Sunday, 21 April 2013

#200 Book Review: With All My Soul

With All My Soul (Soul Screamers #7)
Release Date: 1 April 2013
Author: Rachel Vincent
Publisher: Harlequin Teen Australia
Source: Publisher for Review
Format: Paperback
Where to Buy:  Fishpond | Booktopia
More Info: Goodreads

Summary:
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 will need 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...


Cover:
This change to the UK cover for the final book in the series is definitely surprising. I am quite disappointed as my series won't match because I have the previous 6 books with the US cover. I prefer the US cover for With All My Soul, the golden dress is absolutely gorgeous!

Story:

Kaylee Cavanaugh is taking her final stand!

[Warning: Spoilers for those who haven't read the books in the series, particularly Before I Wake]

Saying goodbye to a series, and not just any series, one of my all-time favourite series, is definitely hard. While I haven't been a fan of Rachel Vincent for a long time, I devoured the first 6 books in the Soul Screamers series mid-2012 and I have been waiting for With All My Soul ever since then. The thing that made the wait bearable was the fact that Before I Wake did not end in a cliffhanger. So, did I enjoy With All My Soul? Well, enjoy is an understatement. I love With All My Soul with all my heart. (Well, I actually wanted to say with all my soul but I think the pun might be too much!)

I actually don't quite remember what happened in Before I Wake but the start of With All My Soul slowly refreshed my memory of the major change that happened to Emma in Before I Wake, and also other events that happened which affected the characters in the book. Kaylee is determined to bring the hellions down so that they can never harm her loved ones again, but that is difficult as the hellions are challenging to defeat. While that is the major plot of the story (trying to defeat the hellions), the plot also covers Traci's 'pregnancy', Emma's adaptation to her 'new' life and of course, the amazing relationship between Kaylee and Tod. What particularly surprised me was the climax of the series. It's so clever, smart and genius. I want to applaud Kaylee for that, but I guess the one I should truly applaud is Rachel Vincent for writing such an epic series.

Characters:
This is the bit I'm most excited for! Kaylee has definitely grown throughout the series, after all the hardships she had to endure. It's good to see that she has her happy ending after the climax of the plot. One thing that hasn't change is Kaylee's tendency to act rashly and secretively. Throughout the series, we are no longer surprised by the decisions Kaylee make which can be quite impulsive at times. She makes major decisions in this book too and while I can't really say I'm happy with the choice she makes, I understand why she makes them.

What I particularly adored is Tod. He is perhaps the only character who I found absolutely perfect! Kaylee is not exactly a perfect girlfriend but Tod is not the obsessive controlling boyfriend. He tries to understand Kaylee's decisions, controlled his anger and never ceases to love her no matter what happens. Those are the qualities of a perfect boyfriend! Tod completely outshines other characters. Sure, I adored Nash but he annoyed me quite a few times. Not to mention Sabine. I know she's not 'evil' anymore but I still dislike her. At first, I was quite against Nash and Sabine being together but in the end, I can accept that they do belong with each other. There's also Sophie and Luca. I still don't like Sophie but Luca is such a sweet guy! Sophie should definitely feel lucky that she has Luca as her boyfriend!

My favourite scenes are definitely Kaylee and Tod's moments in the book. I savoured them, particularly those swoon-worthy scenes including secret confessions and sharing ice-creams! Kaylee and Tod are perfect for each other.

Overall:
Wow, that turned out to be a such a long review! All in all, With All My Soul is the thrilling, beautiful and epic conclusion to the Soul Screamers series. I devoured this book in about 4 hours and I particularly loved all those scenes between Kaylee and Tod. I guess this is goodbye for now, Soul Screamers series. But rest assured, I'll be re-reading you again hopefully soon! (Just so I can read about the two lovely Hudson brothers, particularly *cough* Tod!)
5 Forget-Me-Not flowers for With All My Soul!
Thank you Harlequin Teen Australia for the review copy!

PS: Here's my favourite quote from the book :')

Kaylee: "Do you trust me, Tod?"
Tod: "With everything I have and everything I am. With all my soul."

*sigh* ♥TOD♥

8 comments:

  1. I love this whole series, and I thought this was the perfect ending. Great review! :)

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  2. I've heard so much about this series, so I really must start it - ESPECIALLY if the ending is this spectacular. It is so hard to come by a perfect ending to a series, so that in and of itself makes me want to pick this one up at once! Wonderful review, Celine! :)

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