My Soul to Take by Rachel Vincent
Author: Rachel Vincent
Series: Soul Screamers #1
Release Date: August 1, 2009
Dates Read: November 4-19, 2011
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.
This book started off on the right foot. I was interested by what was going on with Kaylee and the characters around her (although I was most interested in Tod, who didn’t get much focus in the book). I was interested in a young adult urban fantasy about creatures I hadn’t yet read a story about. But as the story wore on, it wore on my patience. Maybe I should have known to expect it. When I saw that the book was a Harlequin Teen book, I expected PG-13 smut. However, it appears that a teen romance simply means that the main character and her love interest decided they were made for each other almost immediately after meeting. That’s not my cup of tea. Kaylee and Nash’s relationship seemed very artificial, as there were no layers of depth and no development to speak of. I believe people can only fall in insta-lust, not insta-love, so it was quite annoying to me. Given that this is one of the cornerstones of the book, I found it very hard to finish the book even though the story had an interesting plot. The book does have a good plot (although some of the twists are very predictable, at least to me), so if you don’t mind a quickly developing romance, you will probably like it more than I did. I’d recommend it to people that can stand Twilight. To me, the writing is better, but the main relationship has about the same depth.