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Soul Screamers #1

My Soul to Take

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She doesn't see dead people. She senses when someone near her is about to die. And when that happens, a force beyond her control compels her to scream bloody murder. Literally.

Kaylee just wants to enjoy having caught the attention of the hottest guy in school. But a normal date is hard to come by when Nash seems to know more about her need to scream than she does. And when classmates start dropping dead for no apparent reason, only Kaylee knows who'll be next.

279 pages, Paperback

First published August 1, 2009

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Rachel Vincent

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A resident of Oklahoma, Rachel Vincent has a BA in English and an overactive imagination, and consistently finds the latter to be more practical. She shares her workspace with two black cats (Kaci and Nyx) and her # 1 fan. Rachel is older than she looks-seriously-and younger than she feels, but remains convinced that for every day she spends writing, one more day will be added to her lifespan.

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709 reviews1,716 followers
January 3, 2011
Okay, normally I really don't like books where a guy and a girl eye-hump each other for 5 minutes and then decide they're the ones that Kiss song was written for. This book is no different.

At first I was a bit suspicious, because well... it's not like Nash noticed Kaylee before, so I didn't really know where the sudden interest comes from. But my suspicion faded pretty quickly, ahem.

But of course, Kaylee is beautiful, but doesn't know it... And I can see where this thing with Tod is going... (I'm so effing smart, I scare myself and for those who don't know me, again, YES, that was loaded with heavy sarcasm) But... My god, I enjoyed this book so much! I had tons of fun, what a great way to start off 2011!

Kaylee is a great girl, I like spending time with her. And I like it even more when she spends time with Nash (who is basically sex with on a stick), wink wink, nudge nudge. UNF.

I'm so excited to read the next book, but also a tad scared because of some comments my friends posted... I have all of them on my Kindle, so I don't think I'll be able to wait.

So.... heartbreak, here I come? *frowns*
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Author 9 books3,512 followers
January 27, 2023
A wonderful 5-star read recommended from Michelle (who so willingly read Warner in exchange for me trying one of her rec's)


Do you love Meg Cabot's Shadowland series?
Can't get enough of Noah Shaw in The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer?
Love YA contemporary or light-hearted YA urban fantasy?
Love two hot brothers along the lines of Stefan and Damon, only more along the lines of Noah Shaw (much better than Stefan) and Damon Salvatore (albeit white hair instead)?

Read this book.

Seriously. If you liked what I wrote above there is no excuse. I plan on reading the rest of this series and trying the author's others because this book was just what I was looking for. Michelle, I owe you for rec'ing this book.

Side note: Yes, everything is (for the most part) predictable , but it's the kind of predictable you'd expect going into light-hearted YA. When you read it the style is just so entertaining it doesn't really matter much else, and that, my friends, is all you can ask.
132 reviews2 followers
August 18, 2013
If you get annoyed at shallow characters, obvious plot lines and a rather unexciting love story, then I'd suggest you skip this book.

I absolute LOATHED this book. So many of my friends rated this book quite highly, which compelled me into wanting to like this, too.
Yeah, well, that didn't work out.
I stuck out until the end, in hope I would find SOME redeeming qualities. There were none.

The Characters
The characters are one-dimensional. They have names, alright, but that's about it. They have absolutely no personality, and they don't develop one throughout the story either.

As an added bonus, they are beyond stupid, which makes you wonder if they are physically incapable of understanding the world around them. There isn't one character that acts and feels like you and me - like real people - would. They weren't even trying.

Just like the deal with Faythe in the Shifter series, everything is okay, everything is allowed, everything is reasonable JUST because it's the main characters we are dealing with.

The Plot
The plot is just as shallow. Honestly, it PRESENTED itself to me. I wasn't even trying to figure out what was going on. The whole thing was just beyond obvious that you had to be blind not to see what was coming. Mind you, blind were the characters.
Examples of main points:

I am not going to go into the climax. All you need to know is that it's completely anti-climatic.

The World Building
The world building is extremely weak. I am all for but there were so many - to me - logical flaws in the whole construct that I actively had to stop myself from banging my head against something.
There are several books that have the whole soul-system down to a better science (and yes I realize this is fantasy, but mind you, even there exists logic).

All in all, a frustrating read for me. I believe, however, that others are to disagree with me, and am happy when they can enjoy this.
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1,406 reviews11.7k followers
January 18, 2010
"My Soul to Take" is, to my surprise, the first YA urban fantasy I've come across. Sort of a teen version of Kelley Armstrong's "Women of the Otherworld" series and Richelle Mead's Succubus books. The majority of the teen paranormal books on the market nowadays are straight romances, which means there is a lot of kissing, staring into each other's eyes, sleeping in the same bed (in a chaste way, naturally) and angst, and very little development of mythology or plot. "Hush, Hush," "Shiver" and "Evermore" are the perfect examples. Unlike these paranormal romances, "My Soul to Take" has a mystery at the core of the story, not romance, although there is plenty of very well done teen snogging, so don't fret, romance lovers.

Another positive thing about this book is the lore. I know next to nothing about banshees or reapers and reading a decently developed mythology based on these creatures is fairly entertaining.

Last, but not least, not even once was I irritated by any of the characters in the book. None of them are dumb or unreasonable, they have solid motivations and are not too stupid to live, like let's say Nora and Vee in "Hush, Hush" or Haven and Ever in "Evermore." I am so used to an array of dumb teen characters in YA books, that this certainly is a nice departure from the "standard."

