Never to Sleep (Soul Screamers #5.5) By Rachel Vincent Review

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Series : Soul Screamers 5.5

Release Date : July 1st 2012 By Harlequin Teen

EBook : 56 Pages

Characters :  Sophie Cavanaugh, Luca Tedesco

First Sentence : “I know she’s your best friend and all, Sophie, but Laura Bell has got to go,”

Last Sentence : What does a warrior princess wear for her first day on the throne?

Summary:

Don’t Close Your Eyes.

Sophie Cavanaugh is not going to let her freak of a cousin’s strange psychiatric condition ruin high school for them both. Not after all the work she’s put into cultivating the right look, and friends, and reputation. But then, Sophie sees something so frightening she lets out a blood-curdling scream–and finds herself stuck in a bizarre parallel world where nothing is safe and deadly creatures lurk just out of sight, waiting for her to close her eyes and sleep…forever.

Could this world be real? Or does insanity run in the family…?

Review:

Eastlake High was full of pretty people who acted like total freaks. I blame the local water supply. Which was why I drank bottled water. 

Never to Sleep is a novella set during the events of If I Die – but completely separate to everything that happens in that book – well, except for Kaylee and Tod’s public display of affection, which we see from the outside this time. Never to Sleep follows Sophie, Kaylee’s spoilt, self-centered, entitled younger cousin, as a chance meeting with a new student and the sudden appearance of a soulless reaper bring about Sophie’s first visit the Netherworld, and opens her eyes to all things evil.
Sophie may be a right cow and too shallow for words, but in this story, I could only admire her. With hardly any information about what’s happened, why it happened, and how, Sophie manages to keep her head despite being completely terrified. Because of how shallow and bitchy Sophie is in all the previous books, it is to assume that Sophie is all surface and no depth, that she’s actually stupid – but she’s not. She might despair over being related to Kaylee, but the fact that they are is clear throughout the story through how alike they are when in trouble. She actually has a head on her shoulders, and is capable of thinking clearly and logically even under huge stress. Her ability to think on her feet and able to get herself out of the tightest of scrapes is just brilliant!
Of course, its also filled with laugh out loud moments. Some of my favorites are –

“I don’t even like regular plants. Except for corsages and long-stemmed roses.” And those only hurt when they don’t show up. 

“Oh, shit, are you okay?” A guy knelt at my side, and I blinked, stunned, trying to draw reality back into focus as my vision doubled, then threatened to multiply.“That depends. Are you triplets?”
He laughed. “No, there’s only one of me.”
 

“Good. I think you’re okay, Sophie, but just to be sure—and this is for purely medical purposes—what’s your phone number?”
I laughed out loud. “Does it usually take blunt-force trauma for you to score a phone number?”
 

Being a short story, it’s a little hard for me to say much more without spoiling things. It’s awesome to be introduced to new characters and to revisit old ones. It’s even better to have questions that need answers, that will hopefully be answered in the next book, along with all the left over questions from If I Die.

If I Die (Soul Screamers #5) By Rachel Vincent Review

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Series : Soul Screamers #5

Author : Rachel Vincent

Paperback : 342 pages

Published September 27th 2011 by Harlequin

Characters : Kaylee Cavanaugh, Nash Hudson, Emma Marshall, Tod Hudson,   Sabine Campbell

Summary :

The entire school’s talking about the gorgeous new math teacher, Mr. Beck. Everyone except Kaylee Cavanaugh. After all, Kaylee’s no ordinary high-school junior. She’s a banshee—she screams when someone dies.

But the next scream might be for Kaylee.

Yeah—it’s a shock to her, too. So to distract herself, Kaylee’s going to save every girl in school. Because that hot new teacher is really an incubus who feeds on the desire of unsuspecting students. The only girls immune to his lure are Kaylee and Sabine, her boyfriend’s needy ex-girlfriend. Now the unlikely allies have to get rid of Mr. Beck…before he discovers they aren’t quite human, either.

But Kaylee’s borrowed lifeline is nearing its end. And those who care about her will do anything to save her life.

Anything.

Review :

“You just say the word, and I’ll make the rest of the world go away. I’ll take you someplace safe, where no one else can reach us.” 

Two words – Simply Amazing! 

