soulMy Soul To Take (Soul Screamers #1) by Rachel Vincent
Release Date: August 1, 2009
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Source: Personal Copy
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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.
– Goodreads

Review:
One of my BFFs recommended this to me, and here is the thing. I am very picky about the books I read when recommended by friends. What if I don’t love it the way they do? What if I hate it? What if said friend has horrible taste? Thankfully two of my BFFs don’t have horrible taste when it comes to books and I only trust them (there is a reason I am part of a book blog with one of said BFFs.) Anyhoo, My Soul To Take, I was very hesitant to start this book even after rave reviews and reading the synopsis. One day last week though I finally decided to start it, and hoo boy am I glad I did.

I loved it. I finished it in one sitting. I loved Kaylee and how she handled finding out that she is a banshee. I mean, really, how would you handle it if you were a teenager and you found out when you needed to scream, someone around you would die? Or how Nash helps her come to terms with who she is and how it helps her grow into a stronger version of herself. I think that Vincent had them come together almost too fast with little build up, but at the same time I am okay with that because so much happened in this book that the romance was almost never a main story line to me (I know! I know! I can’t believe I just said that either!) But so much other stuff is going on with her family and around school that I can see and can handle Vincent putting them together so quickly because they work together well as a team.

However, as much as I love this book I would not recommend the whole series. I read through book four, My Soul To Steal, and I am no longer invested in the characters as much as I was in My Soul To Take. At this point I’d be okay reading a synopsis on a website to get the highlights of what happens. I was very close to recommending this series to my friend when it was light and fluffy with a hint of drama. But now, to me it’s almost too much drama and not enough fun, to the point it is no longer fun to read. However, I do recommend the first book as a stand alone. It was excellent.