Title : My Soul To Keep
Paperback– 296 pages
Publishing House : Harlequin Teen
Published June 1st 2010
Characters : Kaylee Cavanaugh , Nash Hudson, Tod Hudson
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 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 so is someone else…
My Soul to Keep is the third novel in Rachel Vincent’s Soul Screamers series. In the previous two books, Kaylee and Nash met, fell in love and realised the lengths they would go to prove their love for each other. Without giving away the plot, My Soul to Keep is a whole different matter as Nash fundamentally betrays Kaylee and her character is tested to the limit as she must overcome her shock and pain to push forward nevertheless and save the lives of Nash and her father.
My Soul to Keep starts with Kaylee and Nash at a party where a classmate is using Demon’s Breath. It’s deadly and highly addictive and of course, it’s from the Netherworld; Kaylee is going to find out just how this dangerous substance ended up in the hands of kids at her school. What Kaylee finds out is shocking and puts her life and those she loves in grave danger.
As with all the books in the series, the best character in the book is Tod and I cannot wait to see more of him. I felt every emotion that Kaylee felt throughout the book. Betrayal, shock, hurt, fear… All those emotions are so cleverly written into the story along with a strong sense of being there. The ending was fierce although I expected nothing less from Kaylee; she’s a strong independent young woman and has really grown into her character.
Rachel Vincent has a terrific style of writing, and is able to convey humour, sarcasm and descriptions effortlessly, without weighing down the flow of the story. I’d recommend My Soul to Keep to all fans of young adult, supernatural fiction. Fans of Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy will love the banshees and demons in this series.
“Regret couldn’t fix what he’s broken. Apologies couldn’t bring back what he’s lost. What we’d lost.”
“Damn it, Tod!” He glared in the reaper’s general direction. “Do not sneak up on me in my own house–I don’t care how dead you are! Show yourself or get out.”
Harmony and I shared a small smile, but my father didn’t notice.
The reaper shrugged and grinned at me, then blinked out of the chair and onto the carpet at my father’s back, now fully corporeal. “Fine,” he said, inches from my dad’s ear, and my father nearly jumped out of his shirt. “Your house, your rules.”
My dad spun around, his flush deepening until I thought his face would explode. “I changed my mind. Get out!”
“But before I could come up with an answer, Tod appeared in the desk chair, where I’d sat minutes earlier. ‘Hey. Am I interrupting something?’
‘Yes,’ Nash said. ‘Get out.’
But Tod was watching me, and I could tell from the angry line of his jaw that he’d been listening long before he showed himself. He’d heard what Avari had done to me. What Nash had let him do.
‘You want me to go?’ Tod asked me, his back to his brother.
Nash implores me silently to say yes. Tod waited patiently.
‘No,’ I said, looking right at Nash. He scowled, and his shoulders sagged.
‘Good.’ Tod stood and kicked the rolling chair out of his way. ‘I just checked on your friend in the straitjacket. But first…’ The reaper swung before either of us realized what he intended to do.
Tod’s very sold first slammed into Nash’s jaw. Nash’s head snapped back. He stumbled into the wall. Tod shook his hand like it hurt. ‘That’s for what you let him do to Kaylee.”