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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Harlequin Teen (August 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373210035
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373210039
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (238 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #788,532 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Twilight fans will love it." - Kirkus Reviews "Highly recommended for adults and teens alike." - Book Bitch "Fans of those vampires will enjoy this new crop of otherworldly beings." - Booklist "Wonderfully written characters.... A fast-paced, engrossing read that you won't want to put down." - TeensReadToo.com "I really enjoyed reading this book. It had me begging for more...." - Publishers Weekly blog" --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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'Folklore, mystery, and romance swirl together in a story unlike any other out there. I thoroughly enjoyed it.” —Melissa Marr, New York Times bestselling author of Wicked Lovely

“Twilight fans will love it.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Highly recommended for adults and teens alike.” —Book Bitch

“Fans of those vampires will enjoy this new crop of otherworldly beings.” —Booklist

“My Soul To Take grabs you from the very beginning.” —Sci-Fi Guy

“Wonderfully written characters…. A fast-paced, engrossing read that you won't want to put down. A story that I wouldn't mind sharing with my preteen…. A book like this is one of the reasons that I add authors to my auto-buy list. This is definitely a keeper.” —TeensReadToo.com

“I really enjoyed reading this book. It was interesting getting inside Kaylee's head. To feel every joy, every sorrow and every blood curtailing scream she cried. It had me begging for more…. I can't wait till 2010 to unravel more of the story. Any person looking for a different kind of story will love this book just as much as I did.” —Publishers Weekly blog

More About the Author

Rachel Vincent is the author of the Shifters series, about a werecat named Faythe Sanders, who is learning to define her own role in her family and fighting to claim a place in her Pride.

Rachel's young adult series, Soul Screamers, debuted on August 1, 2009. My SOUL TO TAKE is the first in the series, about a teenage bean sidhe (banshee) trying to balance a normal high school experience with the terrifying, hidden world she's just discovered. Soul Screamers Book 5, IF I DIE, will be available on October 1, 2011.

BLOOD BOUND (Unbound, book 1), the first in Rachel's new adult paranormal series, will debut September 1, 2011.

A new resident of San Antonio, Rachel Vincent has a BA in English and an overactive imagination, and she consistently finds the latter to be more practical. She shares her workspace with two black cats (Kaci and Nyx) and her # 1 fan. Rachel is older than she looks-seriously-and younger than she feels, but remains convinced that for every day she spends writing, one more day will be added to her lifespan.



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Since, My Soul To Take was one amazing book that mixed together mystery, romance, and the world of Bean Sidhes.
Lauren
The plot definitely twists and turns a lot throughout the whole book, but I thought the twist towards the end was pretty major--it had me gasping out loud!
Melissa Owens
I loved these characters from the very beginning; Kaylee, Emma and Nash are all very real and I wanted to know more about them.
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Raven Leck VINE VOICE on January 3, 2010
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Nearly passed over this unique piece of paranormal fiction- incredibly glad I decided to order! (The description on the rear cover of My Soul to Take is a weak one.) Finished in just two sittings (would have been one if "real life" hadn't gotten in the way!), and already looking for the sequel. Better than I anticipated, easy to read, and twists I did not see coming. I have to admit, what was, I presume, supposed to have been the climactic revelation, I figured out halfway through; however, there were so many other things going on & so many directions they could take, I didn't mind knowing that one bit of information.

Kaylee Cavanaugh sneaks into a club with her best friend Emma. Comfortable with living in Emma's shadow, Kaylee is surprised, yet delighted, when sports hottie Nash Hudson takes notice of her & asks her to dance. Her delight is short-lived, however, when Kaylee recognizes the beginnings of another of her "panic attacks." In the midst of the crowded club, Kaylee's vision hones in on a beautiful young girl Kaylee has never even seen before- yet knows beyond a shadow of a doubt the young girl will die. Her "attack" is intensified by not only fighting the overwhelming urge to scream, but also the fear of "losing it" in front of Nash. With Emma & Nash's help, Kaylee is able to exit the club & calm down without giving in to the horrible urge. Having never even mentioned her "gift" to Emma, Kaylee suddenly feels compelled to tell Nash her secret. When he doesn't go running for the hills, Kaylee begins to feel she can indeed trust him, and agrees to meet him for lunch the following day.
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33 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Tez Miller on July 20, 2009
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What could be illness - neurological or otherwise - may be something much deadlier in Rachel Vincent's first young adult urban fantasy Soul Screamers novel, MY SOUL TO TAKE.

