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Soul Screamers #3

My Soul to Keep

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

Until something does.

Demon breath. No, not the toothpaste-challenged kind. The Netherworld kind. The kind that really can kill you. Somehow the super-addictive substance has made its way to the human world. But how? Kaylee and Nash have to cut off the source and protect their friends—one of whom is already hooked.

And so is someone else…

296 pages, Paperback

First published May 18, 2010

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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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689 reviews1,697 followers
January 9, 2011
There are no specific spoilers in this review, but I assume you've read the first two books (or don't mind and read this anyway) but I don't know exactly how much vague information you want to about this book before you've read it. So I warned you, keep that in mind.

Please hold me. I feel like somebody came in, grabbed me and swept me off my feet, made me feel warm on the inside while he whispered everything I wanted to hear into my ear and so much more, and then suddenly I'm being dropped on my ass, a bucket of ice water gets dumped over my head and to top it off, I get stabbed in the gut with a blunt knife, making my insides bleed and burn, while I watch the guy I want to grow old with make out with my arch enemy.

Multiply that feeling by 634 and you are not even close to feeling what I'm feeling right now.

It's not the most mature reaction to a book but I really feel like dying. I knew this train was going to derail sooner or later (thank you Jess) but, I kept thinking things just couldn't get any more worse while I was watching it fly past stations like "I-would-never-hurt-you", "Saneville", and "FUBAR". My smile fell a little bit each time one of those signs passed me by, until my face froze up in terror, when the damn thing finally stopped, blinking away my tears while I read the "Nuclear Disaster Land" sign in front of me. I vaguely remember slapping my palms on the window and letting out a gut-wrenching NOOOOOO, right before I collapsed and lost consciousness.

I don't even know what to say about Nash. In my mind, I conjured up his image and I've been staring at him for the past half hour, and he's looking at me like he's expecting me to say something but there are just no words. He just... I know he's... And that he couldn't... But what he did was just.... I can't believe it...

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534 reviews653 followers
July 12, 2016
*2,3/5 stars*

“I got swirling eyes and the capacity to shatter windows with my bare voice. Tod got teleportation and invisibility. The supernatural world is so far from fair.”

Well, this series is just more and more disappointing. I really wanted to loved this after the promising first book, and it's not all gloom and doom, but I can't overlook the angsty teen-drama, the horrible love interest (I'm seriously starting to hate the name Nash now tbh.) and it just seems all flat to me. I quite like some of the characters - Tod, Kaylee, Emma - but I'm not loving any of them, I'm not invested in the story as I should've been after reading three books already.

“You want me to go?” Tod asked me, his back to his brother.
Nash implored me silently to say yes. Tod waited patiently.
“No,” I said, looking right at Nash. He scowled, and his shoulders sagged.
“Good.” Tod stood and kicked the rolling chair out of his way. “I just checked on your friend in the straitjacket. But first…” The reaper swung before either of us realized what he intended to do.
Tod’s very solid fist slammed into Nash’s jaw. Nash’s head snapped back. He stumbled into the wall.”
<--- Tod, the Savior of this whole mess of a book. #Nash totally deserved that.

One of the few things I like about these books are the mysteries. They are always captivating and keep me reading till the end. The plot is interesting enough and takes some unexpected twists and turns - But not in this book, mind you. I guessed that thing from the start, while Kaylee was entirely oblivious to it, stumbling in the dark. I may take back my statement of her cleverness from my previous review.

On the other hand my biggest problem with the books are the characters. And great, well developed characters are one of the most - if not most - important things in a book for me. If I'm not able to love and connect to at least some of the characters, it's pretty much done deal for me.

“Because you don’t seem to understand that the world isn’t yours to save. This isn’t a game, Kaylee. You’re not an undercover cop. You’re just a little girl who’s in way over her head, and I’m not going to let you get yourself killed over some stupid hero complex.”


“I said stop.”
He frowned. “What’s the problem? I’m not using any Influence.”
“I know. Just…slow down.”
He sat up and frowned while I tugged my shirt back into place. “If we go any slower, we’ll be moving back in time. You’ve been teasing me for months, Kaylee. Anyone else would already have walked away.”
<--- Nash, the Douchebag and crappy boyfriend.

Let's take Nash. I neither liked him nor hated him in the two previous books. I thought that Tod would be a better choice, that Nash is a bit spoiled and self-centered, but now he definitely managed to make me hate him with the burning passion of a thousand suns. He acted horribly (and suspiciously) the whole book, especially toward Kaylee. I never really liked their relationship, but he never ever acted badly toward her. Well, until this book. He acted like a controlling douchebag and insulted her. He manipulated her. He lied to her. Kaylee was too much forgiving toward him. In her place I would be all but nice to him. >Mentally kicking Nash<

“Nothing I didn’t want to do.” She crossed her arms beneath her breasts. “What? You think Nash is perfect?”
My pulse spiked and I thought about him Influencing his way up my shirt that morning. But Em didn’t know about that. “What’s that supposed to mean?”
“Nothing.” Emma sighed and leaned with both elbows on the counter, watching through the glass as Doug unlocked his car. “I’m just saying guys only come in a couple of models, and Nash didn’t exactly break the mold. So lay off my boyfriend until you’re ready to take a closer look at yours.”
<--- Emma, the Voice of Reason.

