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Book Watch: Soul Screamers Volume Four

Soul Screamers Volume Four

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SOUL SCREAMERS VOLUME FOUR by Rachel Vincent will be released in the U.S. on March 25, 2014 in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

Published by Harlequin Teen the print edition is 576 pages.

SOUL SCREAMERS VOLUME FOUR is the final collection in Author Rachel Vincent’s Soul Screamers series and includes the stories – WITH ALL MY SOUL, FEARLESS, NIEDERWALD and LAST REQUEST.

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I didn’t even need to go to the calendar to know which book I’d be featuring for my Book Watch post for the week of March 25th. I’ve been desperately awaiting the release of SOUL SCREAMERS VOLUME FOUR by Rachel Vincent since before I was absolutely certain there would be a fourth volume. Yes, I was hopeful.

When I learned that there would be a brand new short story/novella included in this edition I was ecstatic. When I saw the various teasers on Facebook they nearly killed me. You see, while the series had ended in a way that was more than satisfying, I wasn’t ready to say goodbye to the characters and the world. This fourth volume was part of the reason I was able to read that last book. Because I knew it wouldn’t really be goodbye.

And while I was so unbelievably fortunate to have had the chance to read LAST REQUEST a bit earlier than its release in this volume, I am just as eager to get my hands on both my print and eBook copies so I can read it again. And again. And again.

If you’re anything like me, reading this short will prompt a re-read of WITH ALL MY SOUL. And if you’re a lot like me it will make you want to read the entire series all over again.

I won’t spoil anything from LAST REQUEST, I’m just not that type of blogger. But I will say it was every bit as amazing as the other stories in this author’s series. Yes there were tears and smiles and more tears. Yes there was sarcasm and humor. Yes there was heartbreak. I couldn’t have asked for more. It was the perfect way to say goodbye.

But LAST REQUEST isn’t the only reason I’m totally stoked for this final volume’s release. I love that the author’s other short stories in this world – NIEDERWALD and FEARLESS – are included and that they’ll all be in one place. Tracking them down when I can never seem to remember the names of anthologies is always tricky on my Kindle.

Plus, this cover is so colorful and gorgeous and amazing. I’m desperate to see it on my shelf, completing my collection.

So while I may have read all the stories in this book prior to its release, there is no other book releasing the week of March 25th that I am as excited for, or have waited as long for, as SOUL SCREAMERS VOLUME FOUR. Which is why I had to put it in the spotlight this week.

What about you?

Have you been anxiously awaiting the release of SOUL SCREAMERS VOLUME FOUR so that you can complete your collection? Have you been dying to find out just what LAST REQUEST is all about?

Have you been hesitant to say goodbye to Kaylee, Tod, Nash, Emma and even Sabine and have been waiting for this final volume to get the courage to do so? Or is this book’s release, with its very last chance to see what’s going on with the characters, breaking your heart just a little?

And even if it is, is SOUL SCREAMERS VOLUME FOUR the book you’re most anticipating the week of March 25th?

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Places to Watch

The author on TWITTER

The author on FACEBOOK

The series on FACEBOOK

The author’s WEBSITE

The author’s BLOG

The author on FORMSPRING

The author on YOUTUBE

The author on GOODREADS

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About the Book

Goodreads description:

Saving the world has never come easy— and Kaylee Cavanaugh’s died to prove it… 

The final collection of New York Times bestselling author Rachel Vincent’s Soul Screamers series is packed with emotion, with intrigue, with secrets,  with family—and above all, with love.

Don’t miss  WITH ALL MY SOUL, FEARLESS, NIEDERWALD and a brand-new novella, LAST REQUEST.

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Other Amazing Books to Watch

Here are just a few of the other awesome books releasing the week of March 25th:

STARLING (Secrets of the Eternal Rose #3) by Fiona Paul

WANDERERS (Wasteland #2) by Susan Kim and Laurence Klavan

NEARLY GONE by Elle Cosimano


Authors Are Rockstars Tour: Rachel Vincent Guest Post + Giveaways

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I am so excited to be kicking off the first day here on the Authors Are Rockstars Tour with an author who is on my top five favorite authors of all time list – the incredibly talented and always amazing, Rachel Vincent.

I would have loved to have hosted this author last year – as she is a rockstar author in every way – but I felt like that would have been too greedy of me. And I still feel that way, but as she is one of my very most favorite authors I just had to host her this year and have her be a part of the tour kick-off today.

