When Kaylee Cavanaugh screams, someone dies.
So when teen pop star Eden croaks onstage and Kaylee doesn’t wail, she knows something is dead wrong. She can’t cry for someone who has no soul.
The last thing Kaylee needs right now is to be skipping school, breaking her dad’s ironclad curfew and putting her too-hot-to-be-real boyfriend’s loyalty to the test. But starry-eyed teens are trading their souls: a flickering lifetime of fame and fortune in exchange for eternity in the Netherworld—a consequence they can’t possibly understand.
Kaylee can’t let that happen, even if trying to save their souls means putting her own at risk …
I found many of the characters in this book annoying and couldn’t enjoy it as much as I had hoped. The story is interesting but predictable – Kaylee wants to save all the poor teenagers who have given their souls away, claiming they didn’t know what they were giving up. I really struggle with this, because it’s their SOUL, surely everyone grasps the enormity of giving it away. I had absolutely no sympathy for the ‘victims’ and this took away from my experience of the book.
In My Soul to Save Kaylee ceases to be interesting and becomes hypocritical and whiny. I think Nash had the right idea to let those teenagers suffer the consequences of their stupid decisions, but Kaylee is determined to save them with or without her boyfriend. Kaylee always seems to have all the right answers, knowing the rules of the Netherworld despite never having been there. She’s judgemental when other characters want to trade one life for another, but admits that she would trade another stranger’s life for that of her best friend Emma.
Kaylee wouldn’t have gotten to me so much if the other characters were in any way redeemable, but the quality of the whole cast is seriously lacking. Nash only has two modes in the book: reasoning with Kaylee because of her silly schemes and trying to get into her pants. They never get to progress their physical relationship however because Tod keeps popping in! Literally. Tod, who started off as the character with the most potential, is surly and unpredictable, and I was unimpressed by him.
Unfortunately my experience of My Soul to Save wasn’t what I had hoped. I didn’t like many of the characters and think the story is silly. I plan to continue the series, however, because I like the mythology behind it and want to see where Kaylee’s powers take her.
About the book:
- Date published: 29 December 2009
- Publisher: HarlequinTeen
- Format: Paperback, 279 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780373210046 ISBN 10: 0373210043
- Categories: Fantasy, Young Adult
- Goodreads / The Book Depository
- My review of My Soul to Lose (Soul Screamers 0.5)
- My review of My Soul to Take (Soul Screamers I)
- My review of My Soul to Keep (Soul Screamers III)
- My review of Reaper (Soul Screamers 3.5)
- My review of My Soul to Steal (Soul Screamers IV)
- My review of If I Die (Soul Screamers V)