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Review: My Soul to Keep

My Soul to Keep by Rachel Vincent was released in the U.S. on June 1, 2012 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 304 pages.

My Soul to Keep is the third book in the Soul Screamers series by author Rachel Vincent.

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Goodreads description:

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.

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After her last trip to the Netherworld, Kaylee Cavanaugh wasn’t exactly jumping at the chance to return. But when Demon’s breath, a highly addictive and extremely deadly Netherworld substance turns up in the hands of a couple of the boys from school, going back there may be the only way to stop it from coming through.

A substance so dangerous that just one breath can cause addiction, insanity or even death, if Kaylee doesn’t find the answers she needs quickly, it could be too late to save them. And she may just have to sing for yet another soul.

But when her search for answers uncovers a shocking secret about someone she cares about, she will have to be stronger than ever in order to find the source of the Demon’s breath and keep her friends safe. Which will not be easy. Especially when the Netherworld has other plans.

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In a series that’s already incredibly addictive, action-packed, fast-paced and exciting, My Soul to Keep adds surprising twists and turns and a roller coaster of emotion that will leave readers heartbroken. With a new and deadly threat to the students at Eastlake High, an even more chilling visit to the Netherworld and a shocking betrayal, this installment in the series is the most riveting yet.

Picking up just a few weeks after the events in My Soul to Save, Kaylee discovers that Emma’s new boyfriend is using Demon’s breath, an extremely addictive substance from the Netherworld. Worried about how Demon’s breath crossed over, but even more worried for her friends, Kaylee is determined to find out where it’s coming from so she can stop it at its source.

But solving the mystery behind the Demon’s breath isn’t the only challenge she has to face. Terrifying nightmares that leave her exhausted and a shocking betrayal that leaves her questioning everything, will put Kaylee’s strength and her willingness to risk herself to the test.

My Soul to Keep is a game-changer that takes this series to a whole new level. It’s even darker. More chilling. More nerve-wracking. More devastating. And unbelievably heartbreaking.

And with an even longer look at the Netherworld, the addition of a new character, the unexpected return of another and a jaw-dropping turn of events, this installment will keep readers hooked on the series.

Author Rachel Vincent does not disappoint with this third book in her Soul Screamers series. It is both familiar and new and exciting. Her characters at their core remain true to who they are and yet they adapt and change, which keeps them interesting and makes them easy to stay connected to.

And while My Soul to Keep builds upon its predecessors, the surprise twist sets this one apart, making this a pivotal book in the series and an absolute must read. It grips you, it rips you apart, it keeps you hanging and leaves you desperate for more.

Reviewer gives this book…

On a personal note:

I don’t know how Rachel Vincent made me love this book as much as I do when it totally broke my heart, made me want to scream at one of her characters – repeatedly – and left me utterly devastated. But she did. Even on a second read, knowing exactly what would happen.

I absolutely loved this third book in the series, even though the way certain events played out crushed me. I was completely gutted. The pit that formed in my stomach just grew until I felt like it swallowed me whole. I did not think I could ever read a book where my loyalty to a character was destroyed as completely as it was in this book. I didn’t think I’d ever feel a character didn’t deserve a second chance. I do now.

And yet, even with the fact that I felt so let down and betrayed by one of her characters and felt so much sympathy for another one for all that happened, I thought this book was so unbelievably amazing. I got just as caught up as I always have in the characters’ lives, the fascinating world and the gripping events that unfolded.

I couldn’t tear my eyes away from this story on my first read or on my second. I was instantly transported back into this incredibly exciting and dangerous world with characters I adore… well, adored until certain things were revealed in this book.

I was captivated by the mystery as Kaylee tried to uncover who was responsible for the appearance of the Demon’s breath. I was once again fascinated and horrified as I was taken on the nightmarish journey through the Netherworld. And I was ripped to shreds by the emotional roller coaster, with a drop that never seemed to end, that the author put me on.

As with the previous two books in the series, the story just flew. There was not a single dull moment to make my mind start to wander. Between the deadly threats to Kaylee, Nash, Emma and nearly every single non-Netherworld character in this book – and even a few Netherworlders – the totally despicable hellion, the intriguing new character and the heart-shattering discoveries, I could not stop reading. This book was seriously epic.

While I really want to talk about just how I feel about certain characters in this book, there is no way for me to do so without being completely spoiler-y and possibly launching into a tirade about one of them. So I will simply say that yes, there are characters I love more than I did before. Yes, there are characters that surprised me in good and bad ways. Yes, there is a character that equally fascinates me and gives me the creeps. And yes there is a character that so totally demolished my heart.

Even though I was put through the emotional wringer by this book, which was not any easier the second time around, I just want to go back and read it all over again. It’s just that awesome.

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I have about twenty passages flagged that I absolutely love. But I thought this one is just so perfect….

Nash kissed me, and I got lost in him. I wanted to be lost in Nash, to forget about fear, and danger, and death, and everything that wasn’t him, and me, and us. Just for a few minutes, to forget about everything else. Nash made that possible. He made that inevitable.

He made me feel so good. Beautiful, and wanted, and needed, in a way I’d never been needed before. Like if he didn’t have me, he wouldn’t have anything.

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4 Responses to “Review: My Soul to Keep”

  1. smiling_ina says:

    Gosh, I found it so super hard to write my post and not add any spoilers. It’s like you want to say so much, but everything could be a spoiler for someone. Reading yours now, I’m wondering whether I might have some spoilers in mine since I did talk about some of the characters. I didn’t say what exactly they did, but well… Heck, it’s too late now. *lol*

    Anyway, I LOVE your review!!! You always find the right words without saying too much, but yet giving the reader the perfect sense of awesomeness of these books.

    I would love nothing more than to talk full on about everything that happened in the book right now, but I’m keeping my mouth shut – you have NO idea how hard that is!!! *sigh*

  2. laura thomas says:

    Your reviews are always so expressive. I feel like we are having a conversation. Thanks so much for sharing and I have got to read this!
    Grabbed one of your sexy buttons:)

  3. This book was so hard to review without giving away spoilers, but it was just amazing, incredible. So glad for this challenge! :)

    • Fiktshun009 says:

      I know! It took me forever and I felt like I had nothing! Everything was a spoiler. But it was such an awesome – if heartbreaking – book!

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