And for her stop today she’s answered the burning question on my mind – and I’m sure all of her fans’ minds – “What’s Next for Rachel Vincent?”

As I have read the post, I am even more excited than before for the release of her upcoming YA and Adult titles. And while I did get a very early peek at the first book in her new YA series – which is unbelievably AWESOME – I still can’t wait to read the final version and to see it on the shelves.

In addition to the awesome guest post by this author, who I’ve considered a rockstar since long before I started blogging, I have a couple of giveaways to share. The first is courtesy of the publisher, Harlequin Teen, and the second is something I’m offering up for giveaway. So be sure to check them out, below.

I know I’ve already rambled on a bit here, as I tend to do, but as part of my post I’m supposed to share why I think the author I’m hosting is a rockstar. And so…

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Rachel Vincent is a rockstar because…

She is one of the hardest working authors I know.

She is dedicated to her craft and works tirelessly on her stories to make sure they are the very best they can be.

She cares about her characters.

She is not afraid to take on subjects that are complicated, difficult.

She’s not afraid to take her stories in a direction that may not be the most popular.

She is one of the most talented authors I know.

She has the ability to put her readers (and characters) on emotional roller coasters like no other writer.

She creates characters and stories that are “real” and believable, even though they are in the paranormal/urban fantasy genre.

She is a master at sarcastic dialogue.

She created Tod.

She wrote passages like…

Tod lifted me and turned, and suddenly I was looking up at him, propped up on my elbows. His eyes churned with an intense blend of pain, and fear, and need, and anger, but at the center, just outside of his pupils, there was a deep spiral of something more powerful than all the others. Something stronger, like it could swallow everything else he was feeling with a sudden, startling leap of intuition, I realized that that spiral was me. That deep, bright blue that grew and twisted throughout the other colors—that was how he felt about me.

And like…

“So you really did grow up on cookies and cake. I knew it.”

“That’s why I’m so sweet now. I have no idea what went wrong with Nash.”

And one of my favorites…

“I am in the clench of every first. I am the hot thrum of blood rushing through your veins. Every thud of knuckles against flesh is the cry of my true name. I am the glint of rage in your ex’s eyes, the livid grinding of his teeth. My pulse is the wave of anger washing over the crows. The swing of a corpse from the noose. The final twitch of a man murdered in revenge. I know you, Kaylee Cavanaugh. I know you very, very well and I can give you what you want most in the world. What no one else can give you.”

(Passages and quotes from WITH ALL MY SOUL.)

So, yes, for these… and so many, many, many more… reasons, Rachel Vincent is a total rockstar. And I’m so unbelievably stoked to be able to have her here on the blog today to kick off the first day of the month-long 2nd Annual Authors Are Rockstars Tour.

About Rachel Vincent

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A resident of Central Oklahoma, Rachel Vincent has a BA in English and an overactive imagination, and consistently finds the latter to be more practical. She shares her office with two black cats (Kaci and Nyx) and her # 1 fan. Rachel is older than she looks-seriously-and younger than she feels, but remains convinced that for every day she spends writing, one more day will be added to her lifespan.

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The Guest Post
What’s Next for Rachel Vincent?

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As some of you may know, I had two releases this past spring, one in YA, the other in adult. WITH ALL MY SOUL (Soul Screamers 7) and OATH BOUND (Unbound 3) hit the shelves less than a month apart. They were each the last book in their respective series.

To reiterate, I ended two different series, one YA and one adult, within thirty days of each other.

If you think that was a stressful month for me, you’re right. If you think I suffered multiple panic attacks as well as the urge to hide from the internet, you’d be right again. But if you think that double final release led to the biggest “what now?” moment of my career, well…you’d be wrong about that.

I hit the “what now?” panic waaaaay in advance.

I’m a planner. I begin every single day of my life with a plan, even if that plan is “Do nothing, and do it well.” The most common question I ask my husband (other than, “What’s for dinner.”) is “What’s your plan?” For the day. For the evening. For retirement. And yes, for dinner.

I can’t function if I don’t know what I need to be doing, even if I have no intention of actually doing that thing that needs to be done, which is often the case with folding laundry. 😉 I don’t sit down and flip through the TV stations. I don’t even turn the TV on unless I already know what I want to watch.

