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Rachel Vincent - My Soul to SaveReviewed by Jennifer Jensen

Dekker Media can make all a teen’s pop star dreams come true: for a steep price. Just sign your soul away on the dotted line and you are guaranteed glamour, wealth, and fame for the rest of your mortal life. In exchange, your soul will be tortured for all of eternity in a shadowy parallel reality called the Netherworld. When teen pop queen Eden collapses in the middle of an energetic concert, Kaylee Cavanaugh knows what she has to do. As a bean sidhe (pronounced banshee), Kaylee can’t help but scream when a person is about to die. Kaylee’s wail serves a greater purpose, though; it aids the soul in leaving the body so it can be collected by a grim reaper.

When Kaylee doesn’t get the urge to scream, she thinks everything is going to be ok. But Kaylee’s life is about to get even more complicated when Demon’s Breath instead of a soul exits Eden’s body. Kaylee, her boyfriend Nash, and Nash’s grim reaper brother Tod are about to put their own souls in danger to prevent more girls from suffering a hellish afterlife. Can Kaylee save Tod’s former flame, local teen star Addison Page, before the oldest grim reaper in recorded history comes to collect? It’s a race against time as Kaylee and friends navigate through the treacherous Netherworld and take on the biggest entertainment industry in Hollywood.

My Soul to Save, the second of Rachel Vincent’s Soul Screamers series, was an even more exciting read than its predecessor, My Soul to Take. This series, which is from the viewpoint of teenage bean sidhe Kaylee Cavanaugh, is a fresh departure from a genre overridden with vampires and werewolves. Expanding on actual Irish history and mythology, Vincent has created a truly believable world where bean sidhes, demons, grim reapers, and humans co-exist. In future installments, I look forward to seeing even more of the Netherworld and learning more about the work ethics and practices of the grim reapers.

I buy Rachel Vincent’s books as soon as they hit the shelves. Having fallen in love with her Werecats series, featuring smart-mouthed Faythe Sanders, I knew Vincent’s debut YA series would be just as intoxicating. Though written for a younger age group, the Soul Screamers series has just as many twists and turns, dark plot points, and intriguing characters as her adult series. The right blend of romance, good vs. evil, and the paranormal will keep me dancing on my toes waiting for each new release from this talented author.

Rating: ★★★★★ 

Jennifer graduated from the University of Utah with a BA in English. She occasionally dabbles with her own fiction writing, particularly with the Young Adult and Paranormal genres. She currently resides in Utah with her husband and daughter.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Harlequin Teen. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.