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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

My Soul To Take by Rachel Vincent

She 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 her need to scream than she does. And when classmates start dropping dead for no apparent reason, only Kaylee knows who'll be next…

My Soul to Take has an extremely unique concept. The power of predicting death may be one that has been done before, but the way that Vincent had altered it is something I have not seen before. Kaylee’s screaming presents so many questions to the reader right from the get go - why exactly does she scream, how does it work, how does it affect her life, how often does it happen, is there an ultimate purpose to it, and many more. That fact in and of itself, is enough to grab the reader. Then, Vincent crafts an explanation that is even wilder. The explanation of Kaylee’s morbid powers was the highlight of this novel and opened up so many paths for future novels to travel.

Despite the plot having excellent content, I found that it moved a bit too quickly. The things that Kaylee is dealing with are so unorthodox and scary that I would’ve liked to see her react a bit more. I felt that her character was portrayed a bit unrealistically. Due to the pace of the novel, there simply wasn’t time for her to react or contemplate what had happened. Each big moment was followed closely by another and the story needed to move swiftly between them. She just swallows the life-shattering discoveries as if they’re nothing. I would have preferred the book being longer, in order to accommodate more of Kaylee’s thoughts, reactions, and emotions.

Similarly, the plot’s speed affected other parts of the story, such as her relationship with Nash. This novel truly hits the ground running. Within the first chapter you meet Nash and experience the first of Kaylee’s encounters with death, the one that catalyzes the plot of the novel. From then on, the plot steams full steam ahead, never slowing down again.

My final conclusion on the novel? The story was great, the writing was strong, but it was just plain unrealistic at points. Even with this flaw, however, I still enjoyed My Soul to Take for the most part and would suggest it to fans of paranormal reads. The idea is sure to capture your attention and hold onto it, despite the speed of the storytelling.

3.75 Stars!

Source: Purchased

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