So, I know what’s next for me, in publishing, and I’ve known since long before I was allowed to announce either project. By the time the Soul Screamers and Unbound series officially ended, I’d already sold two books in my upcoming young adult series to Delacorte and the debut of my upcoming adult series to Mira. ANATHEMA, the first in the new YA series, was complete when I sold it, and I’d been working on it in one form or another for around two years, at that point. By the time it comes out in 2015, I will have been working on it for more than four years.

I was almost 40,000 words into the new adult book (Since I can’t tell you what it is yet, let’s just call it ADULT) by the time OATH BOUND came out, and I’d been working on it (at least conceptually) for a more than a year. By the time ADULT comes out, I will have been working on it for two and a half years.

It seems strange to me that in these days of instant messaging and instant gratification, traditional publishing still seems to move at a snail’s pace, but sometimes that’s true. Neither good, nor bad, but definitely, inarguably true. Everything takes longer than it seems like it should, even if there’s a really good reason.

Because of the two-year wait for ANATHEMA to hit the shelves, 2014 is a rebuilding year for me in YA. The only young adult release I’ll have is the SS Volume 4 omnibus, but Soul Screamers readers won’t want to miss it! Volume 4 will contain brand new content, written especially for this omnibus. (Hint: Tod) Stay tuned for the cover and an official description of this new content!

On the bright side, I should be able to officially announce ADULT soon. Very soon. In a matter of days, if the rumors are true. So stay tuned. I think you’re going to like this one. 😉

And if you’re a Soul Screamers fan, or a reader who’s always wanted to try the series, I have even more good news. Soul Screamers Volume 3 came out two days ago. It contains books 5 & 6 (IF I DIE and BEFORE I WAKE) as well as the Sophie novella “Never To Sleep,” which is now in print for the first time! What that means is that the first six (of seven) novels are now in two-book bind-ups, each of which includes a bonus novella.

Hopefully that’s enough to tide you over until you meet Nina in ANATHEMA, in 2015!

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About Soul Screamers

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VOLUME ONE…

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….

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VOLUME TWO…

And the scream keeps coming…… Don’t miss Volume Two of New York Times bestselling author Rachel Vincent’s unique and fascinating Soul Screamers series.

MY SOUL TO KEEP
Aside from the whole “I scream when someone is about to die” thing, Kaylee Cavanaugh’s life has gotten better. She’s getting to know her dad, doing okay in school and has a hot new boyfriend who understands her in every way. Until the hellion Avari starts tempting everyone with an exotic new drug—demon’s breath….

MY SOUL TO STEAL
Now on shaky ground with Nash Hudson, Kaylee is taking their relationship easy. But then Sabine—Nash’s ex—storms into their lives. She’s determined to get Nash back and there’s nothing she won’t do to remind him of what they had. And since Sabine has special abilities of her own, Kaylee is headed into a battle she’s not sure she can win….

REAPER —First time in print!—
Though Tod Hudson died two years ago, thanks to his job as a Reaper he’s never had to move on or let go of his family—no matter how much Nash would like him to! But few people know about how he came to accept the job of claiming souls….

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VOLUME THREE…

What happens when the reapers come for Kaylee? Don’t miss Volume Three of New York Times bestselling author Rachel Vincent’s compelling, spellbinding Soul Screamers series.

IF I DIE
Thanks to her mother’s sacrifice, Kaylee Cavanaugh has lived most of her life on borrowed time, but now that borrowed time is almost up. Kaylee has only seven days left to prepare for the end. To say goodbye. And yeah, to stop an incubus from preying on her high school. Tick tock…

BEFORE I WAKE
Dying wasn’t easy for Kaylee, but faking life is a whole new kind of struggle. The only good moments are those spent in Tod’s arms. But death hasn’t stopped her old enemies, and now everyone Kaylee loves is in danger….

NEVER TO SLEEP First time in print!
Sophie Cavanaugh is sick of the social fallout from her cousin Kaylee’s mental issues. Doesn’t she realize people think “crazy” runs in the family? But then a cute boy, a fateful scream and a trip to a nightmare world leave Sophie wondering just what’s real-and how to get home….

Soul Screamers… The last thing you hear before you die.

