by Rachel Vincent
Published by Harlequin Teen Release date : March 26th 2013
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
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"What does it mean when your school is voted the most dangerous in America? It's time to kick some hellion butt...
After not really surviving her junior year (does "undead" count as survival?), Kaylee Cavanaugh has vowed to take back her school from the hellions causing all the trouble. She's going to find a way to turn the incarnations of Avarice, Envy and Vanity against one another in order to protect her friends and finish this war, once and forever.
But then she meets Wrath and understands that she's closer to the edge than she's ever been. And when one more person close to her is taken, Kaylee realizes she can't save everyone she loves without risking everything she has....
Years ago, I picked up a random book called, My Soul To take. Not knowing what to expect or what I was really getting into, I took it home, hid in my reading corner and started it. Immediately becoming one of my favorite series, The Soul Screamers whisked me away into an original, terrifying world full of paranormal creatures you only see in nightmares. Now, at book 7, we are saying goodbye.
I honestly let this sit on my shelf for a few weeks, instead of devouring it right away. And I almost let it sit longer. It’s nothing bad just… once I read it, then it’s REALLY over. But I couldn’t NOT read it. So, I trudged in with a heavy heart. And as much as I love this world and Kaylee, I can’t help but feel… hollow and.. disappointed with this one.
Beings it IS a final book, this one is hard to review without spoiling.. ANYTHING really. So details are vague.
Let me just say; I love this world! It’s fascinating, scary and so original. Having different paranormal creatures other than vampires and werewolves is so refreshing. The Netherworld is one freaky place you don’t want to get caught in. The gory details are awesome and leave you no wiggle room to imagine what these things can do, how creepy they are and how much you would NEVER want to see one.
It has been quite the journey with Kaylee. Learning of her true heritage, being a bean sidhes (Banshee) Losing loved ones, gaining family, falling in love and throughout it all, Kaylee has become a fierce, strong, determined and loving protagonist. She has grown so much since first meeting her, and I love that. Her loyalty and her protectiveness to all those she loves is admirable. The cards dealt to her have been shitty, losing hands and she has really stepped up. I’ve been waiting for her to get MAD. We see the tears, the disappointments and heart-break, but she was never MAD. So I couldn’t help to say “ABOUT TIME WOMAN!” But I can’t help but admit how irritating she can be. Her habit to always play the martyr was something that has grated on my nerves from the start, and here is no exception.
I enjoyed the banter and love between all these characters. Tod is still swoon worthy. Nash and Sabine are still hilarious yet infuriating. We see more a Sophie and Lucas (And btw, who the hell IS Lucas? That little novella apparently was REQUIRED TO GET IT) I appalled Emma a lot in this one. She’s been dealt a shitty had too, and although she has issues… adjusting, she is still fierce.
As for the whole plot; I thought this one was kinda slow. The plot is more or less the same as ALL of them, stop Avari (or his “friends”) But, I would say AT LEAST half the book was a wrap up on loose ends. It was needed, mind you, but I couldn’t help but feel slightly disappointed. I mean, c ‘mon, we have been waiting for YEARS to see this damn Hellion pay. Everyone dinged around and talked, as though they had ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD, until they didn’t.. Then everything was rushed after that. The whole baby subplot was lost on me; I didn’t and still don’t see the point of it all. Then the introduction of Ira. Bitchiness set aside, I thought Kaylee was really clever. She’s always been pretty smart; but what she did with Ira….
And the ending. OH, the ending. I closed the book, sat there and said “that’s it!?” All this time, all this plotting and… that was it? *sigh* It was rushed and.. anticlimactic.
Overall~ I did like it. It just wasn’t what I was expecting or hoping for to the ending of one of my favorite series. I would still recommend it though.
Tonyalee is an avid reader, gym junkie, coffee addicted workaholic and blogger. Be sure to follow on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram for random shenanigans.