I will still read the following books, but I have given up any hopes that the series will improve or that Kaylee will leave Nash for good and be with Tod. Or at least that Nash - Selfish. Manipulative. Asshole. - will suffer an unfortunate demise. #SorryNot

“Regret couldn't fix what he's broken. Apologies couldn't bring back what he's lost. What we'd lost.”

Overall: Bloody frustrating mess. Recommended for a reader who doesn't mind tons of teen drama.
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235 reviews27 followers
June 30, 2013

BR with little Amy :D

The best installment of The Soul Screamers so far!!! Darker, sexier, scarier!

More Netherworld, more Avari, more demon breath. I just wish there was a little more Tod!!!!

I like Kaylee, she's an ok heroine. Not annoying, not stupid, just the right amount of naive.

If I thought Nash couldn't possibly piss me off more, I was wrong. His lies and betrayal will be difficult to forgive, I hope.

Tod... *swoon*

My right foot snagged in the hem of Sophie’s dress and one hand went automatically to my ear to protect my hearing, while the other flew out in front of me to keep my face from hitting the asphalt. But before my palm could hit the ground, someone hauled me to my feet, tearing the dress with a dul thread-popping sound. Tod pulled me back, pressing me into his own chest as the creature on our right drew himself up to a terrifying height. “I’m so sorry!” I cried as Tod backed us swiftly away from the beast whose grayish cheekbones were literally sharp enough to slice the flesh from his face.

This excerpt made my heart beat just a little bit faster. I really really really hope Tod and Kaylee end up together! They're so right for each other!

And what's the deal with Alec? What is he? Let's hope I find out soon.

Yes! I will be reading the rest of the books!

As long as the writing continues to be great and the characters grow and stay true to themselves, I will be a fan of this series.

5 stars!
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2,741 reviews5,976 followers
February 15, 2012
Wow did this book bring out the emotions in me. Seriously I was fuming mad when I got to the end of this book. This is what I wrote as I finished the book:

"Dear Nash,

You are lower than pond scum! Seriously - you suck! Some things should be unforgivable! I'm sure Kaylee will ultimately forgive you but I'm not sure how you can possibly redeem yourself in my eyes."

Make sure you have book #4 on hand so you can begin it as soon as you finish this one. It was midnight when I finished but there was no way I was going to be able to sleep because I was so worked up by what was revealed at the end of this book. I had to get 1/3 of the way into the next book before I finally fell asleep. I think that is one of the things I like most about Rachel's writing - the emotions her books ellicit in me, I'm connected to the characters, I care about the characters, they seem so real to me.

My Soul to Keep took on some dark & heavy subject matter. Addiction and everything that comes with it is not a warm and fuzzy topic. However My Soul to Keep was original, fast paced and very well written. I loved this addition to the Soul Screamer Series.

Rating: 5 Stars - I Loved It simply for the amount of emotion I felt while reading it.

Content: everything was a step up from the last book - more language, more wandering hands, more innuendo, etc.

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825 reviews400 followers
October 7, 2011
Ok so after reading this book I am completely in love with Tod his character becomes much more human in it. I cried through the last chapter but it did leave me a bit confused. I will not post spoilers for the people who haven't read it yet. All I can say is WOW and I can't wait for the next book :)
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Author 4 books82 followers
November 12, 2018
Πάρα πολύ καλό και ανατρεπτικό! Επιτέλους μία συγγραφέας που τολμάει να γράψει ένα YA fantasy στο οποίο ο άντρας πρωταγωνιστής κάνει τεράστια και αδικαιολόγητα λάθη και συμπεριφέρεται με απαράδεκτο τρόπο στην κοπέλα του! Δεν είναι ότι μου αρέσει αυτό που έκανε, αλλά είχα βαρεθεί τα τέλεια boyfriends! Ανυπομονώ να τον δω να σέρνεται στα πατώματα για να τον συγχωρήσει!!
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328 reviews86 followers
April 13, 2011
***May contain spoilers***

When the first two books of this series originally came out I read them right away, though for some weird reason, I never got around to reading this book until a few days ago, but I had read many reviews of it and basically knew the majority of the plot line. I think that had I not known what was going to occur in this book before reading it, I wouldn't have picked up on all of the un-Nash-like behaviour to the extent that I did and had I not known what was going to occur beforehand, I don't think I would have put together all of the subtle clues/ guessed how this book was going to turn out. I think that knowing what was going to happen allowed me to accept, "Yes, this is going to happen and it is something that I just have to get used to", whereas had I now known, it would have come as such a surprise to me and I think that I would have had a very difficult time accepting how it unfolded...That being said, this is hands down the best book in this series...

As I have said, I am not a Nash fan and it may sound kind of heartless, but I did like seeing him being knocked down a few notches in this book. I felt like seeing a more vulnerable side of him made him seem more human (Er human? Right, he isn't human. Ummm... More nice bean sidhe who I can relate to and actually tolerate?). And surprise, surprise! I actually found myself experiencing other emotions besides hate and loathing towards him, I found myself sympathizing and feeling bad for him in certain instances, for instance in the case that he wasn't the route cause of the addiction. In "My Soul to Save" he was totally against helping Addy and Tod and only went along with the crazy plan because of Kaylee, and for that, the initial addiction was not his fault. What was his fault was how he dealt with the knowledge that he was addicted afterwards and I don't feel any sympathy for him in that regard whatsoever (those darn hating and loathing feelings emerge once again). He was the one who went to the Netherworld in order to get a fix, he was the one who gave up his memories of Kaylee, knowing that it would break her heart, and he was the one who allowed those he cared about to be possessed, all the while knowing that his mom is the master of Netherworld cures who could helped him overcome his addiction right from the start.