However, in spite of these positives, I have to say that I simply can't give the book more than 3 stars. Yes, it is a fast and easy read, yes, the characters are likable and yet, the story left me cold. It must be the simplicity and straight-forwardness of it, or lack of excitement and suspense (not even once did I get excited by the plot), or maybe the "love" between the two main characters that comes out of nowhere and materializes in a matter of hours. I don't know what it is, but I am completely disinterested in continuing to read more about Kaylee and Nash and Tod. Maybe I will work up some taste for the sequels later on, but right now my opinion is that "My Soul to Take" is an OK read, albeit not a memorable one. There is simply much better developed and more exciting urban fantasy out there.
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Author 11 books7,640 followers
October 3, 2015
Rachel Vincent, thoust hast redeemed thouself. Thyself? Thineself? Screw it. Look you’re off my shit list, okay lady?

I liked this book. I really liked it.

I’m not sure if that’s because I hated Stray so much (which I ATTEMPTED to read directly before this one—don’t do it, trust me) or if it’s because this book is really that good. Based on the glowing notes I took, I’m leaning towards the latter.

I recommend this book to readers who:

1. Are sick of hating main characters
2. Are sick of main characters that are TSTL
3. Are sick of reading about vampires
4. Are sick of reading about shifters
5. Are sick of reading about angels
6. Are sick of repetitive plot lines
7. Are sick of transparent plot lines
8. Are sick of reading about love triangles
9. Are sick of guessing the outcome of books halfway through them

This book is completely refreshing for a number of reasons, the biggest being that not once while reading it did I want to kill the main character. She’s likeable, relatable AND intelligent. She doesn’t make stupid decisions, she doesn’t keep harmful secrets to herself, she knows when to ask for help, she knows when to do what she’s told and yet she knows when to question the adults around her in a completely rational, non-angsty manner. HALLE-FUCKING-LUJAH.

She’s like the YA-Lit version of a unicorn.

Not only is the main character refreshing but the plot line is too. It’s more mythological than paranormal, the world building is well paced and the background lore is informative without being overwhelming. And while I saw one of the twists coming the other two caught me completely off guard.

Was it perfect? No. There are some popular YA themes in here that always seem to annoy me. Kaylee (what is it with Vincent and strangely spelt first names?) doesn’t think she’s pretty but everyone else seems to. Not only that, but her looks are only vaguely defined (thank you Twilight for this annoying fad…you asshole). I suppose this is so that readers can easily insert themselves into her role but for me this backfires because I notice it too much. Her real parents are dead/MIA (in the beginning), she is content to live in the shadow of her much more attractive/popular best friend and she starts off knowing that something is different about her but not why. Then BAM! Hot guy. And everything begins to change.

Also, you know that scene in every cheesy romantic movie ever? You know, that one where the main characters run towards each other in slow motion, arms outspread and their faces glowing with the love they share for each other, while some atrocious 80s love ballad plays in the background and the rest of the world falls away? Almost every published YA/YA-PR/YA-UF author must have seen one of those as a child and decided it was life changing because as an adult I can’t seem to escape them. That’s in here too. Repeatedly.

Ultimately these things kept the book from getting five stars from me but they seem insignificant compared to how much I enjoyed the rest of this book. I look forward to reading the next one and pray that Vincent doesn’t ruin this series like other authors (who will remain unmentioned *cough* *cough* Mead *cough* *cough*) have ruined theirs.

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538 reviews659 followers
February 21, 2019
My little forevord after finishing the series.

Overall ratings of the series:

1. My Soul to Take ★★★☆☆ (3.5/5 stars)
2. My Soul to Save ★★★☆☆ (3/5 stars)
3. My Soul to Keep ★★☆☆☆ (2.5/5 stars)
4. My Soul to Steal ★★☆☆☆ (1.75/5 stars) *grrrr*
5. If I Die ★★★★☆ (4.5/5 stars) *my heart my love!!!*
6. Before I Wake ★★★★☆ (4/5 stars)
7. With All My Soul ★★★★☆ (4/5 stars)

I had my ups and downs with the series (as you may have noticed) but came to really really love the series - and the characters, the romance, friendships, the world - by the end. All the potential it had in the first two books was met (for me) and me sticking with the series thourgh the not-the-best Soul Screamers times paid off in in the end a thousand times.
Also, very strong TVD (the show) vibes here, just sayin'!


My Soul to Take was a great start to the Soul Screamers series. Kaylee, who discovers through the novel that she's actually a Bean Sidhe was an interesting heroine. There was some 'special snowflake' syndrome on her part, but she still managed to be interesting and likeable main lead that did not irritate me in the least. I hope that I'll like her - and the side-characters - more and more as the series progress.

“The problem with getting everything you want in life is that you're not prepared for disappointment when it comes.”

To sum it up:

- Bean Sidhe (Banshees) - But a lot less creepy ones.
- Great world-building (You won't find any vampires or werewolves here. Finally).
- Interesting, fun side character who works as a Reaper at the hospital.
- Mysterious murders of teenage girls and the main heroine entangled at the center of it all.
- Some very creepy demons from Netherworld.
- Quite cute romance here and there, Nash is fine, though not nearly as developed as I would like.
- The heroine discovering who she is (The same old stuff) and two sexy brothers in a bit of Stefan/Damon (Vampire Diaries) style.

