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Review: My Soul to Save

My Soul to Save by Rachel Vincent was released in the U.S. on December 29, 2009 in paperback, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in all formats at Amazon and in paperback and eBook formats at Barnes & Noble.

Published by Harlequin TEEN, the print edition is 288 pages.

My Soul to Save is the second book in the Soul Screamers series by author Rachel Vincent.

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Goodreads description:

When Kaylee Cavanaugh screams, someone dies.

So when teen pop star Eden croaks onstage and Kaylee doesn’t wail, she knows something is dead wrong. She can’t cry for someone who has no soul.

The last thing Kaylee needs right now is to be skipping school, breaking her dad’s ironclad curfew and putting her too-hot-to-be-real boyfriend’s loyalty to the test. But starry-eyed teens are trading their souls: a flickering lifetime of fame and fortune in exchange for eternity in the Netherworld—a consequence they can’t possibly understand.

Kaylee can’t let that happen, even if trying to save their souls means putting her own at risk…

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When Kaylee Cavaugh learns that young girls have been signing contracts to sell their souls in exchange for success, she is horrified. Especially when she learns that once their soul is forfeit it will be subject to an eternity of suffering and torture at the hands of Demons in the Netherworld.

As dangerous as it would be for her to get involved, Kaylee can’t just walk away. Not only because the girl in trouble is someone that Tod knows and cares about, but because she wouldn’t be able to live with the guilt of just doing nothing.

With only a few days to figure out how to get Addison Page out of her contract without having to pay a terrible price, the likelihood of saving her from a fate that is far worse than death is slim. But Kaylee has to try.

Even if it means drawing the attention of the Netherworld. Even if it means standing up against the greatest evil she’ll have ever faced. And even if it means putting her life, Nash’s life and even her own soul at risk.

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Nail-biting, tension-filled, edge-of-your-seat exciting and even more addictive than the first book in the series, My Soul to Save is a sequel that readers will not only not want to put down, but won’t be able to.

With an incredibly fast pace – made even faster because time is running out for Kaylee, Tod and Nash to save a girl from not only losing her life, but her soul – this second book in the series will pull readers back into the dangerous and utterly riveting world of bean sidhes and reapers.

And in this installment, author Rachel Vincent takes her characters and her readers into the Netherworld with its horrifying and deadly landscape filled with razor wheat and crimson creeper, where time moves differently, and where they’ll be introduced to all sorts of new and unimaginable monstrosities. Few of whom who like Overworlders.

But the Netherworld is where Kaylee Cavanaugh will have to go if she wants to help Addison Page reclaim her soul. Though she’ll first have to learn how to get there. And more importantly how to get back out.

And while traveling to this bleak and terrifying world is one of the last things Kaylee ever thought she’d be doing or ever wanted to do, she just can’t stand by and let an innocent girl suffer for eternity when there’s even a small chance that she can help.

Even if helping means putting her and Nash’s life in danger.

In My Soul to Save the tone is darker, the premise more disturbing, the setting more fascinating, the characters more intriguing and the story more suspenseful, nerve-wracking and absolutely captivating.

With villains that are even more evil, situations that are even riskier, an intense chemistry that is even hotter and sexier, and a pace that goes non-stop, this sequel is hands-down a definite must, must read.

Reviewer gives this book…

Like In-N-Out Burger‘s infamous secret menu this one deserves my off-the-menu 6 star rating.

On a personal note:

Wow. Just wow. This book was totally hot. But even more than that it was absolutely riveting. I did not expect to get sucked back into this story and this world as completely as I did.

But between the incredible dangers the characters were facing, the ticking clock, the visits to the Netherworld and those sexy scenes that somehow always managed to get interrupted, most often by a certain Reaper, this book was unputdownable.

My Soul to Save is even more packed full of awesome than My Soul to Take. Which was a huge surprise. I expected this sequel to be an enjoyable read. Even an exciting one. But I didn’t expect to love it more than the first book in the series.

These were characters that I thought I’d already gotten to know and couldn’t possibly love more in just this second book in the series. But I did.

Kaylee really surprised me. Once again she was selfless. But she was more than that. She was brave and determined and incredibly clever. She found solutions when no one else could. And she stepped forward when no one else would.

And she was seriously kick-a**. Between the reapers, the fiends, the crimson creeper and the demons, she really didn’t let anything get in her way. And she did not back down.

Nash was just as charming and sexy and protective as ever. But he wasn’t overprotective or possessive. He supported Kaylee even when he didn’t agree with her. And he stood by her side even when her decisions put him in danger, too.

And then there’s Tod. I loved getting to know more about Tod in this sequel. He was compassionate, even though his compassion often seemed to put others in harm’s way. He was frustrating, certainly for Kaylee and Nash. And he was vengeful. But he was also so totally adorable.

But what I loved most was the story. As dark as My Soul to Take was, things were much darker in My Soul to Save. Not only were there Reapers, but there were Demons. And this time there weren’t just glimpses into the Netherworld, there were visits to this hellish, dangerous and absolutely horrific place.

And the idea of enticing young people, who don’t realize what they’re getting themselves into until it’s too late, to sell their souls in exchange for fame and fortune is absolutely chilling.

