Review: With All My Soul by Rachel Vincent.

Friday, August 21, 2015 0 Comments A+ a-

with all my soul


Title: With All My Soul.

Author: Rachel Vincent: website, blog, Twitter, Facebook and Goodreads.

Series: Soul Screamers #7.

Publisher: MIRA Ink (UK).

Publication date: April 1st, 2013 (UK).

Source: Bought.

Format: E-book.

Date read: December 28th, 2013.

Rating: 5/5!

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What does it mean when your school is voted the most dangerous in America? It’s time to kick some hellion butt… After not-really-surviving her junior year (after all, she did die), Kaylee Cavanaugh has vowed to take back her school from the hellions causing all the trouble. She’s going to find a way to turn the incarnations of Avarice, Envy and Vanity and the rest on each other. And so she—and her gang— make plans to protect her friends and finish this war, once and forever. But then she meets Wrath. And Kaylee realizes that she’s closer to the edge than she’s ever been. Especially when one more person she loves is taken….

From: Goodreads.


If you've been following my blog for some time now, you'd know that I love the Mira Ink covers. They're gorgeous, especially the Soul Screamers' covers :). This cover is no exception ^_^.



This review is really hard to write. It is not easy to review a book you're in love with and just can't find anything wrong with it. I'm so sad this series had to come to an end but at the same time I'm glad it ended the way it did (although there are one or two things I would've changed...).



Disclaimer: This review has spoilers of previous books in the series, so if you didn't read the previous books, read this review at your own risk.

The book starts with the funeral of Emma, who died at the end of Before I Wake and her soul is now in Lydia's body. Things aren't going well with her and Kaylee is freaking out. After all what Avari has put all of them through, Kaylee, Tod, Nash, Sabine, Emma, Luca and even Sophie decide that it's about time to put an end to all of this and to stop the hellions from killing anymore people.

While executing their plan, Avari, being always a step ahead of them, traps three family members of Kaylee's and manipulates her, trying to get her soul. Things get messier and old secrets surface (don't worry, they don't cause any harm, if anything, they strengthen a relationship.). Also, there's a new demon in town, and I really like him. He's not nice nor friendly, if anything, he wants Kaylee dead as much as Avari does, but he's got other priorities. Finally, when everything seems to be working against the plan, Kaylee makes a deadly choice; hearts brake, tears will be shed and you, the readers will be devastated. Then we are four years later, what happened the past four? And what's going on now after four years? This you'll have to figure out yourselves. You won't be disappointed ;).


What I loved:

  • - Rachel's writing style doesn't cease to amaze me. I rarely say this about books I read, but once I started reading I couldn't stop. Even after I take a little break, I comeback to the book knowing I'll just get right where I left off and that I'll be engulfed in the book again.
  • - The suspense, one of the main aspects in these books, along with mystery and fighting scenes, is awesome. You have no idea what is going on. Things are planned really carefully and in a smart way that you just have no idea what happened or guess what's next.
  • - The romance, although I'm not a fan of romantic books, is just perfect and safe and sweet. Kaylee and Tod are perfect. Tod is more perfect in some ways.
  • - The friendships, also an important aspect in the series and mostly everything in these books depends on them, got a lot better in this book (Ahem, Sophie & Sabine... are somehow more friendlier, but their character's traits don't change a bit).
  • - Hellions, what dragged into the series in the first place, are always nice to have around, because you know you'll have plenty of fight, gory, merciless and deadly scenes.
  • - Finally, the ending, I can't tell you how much I needed it after all what happened in the book, especially in the couple chapters before it. The ending is perfect for the series to end with it and it's fair to everyone.

What I disliked:

  • I can't lie about it because I just love the book and the series, but I wish the ending wasn't as harsh as it is. The way the story ended wasn't exactly the perfect ending for Kaylee, while it was in a way, it wasn't in another.