Fast, entertaining YA Paranormal/Urban Fantasy series. Just what I was looking for at the moment, I'm going to read the next instalment right away. 3.5 stars
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408 reviews910 followers
June 1, 2017
Tod Hudson - Be still my heart....

As for My Soul to Take, I had trouble focusing on the plot because I spent most of the time either fawning over Tod or waiting for him to show up again.
From what I remember, the book is fairly short and feels like an introduction, nothing more. The climax of the plot felt more like a little bump in the road. I guess that just means I have to keep going with the series.
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155 reviews519 followers
June 2, 2015

This book is far too boring for it's own good... Annoying protagonist and crappy "insta love"

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831 reviews1 follower
May 26, 2013
Rating: 2 out of 5.

This book wasn't very original when it came to paranormal YA. Most of the book was spent with the heroine asking questions. The heroine also asked the wrong questions, or unimportant questions first. The heroine needed to get her priorities straight. I could go on for pages and point out where the book failed me, but the points below are instances in the first half of the book that annoyed me:

• The hero is the hot/popular guy at school who is also coincidentally a man-whore.
• The heroine being not hideous but not beautiful either, does not know how she got the guy. She is truly average. She is not popular, smart, sporty or artistic. She just sort of blends into the cohort.
• But of course, she becomes more than average when the hero pays her attention. Popularity by association. Add in the usual gaggle of girls who are jealous of the heroine (most of whom are the hero’s exes).
• If that isn’t bad enough, add in the constant thoughts as to WHY the hero is hanging out with her, what could he possibly want? She is not anything special, is she?
• To which the hero replies “we’re different” at about 40% into the book. And of course, the heroine flushes at the thought. So I am sitting here smirking and thinking wow, someone’s very easy… Easy to impress that is. ;)
• Next, the hero and heroine are tied together in the ways of paranormal YAs. Yup! That’s what makes their relationship so special. . Kaylee’s and my ideas of being impressed obviously differ majorly. She wasn’t even a blip on his radar for the past couple of years in high school and wouldn’t have been if it weren’t for that one fact.
• The heroine is overly clueless. Yes, I understand that this is paranormal and she obviously does not know what’s happening to her, but when the reader realises before she does, then there is something severely wrong with her thought process. She comes up with several hypotheticals that are just ridiculous. Like oh, do I have a tumour in my brain? Yes! That must be it. That must be why I know who is going to die, because a side-effect of tumour is premonition. She also can’t connect the dots that are staring her right in the face.
• This is how/when she comes to grasp her situation: This just left me thinking: Are you serious?

I am almost in denial that Rachel Vincent wrote this novel/series. The only thing stopping me from being oblivious to this is that if I were to deny it, then I’d be on the same boat as the heroine who refuses to acknowledge the truth that's staring her right in the face.

Buddy read with BASUHI

Date: 23 MAY
December 13, 2009
(Mini review to avoid even the slightest bit of spoilage)

I couldn't put this book down, it was just the fix I needed to feed my YA addiction. I love how unique Kaylee's story is, it really pops in comparison to the hoard of para ya out there. Most importantly the world building was freaking brilliant, the characters were engaging and believable, and the romantic aspects were age appropriate.

And then there was Todd *sighs*, me likey Todd ; ).
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700 reviews115 followers
July 19, 2017
Achtung, ich werde massiv spoilern!!

