Since I don’t have an interview for today I decided I’d do a book review. Today’s book is called My Soul to Take by Rachel Vincent. I was given this book last year at my RWA’s chapter annual Holiday book signing and I was very excited to start reading it.
It’s a Young Adult Paranormal published by Harlequin Teen and is part of a series. So far there are 3 books out in the series. Plus a short story prequel that’s available free as an e-book.
This is a 5 palm tree rating from me. It’s got everything I love in a book. A little romance, a lot of tension, and a character I can relate to. Not to mention some truly kick butt paranormal creatures that haven’t been done to death.
The first line of the back cover reads. “Something is wrong with Kaylee Cavanaugh…” How can you not read a book with that line?
Here’s the rest of the cover blurb for those that would like to read it:
SOMETHING IS WRONG WITH KAYLEE CAVANAUGHShe doesn't see dead people, but...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 the need to scream than she does. And when classmates start dropping dead for no apparent reason, only Kaylee knows who'll be next...
It’s about a girl who’s mother died when she was a baby and whose father abandoned her to live with her Aunt and Uncle, who while they aren’t exactly picturesque of Harry Potter, they are somewhat similar on how they treat Kaylee, including a spoiled rotten cousin who can’t stand the sight of her.
It starts off with the heronine, Kaylee, sneaking into a local bar with what is presumably her best friend. She runs into one of the popular boys from school, Nash, who—for reasons she can’t understand—actually wants to hang out with her, but things quickly go wrong.
She sees a girl and, for some reason, there’s a shadow over her and has to fight this uncontrollable urge to scream her lungs out. Something that apparently has happened before and placed her in a mental hospital.
Then there’s Nash who seems to not only realize why she needs to scream, but is able to calm her down, by mumbling to her.
Then it just keeps getting stranger, the girl is found dead—for no apparent reason—in the girls’ bathroom, and shortly after, other girls from her school start dying, as well.
I won’t give away anymore, but this was an awesome read. I couldn’t put it down. It’s most definitely not anything close to anything you’ve ever read and best of all, it’s a paranormal that has nothing to do with werewolves or vampires. I've also read the rest of the available books in the series and I can only say that it just keeps getting better. You won't be disappointed.
This is a must have for any teenager, or teenager-at-heart, on your Holiday list.