She senses when someone near her is about to die. And when that happens, a force beyond her control compels her to scream bloody murder. Literally.
Kaylee just wants to enjoy having caught the attention of the hottest guy in school. But a normal date is hard to come by when Nash seems to know more about her need to scream than she does. And when classmates start dropping dead for no apparent reason, only Kaylee knows who'll be next...
About the Author
A native of the dust bowl, Rachel Vincent is the oldest of five siblings, and arguably the most outspoken of the bunch. She loves cats, devours chocolate and lives on flavored coffee. Rachel's older than she looks--seriously--and younger than she feels, but remains convinced that for every day she spends writing, one more day will be added to her lifespan.
The new Soul Screamers series introduces readers to a new kind of teen heroine in the bean sidhe (pronounced "banshee"). Kaylee Cavanaugh has been plagued with visions of people dying since she was a little girl. Her aunt and uncle tell her she is delusional. As she grows older, however, Kaylee is no longer able to control her visions and finds herself screaming as she sees the souls of young women. This first series title introduces Kaylee and her classmate-turned-boyfriend, Nash, who is also a bean sidhe. While her family remains mum on what is really going on, Nash and Kaylee start to investigate the deaths of teenage girls that only have one thing in common—Kaylee's presence at the time of death. With the help of Tod, a reaper, the three find that not everyone who dies is supposed to. When Kaylee's best friend Emma dies, Kaylee realizes the power inside her can also bring people back from the dead. It takes quite a few pages to finally get into the story—for this reviewer it was more than three-quarters of the book—but one hopes that it is a fault of being the first installment. The ending and subsequent reveal of the villain is not only a letdown but also absurd. It is a book for teens who like a lot of romance with their fright, but purchase The Devouring by Simon Holt (Little, Brown, 2008/VOYA October 2008) for a better scare and new twist on an old story. Reviewer: Sarah Sogigian
Harlequin Teen's debut series, Soul Screamers, starts off with a bang. This first volume introduces readers to the likable and willful Kaylee Cavanaugh. Kaylee's life has gotten super strange ever since she realized that she sees shadows surrounding people who are going to die and feels an almost irresistible compulsion to utter a lengthy, bloodcurdling scream when death arrives. Kaylee is confused and distraught until she is let in on some secrets that her family has kept from her. Truth comes in the form of hunky Nash Hudson, who informs Kaylee, in between steamy kissing scenes, that neither she nor he is exactly human. They are bean sidhes, or banshees, and together they can put a dying soul back in its body-for a price. Kaylee confronts her family, learns about her history and her power and, with the help of Nash and her family, figures out why several beautiful young girls have dropped dead from no obvious causes. Plenty of paranormal thrills, mystery and sexy first-base-only romance. Twilight fans will love it; more discerning readers will think it ridiculous, but what do they know? (Supernatural romance. YA)
Series: Soul Screamers
Audience: Teenager / Young Adult
For Ages: 12 - 17 years old
For Grades: 7 - 12
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 1st August 2009
Dimensions (cm): 20.5 x 13.9 x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.195