  • Well, the characters and their traits haven’t changed a bit from before and telling you any more would spoil the book for you, I just have to say that I was (still am) proud of Kaylee and of whom she’s become. It has been a very long and stressful journey for her and she came through, finally.
  • I still really like and adore the whole gang, and I must really applaud Tod and give him credit for living through this hell (literally!!!).


Favorite quotes:


I used to hate the fact that my world is built on half-truths, held together with white lies. My life itself is an illusion requiring constant effort to maintain. I lie better than almost anyone I’ve ever met. But if I know the truth about anything, it’s this: when people say the devil is in the details, they have no idea how right they are.... --- Chapter One.

“I always knew this day would come, little bean sidhe. I knew that someday you would scream just for me. So open your pretty little mouth, and let’s have a taste of forever.”

His hand clenched around my arm, and pain like a thousand needles shot through every muscle in my body, driving away all thought and all sight. My mouth dropped open, and a scream of agony ripped free from my throat, shredding the soft tissues as it poured out of me. --- Chapter Twenty-two.

I looked into his eyes and got lost in them. “That could take a long time.”

He started swaying, and I swayed with him, and it didn’t matter that we didn’t have music, or friends, or punch, or a gym decorated with lights and crepe paper. We had the only two things we needed for our private prom—each other. And pretty clothes.

“I don’t care if it takes forever, Kaylee,” he said, and warmth trailed down my spine to settle in a dozen pleasant places. “The universe owes us forever. And our eternity starts now.” --- Chapter Twenty-four.



Wow! I’ve prepared this review over a year ago, and due to some reasons and school and stuff I couldn’t publish it earlier. However, I finished it today and while I’m writing this conclusion right now, I can remember every single detail of the whole series, from beginning to end.

This is my all time favorite series along with The Hollow by Jessica Verday. If you came this far, to the final sequel, you have to go through with it, you won’t regret it at all! I should warn you, you’ll need a big box of tissues… ;).

Thank you Rachel for an awesome ending to an awesome series, I can’t wait to get started with her new YA book, The Stars Never Rise!


Happy Reading everyone!



Review: Vicious by Sara Shepard.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015 0 Comments A+ a-



Title: Vicious.

Author: Sara Shepard: website, Twitter, Facebook and Goodreads.

Series: Pretty Little Liars #16.


Publication date: December 3rd, 2014.

Source: Bought.

Format: e-book.

Date read: January 6th, 2015.

Rating: 5/5- favorite!

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In Rosewood, Pennsylvania, reporters are lined up outside the historic courthouse, typing furiously at their iPhones with freshly manicured nails. Because the trial of the century is happening right here in Rosewood: the four pretty little liars have been accused of killing Alison DiLaurentis. Only Aria, Spencer, Hanna, and Emily know that they've been framed. Ali is still out there, laughing as she watches the girls go down for her murder. But when your nickname includes the word "liar," no one believes you're telling the truth. . . .

Aria tries to run away from it all but finds that life on the lam is even harder than life as a liar. Spencer gets in touch with someone who can help her disappear--but when a guy from her past reemerges, Spencer no longer knows what she wants. Hanna decides that she'll hear wedding bells chime before she serves time. And in the face of prison, Emily does something truly drastic--something that will change her friends' lives forever.

As the trial goes on and the outcome looks grim, the girls are in their darkest hour yet.

But maybe they can finally figure out how to beat Ali at her own game. Because once upon a time, she was just a pretty little liar too.

From: Goodreads.

The cover:

As always, I’m always mesmerized by the series’ covers and this one is no exception. This is Aria on the cover by the way.


The storyline:

Wow! Where do I even begin? The storyline is the best storyline I've read since Wanted and Ali's Pretty Little Lies. Well structured and well written. It has so many sad moments, confusing moments and many thrilling ones. Most of the time I had no idea what was really going on. With no further due, here's the summary of what happens in this final book.

Summary :

The story begins with the Liars getting ready for their trial of the murder of Alison DiLaurentis.

