Reviewed by: Jo
Rating (out of 5): 4.5 stars
Note: While this review will be spoiler free, it will have major spoilers for the previous books in this series.
I didn’t want to open With All My Soul, VBC readers. I didn’t want to open it because that meant that one of my absolute favorite YA series would be over. But I did, and it ended… But oh, what an awesome ending it was!
Over the past six books we’ve seen Kaylee go through it all: she’s loved, she’s lost, she’s fought, she’s even died. Avari has stopped at nothing in his obsessive pursuit of her soul, throwing the entire strength of the netherworld at the young bean sidhe and her loved ones. In this, the last of Rachel Vincent’s brilliant Soul Screamers series, Kaylee has had enough. She isn’t just going to get even; she’s going to get really really mad.
After her best friend Emma is forced to bury her old body and start her new life in another, Kaylee and the teens decide it’s time to turn the tables on the Hellions and try to beat them at their own game. What follows is a deadly battle of wills, as they attempt to act as bait. There is a real sense that this is the final battle and both teams are playing for keeps. It makes for intense reading, as one side seems to pull ahead only for it takes a completely different course.
Kaylee has matured so much over these books, growing into a strong and determined young woman. She has an iron core in With All My Soul with many of the characters looking at her as the leader. It can be lonely at the top as she makes some difficult decisions on her own. They may not always be the right ones but she owns them, always willing to make the hard choice in the place of a loved one. What keeps her going is a white hot fury, aided by the appearance of a new power player: Ira, the Hellion of wrath. He’s both terrifying and intriguing, keeping you guessing through out the book.
As I said before the pacing of the book is intense, with bouts of action and huge amounts of tension. There are still moments of light humor, usual supplied by the brilliant back and forth of the group (in particular Sabine, I love that girl). There are some touching moments as relationships are mended and bridges rebuilt. I loved the direction Kaylee and Tod’s relationship took. It reaches new heights as he continues to be a constant source of support to her, especially in some of the darker moments (and there are some dark dark moments).
And then I reached the last couple of chapters. There may have been tears, in fact there were quite a few. There will be no spoilerage here (I wouldn’t do that to you!) but suffice to say the end was powerful, heartbreaking and so completely fitting for the characters and this series. It was with a heavy heart that I shut With All My Soul and said goodbye to these characters but it’s been one hell of a journey!
Sexual Content: Sex, references to rape