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My Soul to Take – Rachel Vincent

 “’Come on!’ Emma whispered from my right, her words floating from her mouth in a thin white cloud. She glared at the battered steel panel in front of us, as if her own impatience would make the door open.”
When Kaylee spots the girl in the nightclub she knows the girl is about to die; Kaylee senses the shadow closing in and resists the urge to scream. It’s happened before and Kaylee is scared. Leaving the club before anything happens it’s not until the next morning that her theory is proven; the girl appears on the news having died in the nightclub toilets.
Then more girls die, day after day and Kaylee is terrified. What can she do to stop them when all she can do is scream?
With a little help from hot boy Nash, Kaylee learns why the feeling engulfs her when death is near and eventually works out what is happening to the girls. Can she stop it before she and her loved ones find themselves in danger?
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I borrowed this one from the library and for some reason didn’t fancy reading it during the first loan of three weeks. I’d heard it was good but my sister had struggled with some aspects of it so I was slightly put off. I wanted to read it though so I renewed my loan and finally got around to reading it and I’m so glad I did!
The story really gripped me – I knew from the summary that Kaylee wasn’t human *slight spoiler but only I you haven’t taken any notice of the summary* – that she was a banshee – and I worked out very quickly that Nash was different in some way too. I loved the way that Rachel Vincent altered the idea behind banshees and because she explained it I think it worked really well.
I thought in some places it was a little predictable but for the first in what is to be a six book series I really think it grips you and pulls you right in.
The characterisation was brilliant Kaylee takes most of whats going on in her stride – with a fun sarcastic attitude and some hilarious one-liners – teamed with Tod and Nashthe humour in this book was unexpected but worked a treat!
This wouldn’t be a full review if I ignored the two boys – come on! They’re hot! I could tell as soon as I met Nash that he was the guy who held all the girls’ attention at school, though I was a little put off in that he sounded a bit stalker-y at first! He redeems himself later on but at the end of the book I was slightly unsure about him. I’ll reserve judgement until I’ve read the future books though! Also Tod… he was funny and a very intriguing character. I want to know more about him so I hope his character is bigger in the next books as I really think he adds something to the book.
Although the book takes place over only four days I really don’t think any of it felt long and drawn out at all. I was really impressed with the pace of t book and my attention didn’t dip at all. I loved the story, character and the pace and I can’t wait to see what the next book has in store for me. I really do recommend this series, and that’s just from the first book!

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