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WITH ALL MY SOUL…

What does it mean when your school is voted the most dangerous in America? It’s time to kick some hellion butt…

After not really surviving her junior year (does “undead” count as survival?), Kaylee Cavanaugh has vowed to take back her school from the hellions causing all the trouble. She’s going to find a way to turn the incarnations of Avarice, Envy and Vanity against one another in order to protect her friends and finish this war, once and forever.

But then she meets Wrath and understands that she’s closer to the edge than she’s ever been. And when one more person close to her is taken, Kaylee realizes she can’t save everyone she loves without risking everything she has….

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What’s Up for Grabs:

Giveaway #1: A Rachel Vincent YA Book of Your Choice to ONE winner – US/Canada ONLY

Giveaway #2: A copy of SOUL SCREAMERS VOLUME THREE* (unsigned) + Soul Screamers swag (unsigned) + AAR Stickers to FIVE (5) Winners – International

*Any of the earlier volumes may be substituted.

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The Deets:

– You MUST be 13 or older to enter

– Giveaway #1 US/Canada ONLY

– Giveaway #2 is International

– ALL giveaways end on August 31st at 11:59 p.m. Pacific

– ALL winners will be chosen by Random via Rafflecopter

– Giveaway #1 book will be sent directly from the publisher

– Giveaway #2 book will be ordered from Amazon or The Book Depository

For each giveaway there is a mandatory “Leave a Comment” entry. All other entries are optional. The tweet entry is a daily option.

Giveaway #1

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Giveaway #2

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Review: With All My Soul

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WITH ALL MY SOUL by Rachel Vincent releases in the U.S. today, March 26, 2013, in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

Published by Harlequin TEEN, the print edition is 384 pages.

WITH ALL MY SOUL is the seventh and final full-length book in author Rachel Vincent’s Soul Screamers series.

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Goodreads description…

What does it mean when your school is voted the most dangerous in America? It’s time to kick some hellion butt…

After not really surviving her junior year (does “undead” count as survival?), Kaylee Cavanaugh has vowed to take back her school from the hellions causing all the trouble. She’s going to find a way to turn the incarnations of Avarice, Envy and Vanity against one another in order to protect her friends and finish this war, once and forever.

But then she meets Wrath and understands that she’s closer to the edge than she’s ever been. And when one more person close to her is taken, Kaylee realizes she can’t save everyone she loves without risking everything she has….

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WITH ALL MY SOUL is the stunning conclusion to the Soul Screamers series by author Rachel Vincent. With an intriguing new character and a new mortal sin, a gripping storyline and a shocking turn of events, this final installment is an exhilarating, heartrending and epic finish to this must-read series.

No matter how hard she fights and no matter how great the risk to herself, Kaylee Cavanaugh has not been able to defeat the hellion that wants her soul. With each loss hitting closer to home, Kaylee is not sure how many more people she cares about she can bear to lose, especially knowing that she’s the one Avari really wants.

And when he takes someone she loves, someone whose life she is not willing to risk, she must quickly find a way to stop him once and for all or be willing to make the ultimate sacrifice. Because Avari has nothing but time, has nothing to lose and will stop at nothing to get what he wants.

Action-packed, electrifying and at times heartbreaking, WITH ALL MY SOUL takes readers on one last journey with Kaylee Cavanaugh as she faces off against a seemingly unstoppable enemy that has pursued her through life and the afterlife. With anger as her motivation and an unlikely ally, Kaylee’s greatest challenge yet will keep readers on the edge of their seats and their eyes glued to the page as events unfold and lead up to the book’s dramatic conclusion.

Author Rachel Vincent has once again put her characters through an incredible ordeal and taken her readers on a roller coaster ride of emotion in WITH ALL MY SOUL. Filled with exciting plot twists and turns, dialogue that is both heartfelt and moving and sarcastic and amusing, and a nail-biting build-up to an outcome that is heart-stopping, this last installment in the series can only be called phenomenal.

The author does not leave readers hanging at the story’s end. All loose-ends have been tied up and all the larger questions about the remaining characters have been answered. And while the story wraps up in a way that will satisfy those readers who like to say their goodbyes and move on, it does allow for the reader’s imagination to go beyond the story and look into the futures of those characters that do remain, for those readers that aren’t quite ready.

WITH ALL MY SOUL is the perfect finish to this always entertaining, always surprising and always thrilling series.