1,5 Sterne

Wegen Todd und weil es ganz witzig war, sich darüber lustig zu machen xD
Falls ihr irgendwas von meinen status updates mitbekommen habt und das Buch immer noch lesen wollt: Lasst es, man kann so viel besseres mit seiner Zeit machen.
Etwas... beschränkte Protagonistinnen sind ja im Moment echt nichts Ungewöhnliches in Jugendbüchern, aber Kaylee hat mich mehr genervt als so manche anderen. Sie wirkt wie eine verdammte Puppe, die nichts selbst hinkriegt. Sie denkt absolut nicht nach – ich meine wirklich so gar nicht, sie sieht nicht mal die einfachsten Verbindungen und handelt glaube ich sogar auch nur, wenn jemand anderes sagt, dass sie es tun soll. Moment, war das der Grund, wieso sie ständig Nash angerufen...? Egal. Ganz normale Sachen kriegt sie auch nicht hin. Leute, meine Lieblingsstelle: Kaylee schaltet den Fernseher an, blättert in einem Buch und macht Musik an und dann kommt der Satz, dass sie sich auf nichts davon konzentrieren kann. xD Aller spätestens da konnte ich sie auch gar nicht mehr ernst nehmen. Ich würde ihr durchaus zutrauen, mit einem geschlossenen Regenschirm in der Hand im Regen zu stehen und sich zu beschweren, dass sie nass wird.
Super fand ich auch, wie sie mit der ganzen „Tote aufhalten und sie zurückbringen“-Sache umgegangen ist. Sie will unbedingt jeden retten und sieht partout nicht ein, dass es so nicht funktioniert und sie das nicht kann und dann fühlt sie sich schuldig wegen jedem Tod, der auch nur entfernt irgendwie mit ihr in Verbundung gebracht werden kann. Das erinnert mich an diese philosophische Frage mit dem Zug, der auf Personen zufährt und man hat die Möglichkeit, einen Schalter umzulegen zu einem anderen Gleis, wo nur eine ist oder irgendwie sowas. Ich war dabei ja immer der Meinung, dass ich ihn nicht umlegen würde, denn wenn ich nicht zufällig da gewesen wäre, wäre der Zug einfach weiter gefahren und das Ergebnis wäre das gleiche gewesen. Bei Kaylee ist es das selbe, wäre sie nicht da gewesen und hätte die Tode mitbekommen, wäre alles genauso gekommen, wie es gekommen ist und es frustet mich, dass sie das nicht so sehen konnte. -.-
Die Gaben der Banshees in dem Buch sind generell dämlich. Wenn es einen Freund oder einen Verwandten trifft, ist es ja vielleicht ganz praktisch, ihn zurückholen zu können, würde sich wegen der Seelentausch Geschichte aber in locker 95% aller Fälle sowieso nicht lohnen und bei Fremden erst recht, wenn dabei die Gefahr besteht, dass man selbst dafür sterben muss.
Ich kann nicht beurteilen, ob es bei den folgenden Ausgaben (falls es welche gibt...) nicht verbessert wurde, aber meine Ausgabe ist eine Erstausgabe und da sind seeehr viele Grammatikfehler drin: fehlende Wörter und Satzzeichen, falsche Formen. Normalerweise stört mich nicht weiter, wenn in einem Buch ein Fehler austaucht, kann ja mal passieren. Doch hier häuften sie sich massiv, sodass teilweise zwei oder drei Fehler auf nur einer Seite waren. Das war ein Teil meiner Aufregung, den ihr in meinen Updates nicht mitbekommen habt. xD Wäre nicht mein K.O.-Kriterium, aber trotzdem, es hat mich gestört, deshalb gehört es hier rein.
Mein nächster Punkt sind Nash und die Liebesgeschichte. Fangen wir mal damit an, dass es eine von uns allen geliebte Instalove gibt. Beliebter Typ aus der Schule kommt plötzlich im Club auf Kaylee zu und tanzt mit ihr ein paar Songs lang. Tada! Nicht mehr zu retten. Später erfährt man, dass er zuvor Kaylees Stimme gehört hat und sie daraufhin verfolgt hat, um sie zu treffen, aber ganz ehrlich, das macht es auch nicht besser. Von einem Tag auf den anderen kleben sie an einander und Nash hat nichts mehr mit den Leuten zu tun, mit denen er vorher abhing. Junge, das ist doch nicht mehr gesund! Die Liebesgeschichte wirkt, als hätte die Autorin unbedingt eine drin haben wollen, aber keine Ahnung gehabt, wie sie das machen soll. Ich kaufe ihnen ihre „Gefühle“ nicht ab und sobald Todd vorkam habe ich gehofft, dass Kaylee sich ein bisschen Gehirn besorg und mit Nash Schluss macht, um mit Todd zusamme zu sein. Banshee und Reaper, die komplett gegensätzliche Gaben haben, das wäre mal was gewesen!
Noch dazu hatte Nash (wie eigentlich fast alle Figuren) keinerlei Tiefe. Nichts! Er ist perfekt und dackelt Kaylee verliebt hinterher, inklusive Eifersucht, als Todd mit ihr redet. Das einzig Sinnvolle, was er in dem ganzen Buch tut, ist, Kaylee darüber aufzuklären, was sie ist und wie ihre Kräfte zu funktionieren. Hätte die Autorin Kaylee stattdessen ein Buch mit den ganzen Antworten in die Hand gedrückt, hätte sie Nash auch komplett streichen können. Ach ja, und er hasst Todd. Liebe für Kaylee und Hass für Todd. Yeah, wo würden wir nur ohne ihn stehen?
Gerade fallen mir die „wirbelnden Augen“ der Banshee ein. Wenn sie starke Gefühle empfinden, wirbeln die Farben in ihren Augen herum, was andere Banshees sehen können. Leute, ich stand gestern vor dem Spiegel und habe mir das vorgestellt und ich konnte nicht mehr aufhören zu lachen. xD Nichts emotional, es wirkt nur sehr albern.
Wisst ihr, den Mystery-Aspekt mit den Mädchen, die ohne Grund tot umfallen, fand ich am Anfang sogar ganz cool. Und dann sollte es was mit Kaylee zu tun haben, noch mehr als mit den Vorhersehungen, und da ging das auch schief. Als es dieses Persönliche aufgedrückt bekommen hat, stand das Rätsel um den Mörder nicht mehr im Vordergrund, nur noch, wie man sie rettet. Das perfekte Beispiel für eine Antiklimax!
Übrigens ist das mit dem Bösewicht auch eine, mehr oder weniger. Hätte der abtrünnige Reaper von sich aus gehandelt und irgenwelche Gründe gehabt, die Mädels zu töten, okay. Vielleicht nicht so spannend, aber nachvollziehbar. Falls ihr das jetzt nicht wissen wollt, solltet ihr jetzt echt wegsehen.

Ich hab euch gewarnt...
Der Bösewicht ist die Tante, weil sie ewig jung sein will. -.- Das ist der verdammt nochmal dämmlichste Grund überhaupt, unschuldige Mädchen töten zu lassen!! Und diese blöde Eitelkeit ist die einzige Eigenschaft der Tante, es geht die ganze Zeit darum, dass sie verschiedene Diäten macht und was weiß ich, weil sie so fertig ist, dass sie jünger als ihr Mann ist, aber älter aussieht. Gott, erschießt mich einfach, das war für mich eine der miesesten Auflösungen überhaupt.

