Review: My Soul to Take by Rachel Vincent

Posted 2 July, 2012 by Amanda / 26 Comments

My Soul to Take by Rachel Vincent
(Soul Screamers, #1)

Genre: YA Paranormal
Format: paperback
Read: 5/26/2012 — 5/28/2012
In Six Words: A screamin’ start to this series.


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Book Order

1. My Soul to Take
2. My Soul to Save
3. My Soul to Keep
4.My Soul to Steal
5. If I Die
6. Before I Wake
7. With All My Soul


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.
-from Goodreads

Why I Started Reading This Book and Final Verdict

I lay the blame solely on Kelly for having to start this series.  It is all Kelly’s fault, with her blatant fangirling and double take reviews that I couldn’t avoid and her promise of lots of discussion after I finished the book. *points seven fingers at Kelly*  I have to admit that I liked My Soul to Take, though, and the next book in the series is totally eyeballing me right now, begging me to read it.  I shall indulge it after I finish writing this review.

My Thoughts

I was very very intrigued by the premise of this world.  While I did read the short prequel before starting this book, I’m not sure that it is absolutely vital to read first, as it really only created more questions than it answered.  However, I definitely think it gave Kaylee’s struggle with the screaming more validity, since we knew exactly why she didn’t want to be considered crazy, and what that would all entail if she was locked up “again”.

Kaylee was a pretty typical YA heroine for me, and other than her few repeated references to wishing she weren’t so flat-chested/not curvy (and on further reflection, perhaps this was completely intended given the subject matter), I neither disliked nor fell in love.  Don’t get me wrong — this was a solid beginning to what I have been assured will be a good series.   But there is a part of me that feels just as shell-shocked as Kaylee, and I need to see how she settles into her new role before I can make a strong attachment.

Speaking of making strong attachments (or not making them, as the case may be), I have decided not to get attached to Nash.  Partly because his sudden appearance in Kaylee’s life seems too good to be true, and partly because I know THINGS ARE COMING.  I have no idea what these things are, only that they happen in book 3.  THINGS!  I did particularly like the rest of the cast of characters with Kaylee’s family.  They were… interesting.  I feel like saying anything more might reveal a little too much.  So I won’t say anything else!

Back to the world.  For a good portion of the book, Kaylee thinks she’s a normal teenager with a tendency to get “panic attacks.”  Considering this is a paranormal book, you know that that isn’t the case, but, like Kaylee, we are clueless as to why Kaylee is the way she is.  I think it’s well documented that I need a certain number of answers throughout a book in order to get a grip on which end is up in the world.  While it did take awhile to get some answers, I liked that it was generally pretty clear that Kaylee’s aunt and uncle had the answers — they just weren’t sharing.  To me, that’s more forgivable (from an information whore’s perspective) than being left dangling for no particular reason.

I don’t know that I was necessarily blown away by My Soul to Take but it was a good start, and I intend to dive straight into the next book soon.  Books 3, 4, 5, and 6 are now all on my wishlist (and as I write this review at the end of May, it’s certainly possible that I will have bought/read all these books by the time this review actually publishes).

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26 Responses to “Review: My Soul to Take by Rachel Vincent”

  1. Aghh this series… I absolutely devoured book 1 and book 2, adored them. To the point that I was sad I didn’t have time to pick up the others so soon and requested 5 and 6 for review.. then I took a big break, got bored of YA fiction in general, and tried to read book 3. Bad idea. It took me too long to get back into the swing of the book, to work out what was going on and oh my GOD Kaylee will you shut UP already.. I liked it still though, there are THINGS that were really great to read, but I then tried book 4 so that I could get to the review copies? Eesh.. I couldn’t. Too much angsty YA at once doesn’t work for me any more apparently. Hopefully soon, feel quite bad about it. I do however have Blood Bound and Stray to get started on sometime, hopefully her adult books will captivate me a little more. I do like Tod though, he’s an awesome character.

  2. I have the first 4 of these books and I am not really sure how I got them. I think I will wait to see what you think of book 2 to decide if I will bump them up on my schedule.

  3. Mariana

    I love this seris and different things keep happening. Usually I read a book fall in love with a serie and when the next one is released I bring it home, but goes to end of the TBR. Before I Wake broke this rule and I started on the same day. Just great. I read the prequel before tthe rest and I thought a bit confusing, but give us a light in Kaylee fears.

  4. I did Book 1 and 2 as audiobooks last year. Then I stopped. I liked them, but I wasn’t blown away by them.

    Then I ended up participating in a challenge earlier this year to read one of them per month leading up to the release of Before I Wake (Book 6) last month.

    I am SO GLAD I did. This is one series where each book is better than the last. Book 6 is MILES APART from book 1.

    I know you’re on a YA break, but don’t give up on these completely – trust me, it’s worth it.

  5. I have to say that I enjoyed the first few books int he series but I was never blown away by them so I stopped. I may pick it up again at some point because I hear they get rather intense.

  6. I read the first in this series (or was it the first two), I haven’t read any others. I’m not entirely sure why I don’t stalk these…maybe it’s because the MC really is like so many other YA heroines. I don’t know. The writing’s great and the story’s intriguing. Maybe I’ll pick up with #2 and see where we go from there. Great review!

  7. I read this book ages ago, but it didn’t inspire me to pick up the second book in the series. Certain THINGS that I have heard about THINGS suggest to me that I should give it a try. I wonder if it’s available on audio?

  8. I was starting to feel like the last blogger in the book blogosphere that hadn’t finished this series, so I’m glad to hear that you just started it! And that you enjoyed it, of course. :) I have a couple of the books from this series on my shelf, because I picked them up from the library book sale, so I’m hoping to get around to them. Eventually.

    • If it’s one thing I’ve learned while book blogging, it’s that no matter how many people have read a book or series, there are always at least a couple people who have not. So, you are never alone!

  9. I bought the whole series for the school library so I could check them out. Shame–I know. I brought home the 1st to start it this summer. Just not to it yet. I’m starting this & VA this summer or I’m not going back to school. Haha.

  10. I totally need to hop back on this series. I read the first one when it was released, but haven’t been back. I remember adoring Tod hard…

    RV wrote one of my favorite UF series so I’m not sure why I haven’t indulged.

  11. *huggles you* I am so happy you started reading this series! It’s probably in my Top 5 absolute favorite YA series :)

    Rachel takes you on such a rollercoaster ride in each of these books. Book one was good in terms of setting up the story and the questions that will later be answered, but it’s after book three that you better start holding on, lol.

    Kaylee grows so much in this series so while you may not be enamored of her now, you’ll really be proud of her later. And oh Nash…you can’t help but love him but he will ROYALLY ____ so just remember, I’m here for you!

    Isalys / Book Soulmates

    • Book 3 is next for me to read! Whenever I get around to it, anyway. I swear my books are having sex like rabbits because every time I turn around there are more books on my shelf than I remember having the last time I looked.