Monday, 8 August 2011

My Soul to Save - Rachel Vincent

My Soul to Save - Rachel Vincent
Grade: YA
Rating: 5/5 Stars

When Kaylee Cavanaugh screams, someone dies.
So when teen pop star Eden croaks onstage and Kaylee doesn't wail, she knows something is dead wrong. She can't cry for someone who has no soul.
The last thing Kaylee needs right now is to be skipping school, breaking her dad's ironclad curfew and putting her too-hot-to-be-real boyfriend's loyalty to the test. But starry-eyed teens are trading their souls: a flickering lifetime of fame and fortune in exchange for eternity in the Netherworld - a consequence they can't possibly understand.
Kaylee can't let that happen, even if trying to save their souls means putting her own at risk... (Description from Goodreads)

'My Soul to Save' is another fantastic and intense book. So much action that keeps you on the edge of your seat until the last words are said. Kaylee's learning how to control her new powers, and it's strange because she only actually sung the soul song for one death this time. But it is also really interesting to see how she's adapting to her new life with her bean sidhe powers and living with her Dad for the first time in 13 years.

We get to see more of the world bean sidhes exist within, not just through Kaylee's bean sidhe training with Harmony Hudson, but also through the mysterious Netherworld and hellion involvement in 'My Soul to Save'. What better way to discover the secrets of the Netherworld than by attempting to rescue souls that have been sold to demons?

I love that we got to see a lot more of Tod too. I was right in thinking he's been lonely, and we meet the reason behind it. I'm still a little uncertain about him. He's edgy and dangerous still, but also struggles with hidden emotions and it's nice to see bits of it coming through. I'm not sure what to think about the Reapers though, they seem to have some troubles within their ranks. Someone better look into that.

I couldn't help but get a little annoyed every time Tod interrupted Nash and Kaylee's "alone" time, while you know it's not going to go too far straight away, there's always that hope that the characters will get a bit of privacy. I love Nash and Kaylee together, so I really wanted them to have some fun. I admire how detailed the make out scenes were in this book. Don't get any ideas, they were still relatively tame; but YA books rarely go all out, even though it's obvious you're not going to get an adult-rated "first experience", usually characters just kiss a little and feel faint. I like that Rachel doesn't hide what's obviously on teen minds.

I love the bond Kaylee and Nash have formed. Nash hates when Kaylee's in danger, but rather than fight her about what to do, he sticks by her in order to keep her safe. And who wouldn't want to stay with a sexy guy who can calm you down when you're about to scream (literally)? I still worry that something is going to happen to break them up, I hope I'm wrong.

Loved every word, can't wait to get into the next one.
5/5 Stars

Originally posted on Goodreads.


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