This sure was one hell of a book & so far best of them all. It was a fast engaging read that kept me at the edge of my seat. It was the only book in the series so far that I really didn’t want to put down. I was so engrossed with this book, it hooked me from the very first page. The characters were as awesome as ever, Kaylee & Tod 😀 The chemistry is incredibly well written, it’s electrifying. Although I do feel sorry for Nash here. If I Die is a spectacular addition to the Soul Screamers series, and one that you will all love.

At the beginning of If I Die, Kaylee is told that she only has six days to live. Six days and then it’s the end. Kaylee is incredibly shocked but she tries to hold it together. All the things she will never do fly through her mind. She has six days to do whatever she wants, but things aren’t easy in Kaylee’s world. An Incubus starts teaching at Kaylee’s school and begins making moves on the girls. He’s in desperate need of a son but he only has a specific time to accomplish it. Kaylee needs to sort out the problem so her friends will be safe when she dies. The thing is nobody knows how to get rid of this incubus and Kaylee only has six days. Six days that fly by and things change so much.
Kaylee is put through a lot in this book. She has to come with terms with her death and that she will miss out on so many life experiences. We see her pain and anger and sorrow. And we’re there beside her feeling the same things. We just want to hug Kaylee and tell her things will be ok. She’s still strong willed and will do anything to make sure her friends will be ok after her death. Like always she puts their safety before her own. 

We get to learn more about Tod in If I Die. We learn more about his history and how much he is willing to lose for Kaylee. We see how much he cares and if anyone deserves Kaylee its Tod. They are perfect together, I only hope it lasts. Tod, I wish you were my prince charming.

Nash is…oh well Nash. His life just keeps spiralling downhill. Things keep going wrong for him but it’s his fault, his actions have consequences just like everybody else. Sabine, seems to cool off a bit in this book, she helps Kaylee and is a shoulder to lean on for Nash. Emma is still the best friend and she’s great, she’s there for Kaylee no matter that she’s a banshee. She’s the best friend Kaylee needs when she needs a break from the non-human world.
I was expecting good book but not mind blowing awesome! I cannot wait to see what’s in store for the gang in Before I Wake, which I have waiting to be read. Eeek I’m so excited. This series has gotten better by each book and If I Die doesn’t disappoint! If I Die is a spectacular addition to the series, full of suspense and heartbreak, that keeps the reader gripping to the pages.

Favorite Quotes :

“That’s because Tod never brings anything but death and bad advice,” I snapped.
“That’s not true.” Tod tried to grin, “Sometimes I bring pizza.” 

“You know, most girls sleep with a teddy bear or an extra pillow. But I gotta say, that’s kinda hot…” 

“You think I need to be rescued?”
“I think it doesn’t hurt to let someone else do the rescuing every now and then, when your own armor starts to get banged up.” 

“As a matter of fact, I was going to offer you something.” 
“What did you have in mind?”
“A field trip. You interested in doing something dangerous, and possibly illegal?”
“Does it involve underage girls, broken curfews and assorted fruit toppings?” 

“So … will you stay with me until it’s over? Please?”

“Kaylee, I would do anything for the girl who granted my dying wish.” 

“There’s an us?”
“As far as I’m concerned…” He leaned forward, his mouth inches from mine, and my pulse spiked. “There’s nothing but us.” 

“Because you don’t belong with him! I tried to tell you that, but you wouldn’t listen, and I thought if you understood that he’d be better off without you, you’d break up with him for his own good. So I…exaggerated how easy it’d be for him to get over you, with Sabine there to step in. But I underestimated how incredibly stubborn you are”
“I prefer to think of it as dedication…” I mumbled.” 

My Soul to Steal (Soul Screamers #4) By Rachel Vincent Review

Title – My Soul to StealImage

Series – Soul Screamers #4

Paperback – 343 pages

Published on January 4th 2011

Publishing House – Harlequin

Characters – Kaylee Cavanaugh , Nash Hudson, Tod Hudson, Sabine Campbell, Emma                            Marshal, Alec

Summary

Trying to work things out with Nash—her maybe boyfriend—is hard enough for Kaylee Cavanaugh. She can’t just pretend nothing happened. But “complicated” doesn’t even begin to describe their relationship when his ex-girlfriend transfers to their school, determined to take Nash back.

See, Sabine isn’t just an ordinary girl. She’s a mara, the living personification of a nightmare. She can read people’s fears—and craft them into nightmares while her victims sleep. Feeding from human fear is how she survives.