And this story and series is a must for readers who want to discover a world that is unique, writing that is engaging, clever and oftentimes breathtaking, a plot that is suspense-, danger- and tension-filled, a heroine that is incredibly brave, selfless and relatable, and a love story that is eternal.

Reviewer gives this book…

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

On a personal note…

If I had a million words at my disposal instead of the meager few that seem to rattle around my brain when sitting down to compose my thoughts, even then I don’t think I could come up with the appropriate combination to express just what this series has meant to me or just how truly amazing I think it is.

And this final installment, this final chapter in these characters’ lives, has been no less of a roller coaster than its predecessors, no less heartbreaking, nail-biting, tension-filled, bittersweet, heart-rending. It was a phenomenal ending to an absolutely riveting series that just got better and better as it progressed.

WITH ALL MY SOUL was everything I’d hoped it would be in a series-ending book. I had incredibly high expectations that I wasn’t entirely sure could be met. And yet they were. Met. And surpassed.

I did not expect to get so caught up in the story that I’d forget this was a series-ending book. I did not expect to fall for a newly introduced character. I did not expect to be surprised by how things came together at the end. And I did not expect the ending when it arrived, all too quickly.

I expected tears. And yes there were tears. From the moment I began the last quarter of the book until the story’s end I could not stop tearing up. Every sentence felt like a goodbye. A goodbye I was not ready for. Every heartfelt passage was bittersweet, heartbreaking.

Every action, every page, brought me one step closer to the end. And after having been so distracted by the events taking place in the first three-fourths of the story, the realization that this series was coming to a close made every single thing that happened in that final fourth that much more emotional.

And it still didn’t prepare me for the end… a part of which continues to haunt me even after a re-read.

I expected a roller coaster. And there was definitely one of those. I expected sarcasm, dialogue that would make me grin, a brave, stubborn and fiercely protective heroine and a mortal sin that would make this story explosive. And I got all of that and then some.

I expected to fall in love with this final book in the series. And Rachel Vincent made it just so easy to do so. It was so easy to once again get lost in Kaylee’s world as she prepared to face just one more obstacle to a happily ever afterlife. It was so easy to be captivated by her characters – some charming, some horrifying, some a little bit of both.

And it was so easy to connect with Kaylee, who was every bit as strong and determined and sarcastic as she’d been throughout the series, but who also displayed a confidence she didn’t previously possess.

I couldn’t have been more proud of, more fearful for, more heartsick for, more in awe of who Kaylee became by the end of this series. A character who I liked right from the start was one that I absolutely adored by the end.

While I won’t reveal whether Kaylee gets a happy ending… or even if she makes it to the end of this book… I will just say that I loved every single moment of WITH ALL MY SOUL. Even the moments that broke my heart.

And no, I would not change a single thing about this book… well… except for the fact that it is a series-ending book. It was just that out-of-this-world amazing. It is just that unforgettable.

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Favorite passage…

I had more than a few favorite passages. Some passages were actually paragraphs that spanned pages. So finding a favorite passage that was short enough to include in this post wasn’t easy. So I chose two.

And while I would have loved to include a certain quote from Avari from page 63 or one from Ira from page 82 – both of which were beautifully written – or one of the many lengthier passages about a certain Reaper (especially pages 299, 312-315, 322, 364), as they would be best discovered within the context of the story I thought I’d share these instead.

“So you really did grow up on cookies and cake. I knew it.”

“That’s why I’m so sweet now. I have no idea what went wrong with Nash.”

And…

“Take a nice, long look at your future, reaper. You’ll soon be burning as fuel for hundreds of tiny fires.”

Tod laughed out loud. “If that’s your way of saying I’m hot, rest assured, I already know.”


With All My Soul Mini-Reading Challenge Begins

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I cannot believe that in just one short week from today Rachel Vincent’s WITH ALL MY SOUL, the final book in her Soul Screamers series, will be releasing. As excited as I am for it to hit the shelves – both physical and electronic – I am so very sad that it will officially mark the end of this amazing series.

Yes, I’ve already read it, and I know exactly how things end. But because its release was still forthcoming, it felt very much like maybe, just maybe it wasn’t over. And yes, I am still holding out hope that there will be another novella or two in the series… sort of a “where are they now” story that will give us just another peek into the characters’ lives and into this amazing world the author has so brilliantly crafted over the past few years.