Ach, und dank Eli kann ich nicht mal mehr das Cover ernst nehmen. xD Ich kann nicht mehr aufhören, da Miley Cyrus zu sehen, nachdem sie erst darauf hingewiesen hat. xD

Ich glaube, ich habe mehr oder weniger alles abgehandelt und kann jetzt mit dem Buch abschließen. Will es zufällig noch jemand haben? xD Ich brauche es nicht mehr
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367 reviews163 followers
July 3, 2021
Unfortunately I didn't enjoy this book. I had to quit 1/3 of the way in because I was unable to engage with it at all. Very disappointing, boring storyline, undeveloped childish characters and the ending left me scratching my head with so many unanswered questions. Others seem to really love this book but it was not for me.
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1,192 reviews2,901 followers
July 31, 2009
I have Rachel’s adult series sitting on my shelf, they still need to be read, but when the opportunity arose to read her debut YA novel, I knew I had to pounce! (That was totally a pun for her werecats novels, just in case you didn’t get that.)

This was an interesting start to a new series. The whole premise of soul screamers is very original and unique amongst the throng of ya paranormal novels. The beginning was slow, but with the amount of back story that Rachel had to do, it was almost inevitable, you can’t just throw this soul screaming ability out there and not explain what’s going on. Rachel’s writing has a really nice flow as well. I had a lot of “don’t do that to me, tell me more!” moments, but I think that’s what helped keep my attention throughout the novel.

I really liked Kaylee’s character. To me she’s a typical teenage girl, but I still found her and her ability fascinating to read about. Her relationship with Nash seemed a little rushed for me. And perhaps a little too convenient. However, I’m still interested to see what will happen between the two of them. Although, I find myself on team Tod. (That’s all I’m going to say about Tod, you’ll just have to read the book to learn more about that one.)

Overall a exciting addition to the YA paranormal genre. I’m really looking forward to reading the rest of this series.
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2,741 reviews5,976 followers
February 4, 2012
I probably should have reviewed this book as soon as I finished it earlier this week. Instead I found and read its prequel, then picked up the 2nd book in the series, and then the 3rd. I started the 4th book at midnight last night and have already finished it and just bought book number 5. As soon as I'm done with that I'm planning to buy the 2 novellas I've not yet read. I'm sleep deprived but just can't seem to get enough of this series.

It's been way too long since as series of books kept me up because I couldn't put them down. I'm sure it helps that the first five books in the series are already out. I've loved being able to finish one and jump right into the next one. In fact part of me wishes I'd waited to start this series until all the books were out. I have a feeling the wait for the last two books in the series is going to be excruciating.

So did I like the first book My Soul to Take? Most definitely. It is original and full of twists and turns and some amazing characters. I loved both the story line and the characters. My knowledge of folklore is obviously lacking because I didn't even know what a bean sidhe was prior to starting this book. Rachel Vincent's version of banshees & grim reapers is both creative and entertaining.

Content: language, making out, innuendo, sexual tension.
(Having now finished the first 4 books of the series I should note that the intensity of the content has increased with each book).

Rating: 4.5 Stars - Highly Recommend to Older Teens & Adults

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67 reviews
August 6, 2011
I read the first book in Rachel Vincent’s urban fantasy series, “Shifters” a few years ago. I was not impressed, nor did I feel the urge to give it another try. But when I found out she’d written an urban fantasy YA series from friends on Goodreads, I figured, why not?

Kaylee Cavanaugh is a junior in high school who has felt the urge to scream uncontrollably on a few occasions, which she believes are panic attacks. Living with her seemingly oblivious aunt and uncle and her popular cousin, she feels like a total outcast. That is, until she bumps into Nash Hudson during a night out with her friend Emma at a dance club. It is there, on possibly the best night of her life that she feels the urge to scream again. She knows the girl gyrating on the dance floor is going to die. She can feel it in her body, in her soul and most importantly, in her lungs. When she confesses this to Nash, he doesn’t freak out. He doesn’t call her a loser. He not only believes her but helps her keep her cool. What follows is Kaylee’s quest to find out what exactly she is and what that means for her future.

While this book didn’t knock my socks off, I did enjoy it to a certain extent. It was fascinating discovering about Kaylee’s origins. I enjoyed reading about her aunt, uncle, cousin and father. In the beginning, they seem like the typical family but you quickly learn that there is a lot more beneath the surface. Kaylee and Nash’s investigation into how & why their classmates were dying had me on the edge of my seat. I do wish that there was more time spent on the Irish folklore & that Nash wasn’t always so quick to come to the rescue. I was also a little disconcerted by how quickly his and Kaylee’s relationship progressed. There was an explanation as to why but I still felt like I got whiplash from Insta-love.

Aside from that, my biggest issue was with Kaylee herself. She was not a character I liked being stuck in the head of. For someone to have gone through what she did-there’s a stay at a mental hospital in her past, among other things-she came off as a petulant child. It seemed like she was stuck on two settings: irate and confused. When she didn’t get her way, she had a fit, yelling and glaring all over the place. When the people who loved her warned her about things, she not only ignored their advice but accused them of hiding things from her and not caring enough about the innocent. To be honest, I’d hide things from her too since all she did was halfway listen and run off with the information like Super Girl Gone Emo. There were way too many times while reading this book that I wanted to smack the crap out of Kaylee for thinking she could handle things she had no real understanding of. She definitely brought this book down a few grades.

