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.” – Goodreads.
My Soul to Save is the second book in the Soul Screamers series and, in my opinion, was just as good, or, at the very least, only slightly worse than the first. Generally speaking, the second book in a series is the one that can make or break a series, and I am extremely glad that this novel made the series for me. The brilliance of the first novel continues within this novel and really forces the reader to want to know, and read more; it really opens up the series.
Addison Page has everything she ever wanted.
Admittedly, this series is the first that I have read that focuses on Bean Sidhes (Banshee’s), yet this doesn’t stop me from loving the series wholeheartedly. It does, however, leave me quite stranded in having something to compare it to but I feel that the book does itself enough justice to not need a comparison. I really enjoy the world of the Bean Sidhes and enjoyed witnessing how the world grew throughout the book. I think what makes it more interesting is that as a reader, we’re learning about this new world at the same pace as the protagonist, Kaylee. It brings a sort of understanding between reader and protagonist which is often lost when the protagonist knows more about their powers than the reader.
Talking of Kaylee, I really liked her in this book. I liked her in the first one too, she showed strength and was independent and not willing to let anyone control her, if she could help it. She was dealing with feeling like an outsider and not knowing why and then she had to deal with the why and I just loved her journey in the first book. This strength, control and independence (aside from her dependence on Nash) continues in this book and you really get to see more of Kaylee and how much she just wants to help. She wants to use her ‘gift’, her existence to help others without the consequences, if possible. She steps out of her boundaries and goes behind her dad’s back but she does it all for the sake of someone else, not just because she is feeling rebellious and I just love that about her.
Except the soul she traded for success.
I also adore Nash. I love his eyes. I love how they swirl. But really, I just love how much he has fallen for Kaylee. I love that he goes along with her hair brain schemes to make sure that she’s safe and happy. It is such a joy to watch the way he is around his brother, Tod as well. I particularly liked him in this novel as he tried to look after Kaylee when she was hurt while at the same time helping out his brother whom he knew was extremely upset with everything going on. I like the strength that he shows throughout the book and how concerned he was with Kaylee and just… I love him, okay?
The romance in this book was just right, in my opinion. It wasn’t too gushy, it didn’t feel too forced either, it just felt right. Nash completes Kaylee, he calms her when she can’t control the scream and he watches her when she’s not looking. She looks out for him and can’t seem to function when he’s not in the room with her. They are just so perfect for each other and it is really shown throughout the book as they work together to make sure that everything goes well.
The plot of this book was really original and interesting and I just loved it. I loved how much Nash didn’t want to do it and yet knew deep down that he would never have a choice. He would do it because he would be there to look after Kaylee and Tod. I also liked seeing more of the underworld and all of the dark and grisly creatures underneath. I liked the grass that cut like blades and the creatures that were hooked on souls like a kind of drug. I liked the end of this book and how it all turned out in the end, especially since it was not expected! It was full of adventure and action and left the book screaming out to be read more and more.
Kaylee, Nash, and Tod have five days to reclaim Addy’s soul.
One of the few problems I did have with the book was Kaylee’s dad. He had left her with her Aunt and Uncle since she was three but has since stepped in to take on the father role again but I feel that he is suddenly too over-protective. It is almost like Kaylee can’t take a step outside without having to tell her dad where she’s going. It’s a bit… infuriating, if I’m being honest. I also wished we could have seen more of her cousin Sophie, because after everything from the last book, I thought it would have been interesting to see how that relationship changed. And, the last nitpick I have is about Kaylee’s best friend. In the first book, before Nash turned up, they were like two peas in a pod and then in this book, you barely saw her and it kind of feels like Kaylee got a new life and left her old friend while she snuggled up close to Nash. But of course, this is more of a personal annoyance with the book than anything else. Luckily, it’s not something you notice until you’ve finished the book and take the time to reflect on it all!
This book is fun, adventurous and really gets you turning the pages and not wanting to put it down. It is interesting and really full of awesome moments that make you glad to have read it. I would suggest, however, reading the first book before picking up this book because although it does mention the things that happened prior to this book, it might be too confusing to an outsider. I would recommend this book to anyone who just wants someone different within the paranormal YA genre.
Faye is twenty one years old and is currently studying Film and Television at university and is in her third and final year. She has been blogging about books and films for six months and is thoroughly enjoying herself while she does it! She’s not sure where she wants to end up in her future but knows that if it involves writing, books or films then she will be happy and that is all that really matters! She updates her blog almost daily with reviews, interviews, giveaways, articles and memes. She can be contacted by email via twitter; @daydreamin_star.