Paperback, 279 pgs.
Published: August 1st, 2009 by Harlequin
She doesn't see dead people. 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.
I've had the first two books in this series ever since the second one came out. When Rachel from Fiktshun decided to do a Soul Screamers Challenge with one book a month through June I decided this was the perfect chance for me. And one a month works great cause I don't really have to feel any pressure. Want to sign up? Click the button!
So I'm a little torn with YA paranormal these days. Even though I'm often okay with the story and enjoy it I don't feel real moved or blown away very often. And I can't say this one really blew me away but I did enjoy it and there were many aspects I enjoyed quite a lot.
I really liked the concept of the soul screamers. My immediate reaction was that I felt a little like it was just ridiculous but as I read on I realized that it worked, I did like it and I really wanted to learn more about it and how it works, why it's like that, etc. We haven't got a lot of history on it yet, but it was probably the perfect amount for the first book. It got us interested and relayed info as we needed it instead of an info dump.
The characters were good. I liked Kaylee and I liked Nash. I don't think they really blew me away, but they were both interesting and likable and they were sweet together as a couple. And they didn't really annoy me. I did feel the insta-love that was in play in this one but I was okay with it. I think maybe they took things a little fast, like they should have been 'in like' more then instantly 'in love', but it wasn't a huge negative for me. They are teenagers and sometimes I just have to remind myself that that is how it is. And I actually liked that their relationship was pretty drama free. That was a big bonus. It drives me crazy to see the characters overreacting about everything and they weren't like that at all. It took a little bit, like Kaylee just didn't understand why Nash liked her just out of the blue but I think the mystery and discovery of everything made her distracted enough and she just needed him since no one else knew what was going on. That helped move her past any drama she may have felt.
I felt like the story had lots of good twists and turns. It wasn't really possible to predict what was going on, what was going to happen and why these girls were dying all over town for no reason. So as things were revealed it was surprise after surprise and then there was a major surprise and I loved that I didn't see it coming at all!
Overall this was a good start to a series that has potential to great. I definitely recommend you pick it up!