Friday, March 23, 2012

Double Take Review: My Soul to Lose (Soul Screamers #0.5) by Rachel Vincent

Synopsis (Goodreads):
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 which comes burbling up again and again. Everyone thinks she's crazy. Everyone except Lydia, that is. Another patient with some special abilities....
Original review: 12/30/10
My Thoughts:  Okay. Now, I might have a slightly different reaction to this read-through than I did the first time around. I still like the overall story and I'm impressed with the amount of story we were given here but... I'm supremely unhappy with Kaylee's Aunt and Uncle. It really bothers me that they stuck her in a mental institution when THEY KNEW WHAT WAS WRONG WITH HER FROM THE START and it had nothing to do with her being crazy-cakes. While I'll admit that they might not have had a choice in bringing her there initially since her screaming fit was in such a public place, the fact that they left her there for a week makes me a little rage-y. On the other hand, knowing that Lydia pops up later makes this a nice (and very mysterious) introduction to her and her power. Still, I'm rather peeved at her Aunt and Uncle for doing what they did.

If I can overlook my anger at her Aunt and Uncle, this is a pretty fabulous story. I take that back, this is a pretty fabulous story whether I can get over my anger or not. Rachel Vincent brings Kaylee's heartache and pain at being locked up front and center. She's terrified that maybe she really is crazy (which brings me back around to the Why Didn't They Tell Her? question) and she's trying her hardest to not make any waves so she can get out.

Honestly, this is a great addition to the overall arc and it both brings in a character we'll see later and touches on a traumatic event in Kaylee's past that is hinted at in the books. I'm still mad at her Aunt and Uncle, though.

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
             Double Take Review
Book 4: My Soul To Steal
Book 5: If I Die

More books by Rachel Vincent

Reading challenges: The Soul Screamers Reading Challenge


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    1. I also need more time. TIME. Can you create more time for me, please?

    2. *starts tinkering with the time machine I have stashed away in my crawl space* I'm on it.