And yes, I’m also sad that this will be my last reading challenge as pertains to the Soul Screamers series. But we’ve reached the final sin and unless “they” determine there are a few more sins of that calibre, it’s likely this series won’t be resurrected. Of course, I am ever hopeful.

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The Challenge

I know that WITH ALL MY SOUL won’t be releasing until next week… but when I decided to host this challenge the release date was listed as March 19th. And I decided not to change the date as it’s also very likely that a few readers might have been able to get their hands on it prior to its release. To my knowledge, WITH ALL MY SOUL has not been embargoed.

So…

If you haven’t yet signed up for the reading challenge, CLICK HERE for all the details and to leave your link to sign up.

The giveaway associated with that post has closed, but there is a giveaway for those challenge participants who read WTIH ALL MY SOUL and link their reviews and/or book thoughts posts in the Linky List below.

You have until APRIL 30th, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific to read it, review it and leave your link to be entered into the giveaway.

There is no minimum or maximum length required for your review. Nor does your review have to be in English. And there is no set format for how you choose to review. However, it has to be clear enough to anyone who reads it that the book has actually been read. I do check out all reviews for challenge participants!

AND, if there are going to be spoilers for the book in your review, PLEASE state that in the Linky List entry below.

That’s it!

Good luck to everyone! While the challenge might not seem that challenging, saying goodbye to a well-loved series and its characters is HARD! So I completely understand those who might have already signed up but just can’t take that next step.

But… this just means that now the author, Rachel Vincent, can create new characters for us to love, hate, angst over, suffer along with. Of course, if you’re like me, and you also have taken that journey with her characters in the Unbound series, you’ll have one more goodbye to say before being able to say hello to her next endeavor.

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The Book

With All My Soul

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What does it mean when your school is voted the most dangerous in America? It’s time to kick some hellion butt…After not really surviving her junior year (does “undead” count as survival?), Kaylee Cavanaugh has vowed to take back her school from the hellions causing all the trouble. She’s going to find a way to turn the incarnations of Avarice, Envy and Vanity against one another in order to protect her friends and finish this war, once and forever.

But then she meets Wrath and understands that she’s closer to the edge than she’s ever been. And when one more person close to her is taken, Kaylee realizes she can’t save everyone she loves without risking everything she has….

 

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And yes… those are tears… I’m just so sad this series is ending that I cried on my blog.
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The Giveaways

As this is the final book in the series and those who are participating in the challenge will already have read the previous books in the series, I can’t very well offer up a Soul Screamers book.

So…

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Giveaway #1

To the winner of the challenge I’m offering up $50 in Books of Your Choice from Amazon or The Book Depository.

And to the runner-up I’m offering $25 in Books of Your Choice from Amazon or The Book Depository.

AND…

Giveaway #2

Since the final day of the challenge is the release date for Rachel Vincent’s OATH BOUND, the final book in her Unbound series…

I’m offering up for giveaway to FOUR challenge finishers, 18 and older, a chance to win a copy of either OATH BOUND or either of the two previous books in that series – BLOOD BOUND or SHADOW BOUND.

Just leave a comment when you leave your review link stating that you’d like a chance to win one of the Unbound books to be entered!

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  • The giveaways will end at the end of the challenge on April 30, 2013
  • Winners for the BoYC giveaways will be chosen by their review link number through Random
  • Winners for the OATH BOUND giveaway will be chosen by name
  • Winners will be chosen on May 1st and announced in this post.
  • All prizes will be sent from either Amazon or The Book Depository depending upon location.

Do NOT leave your email in the comments. If you wish to be contacted by email if you’ve won, include your email in the Linky List and/or in the WordPress email field when commenting. Not in the body of the email.

Leave your review links ONLY in the Linky List below!


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UPDATE: This post has been updated with the challenge winners….

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Thank you so much to everyone who participated AND managed to read WITH ALL MY SOUL and write their review during the challenge period! Reading it was hard enough… oh my gosh… but wrangling thoughts? Practically impossible.

I am so sorry that not everyone could get a prize for being a participant, but I do have a few winners to announce.

For Giveaway #1 – $50 in Books of Your Choice – the winner is #10 Lena Reve @ Between Fantasy and Reality

For Giveaway #1 – $25 in Books of Your Choice – the winner is #21 YA Book Crush

For Giveaway #2 – A copy of OATH BOUND – the winners are:

Kt, Julie S., Teresa @ Readers Live A Thousand Lives, Jen @ Book Exhibitionism

I will be contacting you all by email.

