With All My Soul (Review)

Book cover for "With All My Soul" by Rachel Vincent.Title: With All My Soul

Author: Rachel Vincent

Publication Year: 2013

Pages: 382

Genre: Fiction, Young Adult, Fantasy

Source: E-book version borrowed from the public library

From the cover:

What does it mean when your school is voted the most dangerous in America?

It’s time to kick some hellion butt…

After not really surviving her junior year (does “undead” count as survival?), Kaylee Cavanaugh has vowed to take back her school from the hellions causing all the trouble. She’s going to find a way to turn the incarnations of Avarice, Envy and Vanity against one another in order to protect her friends and finish this war, once and forever.

But then she meets Wrath and understands that she’s closer to the edge than she’s ever been. And when one more person close to her is taken, Kaylee realizes she can’t save everyone she loves without risking everything she has.…

(This is the sixth and final book in the Soul Screamer series, after Reaper (novella), My Soul to Lose (novella), My Soul to SaveMy Soul to Keep, My Soul to Steal, If I DieNever to Sleep (novella), and Before I Wake.)

Everything comes to a head in this book. All the drama, the conflict with the hellions, and the relationships between the characters come together to make it a rather action-packed finale to the series. I was actually rather impressed. I’ve read a lot of YA series where the final novel is a bit of a disappointment: they’re too slow, too predictable, or just don’t feel satisfying for one reason or another.

With All My Soul was plenty satisfying.

I loved that most of the ends were tied up, and that the conflict with the hellions finally came to a head. No more dancing around the issue. I also liked that not every single thing worked out with a happy ending. It feels more realistic to me when books are like this. Yes, we all like things to work out in the end, but to me, it’s more satisfying if there are a few things that don’t go “their way”. It’s like people – our flaws make us better than we would be if we had none.

Definitely give this series a go, and stick with it through the end. It’ll be worth it.


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