And Sabine isn’t above scaring Kaylee and the entire school to death to get whatever—and whoever—she wants.

Review

“Then strong, warm arms wrapped around me from behind. “I’ve got you,” Tod whispered in my ear.” 

I have to say I am completely hooked on this series. Like the previous books in the series My Soul To Steal did not disappoint. These books are getting irresistible with every installment.

With the introduction of a Mara, a creature that reads your darkest fears and creates nightmares for you to have while sleeping so they can feed from your fear, the story knocks the creep-factor up a level. What makes it even more intersting is that the Mara in this story is Nash’s ex-girlfriend, and he is absolutely certain she is not behind the bad things that happen in the book – which means that what she does might not be because of some evil scheme, but because she simply wants to torment Kaylee. She complicates everything for Kaylee, because although Kay doesn’t want to lose him, she can’t be with him right now, whereas Sabine is quite happy to accept he’s done some bad things and loves him anyway.
Kaylee can’t deny that Sabine and Nash obviously have a strong bond, and is terrified Nash will turn to her if she doesn’t take him back soon, but how can she take him back so soon when she’s still struggling with her trust issues? Add to this that Sabine is happy to play dirty by tormenting Kaylee with seriously freaky nightmares among other things, and you will have yourself one seriously stressed out bean sidhe. I know a lot of people hated Sabine but I kinda liked her character.

Sure, she goes about trying to get Nash back completely the wrong way but I have to admire her determination, and was impressed, along with sometimes shocked and angry, at how far she was willing to go to get what she wants. She has had such a tough life, and for all her tough front, she just seems so insecure. Nash may belong to someone else, but he is all she has in the world, and she really does need him. And beyond Nash, Kaylee has absolutely everything Sabine doesn’t – a family, friends, people who care about her, and a generally good life. Sabine is just a really complicated character.

And, if I’m reading things right, I believe the current love triangle might actually become a love diamond (sounds much better than a square or rectangle, don’t you think?)! There might just be a certain someone who also has feelings for our little beansidhe. Another incredible book, and I cannot wait to read the next installment.

Favorite Quotes

“Whoever said it is better to have loved and lost than never to have loved was full of crap.” 

“Anger is great. It’s powerful, when you need something to hold you up. Something to steel your spine. But in the dark, when you’re alone with the truth, anger can’t survive. The only thing that can live in the dark with you is fear.” 

“I don’t have you, and without you, it feels like what I do have doesn’t matter.” 

Reaper (Soul Screamers #3.5) By Rachel Vincent Review

Title – Reaper

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Series – Soul Screamers #3.5

EBook – 64 pages

Publishing House – Harlequin Teen

Published December 1st 2010

Characters – Tod Hudson,Nash Hudson

Summary

Tod Hudson was a typical teenager. He liked girls, sports, food and tolerated his younger brother, Nash. In fact, he had his whole life in front of him–and due to his bean sidhe heritage, it was going to be a very long life indeed. And then the car accident occurred.

Suddenly Tod’s future wasn’t so sure, and he had to make a choice. Life… Death… or something Between….

An ebook exclusive Soul Screamers series novella.

Review

I think I just fell in love with Tod all over again! I mean seriously guys you cannot read Reaper and not love Tod,it just isn’t possible. I was having conflicted feelings regarding being Team Nash or Team Tod but after Reaper no more confliction. Team Tod it is!
Reaper was absolutely amazing and I completely enjoyed every single second of it. However, this story also includes Tod’s pain & sacrifice which was heartbreaking to read. You will surely look at Tod in a different way after Reaper. On the sunnier side this novel cracked me up a number of times. Salute to Tod’s sarcasm for giving us so many LOL moments.
This novella is a perfect glimpse into Tod’s life. But unfortunately as is the case with most novellas it just left me wanting more. I would love to read a spin off of Tod’s afterlife. He’s just such an interesting character, that it’s hard not to love him.

Favorite Quotes 

“So,would you say I’m closer to a zombie or a vampire? I gotta know—are my parts going to rot and fall off, or am I forever frozen in youthful perfection?” 

“Can’t clean up after you anymore, baby brother, so don’t punk out. Make it count.” 

“If I weren’t already dead, I’d be alive with joy.” 

“I’m confiscating your hair dryer—you’ve fried your brain.” 

“What if the house catches fire?” 
“Roast marshmallows. And if it floods, you’ll go down with the ship. If there’s a tornado, I’ll meet both you and this house in Oz, after my shift. Got it?” 