It makes me so sad to say goodbye to this series, but as Rachel Vincent is an amazing author, I just know that she has other characters and worlds for us all to meet and fall in love with.

Thank you all so much again for being a part of this challenge, whether it was just for this book’s challenge or for the SSRC and the BIW Reading Challenges last year. Just knowing there are fans out there who have loved these characters as much as I have means the world!


Harlequin TEEN’s Reading Into Romance Blog Tour + Giveaway: Guest Post with Rachel Vincent

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Harlequin TEEN’s spring Reading into Romance

Spring is in the air and HarlequinTEEN wants you to fall in love! And they have just the books to make that happen!

In this epic tour, we’ll be featuring 9 authors and their amazing, toe-curlingly romantic books!

I love this blog tour by Harlequin TEEN and Kismet Book Touring that celebrates some of my favorite authors this spring. And I am so super excited to be a part of it and have the very amazing and enormously talented Rachel Vincent stop by to talk about why romance is so important to her stories.

As one of my favorite authors of all time, who has two series ending this spring that have just the right amount of romance, romantic tension and chemistry, I loved getting to hear her thoughts on the subject. Especially since I am one of those readers who, through practically every book in the Soul Screamers series, wondered about the state of the relationship of two of her characters.

And while I would never reveal what happened in WITH ALL MY SOUL – yes I read it, and yes it was awesome – or any of the books in the Soul Screamers series, I will just say that this amazing author has definitely not “underestimated the importance of romance” in any of her stories.

Anyway…

You’re not here to read my ramble. You’re here to read what Rachel Vincent has to say. And if you haven’t yet taken a peek at the description for WITH ALL MY SOUL, the final book in the Soul Screamers series, I have some information about it and places to find it online included in this post. And for those of you who haven’t yet checked out this series, there are some brief descriptions for each of the books also included below.

Rachel Vincent will also be stopping at Parajunkee and The Bookish Brunette today for the tour. So you’ll definitely want to visit both of those blogs, if you haven’t already, to see what else she has to say.

And if you scroll down just a little bit farther in the post there is also a giveaway. So be sure to check it out.

But first, let me turn my blog over to Rachel Vincent.

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Guest Post

Why is romance so important to my stories?

Romance is vital to most of the stories I’ve written because at its core, even if you were to take out all the pretty faces and well-timed sweet words, romance is about human connection, and human connections are what let an audience connect to a story. Any story. We want to read about people going through the things we’ve been through. Even if those people secretly have fur and claws, or can predict death, or spend half their time in a nightmare dimension with monsters determined to feed upon their souls.

Even in fantasy—especially in fantasy—the human elements of the story must feel real. Beyond that, in my opinion, they must feel vital. That’s what’s so great about writing romance in YA, in particular. It makes sense for the relationships to feel like the most important thing in the world, because as teens, that’s really what it felt like. At least, it did for me. 😉

Obviously, romance isn’t the only kind of human connection I’m drawn to in my writing. I also tend to write stories about family relationships and friendships strong enough to count as family bonds. And since there is no story without conflict, I work really hard on conflict and motivation in my books. But what continues to surprise me is that no matter what kind of torture I put my characters through—no matter what kind of challenges they know they’ll face in the next book—the questions I get most often from readers aren’t “How are they going to survive?” or “How will Kaylee get them out of this one.”

Nope. People ask, “Will they get back together?” and “Will they stay together?”

As a fledgling author, I underestimated the importance of the romance for readers. That’s not a mistake I’ll ever make again. 😉

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About Rachel Vincent

A resident of Central Oklahoma, Rachel Vincent has a BA in English and an overactive imagination, and consistently finds the latter to be more practical. She shares her workspace with two black cats (Kaci and Nyx) and her # 1 fan.

Rachel is older than she looks–seriously–and younger than she feels, but remains convinced that for every day she spends writing, one more day will be added to her lifespan.

WEBSITE | BLOG | FACEBOOK | TWITTER | YOUTUBE | FORMSPRING | GOODREADS

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With All My Soul

About WITH ALL MY SOUL

What does it mean when your school is voted the most dangerous in America? It’s time to kick some hellion butt…

After not really surviving her junior year (does “undead” count as survival?), Kaylee Cavanaugh has vowed to take back her school from the hellions causing all the trouble. She’s going to find a way to turn the incarnations of Avarice, Envy and Vanity against one another in order to protect her friends and finish this war, once and forever.

