My Soul to Take by Rachel Vincent is the first book in the Soul Screamers series aimed for older teens. I was disappointed that the relationship between the protagonist, Kaylee, and Nash, developed too fast. Thus by page sixty, the two were already kissing. There were numerous parts in between that I lost interest in what I was reading and was hoping that those parts would quickly finish.
This novel has mystery and romance. The concept of the story was interesting, with banshees (bean sidhes), grim reapers, and other creatures that inhabit the underworld. The abilities of banshees and grim reapers were the most fascinating to read about.
Overall, it was a quick read, but I'm not sure if I want to continue reading the series. After reading a few teen novels, I am seeing repetition in the stories, and feel like I am looking for more from a story. There isn't even a slight hint of a moral to this story, like many others in this genre; they are written merely for the purpose of entertaining. Maybe the many novels of this category will please younger readers, but not those that are looking for something satisfying to read.
Kaylee Cavanaugh lives with her Uncle Brendon, Aunt Val, and cousin, Sophie. Her mother died when she was three, and her father resides in Ireland. Sometimes Kaylee faces problems if she encounters someone that is supposed to die soon while she is in a large crowd. Once that person is spotted, Kaylee can no longer speak. She has an urge to scream that doesn't die until the person dies or she gets away from them. Unfortunately, Kaylee doesn't know why she has this urge and who she truly is.
The story starts with Kaylee and her friend, Emma Marshall, sneaking into a club called Taboo because Emma's sister, Traci, works there. Emma is beautiful and Kaylee feels lucky to be her friend. There, as Kaylee watches Emma dance with any choice of partners available to her, Nash Hudson shows up and actually tries to have a conversation with her. Nash is one of the most good-looking guys from Kaylee's school and has a reputation of having a lot of girlfriends in the past.
While Kaylee and Nash dance, she spots a beautiful blond girl in her teens who seems strange. Then, with a drink in her hand, Kaylee spots the blond again with an odd shadow around her. In an instant, Kaylee can no longer do anything but to try to stop herself from screaming. She knows that the blond will die very soon.
How will Kaylee recover from the humiliation of Nash seeing her in such a state? Will Nash still talk to her when they see each other in school? Why is Nash talking to her and what is he hiding? Why are teenage girls dying without any cause?