Book Review: My Soul to Lose by Rachel Vincent

It was supposed to be a fun day, shopping at the mall with her best friend. Then the panic attack started and Kaylee Cavanaugh finds herself screaming, unable to stop. Her secret fears are exposed and it's the worst day of her life.

Until she wakes up in the psychiatric unit.

She tries to convince everyone she's fine--despite the shadows she sees forming around another patient and the urge to scream which comes burbling up again and again. Everyone thinks she's crazy. Everyone except Lydia, that is. Another patient with some special abilities....

I am not really a fan of short stories.  It takes a lot for me to really enjoy one.  That said, My Soul to Lose was the exception to my usual reaction to short stories---I really enjoyed this one!  

My Soul to Lose is a prequel to Rachel Vincent's Soul Screamers series.  When you start My Soul to Take, Kaylee's stay in a psychiatric unit is alluded to but you get no details.  In My Soul to Lose, we get the rest of the story: what led to Kaylee's hospitalization and her stay in the psychiatric unit.  

I felt so sorry for Kaylee during this novella!  She has no idea why she sees shadows around people, feels like they are going to die, and then can't stop screaming.  Her aunt and uncle are no help and Kaylee has no one to turn to.  She meets Lydia in the psychiatric unit, but does not forge a friendship with her until the end of the book.  When Kaylee finally finds someone who might know what's going on with her, circumstances change and she is left in the dark again.  

I would recommend reading this before My Soul to Take.  Fans of the series will love this novella.

Just One Gripe: 
It was just too short!  I wanted more, more time with Lydia, more time to get to know Kaylee, more story.

The Best Thing About This Book: 
Finding out the circumstances behind Kaylee's hospitalization.

Appropriate for a younger audience: 

Characters: 4/5
Plot: 3/5
Setting/Imagery: 3/5
Originality: 4/5
Ending: 3/5
Total Score:  17/25


  1. I really should try these soon :)

  2. I just bought this one at the Smart Chicks stop in The Woodlands...I will get to it. And I agree on short stories, they're too short!

  3. I think I might have got Kelli this one at the book tour too :). I still need to read Rachel Vincent...I am SLOW


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