Though Tod was more so at fault for the death of Doug and the downfall of Scott, than any other character besides Avari, I didn't find myself feeling any animosity towards him. In Nash's actions he was only thinking about himself, in Tod's actions he was thinking about Addy, and how he could lessen her pain and suffering in the Netherworld and that was something that I can respect and accept. I thought that it was also really nice to see Emma grow as a character in this book- I now find her to be much more than the blond friend who she was in the beginning of the series, the friend who was pretty oblivious to everything that was happening around her, only being concerned with what clothes she could steal from her older sisters. Also, I found myself feeling extreme sympathy/ pity for Sophie (even though she would probably hate my pity and bitch me out for it). That poor girl has just had a hard time, she really needs a break. First she loses a member of her dance team, then she dies, but comes back because her mom dies, she knows that her dad, uncle and cousin are keeping something from her, her boyfriend becomes an addict, is a huge jerk, and eventually ends up in a mental ward. So yeah, she deserves a shopping spree or something along those lines in the next book to make her feel better...

As for Kaylee? Well props to her for not just accepting the fact that her boyfriend is a complete user- both in using drugs and in using her and their memories together to further his own ends, and props to her for not forgiving him right away like some girls may have (just for the fact that he is Nash Hudson and he is such a catch! UGH!). I think that this experience even though it was quite horrific, will only strengthen Kaylee, making her an even more kick-ass female character.
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829 reviews199 followers
November 22, 2010
First Impressions: When I finished My Soul to Keep, the third installment in the Soul Screamers series, I realized that I had hardly moved for the last half of the book! I also realized that Rachel not only created a brilliant piece of dark fiction but she also touched on many real issues that teens/adult’s face in today’s world.

My Reflections: Kaylee has been through more than her fair share of horror. Born a Bean Sidhe, motherless and with an absentee father she’s had to survive being institutionalized, taking trips into the Netherworld and fighting off evil relatives bartering for her soul—among other things. But, she has Nash, her gorgeous boyfriend to even things out. He understands—he’s a Bean Sidhe, too, and he’s always been there for her.

My Soul to Keep starts with Kaylee and Nash at a party where a classmate is using Demon’s Breath. It’s deadly and from the Netherworld and Kaylee is going to find out just how this dangerous substance ended up in the hands of kids at her school. What Kaylee finds out is shocking and puts her life and those she loves in grave danger.

I felt every emotion that Kaylee felt throughout the book. Betrayal, shock, hurt, fear… All those emotions are so cleverly written into the story. The ending was fierce although I expected nothing less from Kaylee; she’s a strong independent young woman and has really grown into her character. Touching on issues such as drug abuse and all that goes with it could really hit home for a lot of readers. Rachel Vincent cleverly puts all the signs of abuse in the text and although this is fiction, it sends a strong positive message out.

The next in the series, My Soul to Steal is guaranteed to be another page turner.
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515 reviews26 followers
March 23, 2016
3.5 stars

Reading this book was like watching some paranormal telenovela.

Nash, here's a message to you...

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757 reviews249 followers
August 3, 2010

My Soul to Keep, the third book in the Soul Screamers series, was an improvement over book two. However, I was still frustrated with both the main character and the general plot until the halfway point.

Vincent showed shades of Richelle Mead by liberally bashing me over the head with clue-by-fours. By the second chapter, I’d already developed strong suspicions about who might be involved in the Netherworld drug scheme (yes, all of those suspicions came true). Constantly foreshadowing plot twists through the repetition of significant words, Vincent prevented me from experiencing the shock and dismay I was no doubt meant to feel. In addition, I wanted to smack Kaylee and force her to see what was right in front of her. (I briefly considered the book’s YA status as a reason for such blatant hints, but dismissed the idea since that wouldn’t be giving teen readers much credit.) Lessons in subtlety would not go amiss for this writer.

That’s not to say all the surprises were ruined. There were some involving Tod in particular which added intrigue and offered a great deal of insight into the true character of my darling young bad boy. And yes, he is indeed darling. From the very beginning, I’ve had a soft spot for Tod. His snark and his mischievous tendencies make him a wonderful foil for the habitually serious Kaylee and Nash. Though Tod prefers to do things his own way, he is not the selfish or unthinking person Nash claims him to be. Instead, Tod is there for those who need him. He’s dependable and in this book he shone. Nash on the other hand…

From his first appearance, there was something about Nash that rubbed me the wrong way. He continued to irk me in this book, to the point where I wanted Kaylee to give him hell. I suppose many teens are reluctant to express displeasure in their first real relationship, but having never been that way, I found it hard to relate!

As in the previous books, the kids save the day without the aid of their parents. However, in a moment I found rather hard to believe, this time there was an adult who knew what they were planning and made no move to stop them. Completely out of character for any responsible parental figure. There was also a lot of the Blame Game being played. Not only were adults and children alike blaming themselves for things they had no power over, several also blamed their own personal failures and worries on someone else. It happened often enough to be noticeable and lessened my opinion of certain characters.

