Friday, April 13, 2012

My Soul to Save (Soul Screamers #2) by Rachel Vincent

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...

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Shelley's Review
I ended my review of MSTT realizing I enjoyed the book more than I originally thought. Replaying scenes and feelings they evoked, brought everything back to the surface and I had to admit, I was pretty wrapped up in Kaylee's world. Having said that, I didn't set myself up with the same high expectations as the first...well, because I'd heard from several friends this was their least favorite of the series. And I have to say, I agree with them. Still, Rachel delivers another solid read with more revelations and more danger.
We learn so much more about Kaylee's parents...why Her father worries so much about her and her gift. Much, much more about the famous brothers; Nash and Tod. And even more about Banshees, Reapers and all things Netherworld. Kaylee's family continues to struggle with the responsibilities of banshee life, as well as keeping Sophie in the dark regarding the existence of their supernatural world. This proves even more difficult after events in the first book result in Sophie's hatred for Kaylee to escalate and nothing can be done at this point to explain it all away. Or ease either of their pain.
The story brings Kaylee, Nash and Tod closer together and yet it manages to keep the brothers at odds, for various reasons. Tod's presence more prevalent in this book. He's much more likeable and endearing, especially when we get to see the softer side of him. The relationship between the brothers and their mother is often lighthearted and entertaining.
There are new and interesting characters introduced and then there are characters...ya just really don't care about at all. One of my favorite newbies is Libby, a mysterious and seriously scary reaper. I'm hoping we see more of her in future books, as well as Tod's boss Levi. Keeping with my not giving anything away motto, I won't say anymore about the two of them.
The story centers around teen rockstars Eden and Addison. Eden is one of those ya don't really care about characters, whereas Addison and her plight tear at your heartstrings and brings out that softer side of Tod I mentioned earlier.
In order to help the teen stars, Kaylee must delve further into the Netherworld where she discovers her powers are only beginning to surface. She also discovers the Netherworld is home to things more frightening than she's ever imagined. She has a lot of help along the way...some very unexpected...and she needs every bit of help she can get.
This book didn't grab me as much as the first one, but there are events that take place that solidify the seriousness of Kaylee's calling. All in all, there is enough mystery and romance and suspense to keep me intrigued and ready to see where Rachel takes us next.


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