Title: My Soul to Take
Author: Rachel Vincent
Publication Year: 2009
Genre: Fiction, Young Adult, Fantasy
Source: E-book version borrowed from the public library
From the cover:
She doesn’t see dead people, but…
She senses when someone 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…
Even though the characters were introduced in the two prequel novellas, My Soul to Take is the first actual full-length book in this series. And this is where I really got hooked, because before that, I wasn’t really sure how I felt about the characters.
In this book, the main characters of Kaylee and Nash are shown as average teenagers, but the book is set up right from the beginning to make the reader sympathize with Kaylee. How she feels and what’s happening around her are very confusing and frustrating, and we feel that in the way Vincent writes. Nash, on the other hand, comes across a bit as a “cool guy”, a bit mysterious … but once we see him interacting with Kaylee, he becomes more nuanced. The reader starts to fall a bit in love with him, too, as we see how he takes care of this girl he barely just met.
As for the premise of My Soul to Take, I rather enjoyed it. So many fantasy books these days focus on vampires, shape shifters, and the fae, that it was nice to read something with a different focus. And the particular way that Vincent has incorporated banshee mythology into the modern world is pretty fascinating. I’d definitely recommend that you give this series a shot.