The second half of the book was far more exciting. More action, more information flowing, more emotion on display. Unlike in the previous books, Kaylee the newbie did not magically have all the answers. She had to piece things together as she went along and rely on the knowledge of the boys to fill in any gaps. Little Miss Know-it-all was banished, thank goodness. A trip to the Netherworld uncovered potential dangers, different species of fae, and a new character whom I hope we’ll learn more about in future installments--his backstory and potential wealth of knowledge could be fascinating if handled properly. Kaylee became more take-charge and sensible as she finally listened to her intuition. She stood her ground in an incredibly trying situation, impressing me with her maturity and strong sense of self.

The potential for the Soul Screamers series is evident. Vincent is obviously imaginative, she has a good handle on the teen perspective, and she’s capable of conveying believable emotional turmoil. My wish is that she picks up the pace earlier next time around. I also hope Kaylee, Nash and Emma break even further away from the Typical Teen mold (they often come a little too close to embodying the everyteen in their reactions). Most of all, I want Tod to have more page time since he’s easily the most dynamic, entertaining character on the Soul Screamers roster. I will definitely continue with the series, but as of now Vincent needs to step up her game to keep me engaged for the duration.
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592 reviews87 followers
September 13, 2011
So far this has been my least favorite of the "Soul screamers" books....
For some reason I just couldn't get into the beginning. Maybe it was Nash's "problem" completely changing his character and the dynamics between Kaylee and him. Maybe it was just a slow starter. Maybe it was just the whole Demon breath thing???? Kaylee got on my nerves just a bit though...
I did stick it out though. And, I have to say I ended up enjoying the late middle/end. I love Tod even more now than ever. I still want to punch Sophie in the face.

All in all, I'd reccommend this to you vamp/were/fairy fans looking for something different. The bean sidhe story is completely unique.

3 stars
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72 reviews47 followers
November 27, 2017
I really enjoyed this book and I will hopefully soon be buying all the books that Rachel has written so far.
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616 reviews148 followers
April 2, 2011
My Soul to Keep deals with the issue of drug abuse, but if you're worried it will be a preachy Very Special Episode type of story, worry no more. Rachel Vincent raises the book above that level -- both by allowing the damage to strike very close to home for Kaylee and by placing the issue in an enthralling plot -- so that it never feels like a simplistic "drugs are bad, mmmkay" fable.

In My Soul to Save, Vincent introduced readers to Demon's Breath, a sought-after intoxicant among the denizens of the Netherworld. Kaylee now emerges from her month-long grounding to find that someone has brought Demon's Breath to her high school and that several of her acquaintances are using it. And for human kids, using Demon's Breath is a nearly inevitable ticket to insanity or death. Then, Vincent makes terrific use of a tiny, forgettable detail from book two and puts Kaylee through a wrenching betrayal. Now she has to deal with the repercussions of that betrayal while thwarting a hellion's sinister designs.

The human (and bean sidhe) characters have believable shades of gray that inspire compassion even when their behavior is reprehensible. For example, one Demon's Breath user became addicted by accident; that initial event was not his fault at all. Yet he is still morally culpable for what he did after that to feed the addiction. As for the hellion, he's horrifying; My Soul to Keep features so many chilling ways a hellion can destroy lives and relationships.

Kaylee shows admirable strength at the novel's end; I'm reminded of Albus Dumbledore's words about the courage it takes to stand up to one's friends. I am so tired of wilting heroines and it's so gratifying to see one who calls people on their bad behavior and stands up for her own needs.

This ending leaves the Soul Screamers series in an uncertain place -- but at the same time it's blown wide open, with so many interesting directions Vincent could take it. I had been slightly disappointed in My Soul to Save and unsure whether to continue -- but after My Soul to Keep, I'm eagerly along for the ride.
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722 reviews611 followers
May 6, 2011
Rip my heart out, why don’t you Rachel???

Why? Why in God’s name did I decide to reread this? It’s been almost a year since I’ve first read this and so far I haven’t managed to get over it. Whenever I saw this book somewhere I was reminded of how much I was hurting while reading it and how it left me depressed for days after I had finished it. I don’t know why I felt the need to stick my finger into this particularly nasty old wound. And rub salt in it. And pour alcohol all over it. And then set the whole thing on fire. I’m sorry, I’m being a drama queen but that’s exactly how reading this book felt like. SO.EFFIN.PAINFUL. But all this doesn’t tell you anything about this series, now does it? Well, I’ll try to come up with a review for book 4 and explain to you why I am this obsessed with this series.

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71 reviews192 followers
February 24, 2013
Am I the only one thinking Tod acts like he cares about Addy and Kaylee, but not about his own brother? He didn't even flinch when he found out that Nash is on drugs and that Avari kidnapped him. He's scared for what Avari is doing to Addy, but he doesn't care what the hellion does to Nash.
What kind of a big brother takes his brother to Netherworld and doesn't asks him what he wants to do there?
Tod is so creepy. He's always there when Nash and Kaylee are making out, but never around when, for example, a guy is holding a knife at Kaylee's throat. He likes to watch or what's wrong with him? Or he just doesn't want to let them do something more?
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1,068 reviews55 followers
January 15, 2019
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60 points/100 (3 ¼ stars) [revised from 5 stars].

There is a new drug going around. Demon breath can't just kill you and drive you insane, it can put your soul in jeopardy. When a group of her schoolmates come up addicted, Kaylee Cavanaugh knows she has to make them stop using it, or else she'll lose them forever. She has to protect her friends, at any cost.

