Title: My Soul to Keep
Author: Rachel Vincent
Publication Year: 2010
Genre: Fiction, Young Adult, Fantasy
Source: E-book version borrowed from the public library
From the cover:
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…
I didn’t see this one coming. Between the parallel to drug addiction in schools (Demon’s Breath) and the first real trouble brewing between Kaylee and Nash, My Soul to Keep took the series in a bit of a more serious direction. I mean, not that screaming for people’s souls when they die wasn’t serious, but not in the same, relatable-to-real-life kind of way.
The characters really come into their own as real and flawed in this book. The way they interact is fraught with anxiety, with wanting everything to be “perfect”, and with each of them struggling with their own inner demons – not to mention the actual demon who’s providing the Demon’s Breath in balloons for high school students to get a hold of.
By the end of My Soul to Keep, the series has taken a turn for the more dramatic. Everything has come together again, but it’s hard to tell how long the peace will last.