Review: My Soul to Keep by Rachel Vincent

Review: My Soul to Keep by Rachel VincentMy Soul to Keep by Rachel Vincent
Series: Soul Screamers #3
Published by Harlequin Teen on June 1, 2010
Genres: Mystery, Mythology, Paranormal, Romance
Pages: 296
Format: Paperback
Source: Library
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three-stars

WHEN KAYLEE CAVANAUGH SCREAMS, SOMEONE DIES AND KAYLEE IS ABOUT TO SCREAM HER HEAD OFF...

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’s 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 when the epidemic hits too close to home, Kaylee will have to risk everything to save those she loves.

What do you say I keep this one short, huh? After all, this book is pretty short, and, on the whole, I don’t feel that different than I did about the first two books. Soul Screamers continues to be fun, but still fails to hit a level of darkness that will really enrapture me.

In My Soul to Keep, Kaylee, Nash and Tod get wrapped up in yet another mystery, once again not soliciting any help from the grownups. Every time, they all talk about it and they’re like “but our parents would get mad at us” and decide it will be better from everyone if the untrained teenagers handle everything. You guys are silly. Just like most relationship problems could be solved with communication, the Soul Screamers plot lines could have been much more easily resolved with some parental involvement. Oh wait, this is YA. I should be happy there are any supportive parents to be  ignored, riht?

The mystery du jour concerns a drug trade for hellion’s breath, which, in case you don’t know from the second book, does terrible things to humans. Huffing demon’s breath results in a high, but is immediately addictive and leads to one of two futures: insanity or death. The message here is that drugs fuck up interpersonal relationships and have no good intermediate or long term affects. Common sense says not to go there. The message is not heavy-handed, though, which is extra good.

Mostly what I got out of this installment from an overarching plot perspective is the destruction of the Nash/Kaylee ship. Now, don’t start yelling spoilers, because this isn’t a canon thing. This is a Christina no longer remotely approving thing, regardless of where the series goes with it from here, at least this is what I say now. A talented author can be quite convincing, so I guess you’ll see how accurate I was as these reviews progress.

The world building continues to be really cool, complex, and filled with mythological awesomeness. I still maintain the potential here. However, Soul Screamers remains a largely fluffy series with occasional dark elements, when I would like to see those two things reversed.

Though this is my least favorite so far, I think, I’m still excited about continuing onwards, as the ratings get really good in the next few books. Will Vincent start doing sadistic things to her characters? One can only hope.

Favorite Quote:

“He’s hot and he’s fun. Why does it have to be deeper than that? We’re not all looking for a lifetime commitment at sixteen, Kay.”

Tl;dr – Review in a GIFfy:

brain on drugs

2 responses to “Review: My Soul to Keep by Rachel Vincent”

  1. I’ve read the first in this series, and although I thought it was enjoyable, I didn’t really feel any desire to read more in the series. But they are super quick reads so every once in awhile I think of grabbing the second book in the library.

    But I’m not excited about the relationship having issues. That’s one reasons I suck and reading series, because I don’t want the couple to not be a couple any more.
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    • Christina Franke says:

      Well, I’d like to comfort you, but spoiler spoiler so far as the relationship goes. I wasn’t thrilled either, but I do think it ended up being a good thing. This series definitely gets a bit darker and stronger in the later books. I think the first few were pretty solid threes, but not all that memorable.

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