Friday, March 23, 2012

Double Take Review: My Soul to Keep (Soul Screamers #3) by Rachel Vincent

Synopsis (Goodreads):
Kaylee has one addiction: her very hot, very popular boyfriend, Nash. A banshee like Kaylee, Nash understands her like no one else. Nothing can come between them.Until something does.Demon breath. No, not the toothpaste challenged kind. The Netherworld kind. The kind that really can kill you. Somehow the super-addictive substance has made its way to the human world. But how? Kaylee and Nash have to cut off the source and protect their friends—one of whom is already hooked.And so is someone else…
Original review: 01/03/11
**Warning: This below review contains spoilers, the original review does not**
My Thoughts: This has been the hardest book to re-read in the series thus far. I not only had to force myself to start it, I had to force myself to keep reading it. Not because of the writing or anything, but because I have a lot less patience for Nash's problems this time around. It's funny how knowing what's coming for these characters down the road can change our perspective on their actions. The bottom line for me was that there was NO excuse for him allowing what happened to Kaylee to go on without saying something after the first time. I don't care that he was dealing with an addiction. IT'S NOT AN EXCUSE. While I didn't condone his actions the first read-through, I was more forgiving of him because I saw it as a path his character had to take. This time? I'm not feeling the forgiveness.

Here's the thing, if a person wants to spiral down a path of self-destruction... okay, fine. Do it. But DO NOT pull the girl you claim to love down that path with you. This was the same issue I had with Tod in book 2 when he risked Kaylee's life to save a girl who had willingly sold her soul for fame and fortune. That bothered me, but at least Tod was trying to help someone while doing it. Nash, on the other hand, is nothing but selfish when he remains quiet. His wholesale betrayal of Kaylee's trust - repeatedly - is what got to me.

While this was a hard book for me to re-read, it's obviously one that stirs my emotions. Yep, I'm feeling a wee bit rage-y toward a certain bean sidhe and I'm not afraid to show it. The writing's still solid, the depth of this world is fabulous and I really do love the characters. I might want to throttle Nash for the way he handled this situation but I still love dipping my toes into their lives.

*narrows eyes at Nash* We'll see how I feel about that one after the next book.

Other books in this series
Prequel: My Soul To Lose
Prequel: Reaper
Book 1: My Soul To Take
             Double Take Review
Book 2: My Soul To Save
             Double Take Review
Book 3: My Soul To Keep
Book 4: My Soul To Steal
Book 5: If I Die

More books by Rachel Vincent

Reading challenges: The Soul Screamers Reading Challenge


  1. I just read this one for the first time and really enjoyed it. What irritated me was:


    If Nash had just TOLD his mum about his addiction she could have gotten him those's not his fault he inhaled demon's breath the first time round so no one would have judged him for it....yet he gives into it instead of finding a solution.

    Great second review!

    The Cait Files

    1. OMG! YES! That was one of the things that bothered me, too! I wanted to give him a good shake and tell him to man up and deal with his problems before he got people seriously hurt or killed.

    2. Boys can be so dumb sometimes, right, Chels?

  2. I still haven't read the first one yet.

    1. It's an excellent series. I'm loving this re-read.