My Soul to Keep is a slightly better read than My Soul to Save. This is at least in part because it is definitely less side story than the last book. It still kind of feels like filler for what Rachel Vincent really wants to do with the story, but less so. There are some definite parts to this book that are very important to the rest of the series, though the entire events in this book rely on one single event in the last one.

This definitely feels like a teen drama/teen problem sort of book. My Soul to Keep is entirely focused on how everyone in Nash's social circle has gotten hooked on drugs, and how Kaylee wants to save them all. The only reason this is paranormal instead of teen fiction is because the drug is paranormal in origin. Honestly, was a total bore for me. The best part of this book was the foreshadowing that happens for the rest of the series. It is so subtle, I'm glad I'm rereading this series.

After being the best person in the entire book last time around, Nash has turned into a fucking asshole, and I hate him. The crap he pulls this book is unreal, and I wish Kaylee would dump him for real. I don't care what the circumstances are, fuck him. Some shit you just cannot recover from. On the other side, Tod is hilarious to have around. Pure awesome, and I love him. He has improved a lot after the idiocy he pulled the last go around. Also in relationships, Kaylee's dad is trying to be a dad, but her thinking she is all grown up is getting on my nerves and getting in the way of their relationship.

While an improvement on the last book, I still was bored during this book. I'm still looking forward to the next book in the hopes that it is better still! This just felt unnecessary for the most part.
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1,380 reviews421 followers
July 24, 2013
When I hit the "I'm finished" button for this book I truly meant it. I'm finished with this book, and series all together, I can't stand it anymore and it's not worth my reading time. I can see why these books are popular but they're just not for me. I don't want to rant unreasonably but..

The idea of banshees is wonderful and unique, but when you stick it in a high school and have underlying everyday high school problems with a paranormal twist...it just loses the charm. Anyone know of other book series on banshees?

The adults here are badly written. First, the right thing is done because the adults are actually clued into the banshee business and everything; in fact they ARE banshees too. It's a genetic thing. The problem falls when at every turn of events the main character (wait what's her name again?) is in some dire circumstance (as happens in most climaxes) and she repeatedly refuses to call her dad, or clue in her uncle. Anything. Anybody. Why? Because she is afraid of getting grounded. You know, I really don't have to keep going on that subject. It's ridiculous.

And one last small thing. The protag's cousin Sophie, aka Ice Bitch Queen Character....yeah she's freakin 15 years old. Think of that. I can't even imagine being mollified by a fifteen year old. And I hope I'm using that word right, because I don't want to be sounding like a fifteen year old.
But REALLY, I get that the protag is only barely 17 or something, but that just makes me roll my eyes.

Okay rant over. I'm disappointed. I really wanted to like this series, and I figured three books were enough to judge a seven book series.

Oh. Don't get me wrong, there were aspects I liked about these books. Tod the reaper. Netherworld-building.
Yeah that's it.

The first two books were bearable. This pushed me over the edge.
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939 reviews79 followers
January 1, 2016
The Good: Tod is becoming a much more compelling character. He seems to be growing into his role and becoming a better person, in sharp contrast to his brother. I really enjoyed the Demon's Breath/drug angle of the book and how that played out with involving the students at Kaylee's school.

The Bad: Kaylee conveniently forgets crucial details on a regular basis. It drags the books out, ridiculous when they're so short as it is. Any reader even halfway paying attention will completely remember these things and grow increasingly frustrated throughout the book. And then there's the whole boyfriend hiding things from her. Unforgivable things. Add that to the fact that the characters continue to hide everything possible from the adults in their lives for no good reason other than "parents just don't understand." Except, these parents would completely understand and help. Yet, let's just screw ourselves over and go completely unprepared into mortal danger time and again because parents are dumb or whatever. Maybe this thing resonates with teen readers, but as an adult with the ability to judge the parents on their previous reactions to situations in the series, these kids are coming off as complete idiots begging to be killed.
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162 reviews43 followers
January 13, 2011
I think this was the most disappointing book so far in the series. Tod is rapidly becoming my favorite character but there was so little of him in this book. Once he came back into play, I wanted to keep reading simply because he was involved. Nash's character really disturbed me because in this book compared to the others he had a completely different personality. To me it was almost like she was writing about another character entirely just with Nash's body. I realize that was her intention but it was seriously off putting from the very beginning. Also, the issue in this book seemed too "real-world" for a paranormal fantasy which really irked me. A deadly drug running rampant throughout a public high school. <

Nevertheless, I did enjoy the book once it picked up (about 2/3 in) so I still plan to read the sequel when it is released. I do enjoy Vincent's work I just hope she returns to why I enjoyed this series to begin with. Banshees are such a fresh concept and with this last book I felt she was wasting its potential just to have another book on the shelves. I really hope the next book doesn't disappoint.
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746 reviews12 followers
April 4, 2022
I think this book in particular of this series best reflects addiction and mostly how people can be so blind to the people that they care about. Kaylee really wanted to trust Nash enough to miss every one of the signs. There were times I wanted to yell at her because it was so obvious.
However, I do understand Nash's actions. He clearly wasn't himself and it wasn't as if he'd intentionally ingested his first dose. He isn't wrong when he put some of the blame on Tod and Kaylee, considering he didn't even want to go to the Netherworld to begin with.
Sad that all this started to save the soul of a girl who chose to sell it and was so selfish in the last book. Really Addison's choice pushes the rest of the series and Avari's obsession with Kaylee. None of this would have happened without her.
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100 reviews26 followers
August 2, 2010
My Ratings

Plot: 5/5
Setting: 4/5
Writing: 5/5
Originality of Plot: 5/5
Characters Development: 5/5
Ending: 5/5
Cover Art: 5/5

Overall: 34/35 = 97%

Series Info

MY SOUL TO TAKE is the 3rd book in Rachel Vincent’s YA Soul Screamers Series. Kaylee Cavanaugh is just your everyday high school student, except she was a bean sidhe (banshee). Along with her boyfriend Nash, who is also a bean sidhe, and his brother Tod, the reaper, Kaylee is coming to grips with her powers and her tie to the Netherworld.

