Series: Soul Screamers 1
Debut: July 29, 2009
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, and only Kaylee knows who'll be next.
Rogue Chronicles Entry No. 11
I met a new species! Yep, Banshees, never had them in a novel before. So how awesome is that? I enjoyed it very much. I admit that I only thought of them the "old-fashioned" way: as pale, white-haired old women who look more like ghosts and wail in a pitch you wish you were deaf. Thus, I was very suprised to not only find them normal-looking, although old but non-aging immortal, but to find out there are male banshees as well who, on top of everything, work in an entirely different way. Yup the whole set-up and background is very interesting, and I am looking very much forward what else this series will present me with! Oh, and the way the old, mystic and paranormal is worked into modern society? Very nice! I like this kind of secret botherhood you could find if you tried, where there is a huge network of people who actually know the truth, yet they still seem to be more of a myth. Tickles in all the right places!
Now, characters. I see a lot of Team Tod, but he didn't really have that much of an appearance in the first volume yet, so I'm still undecided about him and Nash. However, both boys sure have their points of awesomeness, and Kaylee as well as her dad and her aunt, uncle and cousin all have nice shades and facetts to their individual characters, and I'm curious to find out even more about them. I'm sure they come and suprise me at one point or another! Kaylee herself... well, she was a bit dumb, seriously. She took a lot longer than myself to put the pieces of her puzzle together and her reactions where nothing exciting, but I still kinda like her. She didn't strike me as too superficial and teenaging, maybe except when she's around Nash 😛
However, I hope she will not remain in this state but actually grow in the following novels, otherwise I guess it'll be just anohter YA PR novel, and it'll grow boring very fast. Well, I'm tolerant, I guess, more so than most others, but... ah, I dunno. We'll have to wait and see.
Area Scan: Style: 3.5/5 -- Plot: 4/5 -- Characters: 3.5/5 -- Romance: 2.5/5 -- Drama: 4/5 -- Humor: 4/5 -- Fantasy: 3/5