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Thursday, January 19, 2012

SOUL SCREAMERS READING CHALLANGE: Rachel Vincent's MY SOUL TO LOSE (Audiobook Review)

Soul Screamers Reading Challenge


I can’t begin to tell you how much I love Rachel Vincent’s Soul Screamers series. It is full of deep characters, strong relationships, and fighting for what is right.

I was ecstatic when I first found out about Fiktshun’s Soul Screamers Reading Challenge, and couldn’t wait to get started. Since I have already read the entire series so far, I decided to go back and listen to the audiobook versions.




Series: Soul Screamers (prequel)
Author: Rachel Vincent
Narrator: Amanda Ronconi
List Price: $0.00
Listening Length: 1 hour and 48 minutes
Program Type: Audible Audiobook Version (Unabridged)
Publisher: Harlequin Enterprises, Ltd. Audible.com
Release Date: July 8, 2009
ASIN: B005NDAV1W
Buy MY SOUL TO LOSE from Audible.com




My Ratings

Plot: 4.5/5
Setting: 5/5
Writing: 5/5
Originality of Plot: 5/5
Characters Development: 4/5
Ending: 4/5
Narration 5/5
Cover Art: 4/5
Likelihood to Recommend: 5/5

Overall: 41.5/45 = 92%



Synopsis

It was supposed to be a fun day, shopping at the mall with her best friend. Then the panic attack started and Kaylee Cavanaugh finds herself screaming, unable to stop. Her secret fears are exposed, and it's the worst day of her life....Until she wakes up in the psychiatric unit.

She tries to convince everyone she's fine - despite the shadows she sees forming around another patient and the urge to scream that comes burbling up again and again.

Everyone thinks she's crazy. Everyone except Lydia, that is. Another patient with some special abilities....



My Review

All Kaylee Cavanaugh wanted to do was go to the mall with her best friend, and plot the demise of her recent ex-boyfriend. Unfortunately, something strange and dark will keep Kaylee from enjoying her shopping trip. This isn’t one of Kaylee standard anxiety attacks, and the only way to release the pain is to scream! After blacking out, she wakes to find that she has been strapped to a bed in mental health ward of the local hospital. Kaylee is confused by what she saw at the mall, and everyone seems to think that she has a mental breakdown.

I loved seeing Kaylee as a somewhat average teenager. All she really worried about was school and how to get back at he ex-boyfriend. She is almost carefree, in comparison to Kaylee once she finally understands what and who she is. You get to see glimpses of the strong character that she will become throughout the series.

It was great to see Kaylee’s best friend Em, as well. I just adore her most of all, because she sticks with Kaylee through thick-and-thin. They have such a sweet, innocent friendship at this point in the story. We also get to see Nash in his all is alpha, jock glory. I would have like to see just a little interaction between Kaylee and Nash, but that is probably me just being greedy.

Amanda Ronconi’s narration of MY SOUL TO LOSE was spot on! I find that it’s hard to listen to most YA audiobooks, because they narrator either sound to old or far to young. Amanda was able to convey everything from the light-hearted mood in the beginning to the despair Kaylee felt towards the end of the book.

My only complaint about this audiobook, is the fact that is ended so quickly. I really thought there should be just a little more. Other then that, I really enjoyed this audiobook prequel. It was great to take a look back and see how it all started. It was fun to see a Kaylee not so burden down with problems of the world on her shoulder. MY SOUL TO LOSE was a great introduction to the Soul Screamers world and it's characters.



Rachel Vincent's Books

Soul Screamers (YA Series):
0.5) My Soul to Lose (2009)
1) My Soul to Take (2009)
2) My Soul To Save (2010)
3) My Soul To Keep (2010)
4) My Soul to Steal (2011)
5) If I Die (2011)

Unbound Series (Adult Series):
1) Blood Bound ( 2011)
2) Shadow Bound (2012)

Shifters Series (Adult Series):
1) Stray (2007)
2) Rogue (2008)
3) Pride (2009)
4) Prey (2009)
5) Shift (2010)
6) Alpha (2010)



Related Websites

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Rachel's Website
Rachel's Twitter
Rachel's Message Board


2 comments:

Kristin said...

I love your review! I was sneaking peaks at everyone's before I wrote mine. Great idea to listen to them this time! I love how your reviews are set up, too, with all the related information!

C-ya on the SSRC!!! :)
Kristin @myparahangover

Rob said...

I wanted to thank you for this worthwhileread!! I’m certainly enjoying every little part of it. I have you bookmarked to read new stuff you shall write.

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