Narrator: Amanda Ronconi
Series: Soul Screamers #1
Published by Harlequin Enterprises Ltd. on August 1, 2009
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult
Length: 8 hours 31 minutes
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.
My Review (3/21/13):
This book was pretty good. I enjoyed leaving behind vampires, werewolves, witches, etc for a refreshing new supernatural character. Kaylee is an endearing teenage girl with a terrible ability: she can see when someone’s about to die. What makes this ability particularly unfortunate is that all Kaylee can do is scream, very loud and without control. She can’t talk; she can’t warn anyone. All she can do is appear absolutely crazy. I enjoyed getting to know her and watching her try to figure what’s going on with her, all while dealing with her bratty cousin (who she deals with). Oh, and did I mention that young girls are dropping dead like flies?
The plot was also different, but unfortunately large parts of it were pretty predictable. Vincent did surprise me a couple of times, making the book a pleasant, but not gripping read. I’m going to continue with the series, in hopes that this book suffers from “first book syndrome” and the later books will be a lot more exciting and at least a little less predictable. The characters are endearing, and I’m interested to see them develop in later books as well. Overall I’d recommend it for a refreshing young adult read.
About the audiobook narration: This was my first book to listen to that was narrated by Amanda Ronconi. She is an incredible reader and really brings the different characters personalities to life. While I think I would have felt about the same about the book’s negative points had I read it, my love for the characters probably was equal parts writing and narration. I highly recommend picking up this book on audio!