In my review of My Soul to Save, I said that the Soul Screamers series was becoming rather episodic... well, this book makes me want to retract that statement. While the novel begins like a simple "new adventure" for Kaylee, events quickly take an extremely personal turn. Instead of fighting for the lives of strangers, Kaylee is fighting for those closest to her. This change gave the series a bit more gravitas and made this book my favourite in the series so far.
There is a big twist that takes place in the middle of the book - and unfortunately I found out about it before I read the book. To those of you who have no idea what I am talking about... stay that way until you read the book! Even though I was still somewhat shocked by the big revelation, I think it would have hit a lot harder if I hadn't known about it.
Big twist, you ask? Well, let's just say it is a complete game changer and I love game changers. While I don't like it when authors randomly kill off characters just for the sake of it, I do love it when they introduce something small that escalates naturally into a whole new disaster. And that? That's what Rachel Vincent did in My Soul to Keep. It was masterfully done and gave me a whole new respect for this series. While, sure, it's terrible - the twist completely revitalises the verse.
Now, I can't end this review without talking about some of the characters. I am having trouble understanding Kaylee. She spends most of the book hiding rather important problems from her father and uncle... which considering how dedicated she is to protecting people seems completely illogical. Surely consulting with people with decades of experience would be a good idea? But no. I think part of that might be Vincent's desire to keep parents out of the adventure, but it felt rather forced.
And then there is Nash. Eh. I've never been a Nash fan, mostly because we have never gotten to know him. He's always kept Kaylee at arms-length, while she has always been completely honest with him. My Soul to Keep made me even less of a Nash fan, and now I just want Kaylee to keep away from him. Far far away. I am Team Anyone-but-Nash! This book made me just... gah! Nash is going to have to sit down for a real soul-baring conversation with Kaylee before I let him anywhere near that girl!
Bottom line? My Soul to Keep lifts the Soul Screamers series from "good but not fantastic" to "this is something to write home about".