Author: Rachel Vincent
Publish Date: December 2009
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
So when teen pop star Eden croaks onstage and Kaylee doesn't wail, she knows something is dead wrong. She can't cry for someone who has no soul.
The last thing Kaylee needs right now is to be skipping school, breaking her dad's ironclad curfew and putting her too-hot-to-be-real boyfriend's loyalty to the test. But starry-eyed teens are trading their souls: a flickering lifetime of fame and fortune in exchange for eternity in the Netherworld—a consequence they can't possibly understand.
Kaylee can't let that happen, even if trying to save their souls means putting her own at risk….(From Goodreads)
Second books in a series always have mixed expectations. Will it live up to the first one? Will it leave enough of opening for the next one? Will we be provided with a clearer insight to the characters or will their identifications be lost and muddied? Because of this reason I’m always a little apprehensive about a second book.
The setting remains very much the same as the first book. With the additions of an overprotective father and very small, very claustrophobic house added as a Kaylee's new home. It's nothing new, and the rhythm is both familiar and a comfort.
Characters are very much the same. Although it feels every other chapter Kaylee and Nash are trying to get into each other's pants which was a little annoying. Their love is very much a novelty and while I understand the need to want to explore it, it was a bit toxic.
More insight is given to Tod however, and I'm not really happy with him at the moment. He is a very, very, very selfish creature thus far. He is not above disregarding the safety of friends if it means he'll get what he wants in the end. It's rather chilling and cold hearted.
The book progresses pretty smoothly other than the pausing to control the vomiting sensation every time Kaylee and Nash are left alone. The plot is solid and it's a really easy read, or in this case, listen. There's no missing links or plot holes that leave more questions then answered.
In total a completely average story. There's nothing extraordinary or gripping about it but still a pleasant experience.