Overall, I thought this was a decent YA novel. The ending was amazing. I totally did not see those new developments coming. Kaylee has the potential to be a great heroine if she would just shut the hell up and listen. If she manages to accomplish that, the places her revelations about herself could take her could make this series very entertaining.

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1,092 reviews159 followers
July 17, 2010
(4.5 Stars)

My Soul to Take is about a girl named Kaylee, who gets very unusual panic attacks. Sometimes she can see a shadow that wraps around any random person that makes Kaylee want to have a gut wrenching scream, see, she knows when this happens that the person is about to die.
Not understanding what is going on and believing she isn't crazy no matter what people think, Kaylee gets some help from someone she never would have dreamed, the gorgeous Nash. With his help Kaylee will finally understand that she isn't crazy, she's not going to die, in fact, she's not even human...

I really want to kick myself for having this on my shelf for over a year and only just picking this up now, but I guess it's better late then never. I really loved this one!

The plot twist is incredibly unique and I love the combination of mythology and paranormal. This is my first Vincent book and it wont be my last, the writing really flows well and the characters are a lot of fun to get to know.
Kaylee is an awesome character, I love her strength and the good in her. Nash is so sexy, kind and I love the chemistry between the two.
Tod was something else all together, funny, witty and I really enjoyed his bit in all of this.

All in all, I thought this was very well done, creative and imaginative. There was just the right amount of fuel to really make the story move, with a cast of characters to make us want so much more.

This is one paranormal scream I can't wait to continue;)

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1,036 reviews13 followers
June 15, 2012
I had this book sat on my bookshelf for a while before finally picking it up. After reading the first book in Rachel Vincent's adult urban fantasy series, Blood Bound, I instantly wanted to read her other series so I finally picked up this one.

I loved this book, I thought it was amazing. I always enjoy original storylines and I thought the storyline of this book is definitely original and not something I have read before. I loved that we got to see the characters grow a lot in this book.
Kaylee, I think she's a great character (duh, she shares my name ;p ) I thought you saw her grow a lot, she went from carefree teenager to a very strong lead character. We felt all her confusion and surprise as she slowly came to terms with her powers and discovered what she actually was. I was so surprised to find out what she actually is.
I love Nash, he's definitely the male character that I fell in love with in this series. I loved how sweet he was to Kaylee and really supported her throughout the entire book. Everything she was confused or upset about and he was there for her and when all the drama started to unfold not once did he think of leaving and letting her sort it out herself and I really loved that about him.

I really loved the story and the characters in this book and I can't wait to see what happens in this series.
I'll definitely be reading the rest of the series.
Yet another amazing story by Rachel Vincent
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176 reviews73 followers
May 19, 2022
3rd Reread: May 2022. I still give this book 5 stars because I've always thought the concept of this series is unique and the FMC is the perfect amount of kickass and damsel. THOUGH!! I remember as a teenager I swooned for Nash (like head over heels, I thought he was utter fictional boyfriend perfection), but this time around I was getting red flags, e.g. letting his friend look down his girlfriends top and still claiming they're mates when called out for it, same friend lends him his car because Nash led him (and other friends) to believe he was off to bang his girlfriend in the backseat, deliberately not giving Kaylee the whole story with no valid reason etc. I was having ew Nash, no Nash moments. In saying that, he did have sweet moments and was very doting on Kaylee. I hope he turns back into my teenage crush in the next book or I'm going back in time and whacking 15 year old me on the back of the head!

2nd Reread 2013: Rachel Vincent has created one of those rare books that I can't fault a thing about it. I love every character (even Kaylee's cousin), the plot and the feeling that the book gives me while I'm reading. I would recommend this book to anyone that loves the likes of Richelle Mead and Chloe Neill.
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1,815 reviews536 followers
August 18, 2009
Kaylee Cavanaugh has big problems, and not your normal angsty teenage ones. Her father has been missing from her life ever since her mother died, she lives with an aunt who is obsessed with looking young and fit, an uncle who does seem to care about her, but a cousin who can hardly stand her. Her home life may be less than ideal, but Kaylee has more to worry about than getting along with her relatives. Kaylee knows when someone is going to die. And when the Grim Reaper comes for a person’s soul, she can’t help but scream. She screams like a banshee, literally, because that is what Kaylee is, a bean sidhe, a being that has premonitions of death. Too many teenage girls are ending up dead without any warning. Death is a way of life, but when these healthy girls are dying before Kaylee’s eyes with out any reason, there seems to be more to this than meets the eye.

It is becoming harder for Kaylee to keep silent. She has been having more of these panic attacks and has even been committed into the hospital because she couldn’t stop them. Now Kaylee thinks has better control over them. When she feels a scream is about to erupt, she holds it back, even though she feels intense pain. When Kaylee and her friend Emma sneak out one night and go to a dance club, Kaylee suddenly needs to scream when she notices a girl near her age on the dance floor. If she can’t hold back the screaming, she will probably be ostracized and placed back into the hospital. Help comes in the form of Nash Hudson, popular hot boy and star athlete of Kaylee’s high school. Kaylee has a crush on him, like most of the girls do, but since he is so popular and she is a nobody, she doesn’t think she will ever have a chance with him. Also, she doesn’t trust him because he has a reputation of being a serial dater. She is confused because before her attack, Nash comes up to her at the club and wants to talk. And when she begins to lose control, Nash calms her down.

