Title: With All My Soul (Soul Screamers #7)
Author: Rachel Vincent
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
Publisher: Mira Ink (5th April 2013)
KAYLEE CAVANAUGH’S TAKING HER FINAL STAND!
After spending the last year undead, Kaylee has had enough of the paranormal creatures who have plagued her ever since she came into her banshee powers. Now she’s ready to take her school back from the evil hellions, once and forever.
To protect her friends, Kaylee needs to find a way to turn the living incarnations of Avarice, Envy and Vanity against one another.
Yet when one more person close to her is taken, Kaylee realises she can’t save everyone she loves without making some powerful sacrifices . . .
Rating: **** (4 stars)
Rachel Vincent brings her brilliant Soul Screamers series to a close in With All My Soul. Kaylee realises that something needs to be done about Avari; the hellion is too fixated on her, and is more than prepared to go through her friends and family to get to her. In With All My Soul Vincent shows Kaylee’s struggle to find a solution to her problem with Avari and his obsession.
The final book in a series is always a difficult one to read. Going into With All My Soul I was more than a little nervous about how Vincent was going to wrap up the series – I was either going to love what she did with the characters, or I was going to hate it. Vincent did not disappoint me. I thought the final resolution of the book and series was actually really cunning, and I didn’t see that particular twist coming at all! The final couple of pages were a bit twee, but on the whole Vincent did an excellent job bringing the Soul Screamers to a close.
The major plot of With All My Soul revolves around Kaylee trying to find a way to deal with Avari, and he does not make it easy for her. Avari is very good at manipulating people and getting what he wants, and even Kaylee and her friends fall for his tricks. I really enjoyed the battle between Kaylee and her friends and the hellions. It was really believable and a tense read – the stakes were definitely high in this book.
Not only did I enjoy the plot of the book, but I also liked the character development. Kaylee, Todd, Nash, Sabine, Emma, Sophie, Luca, Harmony, Brendon, and Kaylee’s Dad made a really great team. There was a definite sense that they were all connected, and Vincent did a brilliant job with the secondary characters – they all felt individual and real. Vincent also introduced a new character to the series – Ira, who I thought was kinda neat and who I wish had appeared earlier in the series as he seems really interesting.
If you have not read this series then you should. Vincent creates a really interesting world and some pretty complicated characters who come alive on the page. If you are a fan of urban fantasy you should definitely consider this series, and if you’ve read some of Vincent’s more adult work don’t let the fact that this series is YA put you off.