First Line

The whole thing started with a wasted Jock and a totaled car……

My Synopsis

Kaylee Cavanaugh first night out, after being grounded for a month, ended with a real bang. She was hanging out at a party with her bean boyfriend, Nash Hudson and the rest of the ‘shining throng’, better known as the popular kids. When one of Nash’s teammates and her best friends love interest, Doug Fuller, hit Kaylee’s car. Doug was under the influence, but it isn’t what you probably think. The jocks of Kaylee’s high school are taking a substance called Frost, better known in the Netherworld as Demon’s Breath. It is highly addictive substance, that can kill humans or maybe worse drive them insane. No matter how hard Kaylee tries to stay out of the Netherworld and it’s problems, they just keep finding her, With the help of Nash, Tod, and a cast of unlikely characters, Kaylee has to figure where the Demon’s Breath is coming from, and who is bring it from the Netherworld to her world before it’s to late. Kaylee has to proceed carefully, or she may lose something that she holds very dear.

My Review

I first want to applaud Rachel Vincent, for taking on issues that are very real to today’s teens. This book deals not only with drug use, but addiction and it consequences. It also deals with the pressure on teens to have sex. These issues may be wrapped up in the world of ban sidhe’s, but this situation could happen in any high school in America. Also, the teens is in series sound and react like real teens, not how an adult might thinks a teen would sound and react.

I enjoyed reading about how Kaylee is dealing with her relationship with Nash through out the beginning of the book. She’s questioning how he really feels about her. Are they soul mates? I mean forever is a long time when you are a bean sidhe. She’s questioning how far they should take their relationship physically. She’s also feeling the first stirrings of jealousy. I remember going through these same issues as a teen, and I can really relate to her character.

For me the stand out character from this book is Tod. He really steps up in this book. He does what has to be done, even risking the love of his undead life, to help Kaylee. Though he isn’t without his own faults (ie. crossing Nash over no questions asked and carrying unknown substances from the Netherworld to real world), but for methe reason behind the actions are solid. He’s the like the big brother Kaylee never had, and he seems to have soft spot when if comes to her. He may, at first, come a crossed as somewhat obnoxious and self centered. I see this as more of a smoke screen. With each book, we get to see more and more of who he really is, and I really like it.

I read the last chapter with my hand covering my mouth in complete and utter shock. All I wanted to do is cry for Kaylee. I just couldn’t believe what Nash did, though the signs were all there. I guess, I just saw Nash as Kaylee’s rock, the person she could always turn to for everything. That is probably why I didn’t see it coming, and neither did Kaylee. My heart broke after reading what Nash had done, and how he had treated Kaylee. His actions had so many awful consequences. Will Kaylee, in time, come to forgive Nash for his appalling behavior? I just don’t know, but I just hope that he can get himself together and be the man Kaylee deserves.

The Soul Screamer books are getting better and better, with each book released. I can’t wait for the next book in this series!!!

Other Books by This Author

Soul Screamers YA Series:
0.5) My Soul to Lose (2009) (click here to download the prequel for free)
1) My Soul to Take (2009)
2) My Soul To Save (2010)
3) My Soul To Keep (2010)
4) My Soul to Steal (Upcoming Release Date: 1/1/11)

Shifters Series:
1) Stray (2007)
2) Rogue (2008)
3) Pride (2009)
4) Prey (2009)
5) Shift (2010)
6) Alpha (Upcoming Release Date: 10/1/10)