Nash is not your typical Zac Efron high school look alike. He knows what Kaylee is going through and becomes a shoulder for Kaylee to lean on. His mother is also a bean sidhe and he wants Kaylee to accept what she is. He becomes her mentor and friend. Nash is special just like Kaylee is. He has the ability to lead the souls of the dead to their rightful place. Kaylee and Nash have the power to stop a soul from leaving the body or save someone from dying. But that comes with a price. Kaylee can hardly believe any of this. She doesn’t want to be known as some screeching hag who can tell when death is coming. And that fact that Nash seems to like her is also too good to be true.

These two team up to try and figure out why so many girls are dying. Someone or something is responsible and if Kaylee and Nash can’t figure out who and why, someone very close to Kaylee could be the next one to die.

My Soul to Take is a refreshing paranormal story with not a vampire or werewolf in sight. Rachel Vincent has written an interesting YA book with a lot of twists and turns. The banshee myth, or rather the bean-sidhe legend was a great focus. She has built a nice story around it and one that kept me turning each page, wanting to know how things will end. Kaylee’s journey is one you take along with her. She is a well-rounded character who longs to know the answers, and when she discovers them, she is thrown for a loop but able to take a calming breath and figure out what to do next.

One of the most important things when reading My Soul to Take is that people are not what they seem. Kaylee must pretend that she is a normal teenage girl. Nash must do the same. At first Kaylee assumes he is this young guy with no problems, just looking for fun and trying to find a new girl for his next conquest. Nash is very knowledgeable and mature. He treats Kaylee with respect and the type of boy a parent would want their daughter to be with.

Nash and Kaylee’s romance is sweet. There is kissing, but nothing beyond that. Pretty hard to have romance when people are dying all around you and the ones you thought you trusted all your life have been keeping secrets. And in this story, there are many secrets.

The topic of death is very much front and center and Tod, a reaper who walks the hospital floors waiting for souls to take to his boss is just as interesting as what Nash and Kaylee are going through. There is a major surprise with Tod that you won’t see coming and I would love to see him have more page time when the next book comes out. Perhaps Rachel has plans for Tod that involve Kaylee? I don’t think Nash would be too happy about that.

I really enjoyed the first POV of Kaylee and her voice is very believable and really keeps you involved in the action and what she is experiencing.

My Soul to Take is one book for teens and adults alike to add to you TBR pile.
392 reviews334 followers
March 15, 2010
The story is about Kaylee who can sense when somebody near her is going to die. When that happens Kaylee screams bloody murder, something she can't control. Kaylee just wants to be normal girl dating the hottest guy in school, but how can she be when her classmates start dying.

I really liked this book. It was fast paced and a refreshing read. It was a unique concept that sucked me in quickly.

The chemistry was their between Kaylee and Nash and they were both great characters, but the stand out character would have to be Tod.

This book will leave you wanting to read the next one in the series right away.
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1,569 reviews1,043 followers
December 29, 2011
After several months I have finally finished this book. I just checked. It's been 5 months. Okay... :/

I wanna make sweet looove with Tod. *sings like Chef*

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I love that he is a smartass,angry and rude all the time.
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247 reviews
July 9, 2016
I missed so much reading books that really got me!
Review to come!
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161 reviews220 followers
August 22, 2014
4.5 Star Review: My Soul to Take by Rachel Vincent

This book has been a favorite of mine since I was a teen. I love it to pieces, therefore be warned: I may be slightly biased in my review.

Things that make this novel different:

1. The book features Bean Sidhe (Banshee) from Irish folklore.
2. Parents in this book are actually very significant to the story.
3. The MC voluntarily involves her uncle into the issue instead of trying to handle it all by herself.
4. The MC actually has a spine and doesn’t instantly fall for the love interest.
5. Family relationships become the interesting dynamic in this novel

When I say this book is different, you’re probably rolling your eyes right now aren’t you? Yeah, you are. But what you’re probably thinking is that it’s basically a paranormal romance but with a different creature? NOPE.

This book features a heroine who isn’t stupid, or TSTL (Too Stupid To Live). She’s one of the most relatable heroines I’ve read in a long time. And when I first read this, I was in high school. I think she’s a kick ass chick. She doesn’t keep secrets from people. When things become too dangerous, she lets her uncle know what’s up. She doesn’t do that fucked up thing where the MC usually will do something against all odds…resulting in you thinking “this chick is stupid.” No. She thinks before she acts. The best thing is that I didn’t want to slap her. I wanted to hug her. I can’t even name five YA heroines I’d want to hug. Most, I’ve wanted to end.

The male love interest isn’t overly domineering or an ass. He’s mellow. He’s sweet. He actually talks with Kaylee about interesting things, like about their culture and what they can do as Bean Sidhe’s. He’s not always the one who initiates the kissing scenes. He's NICE. He actually cares about what Kaylee wants instead of deciding for himself what she wants.

What drew me into this Tale:

But the thing that drew me to this book in the first place was the term Bean Sidhe. My parents would read me Irish ‘lore as a child. I was never really much into reading until the Harry Potter books, but I loved Irish folklore. They were my fantasy tales. They were horrific, engaging, scary, and at times insightful. There are so many other types of faeries than most people can imagine. Bean Sidhe’s are one of those beings. Their tales are one of the most interesting and morbid tales I remember hearing when I was a child. This is what drew me to these books: I wanted more tales about Bean Sidhes.

