Monday, December 19, 2011

Soul Screamers Volume One by Rachel Vincent

Paperback, 570 pages
Published November 22, 2011
HarlequinTeen
Own
Series (Note: This book contains #0.5, #1, and #2 of the Soul Screamers Series)

It starts with a scream….
New York Times bestselling author Rachel Vincent's compelling Soul Screamers series keeps getting better—here, for the first time, the original stories are compiled into one special volume….
My Soul to Lose—The prequel: never before in print!—Kaylee is just your average girl shopping at the mall with friends—until a terrified scream bursts from her that cannot be stopped. Taken to a hospital ward, will she be able to save her mind—and her life?
My Soul to Take- She's always felt different, but now Kaylee discovers why. The screams that cannot be denied mean that someone near her will die—and she can never save them. Because saving one life means taking another….
My Soul to Save- Going on dates with her boyfriend is still new to Kaylee. But when the singer of the band they're seeing dies onstage and Kaylee doesn't scream, she knows something crazy is going on. Soon she discovers souls can indeed be sold….
*MY THOUGHTS* 
Ok, so I decided to break up my reviews by books... I'll try not to make it extra long. I'll try and keep the awesomness that is these books short...
The first story is the prequel to the entire series. It was originally found just on the internet until they decided to put it in print with this book. Anyways, I had only heard of this series, but hadn't actually read it. So while in Barnes and Noble, I actually sat down and began reading the first few pages... I was instantly hooked. Not only was it set in Texas, but a place that I knew and visited from time to time, Dallas. I like when I'm familiar with the setting, it helps me identify with the place more and I don't have to imagine it as much. Anyways, I could tell right away that the rest of the books in the series would be filled with adventure. I was kind of surprised though. I thought Kaylee was much weaker than what she came out to be. The prequel was just letting me know about her heritage and a little about her. It wasn't really letting me know too much about her character, which is fine, seeing as it was a prequel. 
This is book one. From  the beginning with the death in the club, I was hooked. I loved both Kaylee and Emma and I was so glad that Kaylee had Emma to help "balance out" their images. In this story, it was much easier to connect with Kaylee. She was much stronger once she began finding out about her bean sidhe heritage. And Nash... Omg, I love him! He's super sweet and of course, male bean sidhe... Yes please! Soothing voice and all lol. Pretty much all the characters that Vincent introduced were easy to love. They and the plot helped me get into so involved into the story and I found myself talking out loud and gasping to it. I also loved the fact that it was a different type of premise. I had never heard a story about a "banshee" before and I was interested in how the story would come about, but Vincent did an excellent job with making the story flow. But the end, the reason behind it did seem kind of childish to me, but the way society is nowadays, I really feel like people would actually do that. Which made it another thing I really enjoyed. Vincent was able to bring this kind of  premise up, and make it somehow, even if only a tiny bit, believable.
Now with this, I was expecting something completely different. What I got was way more! The second escapade with Kaylee found her and Nash at a concert when the pop singer Eden drops dead on stage. Again, in this book, I was able to connect with each character and it made the story so much easier to understand and enjoy. Another thing that I realized about Vincent's writing is her attention to details. Everything had so much descritption. I felt like I was at the concert and enjoying the same type of music and everything they were. Also, her writing matured alot in this book. Kaylee and Nash also got a lot more hot and heavy moments in this one, although they were stopped prematurely each time. Also there was a little more cussing,  but it fit with the story. This story was a little more dark than the last, and I think Vincent did a great job of making it fit but making it a little believable. The last two things I really enjoyed were of course the setting (the old Texas Stadium?! Amazing idea!) and the reason behind the characters deciding to sign... As with the first one, it may seem like it was kind of a childish, irresponsible thing to do, but I'm sure there is someone out there that would do it for those reasons alone. 
I cannot wait to get my hands on the rest of this series! 
Overall, I give this ***** (5 out of 5)

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