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962 reviews96 followers
March 18, 2013
Dopo aver letto il secondo libro della serie mi aveva assalito il dubbio che anche i libri successivi sarebbero stati più lenti rispetto all'inizio avvincente ed emozionante del primo libro. Ma fortunatamente questo non è il caso.
La trama è stata organizzata alla perfezione, rendendo il libro emozionante e mai scontato.
I personaggi si evolvono, crescono e affrontano problemi concreti e tematiche sentimentali. Il mondo dei bean sidhe si evolve ed entrano a far parte nuove e misteriose creature, e un nuovo pericolo minaccia gli amici dei nostri protagonisti.
Ho apprezzato lo sviluppo della storyline in un arco temporale molto più ampio, dando così modo ai personaggi di avere un ampio spazio per essere analizzati.
Kaylee, anche se a mio avviso soffre della sindrome del buon samaritano (indispensabile ai fini dello sviluppo di una serie di romanzi cosi lunga), riesce ad integrarsi nel mondo magico di cui fa parte, capire le dinamiche che lo muovono, e riuscire anche a sfruttarle a suo vantaggio.
Nash, di cui ho avuto una strana sensazione dall'inizio del libro, è stato protagonista di comportamenti al quanto discutibili. Nei libri precedenti si era sempre comportato come il ragazzo perfetto, dolce disponibile e sempre presente e pronto a proteggere kaylee quindi potete immaginare come mi sia dispiaciuto leggere della sua débacle ma capisco che era inevitabile, sia ai fini della storia che dell'evoluzione della protagonista.
Sono rimasta stupita e orgogliosa, invece, della scelta di Kaylee di non perdonarlo, nessuno al mondo dovrebbe, mai e poi mai, essere considerato da un'altra persona con così poco rispetto e fiducia, e soprattutto mai dovrebbe essere usato. Ancora una volta la Rachel conclude il libro facendo in modo che i suoi personaggi comprendano una lezione, ed è bello che questo genere di libro porti con se un insegnamento morale, cosa che non accade spesso con i romanzi YA.
I personaggi secondari hanno la loro possibilità di farsi conoscere di più dal lettore, Emma e Tod sono molto simpatici e particolari. Tod in particolare lo trovo un personaggio molto umano, capace di vivere di sentimenti puri, anche considerata la sua posizione di reaper, dimostrando al lettore che per amore si è pronti a far sacrifici che in altri casi non penseremmo neanche due volte di fare. Inoltre è dolce leggere di come questi sia capace di essere presente per Kaylee nel momento del bisogno, a differenza del fratello.
La storia che si intreccia in questo terzo volume è accattivante in modo particolare, l'introduzione di nuovi personaggi del mondo magico, l'evoluzione e il cambiamento di alcuni personaggi fanno in modo che il libro si apra a nuove possibilità, lasciando il lettore piacevolmente stupito all'evolversi degli avvenimenti.
Lo stile della Rachel è sempre molto emozionante, ti immerge completamente all'interno della lettura portandoti a finire il libro in poco tempo.
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681 reviews40 followers
December 27, 2011
Never exactly a light series, Soul Screamers takes a notably dark turn in this book. After a party that gets out of hand, Kaylee begins to suspect that some of her classmates are using demon's breath--a Netherworld substance with hallucinogenic properties. She and Nash set out to cut off the source of the drug before things turn deadly.

First of all, I have to applaud Vincent for attempting to tackle as difficult a topic as addiction. What I have admired about this series most thus far is that she manages to address real problems common to many teenagers, but does so through fantasy elements. From parents and school, to the will-they-or-won't-they aspect of Nash and Kaylee's physical relationship, these character read like real teenagers. In this particular book the addiction is used to illuminate many of the character's flaws, fears, and inner demons. There was a great deal of character development and many emotional moments.

Vincent continues to build the paranormal aspects of her world, hinting at more interesting facets and possible future plot threads all the time. While this takes a back seat in many cases to the internal struggles, it's still fairly well done and worth noting.

Kaylee is left on he own or with very limited help many times throughout this book, and in many cases that seemed needless. I questioned many times why she did not find someone stronger or more knowledgeable than herself to help. I'm continuously bothered by the apparent lack of competent adult policing/fighting forces in this little supernatural world. One would assume that if there are a decent number of banshees and other creatures, there should be some kind of leader, or a warrior class, anyone at all that could step in when someone evil threatens multiple lives. Or it could all be left up to a teenage girl...that seems fine too.

My other major complaint is the utter lack of resolution in the ending. BIG SPOILER ALERT:

One of two things needed to happen in this ending: either Kaylee needed to leave Nash for good because of all of the crap he did to her, or she needed to forgive him and try to start over. She half-asses it instead, saying she wants him to get better so she can have him back. In a long established relationship, that would make sense: I would be able to believe that she loved him and that their relationship could sustain temporary separation for the purpose of mental healing. However, their relationship is fairly new--three months I believe. Realistically, even if they felt in love, taking a break at this point would mean the end because the relationship is not established enough to survive it. So yes, I hated the ending and I felt it was a massive cop out on the authors part.

These complaints aside, this was a good book overall. It had a lot of depth and emotion without needless angst. 4 stars.
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1,219 reviews82 followers
October 29, 2010
If you haven't read any of Rachel Vincent's SoulScreamers series, then you are seriously missing out. Young & old alike can find a lot to enjoy in this series. For the adults, there's well written plot lines, great characters & for the younger readers there's just as much to love. They get to enjoy all of the stuff that the adults would like but they also have the joy of knowing that at no point does this book "write down" to them. As a teen I'd often get irritated at the overly perfect characters & the preachy morals that many authors tried to insert into their work. (The good girls never drank or stayed out late, always studied...) Vincent tries hard to avoid those cliches & worn out ideas in her series- and succeeds.

Kaylee's had it rough. Not only has she spent most of her life assuming that there's something wrong with her, but even after she discovered her bean sidhe heritage it hasn't been easy. She's had to fight demons, save people from death- or worse, & put up with her bratty cousin. Kaylee's just hoping that she'll finally get some time to relax with her hunky boyfriend & be as normal as she possibly can be. Unfortunately for her, someone's smuggling Demon's Breath into the mortal world- a substance so incredibly addicting that coming down from it can kill you. It's up to her to find out a way to stop the distribution of it before her entire school becomes addicted.

Once again Vincent manages to write a fantastic & fast paced read. Kaylee manages to remain an intriguing & sympathetic character that many teens will find themselves relating to. Also interesting is the character of Nash, Kaylee's boyfriend who may or may not be more in love with the fact she's a bean sidhe than with Kaylee herself. He goes through a lot of character development in this book, which is a good thing- he needs to prove himself to the audience & to Kaylee.