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What Made me Continue:

Kaylee made me empathize with her on many levels. She’s got a subtle wit about her. She’s not new to sarcasm and Vincent weaves it into the story to provide humor in certain places. But, the author doesn’t overload the book with sarcasm so that it became annoying and unnecessary.

Kaylee’s mother died when she was young and her father lives in Ireland. Her father has trouble looking Kaylee in the eye without seeing her mother. They looks so much alike, in his eyes.

I never felt that Kaylee was a special snowflake, for those who may wonder about this. She doesn’t obsess about her looks. She focuses on important things for a teenager, like working in order to pay her insurance bill. She’s responsible, unlike her bitchy cousin Sofie. But just because she’s a supernatural creature, doesn’t mean she’s the only one in existence. She doesn’t feel like she’s different than other people and neither do others. She’s normal, not an anomaly. This. I liked this very much about Kaylee. She wasn’t out there to prove herself as the chosen one or shit like that.

Kaylee’s not one to easily accept things. She bases things on logical thinking. This is one smart chick. When she finds out she’s not human, she doesn’t buy into Nash’s speech. She wants answers. But all she can see are coincidences:

“Bean sidhes are native to Ireland. That’s why the stories all stem from old Irish folktales.”
Oh. Now that was quite a coincidence. But nothing more. “Got anything else, Houdini?”

And, eventually she comes to the realization of what she really is.

What I also liked about her was that she wasn’t quick to accept Nash’s attention to her suddenly. She’s want to know why the fuck he’s so interested her all of a sudden. She wants to know his game. I don’t blame her. I mean super popular guy is suddenly licking her shoes? Why? But then you’re reassured that Kaylee knows what she’s doing. She’s calls him out on his crap:

“I can count the number of times we’ve really spoken before tonight on one hand.” I help up that hand for emphasis. “Then you come out of nowhere and play white knight to my damsel, and I’m supposed to believe you want nothing in return? Nothing to tell your friends about on Monday?”
He tried to laugh, but the sound was stilted, and he shifted uncomfortably in his seat. “I wouldn’t--”
“Save it. Rumor has it you’ve conquered more territory than Genghis Khan.”

I love this girl.

Kaylee thinks about death a lot and for a good reason. Girls have been dropping like flies for no reason. She feels panic and sadness whenever her Bean Sidhe voice acknowledges that someone is about to die:

The keening began deep in my throat, so low it felt like my lungs were on fire. Yet the sound was soft at first. Like a whisper I felt more than heard. I clamped my jaws shut in horror…

This scares the shit out of her for several reasons, but the most logical being that if she screams at the top of her lungs people might take her to the hospital…again. What a break this girl gets.

But on top of that fucking cherry is that her family has been lying to her. They’ve been keeping critical secrets from her. Frankly, I haven’t forgiven a certain aunt, uncle, father, and fucked up cousin yet. There’s also the taking her to the hospital instead of telling her the TRUTH, that I have issues with. Who wouldn’t? By the way, that isn’t a spoiler. You find it out very early in the story.

Lastly, what I loved: Tod. The sexy grim reaper. He’s so fucking awesome. He’s got sarcasm coming out of his but:

Tod glanced at me for the first time, his frown practically etched into place. “You were expecting someone older? Taller? Maybe kind of gaunt and skeletal?” Contempt dripped from his words like acid, and his focus snapped back to Nash in annoyance. “See? That’s the problem with the old title. I should start calling myself a ‘collections agent’ or something like that.”

I like him more than Nash, who is the love interest. There’s no love triangle, but….man he’s sexy. Who knew death could be sexy.

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255 reviews524 followers
December 11, 2011
4.5 of 5 stars

Reading this was sort of an accident. I wasn't really planning on reading this yet when I saw my copy and try to take a sneak peek. But that sneak peek turned into full time reading. And find my self enjoying and getting hooked up with the book.

My Soul to Take was a fun, entertaining, and thrilling read. The plot and concept was unique and original. I haven't read something like the concept of this book. The idea about the bean sidhe, grim reaper, soul screamers made this book very different from most YA paranormal books. I love how the author mixed mythology and paranormal in one. And I think it was really awesome!

I love all the characters! Kaylee is a great and cool character. She's a strong-willed person and I love the good in her to help other people. I love how she grew up in the story and how she take all the revelations in her life. Nash is HOT. LOL(Fangirling striking in!) He's kind, thoughtful and really caring. Though I was a bit suspicious of him during the first parts but that eventually fade when I saw how he never left Kaylee and filled her out everything he know she needed to learn. I love the sweet and cute moments between the two. Tod was a funny, cool and teasing character! I love him! Haha! And I love him more when I found out he's brother with Nash. And that makes him both a reaper and bean sidhe, which I find really cool. I also think that though most of the times Nash and Tod don't get along, I think Tod really cares for his brother and loves him. Aiden and Brendon, Kaylee's dad and uncle are also nice characters. I see that their love for Kaylee are true and genuine.

The twists were exciting and amusing! The writing was good and I love how the characters were developed. All in all, the book is amazing. I enjoyed it very much. A fun and exciting read. :))

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325 reviews43 followers
May 14, 2014
to be honest I didn't like this book at the beginning but after reading 80 pages or so I was hooked! it was amazing! I looved the supernatural elements and the plot twist at the end! my personal favorite was Tod! he really did it for me:-D I hope he will become more important in the next books bc he is hottttt as hell ! :-D
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