Title: My Soul to Save
Author: Rachel Vincent
Publication Year: 2010
Genre: Fiction, Young Adult, Fantasy
Source: E-book version borrowed from the public library
From the cover:
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….
When I finished reading the first book in this series, I wasn’t really sure where it could go afterwards. I mean, how many books could it be where Kaylee tries to control her wailing for people’s souls? But, with My Soul to Save, Vincent managed to show me that the series definitely had a future with more complex problems to come.
I really liked the way that this book tied everything into a larger problem in the world, that of teen pop stars. It seemed like a modern take on the whole “selling your soul to the devil” thing, and the way it was played out was great. The details about the eyes being the windows to the soul (so those without souls have blank eyes) and the introduction of Demon’s Breath as a replacement for someone’s soul was done really well.
I also feel like we got to know Kaylee, Nash, and Todd a lot better in this book. Now that the main problem in the story wasn’t directly related to them, it gave them time to be fleshed out, giving the reader a better understanding of each of them, which I really enjoyed.