every exciting moment. 5/5 Stars....more
Rachel Vincent has done it again. 'Rogue' is a fantastic sequel to Faythe's story, full of action and mystery. I couldn't put it down. Tomcats being mRachel Vincent has done it again. 'Rogue' is a fantastic sequel to Faythe's story, full of action and mystery. I couldn't put it down. Tomcats being murdered and ex-boyfriends threatening pain, makes for an extremely interesting and captivating read! I laughed and I cried. My heart pounded with each new secret and left me breathless throughout each and every fight. With Faythe around, it seems like everything can go wrong. She's a trouble magnet. Her fierce attitude and quick thinking makes her so much fun to read.
I love how little facts and loose ends from 'Stray' carry over into 'Rogue'. Despite questioning them at the time (like what happened to Andrew and who the Amazon buyers were), I'd shrugged them off as unimportant and moved on. Boy was I wrong. It appears that even the little things can turn out to be something huge!
As with most books I read these days, I'm a nervous wreck trying to work out the romance side of new books; and 'Rogue' certainly kept me thinking. Marc and Faythe have some serious issues to work out. I understand Marc's frustration and pain, but I didn't like it. I'm sad that they never really got time to be together in this book and I'm annoyed at how Jace was so quick to jump at the chance to be close to Faythe again, knowing what she'd been through. I'm certain things are still up in the air and I have no idea who She'll end up with.
And that ending. Wow. Can't wait to see how she gets out of this one. 5/5 Stars. ...more
I had high expectations for 'My Soul to Take', not only because I recently read Rachel Vincent's 'Shifters' series and I've become a huge fan of Ms. VI had high expectations for 'My Soul to Take', not only because I recently read Rachel Vincent's 'Shifters' series and I've become a huge fan of Ms. Vincent; but also because I've been hearing so many fabulous things about the Soul Screamers series that I had to give it a go. And I'm SO glad I did.
I love that you're barely given a chance to breathe when reading the book. There are no breaks, nothing to slow down the pace of the story, only non-stop action leaving you wondering what could possibly happen next. I adored the paranormal focus of the book, and how different it is from anything I've read before. Bean sidhe (or "banshee") folk lore is something I haven't explored in the past. What I assumed about "banshees" couldn't be more different from what a bean sidhe is and does (for starters, the bean sidhe's cry isn't what causes death, who knew?). I loved experiencing a whole new branch of paranormal fiction, I'm hooked. And knowing there are not just bean sidhes in this world leaves the story open to so many interesting twists and turns (cryptic, trying not to post spoilers).
Despite her special secret powers, Kaylee Cavanaugh is such a normal, down-to-earth narrator. She panics, laughs, has a steady job, cries, feels vulnerable in relationships and has an equal normal female best friend (which often doesn't happen in novels. There are too many out there that limit the female friendships). She also has incredible strength to accept her bean sidhe abilities despite being lied to for so many years. Part of that is probably what she's had to go through over the years: the death of her mother, being passed off to her aunt and uncle instead of living with her dead, and being placed in a mental heath ward for a week (prior to 'My Soul to Take'). She may be new to this paranormal life, but she's dealing with it so well.
As in most novels, I always scope out potential guys who will influence the main girl, the two obvious ones being Nash and Tod. Nash is awesome, I love him already. He may have a history of going through the ladies, but when he discovers who Kaylee really is you see a side of him that probably doesn't show in his "ladies man" persona. I melted when whispers in Kaylee's ear to calm down her panic attacks. I want to see Nash and Kaylee's relationship continue to grow, and hope nobody will break them up. Tod is still slightly mysterious. We find out a lot about him, but I feel like we don't know the real Tod yet. He's cheeky and fun, but also seems really lonely at time. I can't wait to see more of him (but like above, hope he's not going to cause trouble between Nash and Kaylee).
5/5 Stars. Can't wait to move onto the next one. ...more
I had high expectations for Rachel Vincent's Shifter series, and 'Stray' has lived up to those expectations. I enjoyed the book so much. Vincent has cI had high expectations for Rachel Vincent's Shifter series, and 'Stray' has lived up to those expectations. I enjoyed the book so much. Vincent has created a story that is so easy to lose yourself in. 'Stray' is incredibly fast-paced and I had such I hard time putting it down to sleep and eat.
I loved how we're thrown into the drama and mystery of the story so quickly. Random strays encroaching on Pride territory and kidnapping of female Pride members (a shocking crime with so little females in the shifting community). And so many twists that I certainly didn't expect. I especially loved how the Shifters were Cats. The majority of book I've read involving shifters focus on a wolf angle and I enjoyed seeing a different animal being in the spotlight.
As a narrator, Faythe's tough and frequently stubborn attitude invades her actions and makes every moment fun and interesting. I found myself holding out for her next comments and wondering what trouble she'd get herself into next - and at the rate she argues with people, you know she'll be in trouble again soon, but it all helps to keep you on the edge of your seat. I was particularly impressed with her shifting skills, Faythe has amazing strength.
I'm nervous about the love angle. I adore Marc. I know he has a possessive streak that was often unjustified in the first half of 'Stray', but I love how well he knows Faythe and how his presence may have frustrated her originally but grew to be a source of comfort. However, I'm concerned that their history together will cause problems and that because he's been giving a chance so early in the series that something will chance towards the end. When you're given two guys at the beginning of a series, Marc and Jace, the guy Faythe will pick won't be final after one book. I guess I'll have to keep reading to find out.
5/5 Stars. Loved it. Can't wait to get into 'Rouge'...more