Monday, April 16, 2012

My Soul to Keep (Soul Screamers #3) by Rachel Vincent

Kaylee has one addiction: 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...

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Shelley's Review
Wow! I don't know where to start this one. My feelings are so conflicted. I'm left angry, sad and hurting from the turns of events. As well as disappointed, shocked and remorseful...and I'm just an observer. The things that take place in this installment are at times hard to believe...meaning it's hard to accept that certain people would do what they do, in fact do and what results from those deeds is more than Kaylee and we, the reader can handle. Ok, I know. Sooo many things wrong grammatically, with that sentence, but you know what I mean. If you thought there was pain in the first two, well, get ready to feel stabbed in the back and heart, again and again, as Kaylee has to sort through what's real, what's possibly impossible and again, how to save herself and everyone around her.
  So much takes place in so little time. You don't have the chance to recover from one ordeal before you are thrown in to the next. And each turn is more...well, dramatic, intense and disturbing than the last. Plots are skimmed, people are used, and secrets and lies run rampant as the powers in the Netherworld force Kaylee and Nash to make choices they never thought they'd face. And at times, they have no choices at all. What takes place is a race against time and a powerful evil that will stop at nothing to get to Kaylee and shift the balance of the two worlds. It's all about power, sacrifice and self preservation. Who do you sacrifice in order to save those you love? And how do you live with those choices when you realize the outcome and depth of those actions? The results are to say the least, mortifying and not easily dismissed. Some things are just not forgivable...are they? Does and can love conquer all?
  The trio will have to figure out how to go back to their beginnings or find a way to move on. Once trust is broken, can you ever really get it back? How can you love unconditionally when those you you'd give your life for are the ones that hurt you most? It's heartbreaking and thought provoking.
  What I love about this series is it's not just about the fantastical world of the beane sidhe, but real life problems as well. Though these are circumstance we would never find ourselves in, we can relate to the issues that plague Kaylee and Nash as a couple, as well as her struggles to have a solid relationship with her father and deal with the ever ice cold Sophie. And again, Tod shines like a beacon, not only as an ally to Kaylee and loyal big brother to Nash, but in his ability to continue to love and protect something he can never truly have.
  Like i said...heartbreaking. I'm actually left with a bitter taste in my mouth and a sharp pain in my chest. I can only hope there is some way they can come to terms with everything that's happened and find the happiness they deserve. 



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