Yes, I would recommend this to my friends. Somewhere within this genre there are books that tell great stories, absorbing plots and genuine, deep characters. I'm in my 40's and have never been one to cast away so called, "teen" books as there are excellent authors writing excellent stories. HOWEVER...my friends only became interested when the characters included vampires, werewolves and dense high school girls. I hate to harp on this but enough is enough! I have nothing against the Twilight books, I saw the movies but I do not have true to life cut-out characters in my bedroom nor will I clear my schedule in November when the last movie is shown at the theatres. But each to his own. If you're interested in the teen genre, there are good, imaginative stories to be read and this is one of them. Considering I've listened only to this short intro, I cannot say with absolute certainty that the series won't introduce a vampire but at least it isn't the only draw to the book! Young or old (yes, like me at 40...lol) I think you will enjoy this. Give it a listen, its free and by the time you're finished, I predict that you'll be tempted to buy the next book in the series.
One of the most memorable moments in the book (and there are several packed into this listen) occured at the beginning of the story. Kaylee ((I may not be spelling her name correctly, my apologies) and her friend head over to the mall, chatting and behaving like typical teenage girls. Suddenly Kaylee's mouth clenches shut, her eyes go wide and she stands frozen, caught up in what Kaylee believes is a panic attack. Her friend attmepts to comfort her, they sit down, they talk. They try shopping once again and right in the middle of Sears, Kaylee sees something that again, throws her into complete terror, clenches her jaw shut in an atteimpt to stifle a scream but this time, she looses all self-control. To speak of what happens to her next would be a story spoiler. I will say that Kaylee has the ability to plainly see what it is that may or may not surround a person. It is not clear if what she sees is potentially dangerous to everyone, dangerous only to the person it surrounds or simply a foreshadowing of events that will happen to this individual. I will have to buy the next book in the series to find out what is true.
No, I haven't listened to anything other performances by Amanda Ronconi. I absolutely love the performance she gives in this book. I was really impressed by the way she was able nail the, "teenage" girls giving them the typical scarcastic, self-absorbed way they think and speak, even down the, "like" word interspersed in their sencentes.
She's a great performance artist and I will search for other books she narrates!
I don't know about extreme but it was truly moved by the sheer terror Kaylee experienced when they were in Sears. She was wholly and completely caught in a moment of fear, loss of self control, clawing at her neck in an attempt to make it stop, screaming without the power to make it stop and then colapsing on the floor, being removed by security guards because she lost all sense of herself. She was utterly consumed by the images and the feelings they provoked. I truly felt sorry for her.
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The Aunt was my favorite character because she seemed so nonchalant.
The last scene was my favorite with the girl "taking too much".
Now, I must read the other 2-3 books in the series!
All Kaylee Cavanaugh wanted to do was go to the mall with her best friend, and plot the demise of her recent ex-boyfriend. Unfortunately, something strange and dark will keep Kaylee from enjoying her shopping trip. This isn???t one of Kaylee standard anxiety attacks, and the only way to release the pain is to scream! After blacking out, she wakes to find that she has been strapped to a bed in mental health ward of the local hospital. Kaylee is confused by what she saw at the mall, and everyone seems to think that she has a mental breakdown.
I loved seeing Kaylee as a somewhat average teenager. All she really worried about was school and how to get back at he ex-boyfriend. She is almost carefree, in comparison to Kaylee once she finally understands what and who she is. You get to see glimpses of the strong character that she will become throughout the series.
It was great to see Kaylee???s best friend Em, as well. I just adore her most of all, because she sticks with Kaylee through thick-and-thin. They have such a sweet, innocent friendship at this point in the story. We also get to see Nash in his all is alpha, jock glory. I would have like to see just a little interaction between Kaylee and Nash, but that is probably me just being greedy.
Amanda Ronconi???s narration of MY SOUL TO LOSE was spot on! I find that it???s hard to listen to most YA audiobooks, because they narrator either sound to old or far to young. Amanda was able to convey everything from the light-hearted mood in the beginning to the despair Kaylee felt towards the end of the book.
My only complaint about this audiobook, is the fact that is ended so quickly. I really thought there should be just a little more. Other then that, I really enjoyed this audiobook prequel. It was great to take a look back and see how it all started. It was fun to see a Kaylee not so burden down with problems of the world on her shoulder. MY SOUL TO LOSE was a great introduction to the Soul Screamers world and it's characters.
Your mind will take you places like you've never been before when you listen to a story like this! I've listened to this many times and it's a psychological story that you'll never forget! The narrator's voice is soothing as you go even deeper into this story!
This book series falls under supernatural, with out being "same stuff, different day". There's alot of fun in it and Vincent created a world that you can get lost in... Probably a series for younger readers and maybe a little geared for the female reader, never the less... I, a 30 y/o male, read&listen to a wide range of SiFi/Fantasy: from Harry Potter to Interview with a Vampire to Harry Dresden. I enjoy this and It's something other then twilight to share with my 14y/o sister.
Amanda Ronconi is amazing and brings the characters and the world to life for me.
This book is captivating from beginning to end, I didnt put it down. As having been diagnosed with a mental disorder, I could relate to this 200%. Very descriptive and well read. I plan on reading it again!!
This was a nice free preview into the Soul Screamers series. I am not sure how I will feel about the series yet but the free preview got me to buy the first one. Hey it’s free why not try it out.
I really enjoy this series. This was a refreshing topic in the Paranormal genre. I'm an older reader, and there is a bit more sexual content than I would necessarily prefer (for the teen audience), so keep that in mind if you are considering this for your child. (The two main male characters both have a reputation as a 'ladies man', and it's brought up alot.) I know this is a natural topic for teens, but the heroine never makes a clear decision on it for herself, other than an internal conflict of whether she should be sexually active or not. so I'm not sure what the authors point is, in keeping her indecisive. So that's really my only complaint. That it feels as if it should be geared to older teens (17 and up) or adults. Again that's my only complaint. The context of the story is awesome.
I have enjoyed this free audiobook. I listened to this at work, and it made the time fly by. The story was suspenseful and at times I was like "what the heck" when some of the supernatural stuff appeared. Overall it was good.