But then she meets Wrath and understands that she’s closer to the edge than she’s ever been. And when one more person close to her is taken, Kaylee realizes she can’t save everyone she loves without risking everything she has….

GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | INDIEBOUND

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About the series

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It starts with a scream….

New York Times bestselling author Rachel Vincent’s compelling Soul Screamers series keeps getting better—

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My Soul to TakeMY 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….

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My Soul to SaveMY 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….

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My Soul to KeepMY SOUL TO KEEP

Aside from the whole “I scream when someone is about to die” thing, Kaylee Cavanaugh’s life has gotten better. She’s getting to know her dad, doing okay in school and has a hot new boyfriend who understands her in every way. Until the hellion Avari starts tempting everyone with an exotic new drug—demon’s breath….

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My Soul to StealMY SOUL TO STEAL

Now on shaky ground with Nash Hudson, Kaylee is taking their relationship easy. But then Sabine—Nash’s ex—storms into their lives. She’s determined to get Nash back and there’s nothing she won’t do to remind him of what they had. And since Sabine has special abilities of her own, Kaylee is headed into a battle she’s not sure she can win….

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If I DieIF I DIE

The entire school’s talking about the gorgeous new math teacher, Mr. Beck. But the next scream might be for Kaylee.  But Kaylee’s borrowed lifeline is nearing its end. And those who care about her will do anything to save her life.  Anything.

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Before I WakeBEFORE I WAKE

I died on a Thursday—killed by a monster intent on stealing my soul. The good news? He didn’t get it.  The bad news?

Turns out not even death will get you out of high school….

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With All My SoulWITH ALL MY SOUL

When one more person close to her is taken, Kaylee realizes she can’t save everyone she loves without risking everything she has….

 

With All My Soul, the final book in The Soul Screamers series will be released March 26th by HarlequinTEEN – add it to your Goodreads shelf!

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On Tour Today….

Be sure to check out the other blogs hosting Rachel Vincent and her seriously amazing Soul Screamers series today!

Parajunkee
The Bookish Brunette

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The Giveaways…

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Harlequin TEEN has included TWO seriously awesome giveaways for this tour!

The first is a paperback copy of any one book from the Soul Screamers series by Rachel Vincent to THREE winners.

The second is a Romantic Grand Prize Package, pictured and described below.

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HarlequinTEEN dresses you for a romantic date with this beautiful, unique heart shaped locket! And in case it’s a chilly spring evening, don’t forget the matching beautiful Pashmina!

Your entry in the daily giveaway will be your entry into the grand prize giveaway.

To enter both giveaways, just enter in the Rafflecopter below.

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The Tour Schedule…

Monday, March 4th – Karen Ann Hopkins and TEMPTATION

Bittersweet Enchantment | The Cozy Reader | Paulette’s Papers

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Wednesday, March 6th – Liz Fichera and HOOKED

Bumbles and Fairy-Tales | IB Book Blogging | Chick Loves Lit

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Friday, March 8th – Cayla Kluver and the Legacy series

YA Bibliophile | Rex Robot Reviews | Starting the Next Chapter

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Monday, March 11th – Aimée Carter and the Goddess Test series

Coffee, Books and Me | Book Nook | Bookshelf Banter

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Wednesday, March 13th – Julie Kagawa and The Iron Fey series

Refracted Light Reviews | PageTurners | Mundie Moms

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Friday, March 15th – Katie McGarry and Pushing the Limits

Alice Marvels | Bewitched Bookworms | Katie’s Book Blog

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Monday, March 18th – Rachel Vincent and the Soul Screamers series

Fiktshun | Parajunkee | The Bookish Brunette

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Wednesday, March 20th – Hannah Harrington and Saving June

A Bookish Escape | The Book Cellar | Basia’s Bookshelf

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Friday, March 22nd – Jordan Dane and IN THE ARMS OF STONE ANGELS

Moonlight Gleam’s Bookshelf | Fantasy Book Addict | Swoony Boys Podcast

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To learn more about each of the tour stops, be sure to visit Kismet Book Touring’s Harlequin TEEN Reading Into Romance Tour Page.


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