Series: Soul Screamers #2
Published by Harlequin on January 1st 2010
Number of Pages: 304
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Urban, Young Adult
Purchase: At Amazon
When Kaylee Cavanaugh screams, someone dies.
So when teen pop star Eden croaks onstage and Kaylee doesn’t wail, she knows something is dead wrong. She can’t cry for someone who has no soul.
The last thing Kaylee needs right now is to be skipping school, breaking her dad’s ironclad curfew and putting her too-hot-to-be-real boyfriend’s loyalty to the test. But starry-eyed teens are trading their souls: a flickering lifetime of fame and fortune in exchange for eternity in the Netherworld—a consequence they can’t possibly understand.
Kaylee can’t let that happen, even if trying to save their souls means putting her own at risk...
Kaylee is finally learning to control her abilities. And her powers seem to be growing, though not in the unbelievable super-power! way. She always seems to end up in the thick of trouble, mostly because she seems to have a saving people thing. If using her powers will help or save another person, she’ll do it. Even if it means she gets into huge trouble with her father, or puts herself and her friends in danger.
I love Nash. I liked him in the previous book, but I liked him even more in this one. He thinks it’s a bad idea, and says not to do it. But when Kaylee decides to do it anyway, he goes with her to keep her safe. I like how he seems to be the voice of reason, even if she doesn’t always listen to him. And even though her father seems to think he’s a bad influence, it’s actually Kaylee and his brother Tod that are the bad influences.
I loved Tod in the last book. But not so much in this one. I understand why he did what he did, but at the same time, it made him come off as not caring at all about Kaylee. I didn’t really like Addie at all, not until the very end. And even then she didn’t make a big impression on me.
We finally get to meet Tod’s boss Levi, and that was surprising and funny. I also liked how Kaylee managed to get the answers she needed because she asked people no one else would have dared to. In some ways that was slightly unrealistic, because it made Tod out to know less about his own job (being a Reaper) than Kaylee did. But it also made perfect sense. Tod wouldn’t ask because he knew not to ask, but Kaylee asked because there was no one else she could think of to ask. And at those points, she had nothing to lose by asking, and a lot to gain.
I really like this series so far, and love how the main character is a fantasy creature you don’t usually read about much. The way Banshees are portrayed are unique (there are male Banshees! And they don’t have the female Banshee mythological talents!), and yet they also manage to stay true to the mythology.