Tuesday, October 12, 2010

My Soul to Lose by Rachel Vincent - Book Review #96

Tuesday, October 12, 2010
My Soul to Lose (Soul Screamers, #0)
by Rachel Vincent

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....
From goodreads.com

I was planning to read the first book from Soul Screamers series – My Soul to Take – when I learned about prequel novella My Soul to Lose that was available for free download from B&N. (It is no longer free on B&N or Amazon, however you can still read it for free from the author’s site.) I prefer to read books in the sequential order of events in the story, not in the sequence of how they were written or when published. So I put down the first book and downloaded the prequel.

To tell you the truth I was expecting cliché YA paranormal romance. And I definitely wasn’t expecting anything grand from the tiny prequel novella – in length no more than ninety pages that was, as it seemed to me, written only for the promotional purposes. (At what any other case did you see books being given away for free?)

I got hooked on the story from the first pages. Rachel Vincent managed to create a very realistic atmosphere of the tension, confusion, loneliness and despair – the range of emotions main character, Kaylee, was going through. I also think that Rachel Vincent portrayed psychiatric unit very believable. Despite of the depressive emotions, this story was packed with action, adding fear, anxiety and anger into the spotlight of the novella. Vincent also crafted a fully fleshed out main character, endowing her with a very unique paranormal talent. I don’t think that I ever heard about YA book that explored same ability as Kaylee had. It was definitely not a cliché such as vampires and werewolf have become.

My Soul to Lose definitely raises more questions than gives answers. It turned out to be a great teaser prequel: long enough to make you interested, but not long enough to let you get a grab on everything. With more excitement and interested than I was before I read it, I leaned over, reached for the first book in the series - My Soul to Take – and cracked the cover open…


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