Title: With All My Soul
(Soul Screamers #7)
Author: Rachel Vincent
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
March 26, 2013
Age Group: YA
Source: ARC from publisher
So here it is: the conclusion of yet another of my favorite series. Did all the YA writers get together to plot to torture us in 2013?
No spoilers below, even if you haven’t started the series yet.
My favorite thing about Soul Screamers: Kaylee has grown so much over the course of these books. As a bean sidthe, or banshee who calls souls of the dead, she started out somewhat naive and unsure of herself, but grew into a strong, admirable young woman. She makes huge sacrifices for her friends and family, but has stayed somebody you’d still want to invite over for popcorn and a movie. ‘Cause you know she’d eat some to be polite, even if she doesn’t…feel like it.
Other things about the series that are done well: strong family bonds. (Aren’t you tired of absent parents or parents who just don’t “get” their teens and are nothing more than annoying roadblocks to a good time?) Well-defined secondary characters, many of whom have their own interesting story arcs. Mythology that is well thought out, with cool soul-calling and blood-letting. Humorous dialogue. Emotional turmoil handled in a reasonable way. Realistic depictions of how relationships with friends and exes change, with both anger and sadness. A love triangle that doesn’t make you want to kill everyone involved. Sex handled in a way that is tender and funny and true. Cute, cute boyfriend. Swoony ice cream kisses.
I still loathe Sabine, though. And I wasn’t a huge fan of the plot line with Emma that continues on through this book, nor of a certain baby/soul subplot. And unlike in the last two spectacular Soul Screamers books, I was frustrated with Kaylee several times because she kept making all these decisions that were clearly going to lead to no good and hurt people, even if they were made with the best of intentions. But props to the author for handling emotional responsibility and consequence in a way that felt satisfying, even if I didn’t necessarily enjoy some of the things that happened.
Overall, With All My Soul by Rachel Vincent offers exactly what you’d want in a series ender: high stakes, heightened romance and feeling, unexpected plot developments, and satisfying emotional resolution. I’ll miss having a Soul Screamers book to look forward to in coming years, but I’m happy with how Kaylee’s story ended. Fingers crossed we’ll get a new YA series from this author soon, too!
This review also appears on GoodReads. An advance copy was provided by the publisher.