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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

My Soul to Take by Rachel Vincent

Genre: YA Romance

Copyright: August 1, 2009

Pages: 384 pages

J. Kaye’s Rating: 4/5

Nona’s Rating: 4/5

Kaylee Cavanaugh attends Eastlake High School and tries to be a normal kid. The only problem is she isn’t normal. She can tell when a person is getting ready to die. Not only that, she has this need to scream when it happens. It’s not these short little screams, but long, loud ones where she loses her voice. It’s something she can’t control and it’s landed her in the mental ward.

When Kaylee and her best friend, Emma, were out dancing, it happens again. This time though, Nash Hudson, a really hot guy from school is there. She’s not sure what he does to her, but his voice has a calming effect and she’s able to control her screaming. Little does she know that Nash understands what’s going on. The secrets he reveals will open up a mythological world of faeries and creatures of the Netherworld.

As Kaylee tries to understand the secrets that have been hidden from her, classmates are dying for no apparent reason. Kaylee and Nash with the help of a reaper, try to uncover the reason before anyone else dies.

This was a fun, fast urban fantasy novel with just a touch of romance. There were a couple of spots that threw me off or maybe it was my narrow mind that couldn’t get around the whole grim reaper thing. Once I was able to relax with that, the story picked back up for me.

My daughter, who also read the book, loved the grim reaper angle and felt it added drama to the story, especially Tod – okay, he was a favorite character of mine too. She felt the love interest that developed between Kaylee and Nash was a bit much at times, but I didn’t feel that way at all.

The ending had the perfect formula. It didn’t leave us just hanging there, but we both are anxious to read the next book in this series..

Countess of Hearts
Visit J. Kaye at her blog: J. Kaye's Book Blog and a very special thank you to J. Kaye's daughter Nona for her contribution to this review!

73 comments:

Teddyree said...

Loving the whole J.Kaye/Nona review angle. I've got this one coming up soon :-)

Alaine - Queen of Happy Endings said...

Excellent review J. Kaye and Nona, I'm definitely going to read this one!

Patti said...

Great review! I love her shifter series but haven't read this one yet.

Heather D said...

Loved the review! I recently got this one for my Kindle. I didn't realize it was YA, so maybe I will get my daughter to read it too.

Leslie said...

aww i love how J.Kaye includes her daughter! that is too cool :D awesome review!

Mishel said...

I really want to read this. I haven't read anything by Rachel yet. I want to start her Shifter series too.

Deanna/ibeeeg said...

Yet again J.Kaye - I love your review with your daughter. Again, another book to add to my list for me to read as well as one of my daughters (12 yo). Having your opinion and your daughter's opinion is helpful. Thanks.

Debbie's World of Books said...

Loved the review! Now I'm excited to go home and read my copy. So glad I jumped over here to read your review. This Royal Reviews blog looks great!

Jenny Girl said...

Well of course they put her in the padded cell. She is lucky they put her in a jacket too.
Sounds like a great story though. Reminds me of a show called Dead Like Me. Grim reapers don't always wear black. Excellent joint review.

kay - Infinite Shelf said...

Great review, and I agree : Tom was one of my favorite characters too!

J. Kaye said...

Teddyree, I am liking it too...lol! She and I like different points and it's cool to see which ones those are!

Alaine - Queen of Happy Endings, I am thrilled about this new line of books. Can't wait to read more.

Patti, this was my first experience and I loved it!

Heather D, I'll be joining you in Kindleville soon. ;)

Leslie, this was actually an experiment, but I plan to keep it up!

Mishel, Me either. Now that I have, I want to read more.

Deanna/ibeeeg, Thanks! :)

Debbie's World of Books, isn't it? Love the ladies behind this blog's idea!

Jenny Girl, total new thing for me. ;)

kay - Infinite Shelf, I am hoping there will be more of him in the next book!

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I thought this book was just spectacular. I can't wait for the next one. I love your reviews!

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Angela said...

I've only read one book by Rachel Vincent so far and while I enjoyed it I keep thinking I would like this new YA series from her even more. It just sounds like such a different kind of story.

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Bethie said...

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jennifermorrill said...

I had to snicker to myself when I saw you turned the comments off on the post at you blog. Hrm....wonder why :) (insert sarcasm).

I'm loving the Nona/J. Kaye joint reviews too. I was ust playing around last night and saw that the prequelish novella to this book is available for free download to your kindle from amazon and to a reader from Barnes and Noble. The more I read about it, the more I want to read it!

So...Yes, I love YA Romance Week at Royal Reviews! And I'm beginning to just flat out love Royal Reviews period.

A question though, I subcribe to both blogs anyways, but where will the winners of this and your other contests be announced?

Thanks!

Julie said...

Sounds like a really interesting book.

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J. Kaye said...

fredamans, Tena, ~Jennifer~ & I Heart Book Gossip - couldn't agree more.

Amy J - It one not to be missed.

Zia - I am looking forward to book 2.

Mary - I feel the exact same!

Angela - this was my very first!

Bethie - me too!

Amanda - it's an awesome one!

jennifermorrill - I figured it would help guide viewers without the comments. ;) The giveaway info is on the post. The one that lead you here. End of the month as with all the giveaways. :)

Julie - it is!

Martha Lawson - I was impressed by this one!

J. Kaye said...

bookjourney - it's a good 'un!

Wendy said...

Fab review, guys! I've heard such good things about this series!

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Lee P said...

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Veens said...

I have read many reviews about this one! And sounds really good! Nona, as always thanks for the review and your thoughts!
Thank You J. Kaye!

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Another excellent review =) I've heard such great things about this one.

I haven't read anything by Rachel but she seems like an excellent author!

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ParaJunkee said...

I read the prequel, my soul to lose, and I really want to read this book. Great review as usual.

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J. Kaye said...

Wendy, Lee P, Veens, GFDesignz, Debbie F, Jaime, Bella & Stacie - thanks!

Tynga - Have you gotten book 2 yet?

Jessy & Tracey - Me too!

tetewa - This was my first experience with this author...and it won't be my last!

Mishel - Me either. This was my first.

ParaJunkee - Holy cow! I thought at was the sequel.

Deanna/ibeeeg - You know my beliefs. Better to be safe...lol.

J. Kaye said...

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4.0 from Mom and Daughter! That's great!
I do like Rachel Vincent and of course -
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Thanks for a chance to win, J. Kaye!

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