I was totally consumed by this story. The fact that there was a countdown right from the beginning made this one heck of a suspenseful read. The fact that the outcome seemed completely hopeless made it even more nail-biting.

The fact that Kaylee was willing to put herself in great danger for someone who didn’t seem entirely worthy of her help turned me into her biggest cheerleader. And the fact that Nash could make Kaylee so easily melt left me a little breathless.

Yeah, My Soul to Save is definitely one unbelievably breathless read.

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While those hot and steamy passages are some of my very favorites, I do have one absolute favorite that has no heat whatsoever. It’s actually rather chilling. But as it is from the very end of the book and is just a bit spoiler-y, I can’t include it here.

I do love this passage quite a bit, however….

The look he shot me then was part disappointment, part anger, part loyalty, and all Nash. His gaze scalded me from the inside out, and I squirmed in my seat as that heat settled low within me.

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To read an excerpt of Chapter One from the author’s website, CLICK HERE.

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7 Responses to “Review: My Soul to Save”

  1. Ina says:

    Seriously, I couldn’t agree more with everything you’ve said. I felt the exact same way. I was afraid I wouldn’t like this book the second time around and that it might drag on forever, but the complete opposite was the case. Everything happened so fast, there wasn’t much time to breathe or think or do anything. I can’t get over how fast Kaylee seemed to come up with solutions for almost everything. She’s one smart chick. I felt sorry for her too though because of how hard her Aunt Val’s doings were still on her. Poor Kaylee.

    Jeepers, and Tod… there are no words for him. There were times I would have just loved to smack him with that palm leaf he mentioned – right over the head to knock some sense into him. Then again, who can honestly say they wouldn’t have acted the exact same way if they would have been in his shoes. I know I can’t… I loved how we got a glimpse at his softer side. :)

    My love for Nash grew a little bit more too. (Woah, did I just say “love” and “Nash” in the same sentence? I guess miracles do happen after all. *lol*) He really stuck with Kaylee, even though he didn’t agree with everything she did. He showed me for the first time that he really truly cares for her, and is not just with her because she is a bean sidhe. He definitely earned some points in my book. ;)
    Btw, I love the part you picked from the book. It’s one of my favorites too.

    I’d love to ramble on about our hellion, but I’m afraid I’d fill it all with spoilers. *lol* So, I guess, it means I should probably stop. ;)

    I loved your review and thoughts!!!

  2. not reading this again…BUT for Ina’s comment I get that you LOVED the book…and I think I saw your amazing rating to this one………….
    T__________T
    I didn’t enjoy it this time!!
    What is WRONG with me?? T_T
    When I read it the second time idk when…it was AMAZING and I just couldn’t get over the hotness of Nash! >.<
    BUT
    This time…I don't want to continue remembering the experience and now I'm just glad it's over so I can go on to My Soul to Keep…I am begging to get my heart shredded XD because then comes awesomeness! And I really really like My Soul to Keep!
    MSTSave has always been my least favorite :P but as I said in my post…that means that all are my favorites but I love this one just a tiny bit less than the others :D

    ^___^

    • Fiktshun009 says:

      Again? You read it before? I did love the book, better the second time. Nash reminded me of why I loved him. I found out a few things that I didn’t remember from the first read.

      Maybe you’re upset because Tod doesn’t seem so nice in this one? But he isn’t mean. He’s just desperate to help out someone he cared about. He was a little less caring about Kaylee….

      • Lol, ‘reading this again’ meaning as with My Soul to Take I didn’t read your review~gasps~ I know shocking, and that I wouldn’t be reading your review for this book either~another shock, you can take it Rachel ;) lol~ And nope…it had more to do with Kaylee and yeap I’ve read these books too many times to actually remember the exact number. I didn’t like Tod, true, I LOVED LOVED LOOOOOOVED Nash even more, true. But, Kaylee??? Oh boy…just ask Ina…I literally freaked out…I really hope that whenever I decide to pick this book up again and read it, this kind of thing doesn’t happen again…I didn’t like Kaylee this time around ~hides, please don’t hate me~

        • Fiktshun009 says:

          Oh I don’t expect you to read any of my reviews Alba! Oh no, you didn’t like Kaylee? Say it isn’t so! She did so much in this book. She was so selfless and good-hearted and helpful even when her own health was in serious jeopardy! Oh Alba, I hope you like Kaylee again soon.

          • I DO expect to read all your reviews Rachel ¬¬ ^_^ It’s just that the Soul Screamers are books I hold so close to my heart I have never read any review before :P Just Ina’s for the Challenge actually hahaha
            I DIDN’T~don’t hate me~ I HATED..literally…her…I couldn’t stand it…if only you knew how hard it was for me to write my thoughts on it~sigh~ Ina was pretty shocked when she read it hehe. On the contrary I didn’t feel she was selfless this time around… T___T I was shocked myself…believe me!
            Oh, me too! Can’t wait to love her again! hehehe I just might get to that when reading My Soul to Keep :P

  3. Dude!!! You’ve got me all kinds of excited to start this series!!! I LOVE how much you love it!!!

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