Monday, January 11, 2010
Well, it's only the one book really. Rachel K. Vincent's My Soul To Take (from Amazon because I ran off and left my copy at home):
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…
I've been meaning to buy a copy of this since I found Rachel's blog, and I just found one for cheap at my local Walden Books (which will sadly soon be closed). I'm so glad I bought it. I read the whole thing that night and stayed up past 1AM to finish it.
My Soul to Take is about Kaylee, a girl with "panic attacks" that are actually death omens in the form of uncontrollable urges to scream. Kaylee is a bean sidhe (banshee), and she doesn't even know it. On top of wailing at inopportune times, Nash, the hottest guy in school, has taken an interest in Kaylee for some unknown reason. And as if things couldn't get worse, she has a "panic attack" in front of him, effectively ruining what little social standing she had, or so she thinks. Suddenly pretty, popular girls start dropping dead, and Kaylee blames herself for not being able to warn them because of her screams.
MSTT is fantastic. I couldn't put it down. Kaylee is a compelling narrator and her interactions with Nash made my heart pound as much as it did hers. I felt her fear and heartbreak when her life started falling apart and girls started dying. But bean sidhes aren't the only things running around in MSTT; there are grim reapers too, and one of them, Tod, is as much of a hotty as Nash is, only he's got the bad boy thing working for him too.
The lore was incredibly iteresting. I'd never heard much about bean sidhes, but Rachel describes everything without preaching or shoving information down your throat. In fact, I'm completely taken with bean sidhes now, and can't wait to get my hands on the next one to find out what's new with Kaylee and Nash and to learn even more about them.
MSTT is a hauntingly beautiful YA novel with unique descriptions and characters who resonate. If you can't get the book or aren't sure if you'll like Kaylee, I recommend checking out the prequel to the series My Soul to Lose. If you've read the book and didn't know about the prequel, that's ok, it isn't necessary to understand the rest of the books. But it is a good, short read that introduces you to Kaylee and her... condition.