My Soul to Keep (Soul Screamers #3) By Rachel Vincent Review

Title : My Soul To Keep

Series : Soul Screamers #37476122

Paperback– 296 pages

Publishing House : Harlequin Teen

Published June 1st 2010

Characters : Kaylee Cavanaugh , Nash Hudson, Tod Hudson

Summary

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…

Review

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.

Favorite Quotes

“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.”

My Soul to Save (Soul Screamers #2) By Rachel Vincent Review

Title : My Soul To Save

Series : Soul Screamers #2

Paperback : 279 pages

Publishing House : Harlequin Teen

Publishing Date : December 29th 2009

Characters :  Kaylee Cavanaugh , Nash Hudson, Tod Hudson, Addison Page

Summary

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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.

Review

Rachel Vincent does it again guys. I enjoyed this addition to the Soul Screamers series just as much as I did the 1st book and the short novella preceding the 1st novel.
Totally loved the pacing of the novel. Once the book starts so does the plot. There are no chapter fillers or any nonsense. Every page is important.
My Soul to Save is a bit darker and more of the book is set in the creepy Netherworld, a world hidden away from ours by a veil that is only crossable by some supernatural beings, which is populated by monsters and deformed creatures that are dangerous in more ways than imaginable. In the Netherworld everything thing and everyone wants to eat you, definitely not a place for a weekend getaway. I felt like this book really started to develop the soul screamers world and expand on a set of characters that I have already started to love.
In My Soul to Save Tod the Grim Reaper makes a bigger appearance, which is great because he really is one of the best characters in the series. As a Grim Reaper Tod holds the importance of souls above all else and he takes it really hard when a friend of his (in his previous earth-bound life) sells her soul, without realising what that means and what it means for her future. Along with Kaylee and Nash they set out to help Tod, to help his friend, despite the overwhelming odds of dealing with demons, monsters, the Netherworld and one very over-protective parent.
My Soul to Save was well written, unexpected and filled with a wonderful and interesting cast of characters that are anything but forgettable.

Favorite Quotes 

“You two are cracked,” Tod snapped.
My smile widened. “Says the undead man in love with the soulless pop star.”

“Chocolate says “I’m sorry” so much better than words.”

My Soul to Take (Soul Screamers #1) By Rachel Vincent Review

Summary

She doesn’t see dead people. She senses when some

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one near her is about to die. And when that happens, a force beyond her control compels her to scream bloody murder. Literally.

Kaylee just wants to enjoy having caught the attention of the hottest guy in school. But a normal date is hard to come by when Nash seems to know more about her need to scream than she does. And when classmates start dropping dead for no apparent reason, only Kaylee knows who’ll be next.

Review

My Soul To Take is simply a promising start in the Soul Screamers series. Rachel Vincent has taken some of the best loved elements of the YA paranormal genre and given them a quirky and unusual twist. The result? Compulsively readable.
The main concept of this book are Banshees, which I’m sure everyone knows all about. In this case, we are looking at Rachel Vincent’s intriguing take on the Irish-Celtic myth of the bean sidhes, pronounced ‘banshees’, also known as ‘woman of the faeries’. In the Soul Screamers series, a female bean sidhe wails when somebody nearby is close to death. However, there are also male bean sidhes who mythology didn’t know about. Together, female and male bean sidhes can do fantastic things, which I won’t be telling you about because it’s a pretty interesting section when Kaylee learns about her heritage and I’m not going to ruin that for you.
Kaylee’s character is awesome! It’s the kind of character that is very easy to connect with. She’s no goody two shoes, which we see from the very first page as underage, her and her friend Emma sneak into a night club through the back door. Yet she’s neither popular or entirely unpopular either.
The story had lots of good twists and turns. It wasn’t really possible to predict what was going on, what was going to happen and why these girls were dying all over town for no reason. So as things were revealed it was surprise after surprise and then there was a major surprise and I loved that I didn’t see it coming at all!
I’m off to grab the sequel and here’s to hoping that the rest of the series will be just as amazing.

Favorite Quotes

“The worst memories stick with us, while the nice ones always seem to slip through our fingers.”

 

“…don’t judge your future based on others’ mistakes.”

 

“Great. “So not only am I not-human, but Death is my arch foe?” Who, me? Panic? “Anything else you want to tell me, while we’re confessing?”