There's also new characters introduced in this book, one of which will hopefully turn into a new suitor for Kaylee. (Hey, Nash needs competition.) Teens will love the pacing of the book & parents will love that the book deals with sensitive subjects like drug addiction & sex (Nash wants it now, Kaylee wants to wait) in a way that won't alienate anyone or go over the top.

This is a great entry into a series that has been strong from the start & looks like it will be going strong for quite some time. If you haven't been reading the series, I highly suggest that you start from the first book in the series as well as reading the free "chapter zero" available on Vincent's site.

(ARC provided by NetGalley)
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1,045 reviews558 followers
December 6, 2011
Wow, what a ride My Soul to Keep was. After reading My Soul to Save I was a little bit disappointed that is wasn't as good book one but Rachel Vincent is definitely back.

In this instalment we see Kaylee go through a whole new challenge. When her friends at school get a hold of the deadly Demon's Breath, they soon start becoming addicts and of course Kaylee takes it upon herself to try and sort out the problem. With the help of Nash and Tod, Kaylee battles through the Neverworld yet again but when she finds out the person closet to her is also an addict.....Kaylee's world is turned upside down and now it becomes a battle to save the one she loves most.

My Soul to Keep was a perfect example of why I enjoy Rachel Vincent’s work. It was thrilling, dangerous and FULL of emotions and I loved every minute it. It's safe to say I definitely felt more connected with this novel than book two. I feel the reason for this is because this time around, the danger is surrounding Kaylee’s close friends and loved ones rather than someone we didn't really know and I loved it all the more.

Kaylee this time around, I felt grew as a character and she truly stands up for what she believes in. It is sad to say that this time, her journey is a sad one because she is trying to save Nash who is addicted to Demon's Breath and that opens up a can of worms for their relationship. Kaylee feels betrayed because Nash doesn't confide in her about his problem and there are things that she just can't get over, so they do break up. I can totally understand why she feels like this but I couldn't help feel sorry for Nash. It's not his fault he was exposed to Demon's Breath, it was just his fault he hid it and lied about it. My heart honestly broke for him, I love Nash...honestly love him and I seriously hope he gets back to his normal self and him and Kaylee work on their problems.

Despite all the sadness in this book, it was good to see Tod interact more with Kaylee. I've already heard of a potential storyline that might happen between them and I'm not sure how I feel about it at the moment but for now, I did enjoy getting to know him better and I loved how he supported Kaylee. I can't wait to see what happens next.

Thank You to Mira Ink for giving me the opportunity to review this book.
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April 4, 2012
Okay, sometimes I am wrong about characters, I mean take Nash for instance. I was really starting to like him, I mean swoon worthy like, but now? Now, not so much.

Can I just say that he was kind of a jerk in this book?

Okay, okay, there were some issues there, I get that. And without giving too much away, I still think he could have handled things so much better.

In fact, I think I might want to smack him. He knows better.

*sigh* Stupid boys.

I will say this though, I love Tod even more now. I always knew he was going to be a great character and I think with the last book and now this one, that just proves that I am not always wrong about characters.

I just really hope Nash can get with it and not make me want to smack him in the next book. Truly, because that is just sad.

Having said all that though, and hopefully not have giving anything away, I really adore this series. It is just so much fun and I have loved reading about Nash, Kaylee, Emma, Tod and even grumpy Sophie.

Rachel Vincent has created such a unique world with a great cast of unforgettable characters that are just plain loveable.

And I love that with each book Kaylee just keeps getting stronger and stronger and more independent, even if that independence isn't always the best thing for her to be doing.

I love that she is trying to learn more about herself and the Underworld. That she wants to make a difference and that she doesn't need a guy to get there and to do that.

I am not going to lie, by the end of this book I felt my heart breaking a little for Kaylee and the choices that she had to make.

I really look forward to reading the next book in the series. This series is quite addicting!
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October 20, 2020
This book definitely solidifies how much I don't like Nash. Even rereading, and knowing exactly whats coming, makes his betrayal of Kaylee that much worse.

I can understand part of it. Addiction is no fuckin' joke. But Nash's inability to reach out to anyone kills me. The lying and manipulating everyone with his powers is even worse. I just cant believe he would even sell his emotions from his memories with Kaylee to get high. That was where the line was drawn and he was irredeemable in my eyes.

But Kaylee is incredibly judgmental in this one. She judges Emma for dating Doug, who really doesnt seem that bad! Em even tells Kaylee that Nash is pretty much the same as all his teammates but Kaylee is just blind to it because she loves Nash so much. She judges Sophie for dating Scott, and how Sophie acts around him. We get it Kaylee, you're a virgin and think anyone who isn't is disgusting. Slut shaming doesn't look great on you. She's so much "I'M nOt lIkE oThEr gIrLs" its painful.

It's already a pretty well known thing that I am NOT a fan of Nash. This book really seals the deal for me that I AM NOT. A FAN OF NASH.

Kaylee and Nash spend most of the book trying to stop Netherworld drug smuggling of frost aka demons breath. But it gets so abundantly obvious that Nash has ulterior motives the entire time

I am going to continue the series though. I am a big fan of the banshee lore. Tod, who is by far my favorite character, didn't get much screen time this book but according to the ending I think he's about to get a lot more.
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