Shadows blanket a girl who's about to die. Kaylee Cavanaugh wants to warn her, but can't. Withholding Kaylee's growing grief-stricken shriek is more than she can handle alone, so having Nash Hudson calm her is some relief. Except that he knows too much about Kaylee: not just WHO she is, but also WHAT she is. Together, they may be able to save potential victims of an unseen-to-the-human-eye serial killer, but there's always an exchange rate. If one person is saved, someone else will still die...

I'd heard this was a good book, but didn't expect it to make me cry. Too personal to share why here, but it just goes to show that the most powerful fiction is that which strongly resembles real life. However, once 100 pages had gone and the story became more paranormal, I was fine. I could distance myself from it, and should be able to read the following novels in the series tear-free.

The twists and turns are intriguing, and form an engrossing read. A truly outstanding novel, it'll be a hard act to follow but one to watch, come MY SOUL TO SAVE's release in January 2010.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Anidori-Isilee on July 23, 2010
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Kaylee Cavanaugh can feel when someone is about to die, and when she does, she gets to the urge to scream. She's already been hospitalized for it. Fortunately, she doesn't often come across people who are about to die. That is until classmates of hers start dying for no cause and Kaylee might be the only person who can do something to stop the mysterious deaths.

MY SOUL TO TAKE is standard YA paranormal fare. If you want to be blown away by a book, this probably isn't it. If, however, you're looking for some enjoyable light reading and are a fan of teen paranormal romances, Rachel Vincent's YA debut is worth picking up.

Bean sidhes are new in YA fiction, and it's refreshing. Kaylee doesn't really have superpowers - no super-speed or super-strength or ESP or whatever. Another pleasant thing about this book is the fact that Kaylee's standard love interest (hot and popular and interested in the not-hot, unpopular heroine) is also a bean sidhe, and I'm struggling to think of another series in which both the protagonist and the love interest are supernatural beings living in the human world.

The characters are pretty straightforward. Kayeee's likaable enough, but she doesn't have any traits to really make her stand out, and Nash - her love interest - seems to have no flaws. But Kaylee's best friend, Emma, and Tod the Reaper add some fun to the cast. (Tod's my favorite character in the series.) Vincent's writing is also solid enough. No sparkling sentences or anything truly remarkable, but nothing wince-inducing.

All in all, MY SOUL TO TAKE is a fun read. If you're looking for something to distract your from everyday life and you're a fan of the genre, then pick up MY SOUL TO TAKE. If paranormal books aren't your thing, then you might want to skip MY SOUL TO TAKE, although I'd recommend it over some other popular titles.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By schmettajames VINE VOICE on June 6, 2010
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I wanted to like My Soul to Take. I really did. It's a great concept. Banshees have a really interesting mythology, and Vincent's take on it has a lot of possibilities. Unfortunately, it doesn't live up to its potential.

The worst part is that the heroine, Kaylee, has no personality. No interests. Nothing to make her come alive. She has a lot of potential to be an interesting character. She's just learned that she's a mythological creature, and she's basically been abandoned by her father. Unfortunately, the character just didn't work for me.

Kaylee has a love interest, Nash, who she claims she can't get involved with because he's a "player," but her resolve to stay away from him lasts about 5 minutes. Sadly, the love interest is just as dull as Kaylee. The only characters with potential was Tod the reaper. He gives me hope that the subsequent books in the series might be better.

The plot also has issues. It just meanders along and then suddenly the bad guy is revealed, and the reader is left saying "huh?"

There are much better books in the YA paranormal genre, so I'd recommend saving your money for them. I hope this series gets better with subsequent books, but I doubt I'll be reading them.
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