Spencer is totally depressed. She doesn't want to look for Ali anymore because she's convinced that she'd trick them again and she'll win again. Instead, she's doing homework on prison so that she can survive in it for the rest of her life. When she decides to escape all this and start all over again, she realizes that there are things that are at stake, especially when someone from her past surfaces back.

Aria is scared to death, she doesn’t know what to do and she knows she can’t live in jail at all for a crime she didn’t commit. So she decides to leave everything behind and disappear, only to have someone follow her. But will her escape last for long with her being paranoid and looking behind her back every 5 seconds?!

Hanna can’t think anymore, and the only thing she wants to do is sped more time with her family, boyfriend and friends while she can. Until she decides to get married. With all the difficulties she’s been through and still going through, she deserves to be happy even if it’s for one day.

As for Emily, it’s been obvious in the previous book that she’s been dealing with so much since Jordan’s death, and blaming Ali for everything, but everything changes when she becomes too vulnerable and takes crazy to a whole new level. Will her decision be the best or the worst for the Liars?

And to not forget about the villain in the series, “A” or Alison, the book starts with her living her happy ending, winning over the Liars and sending them to jail once and for all. But will her happiness continue? Since she forgot, she just became a Pretty Little Liar too leaving trails behind…


What I loved:

- The writing of Sara has amazingly gotten better in this book. I just flew through it.

- Intrigue, mystery and thrilling twists. I couldn’t even guess what’s going on and who was doing what, I wasn’t even sure if it was going to be a happy ending.

- The characters are all amazing (leaving Alison a side of course and overlooking Emily’s crazy behavior and Aria’s paranoia…). Especially the Liars, they have such a bond and such an amazing friendship, just wow.

- The chapters are finally not long. They’re short and sweet. Easy to go through and to remember.

- The story is clean, new, fresh and goes straight to the point. No more nonsense storylines and details.

- The ending. Those last 5 chapters are my favorite chapters in all the book. I actually cried a little.


What I disliked:

- Hmm, can I dislike the fact that this is the last book? I’m sad it’s over and I’m also sad that it took the writer to get to the final book to finally write a descent sequel.

There’s nothing to complain about here.


Favorite quotes:

If you want a happy ending,
that depends, of course,
on where you stop your story.
—ORSON WELLES --- Epigraph.

He shifted in front of her. When Hanna opened her eyes again, she realized he was down on one knee, staring into her eyes. “Marry me, Hanna Marin,” he said urgently. “Marry me today.”
“Ha,” Hanna said, reaching for a Kleenex and blotting her eyes.

Mike removed the yellow rubber lacrosse bracelet from his wrist and held it out to her. “I don’t have a ring, but take this,” he said. “I mean it. Let’s get married. Like, tomorrow.”

Hanna blinked. “You’re serious?”
“Of course I am.”
She wiped her nose. “Like, with a ceremony and everything? And with a document, to make it legal? Can it be legal? Are we old enough?”

Mike frowned. “I think so. And yes, I want it to be totally legal. I want you, Hanna. And I want you to know that I’m always going to want you, no matter what.” --- 11. You Should Put a Lacrosse Bracelet on It.

Soon enough, said a voice in her head as she envisioned Spencer, Aria, Emily, and Hanna. Soon enough, I’m coming to get you all. --- 36. Behind Closed Doors.



I can’t believe this is the end. 16 books, 2 companion novels, 8 years and I read them in 1year and a half. I’m going to miss those book, and this series is definitely one of my favorite series of all times, having the perfect ending and the perfect heroines and villain.


If you came this far, and read up to this book, it’s out of the question to not read Vicious. You have to, you’ll have the perfect conclusion to the series and the perfect story to feed your PLL craving.


Good bye Pretty Little Liars, and thank you Sara Shepard for an awesome journey and for writing an awesome series, I can’t wait to read more by you (I’m planning to start The Lying Game soon ;) ).