The Soul Screamers Read-A-Long is hosted by Christen at Goldilox and the The Three Weres, and of course, me, Laura, here at Little Read Riding Hood!
For March we are reading & discussing book two in the series, My Soul to Save, here at Little Read Riding Hood! If you missed the discussion for My Soul to Lose and My Soul to Take you can find it here.
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…
For the most part, I really like this series. But there are a few things I want to get off my chest first. One, they make a big deal about not telling Addy exactly what Tod is, then all of a sudden she seems to know not only what he is but is ok with it. Pick one or the other, or explain the transition, don’t just expect me to suspend my belief on that conversation (of course it is entirely possible I missed that conversation taking place, but it should be memorable). Two, I find it really difficult to follow Kaylee’s train of thought sometimes. I guess that is good sometimes, in that it leaves you guessing, but it is also frustrating.
With those specific, and probably specific to me, gripes out of the way, I really am enjoying this. I do look forward to the next book. Vincent does a great job building the rules for the world and keeping them consistent. The characters, and their reactions to events are believable and consistent. Can you tell consistency is important to me?
There is significantly more tension of the sexual nature in this book. Kaylee and Nash have been together for about 6 weeks now, and he seems to be wanting more from their relationship. She still isn’t sure, which I think is great. Plus, Tod is a great tension breaker when things look like they might get out of hand.
Something that many YA books seem to gloss over is parental involvement. A lot of times these kids seem to have free reign to do what they want when they want. Not here, and that adds another level of tension to the already nerve-wracking nature of what they are trying to accomplish. The parents are involved, and react like my parents would when I was in high school if they caught me having snuck out, or lying about where I had been. Oh my gosh these parents actually care? What a novel concept!
Overall this is a great YA. It’s a pretty easy read, yet still deals with a tough subject, death, in a believable manner. There are enough light moments to balance out the not so light ones, and the characters are consistent (YAY) in not only their actions, but their reactions. Definitely something I would recommend if you have not read the series already. And if you’ve started it, it’s worth continuing.
Check out Christen’s thoughts here.
*WARNING* These questions may include things you would consider spoilers
- When you found out Addy had sold her soul, did you feel sorry for her or think she had received her “just desserts”?
- Obviously Kaylee, Nash, and Tod were going to help her, but in the same situation would you have or would you have left her to her own destruction? Would finding out about Reagan have changed your mind?
- Do you think they would have been in more or less trouble if they had told the parents what was going on earlier?
- What was your reaction to Kaylee realizing Tod knew she could die from the infection in the Netherworld and not telling her?
- Have your opinions about any of the characters (Kaylee, Nash, Tod, Emma, Sophie, Harmony, Kaylee’s Dad, etc?) changed from book 1 to book 2? How so?
- Do you think what Tod did at the end is going to come back to haunt him at some future time?